POWER WAGON Historical and TECHnical Information
FREQUENtly ASKED QUESTIONS......
Many of you have posted questions on internet sites like the Dodge POWER WAGON Page or the POWER WAGON Advertiser Forum, or you have called or e-mailed me. Sharing information is the key to sustaining our collector hobby. I have always tried to give the best possible answers to those questions. Keep in mind that these answers apply to the "Power Wagon" era - 1941 - 1980. I have also studied the history of the "Power Wagon" era using historical references in the Museum reference library and research on the internet.
BRAKES - How do I adjust them?
MECHANIC HOW TO - How Do I Remove Broken Manifold Bolts?
GASOLINE - Can I run my Power Wagon on unleaded gasoline without damage?
MEASURING DISPLACEMENT - How can I tell the difference between a 218 c.i.d. and a 230 c.i.d. engine?
WINDSHIELD WIPERS - How to "tune up" vacuum or convert to electric
NO STATE REGISTRATION PLATES FOR MILITARY VEHICLES (TEXAS) - I've seen some restored military vehicles being driven without registration plates.
TRACING THE HISTORY OF MY FORMER MILITARY VEHICLE? - How can I identify the military organizations to which my former military vehicle was assigned?
WHAT'S WITH THE ARMY AND CADILLACS AND OTHER CIVILIAN CARS AND TRUCKS? - I've seen old pictures of many civilian vehicles that displayed a "US Army" license/registration plate.
WHAT DOES THE MILITARY INSIGNIA ON MY WC 1/2 TON STAND FOR? - Most 1/2 ton WC's had unit markings before the Army standardized the vehicle marking procedures at the beginning of World War II.
ANTIQUE ISSUES - Registering and insuring Antique Vehicles.
BODY DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT, AND FRAME ALIGNMENT MEASUREMENTS - Here are the correct dimensions for the Flat Fender Power Wagon and the measurements for checking truck frame alignment.
THE FRAME - Here are pictures of a bare frame, and also the frame alignment dimensions.
MU-2 WINCH - What are the controls on the winch itself and how do they work?
JUMP 6 w/ 12 - How can I jump start a 6 volt truck with a 12 volt truck without doing damage!
WHEELS and TIRES - Answers to most of your questions.
POLARIZING THE GENERATOR - What is "polarizing a generator" and how do I do it?
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I LUBRICATE - Here's a lubrication schedule.
SINGLE SPEED TRANSFER CASE INTERCHANGEABILITY - Can I switch 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton transfer cases?
AUTO-LITE PARTS ON CHRYSLER VEHICLES - For many years Chrysler vehicles were equipped with Auto-Lite products such as electrical components, bumpers, and chrome trim. Click on this link to learn more about Auto-Lite
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