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 begin tweaking our MSD Atomic 2 EFI system in an attempt to get the truck running better than ever. Or so we thought. What happened next was not something we had on our bingo card!
Last time we checked in on Project Power Laggin’, we had wrapped up the install of our new MSD Atomic EFI 2 system as well as our complete Holley Hyperspark ignition system makeover. With the truck finally running, we could dig into dialing in the tune and actually see what the engine is trying to do. Getting the truck running is one thing, but getting it to run properly and efficiently is entirely something else. Where to begin?
Seeing that all the valves were closed and somehow not bent, that begged the question: could this thing be saved? Theoretically, all that would be needed to get it running again was a timing set, a timing gasket kit, and a set of new push rods, provided there was no other damage. These were all cheap and a lot less work than building a new mill right now, and besides, we could use them on a new engine if this one was trash. If the parts were replaced and it had compression after, would it just fire up and be better than ever? Keep your eyes peeled for our next installment of Project Power Laggin’ to find out!