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1965 Dodge Truck
The 1965 truck line began unchanged at the outset of the year. However, by spring of 65 Dodge introduced an improved line of light-duty trucks. Exterior changes included a new full width grille and headlamp design. Gone were the 4 lamp design featuring separate low and high beam headlamps. Full length side mouldings were another styling option on the second series 1965 pickups. Dodge also moved the model designation plate from the front grille over to the sides of the front fenders.
Tailgates were given a major product improvement by way of both a wider design as well as a single-latch opening mechanism able to be operated by just one hand. Rear taillights also received an overhaul styled as a vertical slim shape.
In order to better hold a slide in camper, the Sweptline boxes were now perfectly verticle at the rear. Further to the camper market, to better hold increased load the wheelbase was increased from 122 inches to 128 inches. This allowed for 8ft. box on the Utiline that replaced the 7-1/2ft.
The new Sweptline boxes had improved double-wall construction, with a flat top on each wheelhousing.
Custom cab options also became available for Dodge trucks. They came in two options, the Comfort Option and Appearance Option.
Safety improvments came with turn signals as standard equipment on all new models. The half and 3/4-ton trucks also came with new self-adjusting brakes.
Of note is that prices did not increase when the new models arrived.
W-Series four-wheel drive models continued as before, except with the changes to the wheelbase as noted - 122 inch wheelbase growing to 128 inches.
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