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My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
« on: November 1, 2012, 10:44:23 pm »
Here's what it looked like on it's first off road trip in December 1973 after I first got it...



Because Chrysler decided to go on strike the month I ordered it, I had to wait until December to get it.
And those guys pulled that on me again when we ordered our 2009 Dodge Challenger Classic R/T.
Sheesh.
 

 
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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #1 on: November 1, 2012, 10:47:26 pm »
    Here it is in San Felipe, Mexico.
    Remember this was way back... when chrome was in.
    I hated chrome even back then.

    « Last Edit: July 4, 2017, 01:47:00 pm by KurtfromLaQuinta »
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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #2 on: November 1, 2012, 10:49:09 pm »
    At the dunes where General Patton trained the troops near an old train stop called Rice ...









    « Last Edit: July 4, 2017, 02:37:15 pm by KurtfromLaQuinta »
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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #3 on: November 1, 2012, 10:54:00 pm »
    dude that's an awesome truck!!   {beer}

    and welcome aboard!!

    matt
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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #4 on: November 1, 2012, 10:55:17 pm »
    This is before I had chains for all four...



    « Last Edit: July 4, 2017, 01:52:08 pm by KurtfromLaQuinta »
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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #5 on: November 1, 2012, 10:58:20 pm »
    dude that's an awesome truck!!   {beer}

    and welcome aboard!!

    matt
    Thanks.
    Well that was 38+ years ago.
    It's been in continual evolution since.
    I will probably overload this site with the chronological order of events  since 1973.
    « Last Edit: November 1, 2012, 11:05:28 pm by KurtfromLaQuinta »
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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #6 on: November 1, 2012, 11:02:23 pm »
    This is from an old "Sahara el Hamel" (The Fast Camels, Indio, California) run back in '74?


    « Last Edit: July 4, 2017, 01:53:56 pm by KurtfromLaQuinta »
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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #7 on: November 1, 2012, 11:04:53 pm »
    Glamis around 1977- '78???
    I was in the "Hang Four" 4WD Club for quite a few years...







    « Last Edit: July 4, 2017, 03:11:49 pm by KurtfromLaQuinta »
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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #8 on: November 1, 2012, 11:09:01 pm »
    My wife and I drove to Alaska on our honeymoon in June 1976.
    A shot out the window of Mile 0 of The Alcan in the town of Dawson Creek...



    Here's where the pavement ended and the mud began...



    And I meant mud.
    Stopping for gas on the Alcan...



    Leaving Dawson City crossing the Yukon River...



    Crossing the border from Yukon Territory into Alaska on "The Top of the World Highway"...




    « Last Edit: July 4, 2017, 02:49:31 pm by KurtfromLaQuinta »
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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #9 on: November 1, 2012, 11:57:38 pm »
    more please  {beer}
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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #10 on: November 2, 2012, 12:02:34 am »
    more please  {beer}
    Maybe tomorrow.
    It's way past my bedtime.
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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #11 on: November 2, 2012, 03:29:55 am »
    This is sweet, looking forward to more pics.
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    My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #12 on: November 2, 2012, 05:01:17 am »
    Too cool. Still have it?
    The "experts" are great at telling you what you can't do. Don't let someone else's opinion be your limiting factor.

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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #13 on: November 2, 2012, 06:39:57 am »
    Here it is in San Felipe, Mexico



    Crossing the border from Yukon Territory into Alaska on "The Top of the World Highway"...


    Pics from Mexico to Alaska.  Very nice.
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    « Reply #14 on: November 2, 2012, 06:44:47 am »
    very cool pics  {cool}. were the steps in the side of the bed a factory option?
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    « Reply #15 on: November 2, 2012, 09:06:21 am »
    That is GREAT you still have your old Dodge!!!!
    Around here they rustout  from under ya.
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    « Reply #16 on: November 2, 2012, 09:16:15 am »
    Wow.... Amazing post. Thank you.
    One day when humanity wipes itself off the face of the earth I hope we do such a thorough job that no other intelligent life will realize what idiots we were.

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    « Reply #17 on: November 2, 2012, 09:25:26 am »
    Too cool. Still have it?
    Oh yeah. It's part of the family.
    I'll try to show a chronological order of events here... if you have the time.  ;D
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    « Reply #18 on: November 2, 2012, 09:26:03 am »
    OMG! this is easily the most awsome thread on here! kudos to you for taking such good care of that awsome old rig. and the pics with the brief descriptions are fantastic. i cant wait to see more!
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    « Reply #19 on: November 2, 2012, 09:42:31 am »
    very cool pics  {cool}. were the steps in the side of the bed a factory option?
    Nope.
    When I bought it, there was this guy named Vic Hickey who had all these cool aftermarket doo dads for 4WD trucks. And I went nuts to fix my Dodge up.
    Still running those steps and the transfer case brace from him.






