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Thread: '52 Dodge Power Wagon. ... Caltex ??

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    '52 Dodge Power Wagon. ... Caltex ??

    I'm trying to find some history of my basket case '52 Power Wagon
    According to a previous owner a LandRover guy had it so maybe someone here knows about it .

    "the guy I got it off in 2002 was a Land Rover guy who bought and sold old land Rovers manly but he was pretty sure Caltex brought most of them in the country and there wasn't much this guy didn't know about cars in Australia


    It been through a few owners in this sorry state, with bits dropping off along the way. Might take a year or two but I'll be doing a full original nut & bolt restoration, keeping it original with a few concessions like seatbelts & indicators .

    As far as I know Chrysler Australia built about 55 RHD models in Adelaide going to RAAF , PMG , VicRail , & Snowy Mountains Authority.
    Mine is a LHD built in Detroit. I never heard about the Caltex connection before, would be delighted if anyone can shed some light on the story.






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    Ok, bit of detective work, Ive worked back through a few previous owners , as far as I can trace the Power Wagon was bought from Hilton Pollard, Putty Road, Colo Heights in 2002 , I took a bit of a drive along there in Google Street View & found a place bristling with old LandRovers and 2 1950's Dodge 'PilotHouse'

    Apparently Hilton traded a Caravan for it from a place in Penrith where it was in pieces all over someones shed, Thats as far back as I can go.

    I'll give Hilton a call & see if he remembers any more.

    I doubt it was Caltex , going by its colour probably more like a Snowy Truck like this one, the chassis number is close & its the same colour model & year





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    Haven't been mucking about, already made a front bumper from 4mm steel for it,
    Practice for some chassis sections I will need to replace.


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    That's quite a project you have there. What's the plan? Full concourse resto to original spec or a sympathetic rebuild with modern 6 cyl diesel and synchro box?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sitec View Post
    That's quite a project you have there. What's the plan? Full concourse resto to original spec or a sympathetic rebuild with modern 6 cyl diesel and synchro box?
    It will take a few years but the plan is Restore to original, but with a few concessions like Indicators , seatbelts, etc. I love the old Dodge side valve engines so will be keeping the existing engine if its an original PowerWagon engine . Only problem is the engine number is missing, its looks like a 25" to me rather than the original 23" but theres a guy that can authenticate from casting numbers.








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    It looks like most of it is there though. What does the 23" and 25" relate to?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sitec View Post
    It looks like most of it is there though. What does the 23" and 25" relate to?
    Two different engines. US & Canada. One is 23" long & the other is 25". A trap for young players is buying head gaskets on the internet. Yanks don't realise there is another Chrysler side valve engine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigbjorn View Post
    Two different engines. US & Canada. One is 23" long & the other is 25". A trap for young players is buying head gaskets on the internet. Yanks don't realise there is another Chrysler side valve engine.
    Exactly, and even more confusing the Canadian 25" and US 23" both have a 218 cu in engine size . (Different bore and stroke too) I ordered a 25" 218 Head gasket for our other Dodge and a 23" gasket arrived.

    The Canadian 25" engines are harder to buy parts for, in my photos it looks like the back of the head is too close to the firewall to be correct. The Power Wagon has a fully sealed PCV system for deep water crossings and I can see this engine has some PW parts but also an open draft tube.

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    Which engine should this Powerwagon have?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDNSW View Post
    Which engine should this Powerwagon have?
    Its a 1952 Power Wagon , Model, B-3 -PW-126 made in Detroit, should have 230cu in 23" engine , I suspect its a Snowy PW and not a Caltex one,

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