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    I've been offloading bike projects in anticipation of receiving this pig...a 1962 Dodge Power Wagon crew cab. It came from Montana and arrived last weekend. It spent its first ~16 years in the Air Force at Kalispell until that was decommissioned in '78, then off to the Marion Volunteer Fire Department, and as far as I can tell it's been mostly sitting for ~20 years. The body is obviously rough, but it has really minimal rust outside of the front floor pans. It originally had a slant six, and I was told it now had a 318, but it turned out to be a 360. It needs EVERYTHING, so I'm going to be slowly chipping away at it, hopefully turning it into my daily driver by the spring. Definitely not a restoration project though.

    Immediately on the list is getting it running, getting the brakes functional, build an exhaust and go from there. Right off the bat I know it needs a starter and flywheel cover. I'll then tackle the floor pans and see what it needs for electrical repairs. The gas in it smells awful, so I'll need to flush that and likely rebuild the fuel system. The list goes on...

    My original plan was to lift it and run ~35" tires, but I recently learned that these can clear 37's stock, so that might not be necessary, haha.


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    Re: New Project

    If you don’t change this plan to include a 12V Cummins I’m never opening this thread again. This thing NEEDS it.

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    Re: New Project

    Quote Originally Posted by loudbeard View Post
    If you don’t change this plan to include a 12V Cummins I’m never opening this thread again. This thing NEEDS it.
    That truck deserves a real Hemi, of the same era, not one of the fake ones produced in the last 20 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R7 View Post
    That truck deserves a real Hemi, of the same era, not one of the fake ones produced in the last 20 years.
    I had to look that up before I argued with you, didn't know the full history of the Hemi, just the 426 racing engine. Agreed, it could use a proper Hemi of correct era.

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    Re: New Project

    i love this project, nice score ... always hard from pics but man, think i'd wax that OG paint and call it done ... any interior pics?

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    Re: New Project

    This thing is awesome. Personally i'd find a 440, much cheaper than a o.g hemi or Cummings. Be prepared for offers to buy it off you frequently! 4 door is super rare.

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    Re: New Project

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeb View Post
    This thing is awesome. Personally i'd find a 440, much cheaper than a o.g hemi or Cummings. Be prepared for offers to buy it off you frequently! 4 door is super rare.
    So rare that i never knew they existed. Daily driver??! That's a commitment. Keep the updates flowing.

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    DO keep us updated on the progress!

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    Quote Originally Posted by loudbeard View Post
    If you don’t change this plan to include a 12V Cummins I’m never opening this thread again. This thing NEEDS it.
    There are very few things in this world that I am absolutely certain of, but one of them is that this truck will never roll coal. I can't afford all of the Monster and flat brim hats to maintain that lifestyle.





    But seriously, I hate diesels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    So rare that i never knew they existed. Daily driver??! That's a commitment. Keep the updates flowing.

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    "Daily" is a stretch, I guess. I'm on my bike most of the time, and my wife has the family truckster for long hauls.

    I went ~3 years where my only car was a 1958 Ford F100. Probably the most reliable car I've owned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by typeone View Post
    i love this project, nice score ... always hard from pics but man, think i'd wax that OG paint and call it done ... any interior pics?
    I know absolutely nothing about buffing/polishing/body work, but yeah, it certainly seems like that paint will shine. I need to do some research on how to go about making that happen, but rubbing it with an oily rag yields good results.

    Interior is sparse. Stripped down model for the Air Force means it didn't even come with a radio (except the one under the seat). Needs front floor pans and the seats recovered, and I really want to put one of those rag tops on it (https://www.sunroofsource.com/gallery/). No other plans at the moment.

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    I'm an "all original" type of guy. I REALLY hope you try to get that interior as near original as possible...or at least period-correct. But that's just me.

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    Fun project! I can't wait to follow your progress.

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    That thing is seriously cool. Had no idea they made crew cabs that long ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneman View Post
    I'm an "all original" type of guy. I REALLY hope you try to get that interior as near original as possible...or at least period-correct. But that's just me.
    It'll be original-ish. I'm not one for flashy interiors either. I'll probably re-cover the seats with plaid fabric because vinyl seats are miserable in the summer.

    My mind isn't made up on the ragtop. I think it'd be great for functionality without radically changing the look of the truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeswamp View Post
    That thing is seriously cool. Had no idea they made crew cabs that long ago.
    Yeah I think most brands started making them in the '50's, but they're pretty rare. I've been casually shopping for one of these for 3-5 years, and pretty seriously looking for 6-12 months.

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    forgot that Jonathan Ward / ICON 4x4 did a few Power Wagons. i love his / their work.. . (i realize you aren't shooting for this level of insane)

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    Quote Originally Posted by typeone View Post
    forgot that Jonathan Ward / ICON 4x4 did a few Power Wagons. i love his / their work.. . (i realize you aren't shooting for this level of insane)

    https://www.icon4x4.com/reformer/pastprojects/18

    https://www.icon4x4.com/reformer/pastprojects/21
    They definitely build some cool stuff! I'll probably steal a few ideas...

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    Re: New Project

    Quote Originally Posted by joeswamp View Post
    That thing is seriously cool. Had no idea they made crew cabs that long ago.
    I donít believe they did, at least chevy and ford didnít at the time.
    There was a company that converted them to extra cabs, but I canít recall the name ... portabuilt or something rings a bell. The chevy and fords of the same era look similar with the odd looking rear doors.

    Iím still driving my 71 c10 almost daily now. I like the keeping it original idea as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R7 View Post
    I donít believe they did, at least chevy and ford didnít at the time.
    There was a company that converted them to extra cabs, but I canít recall the name ... portabuilt or something rings a bell. The chevy and fords of the same era look similar with the odd looking rear doors.

    Iím still driving my 71 c10 almost daily now. I like the keeping it original idea as well.

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    Dodge/Fargo started doing these body styles in '61 at the factory, but I think they were doing crew cabs even before that (though it may have just been a popular coach builder doing them). IH did some old ones. Jeep/Kasier(?) had some very early COE crew cabs. Ford and Chevy had them in the '50's, but not exactly sure when. Most of the companies were building their BIG BIG trucks with crew cabs for car haulers and stuff too.

    I've learned a ton about old crew cabs by following these guys: https://www.facebook.com/hodsonmotorsports/

    I stole a few of their pics for you to drool over.

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    Re: New Project

    Quote Originally Posted by loudbeard View Post
    I had to look that up before I argued with you, didn't know the full history of the Hemi, just the 426 racing engine. Agreed, it could use a proper Hemi of correct era.
    I believe that the 392 was the hemi of that era

    this thread conjured up memories of the "Power Wagon", a company truck my dad occasionally bought home


    his regular company truck was an International


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    Those trucks are awesome!! I'd love to see one of those Internationals restored, just to see what they actually looked like in person.

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    Welp, I drained about 2 gallons of water out of the oil pan on Sunday. I thought it was odd that the oil level was all the way up the dipstick, now I know why. Must have sat without a hood for a decade or two.

    Pulled the oil pan and the bottom end of the motor didn't look bad at all. Gunky and gross, but after a quick spray with some carb clean, it actually looks great. The rods are stamped with numbers, so I'm assuming it's been rebuilt, and based on the visual condition of everything, I'd say it's got really low miles.

    I'm not panicking. If I need to replace or rebuild the motor I will, but as of now I am going to keep marching forward. I'll put fresh oil in it. If it'll run with reasonable compression, I'll run it for ~20 minutes and change the oil, then run it for a few hours and change the oil, and so on.

    Onward!

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