We’ve floated a number of LS-swaps down stream the past few months (like this E36 BMW M3, this R32 Nissan Skyline and this Mazda RX7), but this 1949 Dodge Power Wagon allows for something completely different.
Once a tired old workhorse, this 66-year-old truck has since ditched its old straight six for a choice slab of GM V8, fresh out of a Corvette C6.
Built in 2012 by Legacy Classic Trucks in Wyoming, the chassis was chopped by two feet and in went a raft of new suspension bits meant to help it scoot across rough terrain faster than a frightened badger: Custom 12-inch King coilover suspension, military-spec Dana 60 axles, ARB air-locking differentials, and massive 39.5-inch Super Swamper tires? Check, check, check and yes, please.
Underneath its upright hood sits a 6.2L LS3 that’s fitted with a hotter race cam, and its good for a hefty 480 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque; plenty of power to quickly get you anywhere you need to go, both on road or offroad. As a matter of fact, it can supposedly fly across a dirt trail at over 100 mph, even with its rather tall 5.46 gears. Meanwhile, a Th400 transmission and transfer ensure all those horses are well managed.
The cabin also suits its sporting intentions and once you find your way up and inside you’re greeted with a minimalist interior with Corbeau racing seats and harnesses, internal roll cage, soundproofing, a rubber floor, and a radio delete.
Don’t be fooled for one second; this is a purpose built rock crawler with oodles of power and upgraded suspension to match. At $79,000, it tried to make a sale on eBay, but no dice.