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1979 D150 4X4 Short bed #3061894
07/23/22 04:58 PM
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My new project!

I bought it on 07/19/2022 as a non running vehicle. Purchase price $2000.00

1979 Dodge D150 Adventure 4X4 Short Bed
360 Motor, Automatic Transmission, A/C, Cruse Control
53,210 original miles, Numbers matching, Motor and transmission, as well as all body panels.

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Re: 1979 D150 4X4 Short bed [Re: 67vertman] #3061895
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More pictures...

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Re: 1979 D150 4X4 Short bed [Re: 67vertman] #3061896
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Interior and motor......

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Re: 1979 D150 4X4 Short bed [Re: 67vertman] #3061897
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Body issues and rust.....

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Re: 1979 D150 4X4 Short bed [Re: 67vertman] #3061898
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Body issues and rust continued....

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Re: 1979 D150 4X4 Short bed [Re: 67vertman] #3061901
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Towed it home and started working on why it didn't run. The previous owner said it would start one day, no spark but would turn over.

First thing, it needed a new battery and battery terminals. I took care of that but it wouldn't turn over.
Checked power to the starter, all good. Pulled the started and benched tested it....dead starter!
Replaced started, it turned over strong but wouldn't start. Added fuel down the carb, and it fired up, but wouldn't stay running.
Looked at fuel pump, rotted fuel line. pulled filter and ran a line directly to a fuel bottle, pulled fuel from the bottle and started running.
Replaced fuel line and fuel filter, started up and ran fine. Had to set the idle, but that's it.
Put it in gear, no movement. Check transmission fluid, none showing on the dip stick. Two quarts later put it in gear and she went forward and revers.
Brakes worked okay, took it for a spin around the block, runs and drives good.

It will need a key tumbler as they looked to be starting it with a screw driver. A/C blows but not cold, need to have the Freon level checked.


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Re: 1979 D150 4X4 Short bed [Re: 67vertman] #3061905
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Some of the history I found out about it

It was purchased in the Reno Nevada area and stayed local there until 1992.
Paper work found in the glove box said owned by Ben Maggart who had the motor rebuilt in Jan 1992 at 13,000 miles, unknown why the motor was rebuilt at that time. Then the truck was parked in a hanger on 10/92 and set for ten months tell sold on 08/93. Then sold to the person I bought it from on 08/2006 with 23,850 miles, and brought to Idaho. They drove it until 05/2016 when it wouldn't start. Parked it.


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Re: 1979 D150 4X4 Short bed [Re: 67vertman] #3062007
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Nice find! up

Re: 1979 D150 4X4 Short bed [Re: redraptor] #3062013
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Looks all original! What are your plans for it?

Re: 1979 D150 4X4 Short bed [Re: Moparite] #3062043
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Great find for sure! Short bed, 360-4, with a/c! And great color combo!


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Re: 1979 D150 4X4 Short bed [Re: Moparite] #3062150
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Originally Posted by Moparite
Looks all original! What are your plans for it?


I plan on getting mechanically sound, fix the rust and dents, paint the wheels and bumpers bright white and re-paint the white on the body and leave the rest alone for now.

I want it to stay stock ride height!

Not sure yet if I what, I don't need, a roll bar.

Since it has been setting lots of little things need attention. New key tumbler replaced, recharge/fix A/C, signal canceler fixed, both window mechanisms need lube and adjustment, transmission leak, needs a new hood latch, choke kick down is sticking...and that just in the two days I have driven it.


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Re: 1979 D150 4X4 Short bed [Re: 67vertman] #3062224
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great score!


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Re: 1979 D150 4X4 Short bed [Re: 67vertman] #3064132
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Got some thing done. Mostly just little things but it feels good to knock them off the list.
Replaced the broken hood latch and got the battery hold down cleaned and reconnected.
Got the wiring up under the dash and column like it should be, they had also disconnected the cruise control controller, so I got that rewired as well.
Pressure washed the underside and bed. Noticed the transmission pan was missing a bolt, which is causing the trans leak, and of course i don't have the right bolt on hand.
Adjusted the carb and fixed the fast idle, also fixed about ten vacuum lines that where cracked or disconnected.
The grille was rattling, missing two screw and half the other ones where lose.
Cleaned out the interior and gave it a good vacuuming, need to replace the carpet and pad.
Ordered new door seals, review mirror, carpet and pad and interior paint for the dash and door panels.

