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Offline Griffon84

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Buying a 74' Power Wagon w100, advice needed...
« on: June 29, 2012, 03:33:52 AM »
I'm looking at a 1974 Powerwagon w100 with a nice 360/4spd/205 with d44 and 9 1/4 (out of a 92').  It needs a drivers door (any suggestions?), new ignition cyl., battery tray(any suggestions).  It has no rust but needs restored, the drivetrain seems to be in top shape but am wondering if anyone has a good source for interior parts and any particular things to look for on this  year?  I'm planning on a budget restoration w/paint and using it to haul a camper.  It is lifted and has 4" blocks in the rear and was thinking about replacing rear springs and eliminating the blocks (any suggestions on brand for weight carrying?).  Motor has been rebuilt and simplified but has headers with at least one exhaust leak, does anyone have a P/N for some good gaskets?  Any help or advice greatly appreciated.
1975 W100 Shortbed/360/auto
1971 Plymouth Scamp/360/auto
2004 Ram 2500/Cummins HO/auto

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Re: Buying a 74' Power Wagon w100, advice needed...
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2012, 03:38:43 AM »
How do I have negative karma already :'(
1975 W100 Shortbed/360/auto
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Re: Buying a 74' Power Wagon w100, advice needed...
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2012, 05:49:28 AM »
How do I have negative karma already :'(

well with 7 posts you said something that pissed some anal a-hole off / LOL  / besides dont let it bother you / there's DA,s that have more negative karma than posts and they dont get the clue that there morons


so what your say.in is both rears are 1992,s so you have DISC in front instead of drum

the door interchange is 1972 to 1980
the battery tray is 1972 to 1993

just so you know from the start there is absolutely NO aftermarket parts for a DODGE truck when it comes to the interior

4 inch blocks in the rear are factory and every dodge truck thats a 4x4 has them [1972 to 1993]

new ignition lock at NAPA
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Re: Buying a 74' Power Wagon w100, advice needed...
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2012, 08:37:23 AM »
Thank You.  Any parts house should be able to get some nice thick header gaskets, right?
1975 W100 Shortbed/360/auto
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Re: Buying a 74' Power Wagon w100, advice needed...
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2012, 08:51:52 AM »
A '74 will be a divorced transfer case truck and originally has one fo the heaviest drivetrains ever put in a 1/2 ton.  The fact that they swapped out the axles is a bit of a minus in my book since all you gained was a more troublesome rear axle and disc brakes up front.  I'd see if he still has the 8 3/4" and drum brake D44 that came out of it.  The 8 3/4" is a much better rear axle in my opinion and the disc brakes can be swapped onto the old D44 housing to get rid of the CAD axle since it's completely unnecessary in that truck.  Other than those issues, make sure the driveshaft between the transmission and transfer case is tight and the yokes don't have any slack.  Check the floors, wheelwells, lower fenders, rocker panels, cab corners and the drip rail above the windshield for rust or evidence of crappy rust repairs.  Like Dodgeboys said above, it's probably the factory block in the rear and the early '70s trucks sat up quite a bit higher on the suspension than the later trucks.  If the truck appears solid and the price is right, I'd pick it up.  My '74 W100 and W200 were two of the best trucks I have ever owned.
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Re: Buying a 74' Power Wagon w100, advice needed...
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2012, 08:52:00 AM »
Thank You.  Any parts house should be able to get some nice thick header gaskets, right?

yup / NAPA has some new ones that are suppose to be the balls
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Re: Buying a 74' Power Wagon w100, advice needed...
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2012, 07:45:47 PM »
No go, thanks for the advice.  Body was too rough and too many "custom" options installed by the owner with a limited  :-Xtool box.
1975 W100 Shortbed/360/auto
1971 Plymouth Scamp/360/auto
2004 Ram 2500/Cummins HO/auto

 

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