Body and Rust Info
Rust plagues these trucks in three main areas. The front cab mounting
holes, the rocker panels and the lower back corners of the bed are usually
the first to develop cancerous rust. These and other areas are prone to
rust due to lack of proper drainage and depending on your region of the
country, road salt. Most times, rust out is caused by this road salt used
in winters to melt ice off roadways. Sometimes, you might also find trucks
with rust in the cowl or possibly the bottoms of the doors. These cases
are due to blockage of the water drain passages with debris.
Currently, there are a few possibilities if you have some rust. First,
the rocker panels can be repaired if they are not too far gone. The
panels available to repair these areas; however, only cover the outer
surface under the door and the top step area where the three ridges are.
If the under structure and other panels are "swiss cheese," then look
forward to many hours of sheet metal fabrication for the missing areas.
Don't be discouraged as this is not your only option.
Image from '65 Dodge Truck Service Manual
Consider a entire cab change. Why? Well, if you can find one for a good price
with little or no rust you are ahead of the game. Replacing the old cab with a
better one is much easier than attempting to repair gobs of rusted out panels.
Second, when you have the replacement off you have an excellent opportunity
to fix any existing surface rust you have on it. The replacement can then
be properly rustproofed before you swap the two. The hardest part is
finding a donor truck with a rust free cab. Some pics below show what
Here, you can see the old cab as viewed from the lower passenger side. The
rust had completely eaten away at the rocker panel area. These areas
consist of a contoured outer panel, with an inner panel under the floor
that serves as a support for the step area. In the case of my '67, neither
panel was salvagable by any means other than an entire cab change or
extensive metal fabrication.
Here is the truck I found with an acceptable cab. After I
got the cab off the donor vehicle, I repaired all of that rust with good
paint products and some rust conversion chemicals (more on that later). As
you can tell, it tried to hide from me. But with some careful searching, I
stumbled upon the beast then took it home to start on my new project. In
this case, some luck and persistence really paid off.
Just keep in mind that cab changes aren't very easy. In my case, it took
me a good seven to ten hours on each truck to completely prep the two for
the changeover. That was without any help. It also took at least three to
four days to rust proof all of the critical areas and paint them. So plan
on some hard work and extra time. Nontheless, this kind of project is very
possible (hey, I did it). The hardest part is moving the bare cabs from one
chassis to another. Unless you have a crane or other device to move big
stuff around, you'll need people. I bribed some pals with food and
beverages to help me out. It took about ten minutes at a time with six
guys to move each cab from place to place.
If the rockers described above aren't adequate, there is a NOS part number that
can help you track down a set of OEM rocker replacements. This number is P/N
1783832-3. Still, this NOS replacement panel only covers the outer (visible
when door is open) portions of the rocker area, but it repairs far more than
cheapo repair panels. The NOS set will repair the entire area surrounding the
step and goes up to meet the floorpan before the steel stops. Thanks a bunch to
Frank Mitchell at Mitchell Motor Parts Inc. for the valuable
information on this part. See his "Parts for Sale" Website at: http://www.mmpar.com/
Repro Body Parts
MDR Glass & Machine currently offers front fenders
& rear utiline (A.K.A stepside) fenders for `61-`71 Sweptline body Dodge Trucks. They also
offer billet aluminum machining services and can custom fabricate parts according to your needs.
MDR GLASS & MACHINE
P. O. Box 75
Mad River, CA 95552
Phone: (707) 574-6481
AAR Fiberglass of Cocoa, Florida, is currently in the process of manufacturing `69-`71 Sweptline
Pickup hoods in fiberglass (with the possibility of a cowl induction version in the near
future). They are also willing to build other parts in fiberglass with enough demand. More
information: AAR Fiberglass
4800 Pine St.
Cocoa, FL 32926
Phone: (407) 638-0961
Looking for A-100 body parts? Check with Sherman Associates, Auto Body
Specialities or Surplus Supply at the phone numbers listed below. Sources say that Sherman only
sells rocker panels for the A-100's.
Sherman & Associates, Inc. (International Auto Body Supply)
61166 Van Dyke Rd.
Washington, MI 48094
Phone: (810) 677-6800
Fax: (810) 677-6801
Auto Body Specialties
BOX 455 Route 66
Middlefield, CT 06455
Orders: (888) 277-1960
Tech: (860) 346-4989
Fax: (860) 346-4987
Surplus Supply Co.
Akron, OHIO 44314
Included below are links to rather large images which may be of assistance
in finding parts for your Dodge Truck body. Most of the images below are
from parts books, while the `67 paintchip image is out of a paint
chip book from a paint reseller. All of the images below were kindly
submitted or scanned by John Bitter. NOTE: I do not own any parts books
currently and thus cannot provide further information regarding part
numbers, other scans, etc. Enjoy these images, they are COOL!
||Image of 1961 Sweptline W-100 and W-200 body parts and the part
number sections to refer to. (File size:
||Image which shows the OEM gasoline system on a Sweptline Era pickup
with part number sections listed. (File size:
|| Image of `62 thru mid-`65 Utiline showing body and trim parts and
the sections to refer to for them. (From `63-`68 Dodge Truck Parts Book.)
(File size: 49.6K)|
||Image showing exterior body and trim part sections for a truck with
serial number greater than XXX-1492000 (Mid-`65 thru `67 truck). (File size: 64.5K)|
||1967 paint chip samples from the `63-`68 parts book representing all
colors on trucks of the 1967 model year. Descriptions below each color
describe the years preceding `67 for which the color was used. (File size: 41.9K)|
||1965 Paint chip sample image from another Dodge Truck parts
book. This one shows colors typical on the trucks as early as
`65. These colors are not exact matches, but should be easy to match to your
truck. (File size: 28.4K) |
||Note that the numbers in the above images represent the section
in the parts book to refer to when looking for each part shown.
Click the image at left for a list of all sections in the `63-`68 parts
book.(File size: 60K)|
|Here's a scan of all the grille
part numbers from `63-`68 (in the cooling section of the parts
book. (File size: 123K)|
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