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 button up the install of the MSD Atomic EFI 2 system and get the old rig running!
Last time in this mini-series covering the MSD Atomic EFI 2 install on Project Power Laggin’, we replaced the decrepit stock Mopar ignition components with new Holley Hyperspark bits. These will serve to play nicely with the new EFI system and offer more tuning capability and added reliability over the stock stuff. With that done, the race was on to wrap up the install, and we have a lot to do. The truck had been down for a bit of time, and we had Truck Stuff to do! So let’s dive right in and tie up those loose ends and see what happens!
So, with all of that done, let’s see what happens when we turn the key:
FINALLY, IT RUNS!!!
We now have one of the only, and maybe THE only, 318-equipped 1979 Dodge W150 Power Wagons on the planet running MSD Atomic EFI 2 and Holley’s Hyperspark ignition! It was one hell of a slog, but we did it! Now, even though it runs, there is still a bit of work to do. If you notice in the video, it’s farting and popping a bit. This is due to a few factors: timing adjustments, the fuel tables in the “Wizard” tune needing adjustment, and more. We’ll bring you along for the ride as we figure out how to tune the setup, as well as dealing with the inevitable hiccups that will show up down the road. Until next time!