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 discover even more hackery, more weirdness, and fix most of it!
Guys, it’s been a while. The last installment of this series was five months ago, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy wrenching on this rig. With the current crazy state of the world, like a lot of you I’m sure, I’ve found myself focusing more on the ol’ homestead, fixing stuff around the house, the yard and turning my old, falling-apart garage into a functioning shop. And to do that stuff, it helps to have a dependable rig for getting lumber, mulch, and more. The Power Laggin’ has been doing that, save for the dependable part. The last we left it, the truck was looking good, stopping better, but running worse. So, let’s dive right in and see what we’ve been up to!
So, as you can see, Project Power Laggin’ is still chugging right along. It’s running, driving, and stopping better than ever, as well as leaking less. I mean, what more could you ask for in an old truck? As of now, we have a host of projects lined up for the near future. Near the top of the list is swapping out the front leaf springs with some fresh NOS units. The truck is listing a little to the port side since one of the leaf springs is partially collapsed. This is a common sight with old trucks that served plow duty like this one did. Although Dodge did offer a turn-key plow package called the Sno-Commander (and earlier, Sno-Fiter), this truck didn’t leave the assembly line with that clicked off on the option sheet. The stock three leaf springs don’t like the added weight of being saddled with a plow for decades, so a lot of them end up leaning. We also need to fix more leaks, address more issues, and maybe make it more habitable in the cab. And at some point, we’ll turn up the wick a bit on the ol’ 318 and see what it can do!