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My 78 W150 club cab
« on: August 10, 2011, 10:12:34 PM »
Ok lets see if this works. This is my 78 Power Wagon I bought last year for $300 bucks. It came with a running 75 parts truck with a good running 360. He bought the 78 from a junkyard and it sat for over ten years. He said the 360 in the 78 had a rod out because the motor knocked loud when it ran. Come to find out it was just a broken flex plate. Just been slowly gettin the 78 road worthy to make it a daily driver. More to come.

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Re: My 78 W150 club cab
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2011, 08:31:47 AM »
This is the parts truck i got with the 78. The box actaully folded in half when I lifted it off the frame. The guy I got it from used the truck for his tree service he did on the side. He beat the snot out of it but it just keep on tickin. The 360 ran good and strong. Like all 360s i have owned. More to come.

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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2011, 07:45:48 AM »
Looks good, Barry!!!   {cool}

HMMMM, still has the original whitespokes.   :)
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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2011, 08:14:28 AM »
Thanks Pete. I hate to say it but I had to get diff spokes for the front. I've went against everything you belive in and converted the axle to a 5x5.5 bolt pattern part time axle. I had a bad experience with my last full time axle bearings on a 77 I used to have so I change um over. And yes I kept them fully greased and sealed as I should have.
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Re: My 78 W150 club cab
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2011, 09:51:50 AM »
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Re: My 78 W150 club cab
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2011, 05:06:19 PM »
This is the engine pulling that went on. The motor ended up being a good runner in the 78 so I placed it in dry storage till I find me a Ramcharger to put it in. The motor from the 75 got a little freshing up. New crank and rod bearings, oil pump and pick up, valve seals, 268 comp rv cam, new lifters, water pump, fuel pump, new 600 holley and factorty 4 barrel intake, headers and new dual exhaust with turbos and a very needed bath and paint. Cleaned up the 203 t-case and 727 tranny with new seals and filter. The engine bay was a mess after power washing cause original owner had it zbarted when it was new so the zbart over spray was everywhere. Had some rust free fender wheels to put in. Gave it a good coating of rust o leum black and slapped the 360 in. Purrs like a kitten now. More like a loin when you stomp on the right pedal.
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Re: My 78 W150 club cab
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2011, 09:23:31 AM »
Thanks Pete. I hate to say it but I had to get diff spokes for the front. I've went against everything you belive in and converted the axle to a 5x5.5 bolt pattern part time axle. I had a bad experience with my last full time axle bearings on a 77 I used to have so I change um over. And yes I kept them fully greased and sealed as I should have.

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If you're keeping the 203, Barry, the later CAD axle outers are a good option.   ;D
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Re: My 78 W150 club cab
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2011, 04:43:04 PM »
I planned on using the 203 with just keepin the lockouts engaged at all times. I used the outers from a 82 RC D44 axle. Are you saying the CAD outers would be better?

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Re: My 78 W150 club cab
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2011, 06:50:11 AM »
 :) That engine looks pretty. anything special done to it or just painted up? what are your plans for the rest of the truck
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« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2011, 08:52:19 AM »
Motor ran good when pulled so I just put new bearings, 268 comp cam, ect. I have listed above what I all did to motor. My plans for now with the truck is I'm redoing all the brakes, fuel system the wiring was shot in the truck so had to replace all that. Had all the wiring from another truck that was in good shape so I put that in. Need to find a good box for it cause the truck does have a darkside to it. That would be the passenger side of the box. It is really rusted out. Had the factory tool box in the bedside and all the road slop got caught above it and just starting rotting out the whole pass side. Cab is really solid. Only a few small holes in floor boards. Plans are also for a little suspesion lift. 4 inch is the most I wanna go with. Wanna use the truck like a truck is made for. Hauling the boat, scrap yard visits, trips to the dump, camping. Just gonna have fun with it and fix it as I go.

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Re: My 78 W150 club cab
« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2011, 01:56:02 PM »
I planned on using the 203 with just keepin the lockouts engaged at all times. I used the outers from a 82 RC D44 axle. Are you saying the CAD outers would be better?

