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Project 79 Powerwagon #3224215
04/01/24 12:22 PM
04/01/24 12:22 PM
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west palm beach, florida
modelmakerinc Offline OP
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Well, Here is my latest project. I had done a considerable amount of work and contributed some funds into my nephews truck "Power Dragon" and this is my reimbursement. The idea is to add a mildly built 318, get the rest of the truck mechanically sound and cleaned up a bit. All the little crap that is worn out,
missing or broken, brakes, hoses, radio, etc.

Wont get to it for a few weeks but I wanted to start a thread.

Right now it "Runs" issue with fuel delivery, does move on its own and may actually drive, has not been driven in many years though.

At some point a 85 model year engine, trans NP208 transfer-case and front axle assembly was installed into this.

just starting to learn what I'm going to be needing. I hope I can lean on you all in this forum for assistance.

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Re: Project 79 Powerwagon [Re: modelmakerinc] #3224246
04/01/24 12:53 PM
04/01/24 12:53 PM
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north of coder
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back in my junkyard ownership days, i had a 73 powerwagon that originally came with a 318.
was a super easy deal to swap a 440 into it.
when i bought the house i live in back in 1984, i sold the truck to pay for the paperwork required.
the same family still owns it today, and it still retains the same drivetrain i installed all those years ago. i was told the truck still runs like a bear !
beer

Re: Project 79 Powerwagon [Re: moparx] #3224278
04/01/24 02:27 PM
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Its a lot harder (and a lot more expensive) to put a 440 (or any big block) in where a 318 now rests. The big blocks made a lot more power, and if you could keep your foot out of the throttle, actually got better (or the same) gas mileage most of the time, but those days are gone, the parts are getting harder to come by. The 318 works well in those old power wagons.

I think I would probably start by replacing all the steel and rubber pieces in the fuel line(s) between the tank and the car (both lines if it has a return line). Those old steel line would get rust pinholes up near the tank and would suck both fuel and air causing problems that are hard to see or find. If it has been sitting, I would also plan on replacing all the brake steel lines and rubber hoses (and probably calipers and wheel cylinders) as well. If the firewall or brake booster is wet behind/below the master cylinder, plan on replacing it as well. Those rubber seals and hoses don't survive well just sitting, and the steel lines are all rust magnets. Just my experience.

Re: Project 79 Powerwagon [Re: poorboy] #3224312
04/01/24 03:38 PM
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west palm beach, florida
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All and every mechanical part that does not seem 100% worthy will be replaced. The fuel system is first. I'm going to try and only do one system at a time to avoid having the truck become immobile.


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Re: Project 79 Powerwagon [Re: modelmakerinc] #3224497
04/02/24 12:34 PM
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Having seen some of your work, I look forward to following your progress. up

Re: Project 79 Powerwagon [Re: Fat_Mike] #3224537
04/02/24 02:52 PM
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west palm beach, florida
modelmakerinc Offline OP
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Having wheeled this through tons of mud, woods and the everglades finest, (before making it pretty) i know it doesn't take a big motor to enjoy a off road trip, proper gearing and tires suited to your power level is the key. I am going to build a mechanically sound fun truck and try to be budget conscious.

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Re: Project 79 Powerwagon [Re: modelmakerinc] #3225157
04/05/24 07:01 AM
04/05/24 07:01 AM
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What are your plans for it? Daily driver, wheeling or other?







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