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    Some years ago on ebay there was a 58 power Giant Power Wagon, 2tone light green & white beige on auction w/ Loadflite. I think someone one on this forum won it. Whatever happened to it? What an exciting pickup. Are than any pushbutton Power giants here? Thank you

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    If it's the same one and I believe it is, a friend of mine bought it and I restored it a few years ago. It has a 315 with the Loadflite transmission painted in Valley Green and Sahara Beige. It came from Montana/North Dakota where it served on a ranch so we call it Ranch Hand. We added the stainless trim a year ago. It has the optional bumper guards and body color bumper. We are planning on installing a roof mount radio this year. This truck drives very nice with the automatic . It's now in Indiana.
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    • #3
      That is a Nice PG.
      And Ron done a great job on it.

      A few weeks ago an old friend of mine was asking me what was the color
      Combo my dad used to paint his wreckers.
      I told him "Mexico Red" and some Beige?
      Couldn't remember exact name.
      Well thanks Ron that was it Mexico Red and Sahara Beige!

      See Ya Soon,
      TGP
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      • #4
        A BIG THANK YOU, I'm so glad it got the resto it deserved! All The chrome, & hood ornament & a single lighter
        Last edited by horace; 05-11-2016, 03:33 PM. Reason: add

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        • #5
          It really is a great truck. The best part being it was a western truck so it came apart with only breaking off two bolts. The bodywork wasn't bad considering the years it served as a ranch truck. Jerry Johnson is the owner a good friend of mine. This is a scarce truck being a custom cab with the automatic AND four wheel drive. The biggest thing is getting used to not having to push on the clutch pedal. LOL
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          • #6
            I was always under the impression that 4x4's didn't get an automatic until 1970, at least that's what I've read.

            Nice trucks.

            Bucky
            1975 W600

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            • #7
              All I know is this is an original power train with the automatic listed on the data tag. I've got a 57 D300 with a Loadflite too.
              Ron in Indiana

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              • #8
                The D300 with an auto is rare enough. A Power Giant with an auto must be holy grail, unless Dodge just dropped the auto from W series in the 61-69 era.

                Bucky
                1975 W600

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                • #9
                  Loadflite

                  I am curious about the Loadflite transmission. I had a 58 New Yorker with a 392 hemi and torqueflite transmission. The torqueflite was a 3 speed auto with no Park option. The neutral button was the starter button. I currently own a couple of smaller dodge hemis with Powerflite transmissions. These are two speed and preceded the torqueflite. Is the Loadflite a truck version of the torqueflite? I confess to not knowing anything about these transmissions.
                  David

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                  • #10
                    The Dodge truck auto was called "Loadflite" even though in many (if not most/all) cases it was identical to the Torqueflite of the same year.

                    The transmissions you describe (3 speed Torqueflite w/o Park), were the pre-62 versions that were cast iron cased & heavy.

                    Bucky
                    1975 W600

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                    • #11
                      Loadflite

                      Bucky,
                      Thanks for the answer.
                      David

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                      • #12
                        The Loadflite was definitely available in 57& 58 & in 4x4. I think a pushbutton Power Giant is the ultimate. I looked the 2 tone up in my 58 brochure, I thought 2 tone was down to the crease but no, not until the 59 Sweptside & of course the Sweptwing.

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                        • #13
                          a little more tranny info

                          all American automatics up through 1964 have rear pumps which means you can compression start them in a pinch. you have to get rolling over 20 or so for it to work but it does. I have done it. in 59 or so ford autos were so bad they paid Chrysler 9 million to borrow some technology from the torqueflite design. I have found it easier to just buy a dodge in the first place. ;/)

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