    500 c.i.- Scat Crank, Scat Rods, Indy Aluminum heads, Comp XR280HR Cam, Six-Pack, Milodon 8 qt. Pan, 727  (reverse-manual, low band apply, 5 clutch disc, 3 qt. xtra. pan), N.P. 205, Ford 9" rear axle (4:11, 31 spline axles, Detroit Locker, converted/ disc brakes). Dana 44 front (converted/ disc, 4:10, Tru-Trac limited slip). Hydra Boost Brake Booster, Gear Vendors OD. 600+ ft. lbs. of torque

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    « Reply #20 on: November 2, 2012, 09:54:48 am »
    That is GREAT you still have your old Dodge!!!!
    Around here they rustout  from under ya.
    Jim
    I know what you mean.
    You hardly ever see 73's or 74's anymore.
    Don't get me wrong here.
    I've replaced my floorboards in the past.
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    « Reply #21 on: November 2, 2012, 09:56:07 am »
    Can we see pics of the transfer case and the mods made through the years.

    That is pretty amazing. So how much have your modified the truck from stock since 1973?
    One day when humanity wipes itself off the face of the earth I hope we do such a thorough job that no other intelligent life will realize what idiots we were.

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    « Reply #22 on: November 2, 2012, 09:58:12 am »
    Looks like this truck has "seen some sh$*" Thanks for sharing the pics in chrono order, this is a cool thread.
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    « Reply #23 on: November 2, 2012, 09:59:55 am »
    Can we see pics of the transfer case and the mods made through the years.

    That is pretty amazing. So how much have your modified the truck from stock since 1973?

    Ditto.
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    « Reply #24 on: November 2, 2012, 10:13:56 am »
    Can we see pics of the transfer case and the mods made through the years.

    That is pretty amazing. So how much have your modified the truck from stock since 1973?
    Soon... very soon.
    I'm doing a Apherisis at the blood bank at the moment. It's hard to type with one hand!
    500 c.i.- Scat Crank, Scat Rods, Indy Aluminum heads, Comp XR280HR Cam, Six-Pack, Milodon 8 qt. Pan, 727  (reverse-manual, low band apply, 5 clutch disc, 3 qt. xtra. pan), N.P. 205, Ford 9" rear axle (4:11, 31 spline axles, Detroit Locker, converted/ disc brakes). Dana 44 front (converted/ disc, 4:10, Tru-Trac limited slip). Hydra Boost Brake Booster, Gear Vendors OD. 600+ ft. lbs. of torque

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    « Reply #25 on: November 2, 2012, 10:26:11 am »
    Looks like this truck has "seen some sh$*" Thanks for sharing the pics in chrono order, this is a cool thread.
    Oh it has for sure.
    Wait till you see when I drove it to Hawaii.  ;D
    500 c.i.- Scat Crank, Scat Rods, Indy Aluminum heads, Comp XR280HR Cam, Six-Pack, Milodon 8 qt. Pan, 727  (reverse-manual, low band apply, 5 clutch disc, 3 qt. xtra. pan), N.P. 205, Ford 9" rear axle (4:11, 31 spline axles, Detroit Locker, converted/ disc brakes). Dana 44 front (converted/ disc, 4:10, Tru-Trac limited slip). Hydra Boost Brake Booster, Gear Vendors OD. 600+ ft. lbs. of torque

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    « Reply #26 on: November 2, 2012, 10:35:48 am »
    Quote
    Wait till you see when I drove it to Hawaii.

    must have had one hell of a snorkel setup for vehicle and driver
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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #27 on: November 2, 2012, 01:16:23 pm »
    A few more pics from our honeymoon trip up the Alcan in '76...
    Sorry that this is a little out of sync.

    Road to the Sun in Glacier National Park...




    Sign Post City at Watson Lake, British Columbia...



    We took the Alaska Marine Highway from Haines, Alaska to Seattle.

    Departing the M/V Columbia at Seattle...


