Take one part military truck, one part early 4×4, and one part tractor, and you get the Dodge Power Wagon. Based on the WWII Dodge 3/4-ton truck, these were built for the civilian market from 1945 through the late 1960s. They were the go-anywhere workhorses of the Dodge line, and their PTOs allowed you to run all kinds of equipment with them — ranging from augers to saw blades. Try that with your King Ranch Ford F-350.
This truck has seen better days, but the seller says it’s a fully functional driver with good brakes, a functional winch, a cleaned carburetor and fuel tank, and an added electric fuel pump. The flathead six engine is said to start and run fine, although I’d probably trailer the truck until I could find a set of new tires to fit those old school Budd wheels.
What this truck really needs is a good restoration, and it looks like a solid starting point, since most of it is there, and it still runs and drives. But if you’re into the patina and rust movement, you could fix the broken windshield, double check the mechanicals, and use it just the way it looks now. Think of all the attention it would get at Home Depot.
Power Wagons like this aren’t rare — 95,145 were built over the entire run of the model — but running examples at reasonable prices are hard to find. This one’s Buy-it-Now price of under $5k is attractive, even if it needs some serious work.
Click the link to see the listing: 1952 Dodge Power Wagon