Classic trucks are all the rage these days, with the popularity of Chevy C10 trucks leading the charge. The Fords are getting up to speed, and every now and then, you see a Dodge, like this one. David Olivarez and his son, Isiah, crafted this patina’d Dodge D100 powerhouse, and it’s full of custom modifications.
As good as this 1966 Dodge D100 looks, this is actually the second iteration of the truck, as it previously was powered by a wild-looking compound turbo/roots blower engine combination representative of the Australian burnout machines you may have seen on the internet. Olivarez did just that with it, and now he re-worked the truck for a more drag racing-oriented life.
“When I was little, he had a legit Pro Mod,” said the younger Olivarez. “He’s had all kinds of racecars over the years and is just now getting back into it. He’s one of those guys that would rather buy the tools and do it himself.”
Olivarez pulled this particular D100 out of a farm, and has since discarded the original Polyspheric 318 cubic-inch engine. More recently, the pickup, still cloaked in its original paint, received a shortening of the long bed that is nearly imperceptible as to how he pulled it off.
“He’s a really good fabricator. He built everything on the truck,” Olivarez said of his father and his craftsmanship.
Powering the D100 is a 416 cubic-inch small-block Mopar engine that features a Ritter block stuffed with a Molnar crankshaft, Ross pistons and Oliver billet I-beam connecting rods. On top, you’ll find Brodix heads, a solid-roller camshaft from Comp Cams, and a custom intake manifold that is part Weiand tunnel ram and part fabricated EFI. Boosting the engine is a pair of Precision Turbo 7675 turbochargers that compress the hot Texas heat before it mixes via Holley HP EFI with E85 from the local pump.
“We bought all of the EFI parts from Rick Trunkett. It’s similar to what he has, and he has helped us out a lot.” Tuning the Holley EFI comes by way of @mailordertuner, and Olivarez said that it annihilates the tires on the dyno, but based on fuel consumption, the D100 is producing somewhere between 1,300 and 1,400 horsepower at the wheels.
“We just took it out last weekend and it just spun and spun,” Olivarez said of the Dodge’s first dragstrip outing. “It needs new shocks, but it should run bottom fives, maybe high fours in the eighth,” he said of the 3,600-pound pickup. Did we mention it still sits on the stock frame and is suspended by Calvert mono-leaf springs and Caltrac bars?
Between the twin-turbo engine and the Ford 9-inch rearend sits a Turbo 400 automatic transmission that spins a Circle D torque converter. Once the traction issue gets sorted out, this truck is sure to be a wild ride. You can follow the build on Instagram at @boosted_ramg3.