    « Last Edit: July 4, 2017, 02:53:08 pm by KurtfromLaQuinta »
    500 c.i.- Scat Crank, Scat Rods, Indy Aluminum heads, Comp XR280HR Cam, Six-Pack, Milodon 8 qt. Pan, 727  (reverse-manual, low band apply, 5 clutch disc, 3 qt. xtra. pan), N.P. 205, Ford 9" rear axle (4:11, 31 spline axles, Detroit Locker, converted/ disc brakes). Dana 44 front (converted/ disc, 4:10, Tru-Trac limited slip). Hydra Boost Brake Booster, Gear Vendors OD. 600+ ft. lbs. of torque

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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #28 on: November 2, 2012, 01:24:35 pm »
     {cool}  These pics are just to cool. Two of my favorite things. Alaska and Dodge trucks. Keep um' coming.
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    « Reply #29 on: November 2, 2012, 01:27:26 pm »
    Here's a few different runs we went on with our club way back in the day.

    A nasty local run- Indio Hill from the front side. Now closed like everything else...




    One of our members dabbled in photography.
    She did the negative shot on that same run...



    Our local Whitewater River...




    A really cool local area- Little San Bernadino Mountains. Now closed. It was swallowed up by Joshua Tree National Park...





    Somebody ::) wasn't paying attention...

    « Last Edit: July 4, 2017, 03:04:15 pm by KurtfromLaQuinta »
    500 c.i.- Scat Crank, Scat Rods, Indy Aluminum heads, Comp XR280HR Cam, Six-Pack, Milodon 8 qt. Pan, 727  (reverse-manual, low band apply, 5 clutch disc, 3 qt. xtra. pan), N.P. 205, Ford 9" rear axle (4:11, 31 spline axles, Detroit Locker, converted/ disc brakes). Dana 44 front (converted/ disc, 4:10, Tru-Trac limited slip). Hydra Boost Brake Booster, Gear Vendors OD. 600+ ft. lbs. of torque

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    « Reply #30 on: November 2, 2012, 01:42:39 pm »
    Some shots in the bowls of Glamis...





    Here's one with one of my first cosmetic updates.
    A '78 Plymouth Trail Duster grill, And I updated to 10" wide Jackman wheels.
    And I got rid of the Adventure Package side trim that always got hung up in the brush...



    « Last Edit: July 4, 2017, 03:12:48 pm by KurtfromLaQuinta »
    500 c.i.- Scat Crank, Scat Rods, Indy Aluminum heads, Comp XR280HR Cam, Six-Pack, Milodon 8 qt. Pan, 727  (reverse-manual, low band apply, 5 clutch disc, 3 qt. xtra. pan), N.P. 205, Ford 9" rear axle (4:11, 31 spline axles, Detroit Locker, converted/ disc brakes). Dana 44 front (converted/ disc, 4:10, Tru-Trac limited slip). Hydra Boost Brake Booster, Gear Vendors OD. 600+ ft. lbs. of torque

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    « Reply #31 on: November 2, 2012, 02:56:48 pm »
    What were the specs on the truck when you first bought it?
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    « Reply #32 on: November 2, 2012, 03:04:28 pm »
     {cool} keep it coming! this is awsome!
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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #33 on: November 2, 2012, 03:12:18 pm »
    Very cool!  My favorite trucks were my '74 W100 and W200.  I still say that was the last year for the "heaviest duty" 1/2 tons.  The specs on any later model simply can't compare.  Pity mine were eat up with rust before I ever owned them so their time with me was short.  If I win the lottery I plan to find a nice rust free example of a '74 W100 or W200 out west and bring back here to restore.  ;D

