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Thought I'd post up pics n specs of our Dakota's big brother, Bud. Bud is a '74 Cummins Power Wagon Crewcab Convertible, on rockwells and 46s - slightly modified. It has an early 5.9 Cummins, 47RH 2wd trans, divorced Ford 203/205 ORD doubler, 2.5-ton rockwells, Staz 20x14 wheels, 46's, removable hardtop, all on a 144" wheelbase. It's a big silly toy we planned/built 10 years ago, sold in '17, and got back in March this year (22). It's a long story but a good story over several brews, and the origin post is here - "B.u.d." - '74 W-950 Diesel Power Wagon -...

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...in his element deep within Moab...

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behind our '07 3500 megadually -

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I'll eventually recap the majority of the voodoo done to the truck, but for now I'll just go to today's status.

We're getting ready for a big event in New Mexico called Chili Challenge - just about everyone in my 4x4 club (Bighorn 4x4s of Colorado Springs) is going, and along with making repairs from the last trail ride I'm also making a couple improvements too.

Front end is sitting on stands while the front leafs get some love -

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...and my little helper keeping me company in the early hours of the days while I wrench before going to work :) -

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Front leaf springs. The replacement set of Pro Comp 13511 4" front leafs I have under the truck are on planet-wide backorder, but fortunately 4WP rocks and set me up with a pair of the 6" versions (13611) - I was permitted to take the top two new leafs from the 13611's and swap those into my damaged 4" packs, thus 'rebuilding' my front leafs and getting me back on the trails, and all under full warranty (net cost of exactly $0.00) - big kudo's to 4WP for that awesomeness 👍 .

Exhaust. One of the things I'd like Bud to be is quieter, and to that end I am trying to cram a decent muffler under the floor without hitting the belly cradle. To do that I cut two access panels out of the floor, and once the muffler arrives (today) I'll find a way to get it in the available space, and then reconnect the plumbing. I was looking for a baffled and chambered 4" in/out diesel muffler, and the only one I could find was from Mike at Heartthrob exhaust - pn 7081Q - Heartthrob Exhaust - Diesel Kits

Should make the truck way less 'basey' - bassy?...less boomy - boomey? ... :rolleyes: :LOL:

Floor surgery - showing where the straight-thru 4" exhaust was - the muffler will go 'here'...somehow...I hope...

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Doubler seals. I discovered both the 203 input and 205 output yokes are leaking, so those are both getting fresh seals.

Tie rod. I'm saving up to go full hydro, and in the meantime I'm going to sleeve the existing tie rod to finish out this season, and hell maybe next season too who knows.

Rust. I've been applying liberal amounts of both Rustoleum and Locktite rust reformer, with an oil-based top coat. So far so good.

Air Cleaner. I decided to install inner fenders, and an original 1st Gen Cummins air cleaner assembly - this will have several benefits. The current air cleaner works but isn't ideal - any splash off the tires can (and has) choke the air cleaner, and the engine; pic -

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I'll be installing a set of OE inner fenders, on the passenger's side of which I'll be bolting up an OE Cummins air cleaner assembly. This will essentially eliminate the water 'splash' problem, and it will quiet down the turbo, another plus in the 'quieter' column (y) .

Rear Axle Hub Seal. I ordered a rockwell-specific custom hub seal installation tool from Neil at Western Canadian Rockwell, which should cure my r-rear inner hub leakage problem.

Lights / Wiring. In any leftover time between now and 11 Oct I'll also be trying to go through Bud's dash and outside lighting, wipers, power ports, etc., to make sure all of that works too. I think I'ma need to call in some cavalry...

- Sam
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