Winslow Bent says he’s addicted to Power Wagons and we have to agree. Why else would he have started a business restoring, refining and modernizing old Power Wagons? When we saw his 1949 Dodge Power Wagon, we were awestruck at the coolness of this classic rig and its modern upgrades. Winslow and his team at Legacy Classic Trucks do some eye-catching old school builds up in Wyoming. Fortunately for us, this truck made its way to Nevada for the SEMA show and we were able to capture it on film (digitally) to share with you.
The first thing you’ll notice is that this Power Wagon has four doors. Now, this was never a factory option. To make a classic Mega Cab Dodge required two donor trucks and a lot of work. A long-bed frame fitted with a four-door cab and a short bed worked perfectly. The hood, grille shell, fenders and other sheet metal are all stock items. You won’t find any fiberglass or plastic parts at all. The end result is clean and looks factory.
Of course, the frame required some work, too. The stock frame was modified to allow the use of cross-over steering and a modern PSC power box, as well as a Legacy Classic Truck suspension. The factory front and rear leaf spring design was retained, but modern multi-leaf packs were built to Legacy specs to provide a more comfortable ride than stock, without giving up carry capacity. Bilstein 5125 shocks are the final component of this truck’s suspension. Of course, custom bumpers were made by Legacy to provide a rugged look that’s perfect for the package.
Modernized differentials were a must for this modernized truck. A Dynatrac ProRock 60 resides in the front and a ProRock 80 can be found in the rear. To distribute the torque to both axles, a 3.8:1-ratio Atlas II transfer case is mounted behind the automatic transmission. The best part of the driveline is the Cummins QSB 4.5L four-cylinder turbo diesel. This engine is a 16-valve, common rail motor that’s Tier III compliant on emissions. It features an air-to-air intercooler and produces 459 ft-lb at 1,400 rpm and 170 hp at 2,500 rpm; yep, more power and also quieter than the venerable 4BT and able to meet modern emission standards, too. The QSB 4.5L is bolted to an Allison 1000 auto trans to complete the perfect modern driveline package for this restored and revised classic Dodge.
On the inside, we found custom leather upholstery from J.S. Custom Interiors in Salt Lake City, Utah, along with new gauges with a classic aircraft look that are Legacy-branded items, Carling switches, Grant steering wheel, Alpine stereo with CD player and a satellite radio. Of course, power windows and air conditioning are also musts for a modernized truck. The hanging pedals are a Legacy exclusive and work with the Hydroboost brakes and ididit steering column. The master cylinder is a GM dual-circuit setup that does a great job of pumping fluid down to the front and rear Wilwood disc brakes.
The Legacy Classic four-door Power Wagon is a truck for work more than play. Its top speed is only 90 mph, but it can crawl down, over and around obstacles all day on the farm or in the field. As outfitted—with 20×10 wheels sporting Continental “Mil Spec” 335/80-20 MPT 81 tires—it has a fording depth of 52 inches. That’s a sealed depth rating much like a military truck. However, you can bet that no military truck was ever this cool or comfortable.
(Note: For more information on this and other cool Power Wagons, go to www.legacyclassictruck.com)
Text and Photos by Trent Riddle