    Since you mentioned the transfer case brace and actually owned this truck back then, I have to ask what the purpose in the brace was?  My W100 did not have one and the W200 had a home fab brace that I took off and I never had any issues with the transfer case moving or anything.  I wheeled the hell out of the W100 and swapped in a nice 383 for power and never saw any issues and couldn't understand why the braces existed.  Several "old timers" told me that I had to have one, but could not explain why.  Since you have one from what was a common truck accessory manufacturer back then, I am curious how these things were marketed and what problem they were supposed to solve.
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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #34 on: November 2, 2012, 04:43:34 pm »
    What were the specs on the truck when you first bought it?
    I ordered it with a 360 (biggest at the time for Power Wagons) 4 Barrel (the big 850 Thermo-quad... great uphill, down was foot on brake, foot on gas revving, trans in neutral. I'm glad those days are over), 727 Loadflight (yes that's what they were called for the trucks), the "awesome" front and rear "heavy duty" drum brakes, California emissions (I just had to get that. ::) Thankfully there wasn't much... no air pump at least), "high performance" single exhaust (it did sound awesome. Hey I was excited to finally get my truck!), 26 gallon behind the seat gas tank (stock item), heavy duty cooling (with the awesome coolant recovery tank that still works great.) / tow package, Hemi transcooler (do you know what repops of those things sell for now today? And mine still works great.), NP 205 divorced transfer case (at the time I didn't realize what a gem that unit was... and still is!), 3.55 gears w/ Sure Grip (no Chevy Posi here) in the 8 3/4 rear axle, Dana 44 open front axle ( I was a dummy not getting the clutch limited slip), the cheapest tires I could get, Warn locking hubs, air conditioning, Adventurer Package, tinted windows, cargo light, cigar lighter! (Dick Landy was my hero), 100 mph speedo (which can wrap around pass the 0 mph... more on that later) and the cool factory cruise control!
    500 c.i.- Scat Crank, Scat Rods, Indy Aluminum heads, Comp XR280HR Cam, Six-Pack, Milodon 8 qt. Pan, 727  (reverse-manual, low band apply, 5 clutch disc, 3 qt. xtra. pan), N.P. 205, Ford 9" rear axle (4:11, 31 spline axles, Detroit Locker, converted/ disc brakes). Dana 44 front (converted/ disc, 4:10, Tru-Trac limited slip). Hydra Boost Brake Booster, Gear Vendors OD. 600+ ft. lbs. of torque

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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #35 on: November 2, 2012, 04:47:56 pm »
    How much of that do you have left???

    One day when humanity wipes itself off the face of the earth I hope we do such a thorough job that no other intelligent life will realize what idiots we were.

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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #36 on: November 2, 2012, 04:50:12 pm »
    Very cool!  My favorite trucks were my '74 W100 and W200.  I still say that was the last year for the "heaviest duty" 1/2 tons.  The specs on any later model simply can't compare.  Pity mine were eat up with rust before I ever owned them so their time with me was short.  If I win the lottery I plan to find a nice rust free example of a '74 W100 or W200 out west and bring back here to restore.  ;D

    Since you mentioned the transfer case brace and actually owned this truck back then, I have to ask what the purpose in the brace was?  My W100 did not have one and the W200 had a home fab brace that I took off and I never had any issues with the transfer case moving or anything.  I wheeled the hell out of the W100 and swapped in a nice 383 for power and never saw any issues and couldn't understand why the braces existed.  Several "old timers" told me that I had to have one, but could not explain why.  Since you have one from what was a common truck accessory manufacturer back then, I am curious how these things were marketed and what problem they were supposed to solve.
    Heck I don't know. It was the 24" wheels for the day.  ;)
    No?
    The case had a tendency to rock a little under heavy load. So I figured why not keep the cross member from cracking. And it was in Vic Hickeys catalog.
    « Last Edit: November 2, 2012, 05:07:32 pm by KurtfromLaQuinta »
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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #37 on: November 2, 2012, 05:06:51 pm »
    How much of that do you have left???
    A short list... the door handles.
    Well as for the factory installed items... I still run the 727 (well it now has a big block case.. so maybe no there).
    The coolant recovery tank (well I gave that to my son for one of his projects. I found a place that had some NOS ones... so mine looks brand new again.)
    The gas tank! (Well I got into that once for an ill conceived fuel injection project) It's still the same one though.
    The great 205 that I've gone through twice now (I don't know what for, it always looked good both times and it's got at least 500,000 miles on it). And the corresponding shifter knob!
    The Dana 44 front axle ( I've gone through it a couple of times since it was new). It just won't die. I do baby it a lot.
    The rear end not so much. (I've twisted some axles in the past)
    The cargo light and cigar lighter (they still work).
    The trans cooler.
    Frame.
    The tires have changed about 14 times though.
    « Last Edit: November 2, 2012, 05:09:50 pm by KurtfromLaQuinta »
    500 c.i.- Scat Crank, Scat Rods, Indy Aluminum heads, Comp XR280HR Cam, Six-Pack, Milodon 8 qt. Pan, 727  (reverse-manual, low band apply, 5 clutch disc, 3 qt. xtra. pan), N.P. 205, Ford 9" rear axle (4:11, 31 spline axles, Detroit Locker, converted/ disc brakes). Dana 44 front (converted/ disc, 4:10, Tru-Trac limited slip). Hydra Boost Brake Booster, Gear Vendors OD. 600+ ft. lbs. of torque

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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #38 on: November 2, 2012, 05:12:40 pm »
    That is really amazing! Keep them coming. So do you do all your own work?
    One day when humanity wipes itself off the face of the earth I hope we do such a thorough job that no other intelligent life will realize what idiots we were.

