Commenter extraordinaire and former DamnElantra owner Jeremy has brought something for show and tell. After reading our post on a certain Power Wagon Town Panel (Town Panel = no windows, Town Wagon = windows), he was smitten. It got away from him once, but thanks to a deadbeat eBayer, he got a second chance. When the tow truck and trailer rental rival the cost of your new project car, you’re doing it right.
That said, our man’s got his work cut out for him. Let’s take a look inside (and under and through) Jeremy’s new toy…
We’ll start with the cold, hard facts. It’s a ’64 D100 Power Wagon Town Panel body perched atop a 1970 4×4 Power Wagon Chassis. There’s no motor, but there is an NP435 (which sports either a 4.56:1 or 6.68:1 1st gear) backed up by a divorced NP205 transfer case which splits power between a Dana 44 front and Dana 60 rear axle. If that sounded all “blah blah blah” then
shame on you you just need to know it’s some seriously heavy duty stuff.
The load perched atop this hearty platform has been lightened courtesy of our friends in the corrosion department. Thankfully, the frame itself is in great shape (for being 41 years old). Needless to say, if you’re looking to give our pal here a “congratulations on your new Power Wagon” gift, an angle grinder and an assortment of wire and cutoff wheels would be a good starting point. Secondarily, a gift card to Eastwood for the sand blasting, rust treatment and frame-coating materials he’ll be buying in bulk would be welcome.
Lastly? An engine, of course. Sure, a Cummins 6BT swap would be the bees knees, but the cost makes it a hard sell. Like I said a month ago, Dodge big blocks of reasonable trustworthiness are offensively cheap on Craigslist, and a 413 sounds just about right. Ironically, he’ll need to borrow someone’s truck to go get it.