The CAD outers would eliminate the locking hubs, which you don't need anyway, but retain the 5 x 5.5" wheel bolt pattern.   ;D
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Re: My 78 W150 club cab
« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2011, 10:42:51 AM »
Took it out on its maiden voyage Saturday. Drove it to gas station and around the neighborhood. First time it has really been driven other than to the exhaust shop since I started fixing it up a year and seven months ago. Felt good to actually drive it. Has a few bugs to work out but not bad. Need to fiqure out a fix for the trans kickdown since putting a four barrel on it. Dont wanna put to much work into that since I accuired a '74 W200 for parts with a NP435 and 205 t case that will be going in in the near future. 
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« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2011, 11:18:06 AM »
Drove it to work the other day and the brake booster started making loud sucking noises when I press the pedal down so I'm assuming the booster is toast now. I believe its the original so prob have a cracked diaphram in it. Not sure how much more work I will get done on it until next spring. A long box ext. cab dont fit in my garage to well so it will sit outside all winter. Prob spend the winter cleaning up the 435/205 and going through the d44 and d60 thats going in it. Gotta find a disc brake set up for front d44 also.
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« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2011, 03:19:51 AM »
Id address the 4bbl kickdown asap cause that will burn up your trans.
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Re: My 78 W150 club cab
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2011, 09:37:57 AM »
I'm aware of the trans kickdown but I only live two blocks from my work so I wasnt to worried. I have only driven the truck like three times just around the neighborhood so I was hopeing I would'nt hurt the trans without a kickdown. It will prob be the last time until the 435/ 205 swap is done. It bums me out cause I have spent all this time and money gettin the truck all together and now I cant afford to put insurance on it right now. So it sits waiting patiently in the corner of the yard.
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Re: My 78 W150 club cab
« Reply #15 on: September 20, 2011, 10:43:46 AM »
Don't get me started on insurance.  It's crazy that I have to pay more for two vehicles when I can only drive one at a time!  Oh well, someone has to pay for the cute gecko to be on the superbowl ads.   >:(
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« Reply #16 on: September 20, 2011, 12:20:09 PM »
We recently added our 16 yr old to our insurance so as alot of parents know that a 16 yr old male is terribly expensive to have insurance on.
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« Reply #17 on: September 20, 2011, 02:25:14 PM »
Contrary to popular opinion they don't get cheaper after they move out, either! 

Did you use any parts from the W200 or are you gonna fix that one up?  Betcha the 16 year old wouldn't mind having an old 4x4...
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« Reply #18 on: September 21, 2011, 08:24:38 PM »
This is how the 74 sits at the moment. It will not be fixed up. The frame is rotted through in spots and the cab is to far gone. I dont feel like doing any frame repair so off the left overs go to the scrap yard. Scrap is at $205 a ton here now so hopefully with what I already got laying around and the left overs I can make my money back. The running gear will live on in the club cab.
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« Reply #19 on: November 2, 2011, 05:52:29 PM »
Figured I better update since I have been wrenchin on the ol girl lately. We have had good weather so I decided to get some work done before the snow comes since I'm committed to workin in the driveway. Cleaned up the springs off the '74 I stripped down and installed them. In the pic I have the old ubolts on but they are just there for mock up. New ones will be installed. I think it sits to high in the rear but I might put some shorter spring blocks on I have lying around. Any thoughts?
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Re: My 78 W150 club cab
« Reply #20 on: November 2, 2011, 07:20:37 PM »
Nice club Ragman! Keep up the good work.
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« Reply #21 on: November 3, 2011, 09:23:11 AM »
Nice club Ragman! Keep up the good work.

Thanks. I've seen the pics of your club cab and it's a sweet truck too. I wasnt really looking into getting a club cab when I was looking at buying another Power Wagon. I like the looks of a regular cab better myself but for $300 I could'nt pass it up. It has grown on me since owning it. It is the only one I've seen around the area and I like to be different.

