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Offline MachoWagon79

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79 Macho restomod - Intro
« on: March 18, 2018, 02:31:42 pm »
Thought I had a pretty good plan, but after spending countless hours on this site following threads (especially Kurt's original 74!) and asking questions, my ideas keep getting more ambitious / grandiose.  Knowing I have other time and $ commitments, I will be taking it slow but hope to post progress as its made.

Many years ago I bought a 79 Macho PowerWagon, red SWB 318 4sp.  A lifelong Minnesota truck, it was very rusty then, has only gotten worse since but daily driven for many years.  My original plan was to replace parts as I am able and to restore to pretty much stock.  Two things derailed that plan - (1) there is really no upside on a truck like this to have it completely stock, unless you want to win some specific award, or if it suits your particular taste (either is fine, but not my cup of tea), and (2) the frame is now too rusty to what I deem as safe or salvageable. 

Second plan was to simply get a replacement frame, transfer over as much as possible and replace the rest.  Then slight incremental upgrades such as mild lift, bigger tires, better seats, etc.

Now, thanks to you all here, I am planning on the 'go big or go home' approach - thought admittedly my version of 'go big' will still pale in comparison to some others here.  So... I got a very tired but not rusty SWB donor from Texas (former off road brush fire utility truck).  It will get all the Macho parts, but I will be switching colors to Citron Green - personal preference, went nuts as a kid when I saw one, has stuck with me ever since.  I will be changing out nearly every body panel, so what what the heck?  Already upgraded to D60/D70 (currently 4.10s, may have to reassess ratio at some time). Next stage is 2' lift and Jungle's front hangar setup to fit 33" tires.  The ambitious piece will be converting to big block power.  Haven't concluded yet whether to go 727 or stay with row-your-own.  Later, I may attempt to stretch the front fenders (thanks EY8s!) to fit 35" tires without further lift.

Much much more to come, but it may be years in the making.  From past projects, I know that I stay engaged much more if I can drive it as much as possible, so it will be one thing at a time, not a down-to-the-frame build-it-all-at-once approach.  I don't have the money or patience for that.

https://ramchargercentral.com/mopar-trucks/my-'74-power-wagon-i-ordered-from-dodge-on-873/

https://ramchargercentral.com/articles/?sa=view;article=174
« Last Edit: March 25, 2018, 03:22:27 pm by MachoWagon79 »

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    Re: 79 Macho restomod - Lift installation
    « Reply #1 on: March 25, 2018, 03:22:03 pm »
    Working outside in the MN cold certainly makes one take it slow.  I did spend a fair amount of time this weekend removing the six rivets holding the front spring hangers and installed the Jungle front hangar replacement.  Holy moley!  That is one well engineered, very heavy duty piece, a nice upgrade I recommend to all (thanks Jim!).

    Hopefully next weekend I can get the front shackle kit in, along with the Skyjacker springs.  And now, back to our regular programming...

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    Re: 79 Macho restomod - Intro
    « Reply #2 on: March 26, 2018, 03:55:15 am »
    Your welcome!!! Thank you for the kind words!


    Any pics of the install?
    Jim

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    Re: 79 Macho restomod - Intro
    « Reply #3 on: March 26, 2018, 07:57:57 am »
    Nice rides!  Watching this one. Welcome! From Vermont.
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    Re: 79 Macho restomod - Intro
    « Reply #4 on: February 18, 2019, 02:33:13 pm »
    Lets see some macho!
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    Re: 79 Macho restomod - Intro
    « Reply #5 on: February 18, 2019, 05:33:48 pm »
    Lets see some macho!
    Really!
    It's coming up on a year now.
    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