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1980 Dodge D100 – Rat Rod – Matthew Arnold

So, what to do at 40? Most people are settled in, waiting for midlife to hit, resting in a good job, supporting a family, etc. Matthew Arnold’s wife thought he needed a project and bought him a 1980 Dodge D100 pickup. Read below to see how he turned this into a wicked Rat Rod.

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What type of vehicle is this?: Rat Rod

Make, Model, Year of Project

1980 Dodge D100

What stage is this in?

Completed Project (Update, as of the weekend before this post, the engine suffered a catastrophe failure and will be pulled and rebuilt. Updates to come. Make sure to check back often to see what is happening.)

When did you purchase it and for how much?

It was purchased by my wife for me in 2012 for £1200.

Why did you choose this vehicle?

My wife bought it me for my 40th birthday.

What sort of condition was it in when you started the project, what was wrong with it, etc.

Been off the road for 5 years so needed going through to get it on the road

What, specifically have you done, or had done to it?

Everything from engine to 4bar setup rewire the works

Can you list any and all parts that you have put in?

360 with street cam,

head porting

4 barrel Edellbrock carburater

Head Man headers with 2.5” exhaust with cutouts

727 with high stall converter with a 9.25 rear axle with Detroit locker and a triangulated 4 bar set up, lowered all round with 18” oz alloys which will soon be changed to 20” Foose wheels

Where have you purchased your parts?




What about you?

I’m a self employed kitchen fitter

Any stories regarding this project?

The wife bought it me for my 40th, 7 years ago.

It was in Anglesey and been off the road for 5-6 years. We went in the work van and A-Framed it 160 miles home. (Was an interesting journey to say the least)

It Didn’t need much to be fair and was mot in a week after a few wiring jobs and tweaks.

It has gone through many changes since, including a new engine, transmission, rear axle, rear suspension, wheels (4th set since owning)

It’s been lowered, upgraded and ratted

Any garages, parts stores, fabrication shops, etc you want to call out specifically?

Just myself as I do everything

Check out the videos below

Check out the pictures below, make sure to click on the picture to see the full version.

Before you go, check out these articles. Restoration and I’m going to fix it someday

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My name is Dennis. First, let me just say, I am a Christian, a husband, a father to 1 beautiful step-daughter and 3 strapping young boys and a step-grandfather (She calls me “Grumpy”) to a gorgeous step-granddaughter. These will always be my priorities, no matter what my interests are. That said, I strive to keep and maintain a family friendly atmosphere, so my boys and their friends can enjoy the site as much as I do. (Granddaughter isn’t old enough and daughter has other interests.)

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