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« Reply #22 on: December 1, 2011, 08:13:30 PM »
Have not been doin a whole lot on the truck lately but did get my new seat and cover installed. Seat was outta the 74 W200 I parted out. The cover has been sittin new in the box in the basement for 15 yrs. Feels good to park my ass on a seat with all the foam and no busted springs. Jerry rigged a extension on my trans kickdown to work until I install the 4 speed. It seems to work good. Also started cleaning up the 205 and np435. Damn near need a jack hammer to get some of the crud off.
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« Reply #23 on: December 5, 2011, 09:18:28 AM »
Nice kickdown - and cheaper than a lockar! 

Betcha can't wait til spring.  What gear do you have in your axles?  Just wondering how that 435 will do in granny. 
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« Reply #24 on: December 5, 2011, 10:40:09 AM »
Glad to hear from ya again. How's it feel to be back in Colorado?

Right now the 1/2 ton axles have 3.55s but I have the D44 and D60 outta the '74 I'm gonna put in. They have 4.10s in them.  Fiqured I better wait and install the 205 and 435 when I do the axle swap since I'm sure I will have rear drive shaft issues because I'm going from a married 203 to a divorced 205 and the D60 takes a shorter drive shaft. Will prob be spring before I start on that project. Funds are short this time of year and the axles will need all the brakes rebuilt. Wanna find a disc brake set up for the D44 but I will prob run the drums for the time being till I can find a disc brake set up. My only option will prob be from a Chevy D44. Have not seen many 8 lug Dodge D44s around here. There is a 70's 3/4 Chevy sitting right across the street from my work that just sits there with a disc brake D44. Maybe the guy will come outside one day and find it sitting up on blocks.  ;) lol! Picked up a nice set of used 265/75/16 A/T tires for $30 off craigslist the other day. Got my tires for the axle swap just gotta find 3 more stock 16x7 steel wheels for it.
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« Reply #25 on: December 6, 2011, 02:32:20 PM »
Great to be back in CO - although it's colder here than in Omaha...that normally only happens in the summer!

I would love to have a 4 spd in Cleatus.  Looks like you are doing it right.  I drove front drums on a truck back in the day.  To tell you the truth, bump steer scared me more than those brakes.  Still, if you can go to Disc I would.  Nice score on the tires.  I gotta do something about my diesel wheels - they're on 16.5 wheels.  Let me know if you source any 16s for cheeeep.
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« Reply #26 on: December 22, 2011, 10:03:59 PM »
Well the man in the big brown truck left me a early xmas present. My new to me 360 flywheel. Traded straight up for a 400 flywheel with another member. Thanks Dave.  ;)  Now you can complete your beast and I can continue with mine. I will get back to ya about that big block bell houseing.

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« Reply #27 on: December 29, 2011, 11:13:40 PM »
Love your club!!! It seems the cats think they need a new flywheel, too  :D I hope to get to work on mine soon, too (my club, not my cats hehehe)
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« Reply #28 on: December 30, 2011, 03:20:34 PM »
Thanks man. I seen your club, Looks sweet. Hopefully mine can be that beastly some day. Yeah the cats think they need to be in all my business all the time.
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« Reply #29 on: February 2, 2012, 09:23:24 PM »
Made a 600 mile round trip last Saturday to pick up my new solid box I bought from another member. Thanks Jamie. It was located down in Kansas. It has a little bondo work somebody did on the drivers side wheel arch that is starting to rust again but it is ten times better then what I got now. I picked up a wheel arch patch panel at a swap meet last year for 5 bucks. I knew I bought it for a reason. I dont have much experience in body work so it will be a new venture for me. Thinking of doing a high dollar paint job like Eric did on Judge.  ;) I am not really interested in having a really nice paint job on it because it will just get banged up anyway. The wife thought I was going nuts when I told her I was gonna paint it with a roller. She even thought I was gonna use house paint. lol!

