The Dodge Power Wagon was among the most popular trucks in the 1940s.
The Dodge Power Wagon has become a must-have truck for folks who love to go for off-road adventures, people who want a hauling vehicle, or anyone who wants to drive around the city in a high-powered, utility truck.
No matter which side you’re on, the story of the Power Wagon we know and love today started more than eight decades ago. A while back, just after World War II, Dodge decided to create a civilian version of the military WC Series trucks, and the rest is history.
The Dodge Power Wagon was born with a practical exterior design, a robust 94-hp flat-head inline 6-cylinder engine, and many cool bells and whistles, all at an affordable price of $1627. Today, however, the classic Dodge Power Wagon is offered at an average price of $25,000, and the value is only expected to get higher with time. Get one today before you’ll be required to shell out upwards of $30,000.
The Dodge Power Wagon was among the most popular trucks in the 1940s, thanks to one very special feature. Read on to find out more about this feature, and a few more compliments that made the utility truck everyone’s top choice.
The most outstanding feature of this classic and practical piece of machinery is the powertrain, and rightfully so. You see, the Dodge Power Wagon was made to haul and transport cargo and people to far distances, surpassing the open road. As a utilitarian vehicle, it made more sense for the Dodge Power Wagon to have a judicious power and high levels of torque that would allow it to take on the most challenging terrains, and drive even under the most extreme weather conditions. So, the stakes were obviously high at this point.
The resulting powertrain was very satisfying, and beyond doubt, exceeded everyone’s expectations. The Power Wagon came equipped with a 3.8-liter, flat-head inline 6-cylinder engine with a 230 cubic-inch displacement.
Compared to the rivals of the Power Wagon, this engine was robust and, in due course, became a huge selection point of the classic Wagon. The engine produced an inspiring 94-hp at 3,200 rpm and 185 lb-ft of torque at 1200 rpm. This was an impressive power spec, especially during the 1940s – a time when this truck segment had very few installments, especially the utility types.
Perhaps the other factor that made the engine so special was its design. The 3.8-liter engine was much smaller in size and proved to be very reliable thanks to its camshaft and valves that – unlike the norm – were mounted internally. Since the engine was compact, it required less space under the hood, leading to the smaller and sleeker bonnet design.
The robust engine also featured a single barrel Stromberg carburetor that supplied gas to it, which made sense given the engine’s compact size. In regards to performance, the engine paired with a 4-speed manual transmission and a two-speed transfer case to propel the truck from zero to 60 mph in just under 20 seconds, and up to a top speed of 70 mph.
In good time, the impending Power Wagons were fitted with a much larger flathead six-cylinder engine under the hood. This engine had a 251 cubic-inch displacement, and pretty much had the same features of the pioneering engine, with extra ponies.
Dodge does a very good job of using space very wisely on any car the brand produced. The dimensions and wheelbase have been specifically calculated to improve its driving performance and utilitarian purposes. That said, the Power Wagon has is reasonably sized for its duties. It stands considerably higher than its newer siblings and has a wider bed. Aside from that, when just taking a glance at its exterior design, you’ll immediately know the Power Wagon is serious business. Its utilitarian exterior styling gives away its extreme performance capabilities in every way.
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Topping off to its big and cool exterior, the Power Wagon’s design features extra complements attached to the front, side, and back end. Each of these add-on features play an important role in the truck’s overall being. At the front, the Power Wagon features an insanely large grille. Its size is no surprise since it closely matches the rivals that came before it. In fact, this classic large-grille trend went on for years, long after the first-generation Power Wagon met its demise.
The Power Wagon comes also comes with large fenders that, besides shielding the top of the wheel, function as a mounting point for the large headlights and signal lights while providing some ample workspace to the lot of us who like to fiddle with the bonnet kit. At the far front, the Wagon came equipped with a 5,000-pound winch, which made off-road recovery extremely easy, making it the ultimate truck for adventures or off-road hauling duties.
If the windows on the images appear larger than usual, it’s because they are. Power Wagons had wider windows to provide greater visibility to all three occupants. The bed measured 8 feet long and featured stake pockets for building rack systems. On its side, the utilitarian truck had a spare wheel, mounted in a side-saddle style.
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