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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #39 on: November 2, 2012, 05:14:16 pm »
    We used to go to Pismo Beach camping a lot when the kids were younger. Here's a shot of our 5th wheel and our Hobie Cat. The truck was our RV for quite a few years. Sorry for the lousy picture...

    « Last Edit: July 4, 2017, 03:14:27 pm by KurtfromLaQuinta »
    500 c.i.- Scat Crank, Scat Rods, Indy Aluminum heads, Comp XR280HR Cam, Six-Pack, Milodon 8 qt. Pan, 727  (reverse-manual, low band apply, 5 clutch disc, 3 qt. xtra. pan), N.P. 205, Ford 9" rear axle (4:11, 31 spline axles, Detroit Locker, converted/ disc brakes). Dana 44 front (converted/ disc, 4:10, Tru-Trac limited slip). Hydra Boost Brake Booster, Gear Vendors OD. 600+ ft. lbs. of torque

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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #40 on: November 2, 2012, 05:19:47 pm »
    That is really amazing! Keep them coming. So do you do all your own work?
    Pretty much. I've learned through the years it is a great money saver. And I know it'll get done right after doing it 6 times.
    Honestly, it's way to expensive to have someone fab stuff.
    I can understand why... very time consuming.
    I don't do body work or big paint projects.
    Though I'm about ready to try it... another expensive deal there.
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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #41 on: November 2, 2012, 05:22:26 pm »
    Off roading with our Hobie looking for a desolate camping site around '79 near Lake Majove...

    « Last Edit: July 4, 2017, 03:15:49 pm by KurtfromLaQuinta »
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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #42 on: November 2, 2012, 05:27:17 pm »
    Sometime in the mid eighties I upgraded the exterior to a different look.
    Chrome be gone!
    You can always tell when I did something different by where the "Dodge" on the tailgate is, or isn't...


    « Last Edit: July 4, 2017, 03:17:33 pm by KurtfromLaQuinta »
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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #43 on: November 2, 2012, 05:35:58 pm »
    Some more semi lousy pictures.
    This is one nasty run where you get comments like "How did you get that back in here?". And "where are all your dents?"  ;D



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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #44 on: November 2, 2012, 06:11:41 pm »
    I'm really surprised your '74 has the in-cab fuel tank.  Both my '74s had the tank under the bed and it's availability is why I prefer the '74 model over the '72 and '73 versions.  Well, that and I love the grille.  ;D
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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #45 on: November 3, 2012, 12:00:09 am »
    I'm really surprised your '74 has the in-cab fuel tank.  Both my '74s had the tank under the bed and it's availability is why I prefer the '74 model over the '72 and '73 versions.  Well, that and I love the grille.  ;D
    Mine was an early '74, maybe that's why it's in the cab?
    It did come with the filler cap also in the left side of the bed and I never figured out why.
    This explains that.
    I like it in the cab... lots of room under the truck plus the capacity is more than the under bed ones.
    And there's nothing like the sound of my return line on a hot day after you shut the engine off.  ;D

    And I still have my original grille.
    « Last Edit: November 3, 2012, 12:04:45 am by KurtfromLaQuinta »
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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #46 on: November 3, 2012, 12:43:56 am »
    I think the tanks were actually pretty similar.  If my parts manual is right the in cab tank was about 25 Gal and the frame tank was 22 Gal or 26 if you had emissions.

    The frame tank was a dubious addition.  It got the tank out of the cab but for some unknown reason Dodge routed the around to the passenger side of the tank.  So even though the tank was mounted on the driver's side, the fuel filler went over the tank and made a U-turn back and went in the tank from the other side.  The long, level portion of the filler tube over the tank made for a very slow drain into the tank which meant you could only use the lowest setting on the pump, if you were lucky.  I can only assume there was some sort of issue with making the new plastic tanks that made them route the filler that way but it was a horrible idea.
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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #47 on: November 3, 2012, 01:03:29 am »
    I really like that re-done de-chromed look.  That black highlight on the grille looks real good.  Color matched wheels really stand out.  This story is getting real good - don't leave anything out.  I wish I had the foresight to take a lot of pics of previous vehicles.  Great memories I bet.
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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #48 on: November 3, 2012, 07:29:16 am »
    AWESOME Pics!!!!
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    Re: My '74 Power Wagon I Ordered from Dodge on 8/73
    « Reply #49 on: November 3, 2012, 02:33:23 pm »
    My new favorite thread!  Please upload some more pictures.  It is so cool to see a truck morph into what it has become now.

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