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« Reply #30 on: February 2, 2012, 11:08:15 PM »
Nice! Sounds like a fun little adventure you had there. Bonus, is it has the storage box.
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« Reply #31 on: March 11, 2012, 09:25:10 PM »
Love that club! I'm currently starting in on my home-made paint job too. I think I'm going to use tractor/equipment paint and a 30$ gun I bought. Please keep us posted on the how your body work progresses. Speaking from experience; More coats on a 4by is good! And don't skimp on the clean-up and prep, you will regret it later. Keeping the same colors?
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« Reply #32 on: March 12, 2012, 04:36:17 AM »
I "rollered" mine 3 years ago. I throw logging chains and binders on the hood and all sorts of tools and it is holding up. And a big plus is that a trip to Fleet Farm or Tractor Supply and I can repair any major scratches or chips.  ;D
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« Reply #33 on: March 12, 2012, 08:35:18 AM »
I "rollered" mine 3 years ago. I throw logging chains and binders on the hood and all sorts of tools and it is holding up. And a big plus is that a trip to Fleet Farm or Tractor Supply and I can repair any major scratches or chips.  ;D

That's awesome news! I plan on using farm/tractor paint too. Can't beat 30$ a gallon!
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« Reply #34 on: March 12, 2012, 10:28:02 AM »
Yep I will be "rolling" the ol paint on mine too. Already picked my paint out from Tractor Supply Company. Van Sickle tractor, equipment and industrial gloss white. I'm not sure how soon I will get to my body work now. Buying a '95 Ford Bronco for $500 for my 16 year old and it needs tires so I told him he could have the 31/10.5/15s off my Club. So now I gotta get my 3/4 axles swapped over sooner then planned because I have some 265/75/16s I bought for $30 off craigslist for that swap. Still looking for 3 more 16x7 8 lug factory steel wheels for the Club. I love the look of the steel wheels with a dog dish hub cap.
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« Reply #35 on: April 28, 2012, 11:00:35 AM »
Well I finally found a D44 with lockouts for my disc brake swap. Picked it up off craigslist for $50. It's off a '73 Chevy. Got the big ol Spicer Hub Loc hubs. I hear they are hard to find parts for but everything is there and they work so I'm gonna run them. The D60 is all cleaned up and ready.
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« Reply #36 on: April 28, 2012, 11:23:10 AM »
nice club you got and killer deal on the price for it!  {cool} when you painted your engine it almost looks like you clear coated it, did you? looks great
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« Reply #37 on: April 28, 2012, 08:43:25 PM »
nice club you got and killer deal on the price for it!  {cool} when you painted your engine it almost looks like you clear coated it, did you? looks great

No clear coat. Just Dupli-color semi-gloss Chrysler blue. I think it's so shiney because I said "say cheese" as I was takin the picture.  :)
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1996 Dodge Ram 1500 Club Cab

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Re: My 78 W150 club cab
« Reply #38 on: May 2, 2012, 12:34:21 PM »
Well the chevy D44 was a let down. Once I pulled the lockouts off the hub the plastic knobs are broke on the backside. Both sides. Luckily I found and old set of the Warn external hubs in my stash o' parts. So they will do. The real shitty part of the deal is who ever put the wheel bearings in last time stripped the threads on both spindles. I got the threads cleaned up on one of them and I can still use it. The other side I'm not to sure. Got the spindle nuts to go on but I can feel a little slop in the threads. Not sure it will be safe once it's all together with the snap ring holding it in place. Should be fun trying to hunt down another spindle. Good times!
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« Reply #39 on: May 2, 2012, 03:49:42 PM »
i believe there were only 3 or 4 different spindles for the dana-44's. check out partsmike.com. there is alot of good info there. and of course there is the "bible" over on pirate.

http://www.pirate4x4.com/tech/bible/index.html#GMFE

http://www.partsmike.com/tech-help/spindle-id/

lots more info on partsmike if you dig a little.
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« Reply #40 on: May 3, 2012, 09:36:09 AM »
Thanks for the links m-o-p-a-r! It's good to know some more info on what chevy offered since I'm not real knowledgable on what they had to offer. I did find a few hits on fleabay that have the spindle I need. They run about $40.