I got all that done and took it for a thirty minute drive.


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Re: 1979 D150 4X4 Short bed [Re: 67vertman] #3065181
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Excellent! And if you have to order new headlight adjusters DON'T get them from LMC Truck!!! Junk.


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Re: 1979 D150 4X4 Short bed [Re: larrymopar360] #3065231
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Originally Posted by larrymopar360
Excellent! And if you have to order new headlight adjusters DON'T get them from LMC Truck!!! Junk.


Thanks Larry! I haven't tried or seen LMC truck stuff yet. But I did order a rear view mirror from them om Sunday! It will be interesting to see what the quality is.


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Re: 1979 D150 4X4 Short bed [Re: 67vertman] #3065236
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The transmission was leaking pretty good. When I pressure washed it I notice it was missing a bolt.
Found a bolt and washer in my stash. Put it on and tightened all the bolts, most where at least a turn and a half loose. eek
We will see if it helped with the leek.


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Re: 1979 D150 4X4 Short bed [Re: 67vertman] #3065297
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Mopar automatic transmissions have a habit of leaking when they sit, without use, for almost any length of time.
The torque converter drains back into the pan and puts the fluid level above many seals on the transmission. The weaker seals allow the fluid drained from the converter to leak out onto the floor/ground. Its not entirely unusual to loose up to two quarts (maybe more) of ATF if an auto trans has been sitting for a month or more.

Fixing the leaking seals helps reduce or can sometimes even stop the fluid loss, but that doesn't cure the main issue. I believe it requires a valve body rebuild or replacement, and seal replacement, to cure the issue, but I've driven them many miles with a simple thing I do at every first start up, without doing a trans or VB rebuild.

That converter drain back is the reason I always start my auto trans Mopar and shift it into neutral for 30 seconds (up to a minute if the vehicle has been sitting a longer time) before I go anywhere after it has sat for more then 8 hours. What that does is fill the torque converter back up. Older Mopar transmissions do not run the fluid pump when the trans is in park. That solves the "morning sickness" the Mopar autos have for the first minute of operation on the first start up of the day, you know, when it just doesn't feel right at first. Gene

Re: 1979 D150 4X4 Short bed [Re: poorboy] #3065363
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Originally Posted by poorboy
Mopar automatic transmissions have a habit of leaking when they sit, without use, for almost any length of time.
The torque converter drains back into the pan and puts the fluid level above many seals on the transmission. The weaker seals allow the fluid drained from the converter to leak out onto the floor/ground. Its not entirely unusual to loose up to two quarts (maybe more) of ATF if an auto trans has been sitting for a month or more.

Fixing the leaking seals helps reduce or can sometimes even stop the fluid loss, but that doesn't cure the main issue. I believe it requires a valve body rebuild or replacement, and seal replacement, to cure the issue, but I've driven them many miles with a simple thing I do at every first start up, without doing a trans or VB rebuild.

That converter drain back is the reason I always start my auto trans Mopar and shift it into neutral for 30 seconds (up to a minute if the vehicle has been sitting a longer time) before I go anywhere after it has sat for more then 8 hours. What that does is fill the torque converter back up. Older Mopar transmissions do not run the fluid pump when the trans is in park. That solves the "morning sickness" the Mopar autos have for the first minute of operation on the first start up of the day, you know, when it just doesn't feel right at first. Gene


Great piece of info. All my older Mopars until this one have been manuals.


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Re: 1979 D150 4X4 Short bed [Re: 67vertman] #3065402
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Nice truck. I would bet the miles are over 150k not that it matters.

Re: 1979 D150 4X4 Short bed [Re: NITROUSN] #3065593
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Yes poorboy, same here. My old Police car Diplomat with 727 is same. No leaks but I start and go right to neutral and wait a bit idling. If not there can be a several second delay sometimes before it actually engages Reverse to back out of garage.

When I got my '79 PW it was leaking from pan and selector shaft seal so I replaced those and it's good now.


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