1956 Dodge C100 Pickup - SOLD
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It has a great vintage look that stands apart from the crowd, it’s still just as practical, and someone spent about three times the asking price putting it together.

If you go to the average cruise night car show, you’ll see a handful of Ford and Chevy pickups, but when was the last time you saw a vintage Dodge sitting there looking awesome? If you’re like us, and you go to a lot of shows, you probably get weary of seeing the same stuff over and over. That isn’t to say we don’t like the Ford F100s and the Chevy 3100s, just that you really need to do something special to stand out. Or you could simply drive this flat-out awesome 1956 Dodge C100 pickup. It has a great vintage look that stands apart from the crowd, it’s still just as practical, and someone spent about three times the asking price putting it together. And don’t worry Mopar guys, this one remains 100% Dodge, with a thumping 408 cubic inch stroker motor based on the good old Chrysler 360. If you want an all-steel pickup with all the upgrades, you won’t find anything nicer than this for less money, and certainly nothing wearing a Bowtie or Blue Oval.

The C-Series trucks were all-new in 1954, a thoroughly modern design that permanently erased the pre-war look Dodge had been using for nearly two decades. The compact dimensions give the Dodge a muscular look, stock or not, and the clean front end was the most modern in the industry. This particular C100 is 100% steel, including the rear fenders, and someone spent a huge pile of money making it look as good as it does. None of the sheetmetal was altered beyond shaving the emblems and door handles, so it retains its 1950s look while still standing apart. Both bumpers were removed and the grille was subtly modified so that the twin horizontal bars appear to be floating in the opening. There’s also a custom tailgate and roll pan that carries LED taillights, a drop-down license plate frame, and it frames the twin oval exhaust tips quite neatly. The paint is Hugger Orange, and yes, that’s a Chevy color, but there’s really no better orange to use and it looks dynamite on the hunky little Dodge. Fit and finish are excellent, better than anything in this price class has a right to be, and we especially like the butterfly-style hood and neat little Ram emblem on the nose. The bed was finished with lightly distressed oak planks, and it’s a look that really works. There’s a lot here to like and it really makes people stop and look closely.

The interior has come a long way from its utilitarian bench seat roots and there’s virtually nothing that hasn’t been upgraded along the way. Twin buckets from a late-model are incredibly supportive in a way that the original bench never could have been, and they flank a custom-made center console. Tan and orange ultra-leather covers almost every interior surface, including the matching headliner and door panels and the tan carpets add just the right contrast so it isn’t overwhelming. The original dashboard remains, and even the factory gauges are in place, although they’ve been supplanted by a trio of aftermarket dials down on the console, as well as a column-mounted tach and a transmission temperature gauge on the shifter. We suspect that wood-rimmed Grant GT wheel is perched on the original steering column and it has ice cold A/C working through a Vintage Air under-dash unit on the passenger’s side of the cab. A Hurst V-Matic shifter manages the TorqueFlite underneath and there’s a Pioneer AM/FM/CD/Bluetooth/iPod stereo that powers a set of Kenwood speakers between the seats and in the doors. Wipers, seat belts, and even cup holders are part of the package, making this a truck that’s ready for a cross-country haul.

Like you, the guy who built this truck was tired of seeing Chevy motors in non-Chevys, so he had the pros at Powerline Engine in Mentor, Ohio build him a 408 cubic inch stroker motor that makes this pickup feel more like a Viper with a trunk. It’s based on a Magnum 360 block and is filled with a Wiseco K-1 crank and rods, plus a matched set of Wiseco aluminum pistons. Comp Cams supplied a custom-grind bumpstick, as well as a set of roller rockers and hardened pushrods, then bolted it all together with ARP hardware. On top, they chose a set of lightweight Edelbrock Performer RPM heads as well as an Air Gap intake manifold, all of which shave pounds off the nose. Edelbrock also supplied the water pump and fuel pump, while the carburetor is a Street Demon 750 cfm 4-barrel. An MSD coil lights it up quickly and easily and it exhausts through a set of ceramic-coated Hedman headers. It was dressed for show in the Hugger Orange engine bay with a set of Mopar finned valve covers and lots of chrome and polished aluminum, as well as a Hemi Orange block. Mopar fans will quickly spot little Chrysler details like the ballast resistor and ignition controller on the firewall and a giant aluminum radiator in the nose keeps it cool no matter what you’re doing. And you’ll note that there’s a torque strap on the driver’s side—you’d better believe this sucker makes the power! Drive it gently and it’s happy to idle along with the A/C cranking, but if you put your foot on the floor, you’d better be sure it’s aimed where you want to go, because both rear tires are going to burn themselves up trying to get you there. It is extremely impressive!

The original frame was retained, albeit heavily reinforced. Up front there’s a Fatman Fabrications custom suspension with stainless A-arms and rack-and-pinion steering, so this Dodge feels anything but truck-like. The 727 TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic transmission is enhanced with a shift kit and Hughes 2500 stall torque converter and feeds a gigantic Chrysler 9.25-inch rear end with rather docile 3.23 gears inside, so it’s a nice highway cruiser (besides, that stroker motor makes so much torque that tall gears are superfluous). The rear suspension uses custom mono-leaf springs that improve the ride, as well as a pair of chrome traction bars that make a lot of sense (you’ll understand once you drive it). A custom fuel cell hangs inboard of the frame and a custom Thrush exhaust system was ceramic coated satin black to help blend in under the truck. Power front disc brakes are probably a very good idea and you’ll note that the cab corners, floors, and rockers are in outstanding condition with no signs that this was ever a rusty truck. That perfect stance is accentuated by traditional chrome steelies with baby moon hubcaps and staggered 215/70/15 front and 275/60/15 rear BFGoodrich T/A radial tires that totally fill the fenders.

We’re obviously very impressed by this Dodge. It gets everything right, has all the features that make for a very usable truck, and it’s flat-out gorgeous in every way. The workmanship is professional-grade and even at a glance you can see that there’s significantly more than the asking price wrapped up in the build—heck, that driveline probably cost half of what we’re asking for the whole truck. You couldn’t build a better truck for less even if you got the truck for free and if you’re a Mopar guy who’s sick of the Brand X trucks getting all the attention, this little orange hauler is a fantastic choice. Call today!

Vehicle: 1956 Dodge C100 Pickup
Price: SOLD
Stock Number: 116029
Mileage: 68,867
VIN: 82402128
Engine: 408 cubic inch V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Gear Ratio: 3.23
Wheelbase: 108 inches
Wheels: 15-inch chrome wheels with hubcaps
Tires: Front: 215/70/15, Rear: 275/60/15 BFGoodrich radial
Exterior Color: Hugger Orange
Interior Color: Tan vinyl
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