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1979 Dodge Crew Cab - Crawler Hauler

Posted in Features on June 21, 2013
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Sean built the custom front bumper out of 1 3⁄4x0.120-wall DOM tubing and added a Warn VR12000 winch, Anzo HID lights, and dual recovery points. Living in the Pacific Northwest, he often finds himself on the trail with Warn employees out testing new products.

The first thing we noticed about Sean Fogli’s ’79 Dodge Crew Cab was how easily the doors shut. If you have spent any time in a ’70s truck from the Big Three, you know this is not the norm. “Each door has four sheets of sound-deadening material, and I spent hours lining up the strikers,” Sean admits.

This level of detail is found throughout his Dodge, which is often hooked up to the front of his trailer pulling his Jeep buggy. Sean bought a wrecked ’93 Dodge diesel and transferred the entire drivetrain to the ’79 in his spare time. This gave him a bulletproof drivetrain, classic styling, and plenty of interior room without a monthly car payment.

The engine is an übersimple 12-valve Cummins diesel. This engine is completely mechanical, and the VE injection pump can feed the engine even without a single wire. Sean integrated the firewall from the donor truck to mount up the heater and brake booster, but if he didn’t tell us we would have a hard time noticing.

This isn’t just a tow rig though. Sean and his wife Kristi have plans to drive the Dodge from Portland to Alaska this summer on the trip of a lifetime. With a simple, fuel-efficient engine, a sturdy drivetrain, and plenty of storage space, it seems like the perfect choice to us.

Tech Specs
1979 Dodge Crew Cab
Engine: 12-valve Cummins 5.9L diesel
Transmission: Gertrag G360 5-speed manual
Transfer case: NP205
Front Axle: Dana 60 with 3.54 gears and open differential
Rear Axle: Dana 70U with 3.54 gears and open differential

Springs & Such: Skyjacker front springs, factory rear springs and blocks, Rancho RS5000 shocks
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50R17 BFGoodrich All-Terrain KOs mounted on 17x9 Hutchinson Rock Monster beadlocks
Steering: Factory push-pull
Other Stuff: Custom flatbed and tube front bumper, Warn VR12000 winch, HID lights, restored interior with LMC components, custom oil pan center console, MasterCraft Safety Baja RS suspension seats

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