Believe it or not, there are people out there who aren't loyal to just one brand. Yes, these free spirits can feel good about buying just about any old truck, despite what its hood emblem says-they like them all. Ron Bond has owned a laundry list of vintage cars and trucks of all possible namesakes, build styles, and years, and in recent times he wanted to find himself a good-looking hot rod truck. Except he decided this time it wouldn't be a Ford or a Chevy.
Ron put the word out across Southern California and soon a friend of his that's also into vintage tin called and said he found a pretty clean '67 Dodge truck. Ron went to investigate and found indeed a decent shortbed D100 that needed some love, but was just the ticket. A deal was made and Ron made it home in his "new" truck, but not until after he put out a small electrical fire on the side of the road.
Ron began getting all the mechanicals in order. He had a 440 that was freshened up by Franks Auto Service in Anaheim with a Lunati Voodoo cam, a Pertronix distributor, a Demon carb, and black wrinkle-finish Mopar Performance valve covers and air cleaner. A custom oil pan was made to fit the 440 over the stock straight axle. He also had the hood hinges, alternator, and radiator brackets dipped in the shiny stuff. The 727 was rebuilt by El Maestro Transmission before going back in the truck.
Ron took the Dodge over to Deaver Spring in Santa Ana to have them work their magic. They made new leaf springs for each corner that are of the progressive slider type and the fronts were given a 2-inch drop. Monroe gas shocks also help the ride, while a set of Wilwood discs was adapted in the front to help slow down all that Mopar power.
The exterior of the Dodge wasn't too bad except like most old trucks, the tailgate had seen better days. But if you've ever dealt with old Dodge trucks you know that you can't just waltz out and pick up parts like a new tailgate for 'em! So the team at Autocraft Autobody in Anaheim was left to straighten it and any imperfections on the body. After it was deemed fit to paint, they sprayed a two-tone paintjob that consists of a Nissan silver and metallic gray. There is a deft red stripe that separates the two down the unique Dodge body line. You may have noticed the tonneau cover. Ron took the truck to the well-known Gaylord's Top Shop and they went through their old cover molds and found one that was close and then modified it to fit! Now that is service.
Because the interior is pretty interesting on its own, Ron didn't want to change too much of it. He did opt for nondescript low back bucket seats with a padded center console. These items and the rest of the interior chores were handled by Mark at Frazier Auto Upholstery in black vinyl and gray cloth. The dash is all stock except for the stereo and the rare optional dash pad.
In the end Ron did a pretty good job at turning this old Dodge into a unique hot rod truck. We're just glad we got him to stop driving it long enough to take some pictures!