Dodge first introduced the LCF model, also referred to as the C-series or swing out fender Dodges, in 1960. They continued the production of the truck through 1975 when Dodge quit production of the big trucks. We’ve been told that they continued production of this truck through 1977 for export for use in military services, but have not seen anything to confirm this. We do know from multiple sources that these trucks continued production well into the 1980’s in South America, where to this day they still have a major following.
These trucks were for the most part, not changed during the years of production as far as appearances go. They were for part of their life, dual headlight trucks, the last year of those being 1968. For the 1969 model year, they were changed to single headlights and that’s how they ended their run. Other major appearance changes included changing from pull handle (fridge style door handles) to push button door handles around 1969. One other major item was that for most of the production run, there was an option, but one seldom seen, for the trucks to have the wrap around back window. The latest we’ve seen this particular window on this Dodge was a ’72 model.
The larger LCF Dodges were in line to be replaced for what would have been the 1976 model year by the short nose Bighorn. The major advantage would have been the availability for a larger power plant under the hood given the use of a shorter version of the tilting hood from longnose Bighorn. Whether they were ever officially named as HCF models, we’re not sure, but for the time being, the HCF will refer to the CN/CN900 Dodges built between 1972-1975 with the PT270, NTC290 and 318 Detroit under the hood. The difference between the HCF and LCF Dodges are easily spotted by the extension panels under the cab and between the fender and panel. No literature that we have found was ever put out for these trucks but we do have specs available via dealer information.
Dodge LCF models have the inherent advantage of being able to carry more load in less overall length. This is because they all have a BBC of just 89 3/4 inches, allowing a 45-foot trailer on a 55-foot overall length or, on a straight truck, a longer body on a given wheelbase. More than that, the short cab allows greater maneuverability in close quarters. Another outstanding feature of Dodge LCF’s is their amazing engine accessibility. Four latches release the hood and hood sides. Raise the hood and hood sides, and there the engine is-wide open for “walk-in” servicing. The battery is equally accessible for servicing, and almost all front-end lube points can be easily reached from above.
Cabs on all Dodge LCF models are roomy and sturdy, reinforced to take the hardest knocks. They’re built of heavy-gauge steel and box-section beams and ride on rubber-insulated mounts that snuff out noise and vibration. To further insulate the cab from road shocks, the steering column is double-jointed. These construction features are inherent in all of our Dodge LCF models, gasoline and diesel. The cab interior, for gasoline-powered models, is a shown at right. the seats are sturdy (with 48 coil springs) and comfortable, with excellent padding and long-lasting vinyl upholstery. Other features of this version of the Dodge LCF cab are a padded left-hand sunvisor, variable-speed windshield wipers, and a hand brake that is easily adjustable by the driver from his seat. An extra-cost diesel-engine option available in Dodge C800 and CT800 models in the Cummins V8-185. this diesel gives all the inherent long-life and economical operating advantages so well known to many owners and operators of heavy-duty trucks.
The LCF for Dodge heavy-duty diesel models is identical to other LCF’s in essential details. One of the most noticeable differences is in the driver’s seat, which, in these diesel models, is the excellent Viking T-bar with shock absorber that adjusts to the driver’s weight. Other differences are dual sun visors, air-actuated windshield wipers, and a “low air/oil” warning light and buzzer. You will notice, too, that the rear of the in-line diesel engine protrudes into the cab interior. This part of the engine is covered with a sound- and noise-insulating lid that can be readily removed to facilitate quick and easy engine servicing.
The quality of the cab built on every Dodge LCF model speaks for itself. Interiors are built with the driver in mind. Seats are constructed with 48 well-padding coil springs, the same way expensive passenger-car seats are built. Insulation against heat and noise is carefully thought out. If it gets out of adjustment, it can be readjusted quickly and easily by the driver from his seat.
- 6-way adjustable seat
- Vinyl seat upholstery
- Turn signals (double face up front)
- Suspended brake and clutch pedals
- Interior grab handles
- 4-way emergency flasher
- Backup lights
- Front only, combined side marker lights and reflectors
- Front only, identification and clearance lights
- Rear stoplights and taillights
- Dual outside mirrors
- Cleaner air system
- Push-button door locks
- Driver-adjustable hand brake
- 5-way ventilation
- Variable-speed electric windshield wipers
- Windshield washers
- Fresh air heater/defroster
- Padded left sun visor
- Dome light
- Glove Box