I did find this tasty bit 'o info on the Spicer hub loc hubs. http://forum.73-87chevytrucks.com/smforum/index.php?topic=22710.0 There is a trick on how to repair the plastic knob so I may go that route.
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Re: My 78 W150 club cab
« Reply #41 on: July 28, 2012, 11:01:01 PM »
It's been awhile since I've posted. Have not been working on the truck itself much this summer. Money has been tight so been buying parts as I go. I've been preping the new axles for install. The 8 lug D44 I got from my '74 parts truck ended up having blown spider gears and 1 bad carrier bearing. Got the axles swapped in this week. Still gotta get new brake hoses for the calipers yet. The Dodge hoses dont fit on the Chevy calipers. Too short. Went ahead and put a little spacer in under the drivers side spring to get rid of the ol' Dodge driverside droop while I had it apart. I Just cut down an old leaf spring for a spacer. It dont sit perfectly level but pretty dang close anyway. The 4 speed and 205 t case swap will be next. Hopefully soon. It all depends on money flow.
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« Reply #42 on: July 30, 2012, 12:06:00 AM »
thats a cool trick with the cut down leaf spring spacer
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« Reply #43 on: July 30, 2012, 10:01:26 PM »
thats a cool trick with the cut down leaf spring spacer

Yep. Just had an extra beefy lower overload spring lying around and cut it down to 5 in. and added it to the spring pack. Just used a longer grade 8 bolt for a centering pin and grounded the head down to make it round. I had seen in a post in the vehicle help section about they made a spacer for them from the factory. There was a recall on them back in the day I guess. I belive it was ledzep_06 that posted a pic of one off of his truck so I tried to think of a way to make my own. Best way I could think of on the cheap.
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« Reply #44 on: July 31, 2012, 11:42:04 PM »
...And I intern will most likely copy the idea off your copy of the idea to level out my rear end. ;D
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« Reply #45 on: August 1, 2012, 06:50:57 AM »
good memory ragman lol. i was trying to find the picture i posted of the factory spacer but photobucket is being stubborn. i agree on the leaf spring idea, nice mod.  {cool}
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Re: My 78 W150 club cab
« Reply #46 on: August 1, 2012, 09:36:09 AM »
Good job Ragman. {cool}

I need to do the same with the leaf springs on my Ramcharger.
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Re: My 78 W150 club cab
« Reply #47 on: August 2, 2012, 03:46:33 PM »
Thanks guys, I'd also like to give a shout out to fellow RCC member goatnard for sending me the front driverside spring mount, that I hunted all over for for my D44. With a little massaging with the air chisel and a round in the sand blaster it cleaned up nice. Thanks buddy!
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« Reply #48 on: August 2, 2012, 03:55:49 PM »
Oh and don't laugh at my extra long u bolts. I havn't cut the excess off yet.  :P  I'm not a fan of the down facing u bolts but I don't do any extreme off roading so I'm not to worried about getting hung up on them. It's also all I got to work with at this time.
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1996 Dodge Ram 1500 Club Cab

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« Reply #49 on: August 22, 2012, 09:29:59 PM »
I been busy workin' on the ol Club getting the 435 and 205 mocked up. The crossmembers don't line up with any of the holes from the 727/203 set up so I have been gettin real close to burning up my drill with drilling new holes in the frame. It's a lot of fun trying to drill holes on the top side of the frame with the cab in the way so I borrowed a friends duck bill drill. Worked pretty good. Cleaned up and painted all the linkage and bracketry. Still gotta pick up a new clutch, new seals and gaskets for trans and t case. Also decided I would wire wheel the floors since I got a little rust action going on. Not sure what I'm gonna cover it with yet. Por-15 or something else. It's sure gets me excited to see the shifter sticking out of the floor. I'm a sucker for 4 speeds.   
1978 W150 Club Cab "Spare Change" D44/D60,360/435/205
1963 Dodge Dart- Built 360/833 4-speed
1996 Dodge Ram 1500 Club Cab

 

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