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73DodgeW200SnoFiter

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Over the years I’ve had plenty of Dodge Power wagons, but my project story starts with the one I purchased off of Ebay for $500. It’s a 1973 Dodge W200 Sno Fiter, which was all intact but needed a ton of work. Broken Spring packs, u-bolts, fluid leaks, rust so bad you could see through the fire wall and roof drip rails weren't going to deter me from owning it. So after a long and tiring journey to pick it up in Long Island, NY, my best friend and I got it to its new home. The intent was to pull it apart and start the restoration right away, however, after driving it off the trailer I couldn't stop driving it. Instead, I fixed a few things and plowed snow with it for the next 2 years. After the tired 318 started going south, the restoration finally began. The truck was completely torn down to the bare frame, which was blasted and coated. I installed 1 ton springs on all four corners, and replaced the Dana 44 front and 60 rear, with a Dana 70 front and rear with 4.89 gears from a W300 1 ton. The Dana 70 front was modified to accept a custom made set of disc brakes to get rid of the old hard to stop drum brakes. The NP435 4 Spd and NP205 Transfer case were rebuilt and beefed up to take on the torque of the new 440 ci. RB engine being built. The project has gone slow; getting married and having a son during it will do that. However, my son is now interested in it and helps out a little. As soon as the engine comes back from the builder and the paint goes on the rust-free cab and bed we found, we’ll be done, and have it at all the shows and meets with family and friends.

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wallew

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Now that's going to be a great rig for sure.

I owned a 1977 Dodge Ramcharger and it was bare bones with a vinyl floor.  BUT it had the 440 and the automatic tranny and was full time 4x4.  I was living in Denver, Colorado at the time.  Traded my Dodge Van in on it.  Got a pretty good price, as it was new but had sat on the lot for almost two years and they wanted it gone.

I drove that truck for three years.  It started having electrical problems that I finally found a mechanic who found that the electrical block on the firewall had gone bad (intermittently) and replaced it.  But then I moved on to a different vehicle.

Keep us informed as you progress with this project.

Love the pix you posted for sure.

As you are plowing snow, what part of the country do you live in and how much snow do you get?
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73DodgeW200SnoFiter

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Thanks!

At one time I had a 1980 Plymouth Trailduster, with the removable hard top. Fun truck! Had it for a few years, then upgraded to Dana 60 axles, then got rid of it. I probably should have hung on to it... but then again it also had electrical issues, like many Chrysler vehicles

I live in central Pennsylvania, 20 miles away from Hershey. The snows aren't as impressive as Colorado, but we do get some good nor'easter once in awhile.
We just got 31 inches last weekend.

I've always had luck with the power wagons going through the snow, great for plowing!

Still located in Colorado?
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Actually right now, we live in Keller, Tx.  Think DFW.  We left Colorado for my wife's job.  She took a promotion that moved us down here.

Things change and as you get older, sometimes you find that rolling with it is not a bad thing.

Having said that, we are currently planning to move back to Denver some time this year. 

 

I THINK THAT'S THE PLAN.

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73DodgeW200SnoFiter

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My father was in the military, and we where stationed in San Antonio, TX  for 3 years.
No plowing down there.... Ha!

Good luck on your move! I've always wanted to go to Denver, I was planning on going to School there, but financially Philadelphia was the better option.

Take care!
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Paint it red it will look like Rick Simon's on Simon & Simon. Lots of good trails in Colorado.
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So what's the latest on the dodge snow fighter? New pics?
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Love that old Power Wagon drove by Gerald McRaney

Love that show and they filmed one episode on the Naval Shipyard I worked on in 1985/86

Always loved S&S
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73DodgeW200SnoFiter

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Paint is coming soon!
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73DodgeW200SnoFiter

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Thanks guys! Paint is coming soon I hope. I just got the engine back from the builder.
It's a 440 stroker, 498 cubic inches! It took longer than I hoped to get it build, and twice as much, but should get the truck the horsepower it needs!

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73DodgeW200SnoFiter

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Here are the heads. Geometry fixed, larger valves, and ported!

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Yeah, it's always twice as much time and two to three time what you project for cost.  But for the great builds,  you step up.

Have you decided the direction your paint is going yet?  I know it's a little early...

I LOVE what you did to that engine.  I'd bet at least 500 HP.  Going to run on pump gas (premium of course)?

This is a great build. 

thanks for sharing it

jim (aka wallew)
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73DodgeW200SnoFiter

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I think I'm going with a metallic Carmel and Black, However I really like bright orange also....
Part of me just want to get it on the road without paint, but I know in the long run, it will be a pain in the but to tear it back apart for paint.

It's set up for Pump gas, but will probably mix with race gas

Engine builder is telling me 550 Hp, but I think realistically it will be in the 500's. I have a very heavy drivetrain, so by the time it hits the wheels... considerably less, but still good!

Looking into fuel injection.... not sure, it's not cheap!

Thanks for your interest!

Brian
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