2008-09-12 - Engine Parts - Power Wagon John

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2008-09-12 - Engine Parts - Power Wagon John

Post by Specialdeluxe » Wed Sep 17th, 2008 6:16

So I was poking around on Ebay and come across a 230 crank for sale. The seller listed their location as St. Paul. I click on the contact seller button and send him a message asking if he also has the flywheel and rods to go with the crank. He replies back to give him a call. I call him up and he tells me that he deals with Dodge Power Wagons, has about 28 of them and probably any part I'd be looking for. He was heading out of town for a week so after 45 minutes talking Mopar we set up a day to meet.

When I head over to his place I saw that he wasn't kidding about the mass quantities of parts and trucks he has around the place. He gave me the grand tour of his truck collection and it did not disappoint. He said that he just can't get himself to throw anything away for fear that if he did someone would come by needing it and it would be gone. Amazing stories from the guy too! He has one of the first Dodge Power Wagons. Another one he said they only made 25 of, he has four. There were parts on shelves, in lofts and rafters. It was hard sometimes to keep up with him as he rounded up the parts I was looking for and sidetracked to show me something neat and cool. One item in the drive under a tarp, a '41 Dodge business coupe. John is yet another enjoyable individual, and another guy named John, I have met on this project. I hope to see him again.

I did really good at John's place and came out with some much needed parts.

230 Crank
230 Flywheel
230 Rods
Oil Pan
1 Rear Brake drum (he turned it and the 3 I brought too!)
A bag of nuts, bolts & misc.

Cost = $200

Hanging out with the guy... Priceless!


Power Wagon John can be found on ebay:

<a href="http://stores.ebay.com/POWER-WAGON-JOHN ... km">John's Ebay Store</a><p>
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Good info:

The reason for needing the 230 flywheel

The 218 block and 230 block are the same.

The 230 flywheel is different than the 218, as it has a 3/16" recess in the face that mates to the crank. This is because the 230 crank flange is 3/16" thicker than the 218. The recess in the flywheel positions the teeth on the ring gear for the starter in the same place for either setup. If you use the 218 flywheel, the starter will not fully engage the ring gear.

Info is from Pete's 50plymouth.com site.
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Post by blueskies » Thu Sep 18th, 2008 2:16

Paul-

Looks like you got a great deal on your parts. I think I paid about $400 for my 230 crank, and another $60 for the flywheel.

One think to note about the power wagon flywheel, is that it doesn't look like it is drilled for the 9 1/4" passenger car clutch. My 230 flywheel wasn't drilled for the car clutch either, so I had to have a local machine shop drill and tap the holes for me.

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Post by Specialdeluxe » Fri Sep 19th, 2008 4:03

blueskies wrote:Paul-

Looks like you got a great deal on your parts. I think I paid about $400 for my 230 crank, and another $60 for the flywheel.

One think to note about the power wagon flywheel, is that it doesn't look like it is drilled for the 9 1/4" passenger car clutch. My 230 flywheel wasn't drilled for the car clutch either, so I had to have a local machine shop drill and tap the holes for me.

Best-

Pete
Pete,

Checked out the flywheel today and you are correct. It needs to be drilled and tapped. I think I was lucky to find a source for the parts so close. Power Wagon John is a 10 minute drive away so there were no shipping costs.

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Re: 2008-09-12 - Engine Parts - Power Wagon John

Post by freyoc » Tue Mar 25th, 2014 2:31

if you could get me johns info i would like to call him and talk to him about a project i want to start
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Re: 2008-09-12 - Engine Parts - Power Wagon John

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