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The Dodge Li'l Red Express set a standard on how to make a great performance truck. All Dodge Li'l Red Express trucks came from the factory painted in Bright Canyon Red in 1978 and Medium Canyon Red in 1979. Every Li'l Red Express was a regular cab Adventurer with a stepside bed.
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1978 Dodge Power Wagon Plow Truck Some younger truck fans might only know the name Power Wagon from the newer Ram trucks, which is a shame since theyre missing out on some valuable history. If you grab this 1978 Dodge Power Wagon you could help educate the youth and help dispel silly rumors that the late 1970s was a dead zone for American vehicles. Instead of some wimpy four-cylinder, this truck hits hard with a solid 318ci V8. It is being fed copious amounts of fossils through a 2-barrel carburetor and pushes all this energy through a 4-speed manual transmission (NP435) and an NP203 Transfer case. An added extra is the moneymaking aspect of this truck in that you can now become Mr. Plow with the quick detach Myers power angle plow. Coupled with the 4x4 capabilities and the classic look of this 1978 Power Wagon what are you waiting for?? Exterior Everything about the Power Wagon is bold, including the red paint on the exterior and the high ride for the 4x4 which makes a loud exclamation point. The OE grille keeps the exterior appearance authentic, while the side mirrors appear to be original as well and are now black. Adding to the tough nature of this truck is a black roll bar mounted into the rear bed. The bed is lined with a rubber liner, and upon close inspection, there is plenty of bondo that has been put into the bed and sides. Aluminum running boards have also been installed to make the climb into the cab easier. The Myers plow is installed and has its own additional lighting mounted to it to show the way. On all 4 corners are 15-inch wagon wheel red painted wheels with some knobbies wrapping them. Interior With an exterior that looks so tough and good, you might be afraid the interior of this Dodge Power Wagon pales in comparison. Fortunately, the previous owner paid plenty of attention to each detail, including the red vinyl bench seat, which looks to be freshly redone and features a split back to push forward and access a small storage area behind these seats. Its obvious the black carpeting is new, so youre not dealing with discoloration, grime, or wear in the material. All the stock gauges and controls are still sunk into the factory black dash front. In the middle of the dash is a Boman AM/FM/CB radio replacing the original. Various additional knobs and toggles are installed for control of the plow and lighting. Drivetrain Within an unrestored and original engine bay sits a 318ci V8. It has a 2-barrel carburetor on top, and an NP435 transmission on the back. A Dana 44 front axle, and a 9-3/4 rear axle are noted for the 4x4 drive. Surface rust and paint are on this engine, but it remains mechanically sound. Undercarriage Some surface rust on the frame and suspension parts, and a few earlier repairs now have any invasive rust remediated with solid metal welded in fixes. Leaf spring suspension is on all 4 corners, and power disc brakes are reserved for the front, and power drums for the rear. Drive-Ability A quick fire up, a lift of the plow, and it was off to the test track where it performed just great. Plenty of power, good smooth acceleration, and nimble handling and turning in tight spots for a big truck. Interior was comfy, and all was in working order. Dodge used the Power Wagon name for several trucks starting in 1946. It has always stood for rugged performance, making the truck a favorite for outdoor enthusiasts and avid off-roaders. Thanks to some diligent work, this truck is now in its prime again, ready to take on the winter! VIN DECODE W17BE8S295462 W-4wd 1-100 1/2 Ton 7-Club Cab Sweptline B-6000/10000 GVWR E-318ci V8 2bbl 150hp 8-1978 S-Warren, MI Assy Plant 295402-Sequential Unit Number
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