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1978 Dodge W150, Club Cab, Short Bed RestoMod
« on: March 2, 2020, 06:49:44 pm »
Good afternoon everyone,
I have been on and off this forum for years.
My very first vehicle was a 1979 Dodge PU with a slant six.

I have now found myself with yet another project.
This one was purchased from Michigan and shipped to me in Austin, TX.
I have always liked the 77 and 78 look with the turn signals in the grill.

The thing I want to do with this truck is to make it a driver and looker.
I will plan to keep the original vibe of the truck, but update it to a more modern and comfortable ride.

The plans may change, but here are my thoughts.
- Body off and blast down to bare metal.
- Rebuild the 440 engine (maybe stroke to 512)
- 4 speed auto
- Swap Xfer case (NP205 or Atlas)
- Dana 60 swap
- Interior sound deadening and A/C
- Wire upgrade

I am a Mechanical Engineer, have access to a machine shop, have tinkered with cars for years, and want something to put my mind into for fun
This will no doubt be a long journey and an opportunity to learn.

I will post pics as I go.
« Last Edit: April 17, 2020, 07:08:57 pm by Bergerob »
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    Offline Bergerob

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    Re: 1978 Dodge W150, Club Cab, Short Bed RestoMod
    « Reply #1 on: March 2, 2020, 06:55:05 pm »
    Got her shipped and delivered.

    Started right up.  440 sounded good.

    Steering was VERY loose, horn did not work, brakes were soft, reverse lights were not working, and all the electrics seemed "slow".

    I got her in the garage, put up on jacks and started to look into the brakes.  The master cylinder was leaking like crazy.
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    Re: 1978 Dodge W150, Club Cab, Short Bed RestoMod
    « Reply #2 on: March 2, 2020, 08:13:31 pm »
    Sweet truck.  Not very often one gets shipped from the rust belt TO Texas! Lol look forward to watching this one!
    Eric
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    Re: 1978 Dodge W150, Club Cab, Short Bed RestoMod
    « Reply #3 on: March 3, 2020, 07:19:28 am »
    That's in good shape for being a rust belt truck.
    I'd rather push a DODGE than drive a chevy or a ford!!!!!!
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    Re: 1978 Dodge W150, Club Cab, Short Bed RestoMod
    « Reply #4 on: March 3, 2020, 09:44:54 am »
    I gotta agree with the rest of the guys. Awesome find and funny seeing a truck shipped from up north to down south. Kidding aside I would love to have that pretty bench seat for my Club.
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    Re: 1978 Dodge W150, Club Cab, Short Bed RestoMod
    « Reply #5 on: March 3, 2020, 10:18:55 am »
    Lots of potential there.
    Love your drawing of what it will be!
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    Re: 1978 Dodge W150, Club Cab, Short Bed RestoMod
    « Reply #6 on: March 3, 2020, 02:25:33 pm »
    That is a nice looking rig! Jealous!

    Good luck with your build. We'll be waiting and watching!
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    Re: 1978 Dodge W150, Club Cab, Short Bed RestoMod
    « Reply #7 on: March 3, 2020, 05:00:51 pm »
    Great find!!!!
    Jim
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    Re: 1978 Dodge W150, Club Cab, Short Bed RestoMod
    « Reply #8 on: March 4, 2020, 02:57:58 pm »
    Nice truck. What did you use to make the drawing?
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    Re: 1978 Dodge W150, Club Cab, Short Bed RestoMod
    « Reply #9 on: March 4, 2020, 03:09:07 pm »
    The rendering was created by Adam at Box Rocket Designs.
    https://www.instagram.com/boxrocket_designs/?hl=en

    He does a lot of cool truck designs for SEMA and other projects.

    I highly recommend him.  He is a gearhead and artist.
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    Re: 1978 Dodge W150, Club Cab, Short Bed RestoMod
    « Reply #10 on: March 4, 2020, 03:30:58 pm »
    Im kinda digging that new RAM grille design
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    Re: 1978 Dodge W150, Club Cab, Short Bed RestoMod
    « Reply #11 on: March 4, 2020, 03:31:45 pm »
    I like that silver and white 93!
    I'd rather push a DODGE than drive a chevy or a ford!!!!!!
    77 400/727 RC
    79 360/727 RC
    80 318/435 TD
    93 CTD W250 club cab
    73 Charger SE 400/727 
    02 883R HD
    01 Elecrta HD
    88 W250 5 speed plow truck
    2000 CTD 5 speed ext cab short bed Wife's truck
    2002 Durango work beater
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    Re: 1978 Dodge W150, Club Cab, Short Bed RestoMod
    « Reply #12 on: March 4, 2020, 09:07:27 pm »
    I like that silver and white 93!

    Agree....if someone makes that grille Id buy one!
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    Re: 1978 Dodge W150, Club Cab, Short Bed RestoMod
    « Reply #13 on: March 5, 2020, 03:31:45 pm »
    Very nice,

    May need to check out this guy's renderings.  He have a price on them?

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    Re: 1978 Dodge W150, Club Cab, Short Bed RestoMod
    « Reply #14 on: March 8, 2020, 04:01:30 pm »
    Needs more beadlock.  And cowbell.
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    Re: 1978 Dodge W150, Club Cab, Short Bed RestoMod
    « Reply #15 on: April 17, 2020, 05:55:53 pm »
    Started working on the brakes.  A few weeks back when I discovered a leak master cylinder.  That led to a hairline crack/leak in the brake line, broken bleeder valve on the caliper, which led to a full brake repair.

    I brought it over to a local shop to use the lift.  I already bought pads and caliper brake hoses.

    Starting to buy parts now.
    New Rotors - Autozone Duralast P/N 5312
    Flex Brake hose - Autozone Duralast P/N 77171z
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    « Reply #16 on: April 17, 2020, 06:27:30 pm »
    Do yourself a favor while you have it up in the air, replace all the hard lines.  Cheap peace of mind Rancho... :)

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    Re: 1978 Dodge W150, Club Cab, Short Bed RestoMod
    « Reply #17 on: April 17, 2020, 06:49:25 pm »
    I did exactly that.

    I bought the InLine TUbe ClubCab Longbed hard lines.  Just had to trime the length a little fo rthe short bed.
    Good fit.
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    1978 W150, 440ci, ClubCab, SWB

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    Re: 1978 Dodge W150, Club Cab, Short Bed RestoMod
    « Reply #18 on: April 17, 2020, 06:59:45 pm »
    I did exactly that.

    I bought the InLine TUbe ClubCab Longbed hard lines.  Just had to trime the length a little fo rthe short bed.
    Good fit.
    👍

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