Here is probably one of the rarest vehicles I have ever had the chance to bring to market for sale. This vehicle is a super rare 1955 Dodge B-1 Power Wagon. These trucks were the first mass produced 4x4 offered to the public. These trucks were scooped up by returning GIs who had learned about Dodge truck strength and dependability on the battlefields of Europe. The truck is essentially a civilian bodied military vehicle and uses all of the same underpinnings. 5058 of these trucks were built in 1955, and very few of these trucks have survived the severe conditions and workloads most operated on. This truck lived its life in the southwest and was restored in Arizona in 2003. The truck received a full cosmetic and mechanical restoration back to its original glory. The mileage is believed to be original at only a bit over 37,000 miles. It was believed the truck spent many years of its life as a tow truck in Tucson, AZ, hence the circular holes in the side of the bed where the tow rig levers stuck out.
The following is a list of options as this Power Wagon is currently equipped:
-Original Date Correct 230ci T137 Inline 6cyl
-4 Speed Manual Transmission
-2 Speed Transfer Case
-Added Front Locking Hubs
-Front and Rear PTO
-Original Braden PTO Winch
-Correct Non-Directional All Terrain Tires
-Original Fuel Can
-All Original Steel Body and Floors
The body on the Rig is totally solid and rust free. I have inspected the body and can not find a single spot of rust or repair patches whatsoever. It is finished in Navy Blue with Black fenders. The truck was restored and repainted several years back and fenders, running boards, and tailgate were all replaced. The paint job was done to a driver spec and not a lot of time or money was spent on body prep and blocking. The paint itself is in great shape with no cracking or aging, but there are imperfections and dings which the painter just sprayed over. All new rubbers were used when the glass was put back in. This Power Wagon was spared a life in damp climate and has remained solid throughout the years. The body and floors are in excellent condition for its age and look as good underneath as it does on top. A new set of military tires were installed in 2003 when the full restoration was done.
The interior is very clean and correct. It was restored using correct materials and looks as close to original as you can get. Everything works correctly including the horn and vacuum power window wipers. Odometer and speedo turn as they should and all other gages work as well. Even the reproduction info tags are on the dash. New window felts and door bumpers have been installed as well as a new leather shifter cover on the floor.
Mechanically, this Power Wagon runs GREAT! The drive train was gone through in 2003 including a full rebuild on the original engine and head. The truck always starts right up with no issues or smoke. Transmission was checked and re-sealed, an differentials and transfer case were checked. Electrical system was gone through new generator and fresh battery. The brake system was just completely gone through including all new lines, brake shoes, and master cylinder. The front Braden winch even still works as it should. I personally just did a full tune up, dropped the tank, had it professionally cleaned, installed a new fuel sender and got her running like a top! The truck is tight as a drum and does not leak a single drop of any fluid!
All in all, this is one of the cleanest and well restored Power Wagons on the market. It has been professionally maintained and truly loved by its previous owners. This truck is a fantastic example and will be the envy of any true military or truck collector! Any further questions or information about this vehicle please call Jon at 480-703-2337.