Yes, we know. In 1947 if you bought a 1-ton Dodge Power Wagon truck like this, the paint wouldn’t be as nice. The detail work would not be as nice, the wood work in the bed would likely not be as nice. Frankly, I we don’t care. The most awesome part of this truck to us is the fact that it’s a restoration, not some sort of a bastard mix of a modern frame with old school body panels. It does not have a late model Hemi or a Magnum wedge engine. It has the correct flathead six. It does not have some sort of modern overdrive transmission, it has the correct meat grinder that came with the truck in the first place. It has the correctly formed heavy leaf springs that the truck would have ridden on since new. What does this all mean?
It all means that the truck probably tops out at 50-mph. It means that the thing rides like a John Deere tractor, it means that it accelerates like a cruise ship, turns like rickety old bus, and is about as fun to smash through the gears as your garden tractor. In short it means that the truck is perfect.
We’re sticklers on the historical preservation of at least some stuff like this. Yes, the amazing work that many people do to modernize old rigs is neat and we appreciate the craftsmanship but they rob the driver of the real experience of driving an old truck! If this thing was on a 1990s Dodge chassis you’d be driving a 1990 Dodge with a costume on. Now you’ll have the legit experience and if that is what you want it’ll cost you.
The truck is $80,000 so, yeah. The experience is definitely not cheap!