I just came across a great ad, going to look(and hopefully buy) on Friday, for a 73 power wagon. Looks like a good deal, comes with a lot of extra parts... As far as I Knew, the only utiline dodge trucks in '73 would be the little red express or a warlock. Without running the vin, how do I tell, considering it's been, well, customized some? The ad starts off listing that the truck is ugly and needs to be taken on the trails. It goes on to say it hasn't been washed since it was painted with primer four years ago.
To me, it's not ugly, it's just already halfway undone so all I have to do is the redo. However, he says it only goes 55mph currently. Great for in the woods but.. as a driver to get anywhere besides woods... I might want to fix that. Ideas?
For all listed here, he's asking for $2500. What do you guys think?
part of ad reads as follows:
1973 Dodge Power Wagon step side, 4x4, 20k on rebuilt 318, Eldelbrock 500cfm carb w/ manual choke and intake, headers, Crane Cams ignition box and coil, hi-torque starter of of a 5.2l magnum, 3.91 gears, dana 44 front, Corp. 9 1/4 rear w/ posi. NP205 cast iron divorced t-case, NP granny low 4 speed. 15x10 mag wheels w/ 33x12.50R15 super swappers about 50% left on tread. front axle has been converted to disc brakes w/ locking hubs, power brakes, new brake lines, pads and calipers, power steering w/ cooler. new clutch, ball joints and seals. 4" Rancho springs in front w/1" extended shackles, new leaf spring bushings, 3 1/2" Supper lift (w/ pinion correction) blocks in rear. front and rear receiver hitches, 1986 front clip, doors, steering column, wiring and interior, uses same key for doors and starting. flaming river steering shaft, Rancho rs9000 shocks, Rancho dual shock steering stabilizer, new belts and hoses, new windshield and h7 head light conversion w/ "cool blue" lights.
Sale will include an extra step side bed (in parts), Dana 44 front and Dana 60 rear floating rear 3/4 ton axle set. np205 transfer case, and NP granny low 4 speed and drivelines and a rear mount fuel tank so you can have dual tanks.
thats a 1000 dollar truck tops with maybe 500 in extra parts
the grill is a 79-80 the dash is earlier though 73-76 (i think i cant really tell from the pictures) ... and those front fenders are not 86 they are 72-80, and that steering column looks newer also .... i would check the vin to see if that truck is actually a 79 or 80
check for rust on the roof, rockers, and the rear cab mounts and the cab mount cross member that goes along the back of the cab up under the floor
if its rusted through anywhere its a 500 dollar truck with 500 in extra parts
(09-21-2010 08:40 PM)mopar Wrote: and the lil reds and warlocks were only offered to my knowledge in 78-80 most of which were in 79
Lol I searched and I searched. My mistake was that I was googling for a 1973 warlock. Of course I wasn't coming up with anything!
I found an article at car domain that says warlocks were produced from 76 to 79, the 79 being called the warlock II, and lil red express was produced in 78 and 79.
So I'm looking at a very random non-factory custom shaped vehicle here, it seems. And as to suggesting $2000, he is asking $1950 for the truck without all the extra stuff.
Or did you mean $2000 *including* the extra parts?
Thank you very much for the advice, guys!!
I really don't mind that it's pieces of different years, it doesn't seem to take away from its image. Just means there won't be much risk of parking next to another one at the store!!
So, what about the fact that it only goes 55mph?
I don't know a great deal about Mopars/Dodges with respect to much of the body configurations and decor, but I will say this:
An LA 318 with a NP435 trans and NP205 transfer case (presuming all are in good condition and have had regular service routines) is a bulletproof combo. It reads as though the motor was rebuilt 20k miles ago. Presuming it was rebuilt by somebody who knows what he or she was doing, all you should need to do to it is change the oil and put gas in it. The carburetor will probably f*ck up before that engine ever will. A New Process 435 trans and New Process 205 transfer case is a SOLID combination. You won't hurt either one unless you do something totally stupid and just thrash the hell out of the rig. At that, you'll break that Dana 44 front, Chrysler 9.25" rear, u-joints and driveshafts before you break the trans or transfer case.
The "extra" parts aren't worth much. A 3/4-ton Dana 44 is nothing more than the Dana 44 that's under the truck with 8-lug 3/4 & 1-ton outters (read: bigger brakes). It still uses the same smallish axle shafts, cross joints and ring & pinion. I wouldn't waste my time swapping it in. Same with the Dana 60 rear. All you'd gain is a full floater rear axle assembly instead of the semi-floater design of the corporate 9.25". The 9.25" axle is arguably as strong or stronger than a Dana 60 anyway, save for it being a semi-floating design.
Those tires on the truck look like Thornbirds. They aren't worth a sh*t. 50% or 100% brand new, they suck. I bring this up as a means to talk the guy down on what he thinks it's worth.
If it has a bunch of rot (rust-through), I would defer to what Tim/mopar stated...it's probably not worth much. If it's a fairly solid body (no rust-through), it'd probably be a pretty sweet rig with some work. Stick some 8" wide wheels on it and some new 35x12.50"s. It'll run well over 55 mph, as well.