Drive Type: 4X4
Model: Power Wagon
Number of Cylinders: 8
Elizabeth, Colorado, United States
Up for sale is a 1968 3/4 ton 4-speed vintage Power Wagon with factory LU2 Braden PTO winch. The truck is equipped with Dana 44 front axle and Dana 60 rear. I bought this truck from the 2nd owner. They bought the truck in 1970 and was used on their ranch in Elbert, Colorado. When they bought the truck, they had Dodge install the Braden winch. The truck was originally a 318 V8 but was replaced with a big block 400 in the 80's. The truck had been sitting for quite a few years before I purchased it. I put in a new starter and the engine runs very good; does not smoke and holds great oil pressure ( 80 psi). Obviously, it will need tune-up parts, gas tank and lines flushed. The engine has an old school Offenhauser intake manifold and Holley 4-barrel carb. Brakes and hydraulic clutch will need work (I can bleed brakes and clutch to move the truck). Unfortunately, when the big block 400 was put in the truck, they did not put the pto drive shaft for the winch back on the truck and was miss-placed a few years later and was lost. I do have the drive unit that mounts to the transfer case but no pto shaft and no lever to engage the drive unit (see pics). The pto drive shaft can be made along with the lever. This Power Wagon has the usual cab rust that these trucks have. The rockers, floor boards and three of the cab mounts (driver's side, rear cab mount is good and solid) have rust - nothing to extreme. The fenders, doors, cowl, firewall, radiator support and frame rails are all rust free. For the trucks age the body is nice and straight. The only sizable damage is the passenger fender and is definitely repairable. All glass is remarkably in very good condition for its age. This truck had an old flatbed on it that I took off and scrapped. So as you can see in the pics, there is no bed. There are still plenty of 2-wheel drive D100's and D200's parts trucks out there, and a bed can be obtained. This is a very good foundation for a nice restoration project on a truck that is getting very hard to find. I hate to sell this truck, but I have to finish another project that is close to completion. I will be answering any emails in the evening. I reserve the right to end the auction at any time. Please don't ask what the reserve is; it is very reasonable. If you like the truck, please just bid. I will accept Pay Pal only if the buyer agrees to pay the Pay Pal fees; otherwise cash on pickup. $200. deposit due within 48-hours after end of auction. Thanks for looking.
It's fascinating the way that one change to a complex system can have all sorts of unintended consequences. For instance, there are hundreds of new Chrysler Town and County and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans built in Windsor, Ontario, sitting in lots on the Detroit waterfront because of the energy boom in the Bakken oil field in the northern US and parts of Canada.
The huge amount of crude oil coming from these sites mostly use freight trains for transport, and that supply boom has resulted in a shortage of railcars to carry other goods. According to The Windsor Star, North American crude oil transport by train has gone from 9,500 carloads in 2008 to 434,032 carloads in 2013. Making matters worse, some North American rail infrastructure is still damaged because of this year's harsh winter, and that's slowing things down even further.
Chrysler admits to The Star that it has had some delivery delays due to the freight train shortage. In the meantime, it's using more trucks to deliver its vehicles. Trucking is a far less economical solution, partially because a train can carry so many more units at one time, but alternatives are slim. The Windsor plant alone has a deal for 33 trucks to distribute the minivans around Canada and the Midwestern US.
In 2011, Chrysler announced a $72-million investment in its Toledo Machining Plant to modernize production of the eight- and nine-speed torque-converters for automatic transmissions made there. That upgrade work won't be finished until Q3 of this year, but Chrysler has already announced a further $19.6-million investment to increase production capacity for the nine-speeders.
The extra units will be necessary because the nine-speed transmission they'll be mated to is going into three popular models: it will debut on the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, then go into the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart. The company predicted that this year alone it would sell 200,000 units equipped with the nine-speed tranny, and it is spending some $374 million in addition to the investment in Toledo to upgrade production capacity for it.
The work attached to this new investment won't begin until Q3 of 2014, and it will be finished by the end of that year. There's a press release below with all the details.
This is a cool ad. Dodge, which is celebrating its centennial this year, recruited some of its peers to see what you should and shouldn't do in life. Of course, some are obvious - don't complain, learn from your mistakes and live for now.
Then again, some are less obvious. Some, actually, are downright awesome. Towards the end, each piece of advice is interspersed with clips of Dodge's redesigned Challenger smoking its tires. Really, this ad feels like it'd be worthy of a Super Bowl spot. This commercial's personal nature is really in keeping with some of the big game's most interesting ads, like the Imported From Detroit commercial, the Farmer ad and Maserati's surprise clip from this year's game.
Take a look below and let us know what you think.