This is Project Power Wagon's first winter in the Snowbelt. Up until this point, our 2005 PW has spent winters in the Los Angeles area, away from snow and ice.
Reassigned to the Four Wheeler Midwest Bureau in northern Illinois, the PW has now traded its L.A. Wilshire Boulevard digs for a barn in farm country. Surrounded by farm paraphernalia and a hay bale or two, the ready-to-work truck is in its element. It has sat for weeks at a time between road trips, yet so far the 5.7L Hemi has always fired right up no matter what the temperature. No quirks or problems to report so far, the PW is running flawlessly.
We're getting ready to remove the 35-inch Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ tires so we can mount up a set of Dick Cepek FC-II tires for a snow tire test. With that said, we have to say that the ATZs have performed exceptionally well in the snow. Their manners are great on the road no matter whether the road is slushy or snowpacked. Off-highway we've tested them in a variety of scenarios and they have always gotten us through. We gave them their biggest test when towing a 10x5 trailer loaded with about 1,000 pounds of haybales through a pasture clogged with over nine inches of snow. Uphill. No problems.
So what's next for project Power Wagon? Well, we have a smokin' cool suspension kit ready to bolt in that will not only improve the PW's performance it'll also eliminate some factory weak points. We also have a set of really cool light bars for the front and rear so we can get our full perimeter lighting installed.