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 prep the truck’s stock LA 318 V8 to accept our MSD Atomic 2 EFI with a Weiand Stealth aluminum intake!
Last time we checked in with Project Power Laggin’, we had just finished modding our stock fuel tank for a return line, as well as installing a new electric fuel pump and fresh fuel lines. With that buttoned up, let’s turn our attention to the intake swap. Since the Atomic 2 throttle body has a squarebore 4-barrel base, we needed to ditch our stock 2-barrel cast iron intake. After looking at both of the Chrysler LA V8 Weiand intakes in their lineup, we chose the Stealth. With a proper squarebore pad, it would work perfectly with our new fancy EFI setup. Let’s take a look at the new intake and things to consider when you make the swap.
With the intake installed, we were ready to move onto getting our new ignition system bolted onto the truck. Stay tuned for our next installment, where we go over mounting up the new ignition box, coil and distributor, as well as getting everything wired up. We’re getting close now!