Welcome back to our coverage of Project Power Laggin’! Follow along as we take a tired 1979 Dodge W150 Power Wagon we found in Central Maine and transform it from a derelict roadside attraction to a dependable, powerful weekend workhorse that lives up to it’s given name! In this installment, we attempt to reign in the rust-hungry tin worm, as well as stopping some of its many fluid leaks! Would any complications arise? Read on to find out!
In the last installment of Project Power Laggin’, we made some much needed repairs to the suspension, steering, brakes, fuel system, and more. The truck was starting to become more reliable, and able to tackle basic “truck stuff” errands around town without leaving anybody stranded. With the cold weather on the way, the urgency to fix a few of the truck’s remaining major issues became paramount. Since picking up the truck, I noticed that it liked to leak all sorts of fluids everywhere (especially oil), and that the paint on the roof was coming off in sheets while it drove down the road. Before it becomes so cold that it hurts to be outside, these needed to be addressed.
Where does this leave the state of the Wagon of Laggin’? That oil pan repair worked, but it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the rust spots turn into pinholes, so a new pan is a must. Also, since that oil pickup screen is gunked up, it should really be replaced. And since that’s connected to the oil pump which has to come off to replace the screen, that should be replaced as well. With those parts removed, I can also replace the rear main seal. All of these repairs are necessary to keep the old rig rolling, and should be simple enough to do. But one thing has been looming at the back of my mind: the want for more power. Now, there are two ways to do this relatively easily:
One: See what can be done with the stock 318.
Two: Magnum Force.
So, what would YOU do? Would you keep soldiering on with the 318, or would you consider upgrading to a newer Magnum V8? We know which way we are leaning, but we have a lot of thinking and bench racing to do before we ultimately decide. Let us know what you are thinking below!