Dodge D-Series pickup trucks were Dodge's main truck line from 1961 until 1980. In 1981, Dodge introduced the Ram Series, which was essentially the D-series with a new name.The D100 was Dodge's base half-ton model, and although a solid, reliable truck, the D100 focused on function over form, with automobile-type luxuries not normally offered until the 1970s. The 1979 Dodge D100 was also the end of an era for certain V-8 engines
Body options for the 1979 Dodge D100 included the traditional external-fender step-side model, the swept-line model, with the bed the same width as the cab and inboard fenders, as well as the sport D100 Adventure S.E. model. The conventional two-door cab with bench seating was standard, however, a four-door crew cab and the club cab with transverse seating for a third passenger were also available as options.
Engine options for the 1979 Dodge D100 included the 225 slant six-cylinder and the Mitsubishi 4.0-liter, inline-six cylinder diesel, while eight-cylinder options included the 318, 360, 383, 400 and 440-cubic inch engines. 1979 was the last year for the 383, 400 and 440 V-8s, as well as the Mitsubishi diesel. Horsepower for the V-8s were standard for the early days fuel-emissions era, with the larger 400- and 440-cubic inch engines producing 200 and 235 horsepower, respectively.
Vehicle weight depended on the body style, engine and transmission issued on the D100 and normally weighed in the 6,000-pound range. The standard issue transmission was an on-the-column three-speed automatic, however, four-speed automatic and manual options were available. All D100 pickups had independent suspension and were rear wheel drive trucks with a two-wheel drive differential setup. Four-wheel drive models belonged to Dodge's W-Series.
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