Sunday, November 4, 2018

1964 64 Dodge D-300 Wrecker - A Piece of History

A little something different...

It's hard to believe / remember that this was once the way all cars were towed. If your car broke down, something like this came to rescue you. It didn't matter whether you were driving an MG Midget or a Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham. It would be hooked up (literally) to the back of something like this. These days an actual tow truck is a rare sight. Most towing companies use flatbeds. With today's automobile technology it's the only way to go. The tow truck is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.

There isn't much I can write about this. If you bought it you most certainly wouldn't drive it every day or use it for it's original purpose. It would just be something cool to have. Something different to bring to a car show.

Prior to getting the hook and chain tow truck equipment added to it, this was a 1964 Dodge D-300 pick up truck. That's a pretty good start. The engine is Chrysler's 383ci V-8. Chrysler offered it in a all sorts of different vehicles in the 1960s. It was a big, powerful, reliable V8. The seller doesn't say if this one runs - and it needs a really good cleaning, inside and out, before trying to start it - but I would bet it does.

The body doesn't look too bad. There appear to be rust holes in the floorboards. But, the great thing about old body on frame trucks is that floorboards are easy to fix with some sheet metal and a MIG welder. They are usually flat and nonstructural. Some patch panels and a can or two of rubberized undercoating and you're good to go. The rest of the body looks to have just some surface rust and a layer of dust or sand on it.

The interior is as minimalist as it gets. It has a flat bench seat and a metal dash with a simple instrument cluster.

The seller doesn't say if the tow mechanism works. But, who cares? Just paint it and make it look good. It's not like you're going to be towing anything with it anyway.

Restored cars from the 1960s are everywhere. When was the last time you saw a restored tow truck? There's a pretty good chance that your restored 1960s car was hooked up to one of these at one time in its life. This is a really cool piece of automotive history.

Located in Las Vegas, NV, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

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