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Old 08-10-2011, 10:40 PM   #1
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Default Last of the Powerwagons

1979 was the last year of the post WW2 PowerWagons for civilians.The original Powerwagon had the Utiline bed in 1941. My choice has always been the 1979 W150 Warlock with the utiline bed. Not as stong as the the '47-'67 W300 versions, but I feel '72-'79 W150 were more "user friendly" (high speed & being nible on the road).
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Old 08-10-2011, 10:41 PM   #2
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I want one of them so bad!
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Old 08-10-2011, 11:38 PM   #3
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I love these trucks! I found a '76 D250 4x4 that someone had dropped 440 in a few months ago. They had it just outside my price range, though.
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I love these trucks! I found a '76 D250 4x4 that someone had dropped 440 in a few months ago. They had it just outside my price range, though.
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$750. I only had $600 at the time and he wouldn't come down. What really pissed me off is he sold it the next day for $650!!
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Damn...thats cheap!
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Old 08-10-2011, 11:53 PM   #7
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Gah!! i know where there are a couple of these..one was a stepside but they were selling it without the bed and the other was a Macho power wagon they wanted like 3k for.
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Damn...thats cheap!
The body was pretty toasted (30+ years in Indiana will do that!), but the frame and drivetrain were solid. It was just a standard longbed tho. If it was a Utiline, I would have ripped my pocket off to get the rest of the money for it!
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Old 08-11-2011, 08:38 AM   #9
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I have a friend that just finished up a '77. Its a slick SOB. I'll try to get some pics of it & post them up.

I love this era of Dodge trucks, but I can't gag the stacked headlights.
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Old 08-11-2011, 08:25 PM   #10
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Default Can't beat the light at night.

Of coarse, that was the option. Single head lights were standard.
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Old 08-12-2011, 06:14 PM   #11
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One of these days, I plan to stop by this place in the country that I passed one day on the way to the lake about 45 minutes outside of town. He had 3 late 70's Power Wagons in his front yard, both the single and dual headlights. I gotta start keeping a camera in the truck. It was a winding hill country road and I was hauling ass. He may be my new best friend someday!

Back at the end of July I jumped at the chance to purchase a 79 Power Wagon for $1,000 posted on Craigslist. It had a 440 motor, roll bar, custom front and rear bumpers with grill guard, rebuilt tranny, 9" body and suspension lift, and 44's on 16" rims. Best of all it was in my favorite Army green. By the time I got out there the next day it was gone with the wind.
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Old 08-12-2011, 06:55 PM   #12
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There's fate question when finding and purchasing an old vehicle. If you were meant to have it, it would have been yours...........You probably know, '78 was the last year for the 440 engine in 1/2 ton. '79 was the last year for 413 in a HD Truck.
I have only seen one 413 in a 3/4 ton 1979 Dodge with the vin check out by me.

So a heavily modified truck sometimes can be a pain in the butt. Because some modifications are compromises and really miss the factory safety mark or reliability. Others modifcations are done but no records on what part manufacture was used and can contribute to other problems because of the unknowns.
Keep on the Quest for the right one!
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Old 08-13-2011, 12:34 AM   #13
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Thanks, my wife kept telling me stuff like that. It wasn't meant to be, there will be another come along, and all those great lines. At the time, all I heard was blah blah blah. I couldn't sleep that night tossing and turning thinking about it. But in the end, she was right as are you.

Hey, just noticed as I scrolled through it that this is the RED TRUCK THREAD.
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Hey, just noticed as I scrolled through it that this is the RED TRUCK THREAD.
Right on! Gotta love the red Dodges!
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I have a 78PW and I have a 73 2wd aswell. I will try to post pics later of the 78. It is in about to be rebuilt using 3/4ton running gear.
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Gotta Love these old Powerwagons..
Been working on mine for ever now & I still find myself wanting to do more..
I've owned a couple of these 72-80 bad boys & have a ton of extra parts.. drop me a line if your in need..
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Gotta Love these old Powerwagons..
Been working on mine for ever now & I still find myself wanting to do more..
I've owned a couple of these 72-80 bad boys & have a ton of extra parts.. drop me a line if your in need..
Man that truck is clean ! Don't forget to post up in the new member welcome section
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