QA1’s latest research and development project is a super solid 1969 Dodge D100, aptly named Project Corkscrew. Destined for corner-carving, the two-wheel drive shorty is said to have spent most of its life patrolling the vineyard at a California winery. A pre-build walkaround video outlined the rot-free nature of the body, but lackluster lineage of its truck underpinnings.
The goal is for this slick survivor to be used as a testbed to further develop QA1’s pickup suspension offerings. Undoubtably, that means the hard-nosed solid axle and leaf springs up front are headed for the dumpster. As heavy-duty as that pairing may be, it wasn’t exactly produced to pound corners.
Their plan is to fix this rough rider with modern wheels, tires, brakes, and steering. One can only surmise that Corkscrew will also be the beneficiary of a Gerst-designed suspension that now falls under the QA1 umbrella. Packing a coil-over punch, integrated rack and pinion steering, a sway bar, and disc brakes, the Gerst setup is a direct bolt-in for 1961-1971 Dodge pickups.
Engine and drivetrain mods are sure to follow, but only after remedying that sky-high ride height. Hopefully the unsuspecting whitewashed exterior will stick around, complete with a pinch of green pinstriping. Teeming with patina, it has the makings of an ultimate sleeper. If you want a sneak peak of what QA1 is cooking up for this derelict D100, be sure to check out their Mopar Night coming up on June 4, 2021.