Junkyard Treasure | 1978 Dodge Military-Issue D-100 Pickup

Jackson Wheeler
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Coming of driving age in a city with the second-biggest United States Navy base on the West Coast, I became accustomed to seeing gray Dodge D-Series pickups everywhere. Some were running errands for their Navy or Coast Guard owners, while others had been auctioned off after serving their country and were being driven by deal-seeking civilians. Today’s Junkyard Treasure is one of those trucks, found in a Northern California self-service wrecking yard recently.

1978 dodge d100 military pickup in colorado wrecking yard

Murilee Martin

This truck, being a bare-bones half-ton with rear-wheel drive and a six-cylinder engine, was never meant for combat use. It was purchased by Uncle Sam to take care of everyday operations at a military installation, probably one run by the US Navy.

Vehicles that spend their time around ocean salt tend to rust in alarming fashion, so this one got serious rustproofing from the factory.

1978 dodge d100 military pickup in california wrecking yard

Murilee Martin

The engine is the bulletproof but not-so-powerful 225-cubic-inch Slant-6, bolted to an automatic transmission for the same reason that rental cars got automatic transmissions back in 1978.

1978 dodge d100 military pickup in california wrecking yard

Murilee Martin

It’s not fancy in any way, but it was reliable and a decent value for the American taxpayers.

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Jackson Wheeler is a skilled editor at Speedofdaily.com, specializing in automotive content. With a background in Journalism and Automotive Engineering, he combines his passion for cars with his writing expertise to deliver captivating articles. Jackson's deep knowledge of automotive technology and his racing experience make him a valuable asset to the team, providing readers with informative and engaging content.
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