truck was submitted Matt Patwell of California. truck was previously
owned by Ron Lanier and Matt would like to give all the credit
to his uncle for keeping this beautiful machine on the road. the
truck was purchased new with a 318 poly engine but now has a cleanly
installed 440 in it. Here's some excerpts from the emails from
M y uncle has had the truck since 66 and has driven it daily.
He recently gave the truck to me when he finally broke down and
bought himself a new Dodge truck. He said something about
being in his sixties and wanting power windows or something.
He had mentioned in passing that the truck had come with some
stripes on it but that he had taken them off when it got repainted
sometime in the late 70's. I was curious about the stripes and
began searching the internet when I found your website.
The family always knew the old power wagon was somewhat rare but
had no idea to what extent. In speaking to another Power Wagon
fan out here, he said that the CSS package primarily came on the
two wheel drive models. (Most)Everyone who bought the four wheel
drive version didn't want carpet. The truck also has the
PTO winch on the front which still works. I
painted the truck in 94'. The paint still looks great except
for some rust that has emerged in areas that I've noticed other
trucks have problems. Side of the bed where the floor meets the
side panel, door corners, etc. He gave me the original split
rims and a perfect set of "trucker mirrors" which I
want to reinstall when I go through the truck again. He ditched
the 318 (which he regrets getting rid of) for a low mileage
69 440 out of a Newporter. I've added a Mopar electronic
ignition and a new Holley carb and am looking for a set of exhaust
to replace the welded manifolds it currently has.
I also have the factory build sheets for each of the items on
the SERT. They sure were careful about documenting everything.
These papers list every nut and bolt, then it goes on to describe
exactly how to install everything. I sent a picture of one of
the saddle bag gas tanks. There are two in total besides the in
cab tank. My uncle doesn't know if this was a factory add-on or
if the dealer did it or if the owner had them installed after
purchase. I was hoping you could shed some light on the subject.
I have become friends with another power wagon fan out here by
the name of Robert Steller. He frequents the online discussion
groups and was the one who pointed me in your direction in the
first place. He prefers the 300 series trucks, but was impressed
with the old 200 when he drove it. He commented on how nice the
transmission felt and was also amazed at the overall condition
of the truck considering it's use over the years. He noted that
the rust I was dealing with is quite common in these trucks and
that he felt everything was repairable.
My Uncle is very proud of this truck, and I am mainly doing this
for his benefit. I know he will get many a good story with his
buddies about it. I don't need any of the fanfare, he is the one
who should be credited with keeping the truck on the road all
of these years. He has been so dedicated to keeping it in shape
that I would like to see him get the credit. His name is Ron Lanier
and he resides in Huntington Beach, Calif.
I am trying to scan an era picture of him standing next to the
truck in about 66 or so. It clearly shows the original stripes.
Hopefully, I will be able to get it to you.