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My 1965 WM300 Dodge Power Wagon
(Such As It Is)
  In 1981 my 1965 WM300 became the third Dodge Power Wagon I owned. I have not yet ever sold one and don't currently see any reason to alter that. A friend told me about a Power Wagon for sale down by the beach. I said there's no way I could justify buying another truck, then made the error of taking a look at it. I was trundling past Bob's house tooting the horn in my new truck later that same afternoon.

I bought the truck from a guy who was trying to start a hamburger joint at the entrance to one of the big beaches here and needed the money to buy equipment. He had been doing a 40 mile daily one way commute in the thing. I thought, damn, he's probably flogged it down the road at 55 every day for months. He claimed no, and proved it to my satisfaction as I was driving us into town in my old '67 Polara, cruising at a mellow 45, the 440 rumbling contentedly. He's got both feet crammed on the passenger brake and keeps reaching for the dash, fending off some crash only he can see. He wants to know if I'm in some kind of rush cause he doesn't want to die just to notarize the title. That's what a summer of doing 35 mph tops in a Power Wagon will do to your perspective!

To the right you will see featured one of my personal copies of the venerable Dodge Military Power Wagon, also referred to as a flat fender and, just to thoroughly confuse the issue, a civilian Power Wagon. The military part is actually a little misleading because only around 2000 of them were used in the services as far as I can tell.

The military Dodge Power Wagon came into production immediately after World War II, largely to take advantage of all the government sponsored engineering that had gone into the the World War II VC and WC series trucks and the Korean War era M-37, not to mention all the stock piled parts.

My particular truck had a really nasty oil guzzling habit, like 15 miles to the quart! Smoked surprisingly little if at all once it got warmed up, unless you put your foot in it. You learned very quickly to feed it the quarts one at a time because it would pretty much burn whatever you put in it across that same 15 miles. I did a leisurely rebuild on it through the winter one year. Now it's a pretty good truck, although the body needs some attention pretty soon, and it might benefit from a set of new tires.

'65 Dodge WM300 Power Wagon.
       My glorious '65 Dodge WM300 Military Power Wagon.
       Note the grill is mounted out ahead of the cowl, an
       indication that it's a later model with the 251 flat head.

       Click on specific parts of image for close up views.
Engine Compartment    Passenger Compartment    Drive Train

Anyone who thinks the rugged is only skin deep on a Military Power Wagon just hasn't had the opportunity to put it to use. I bought a mid '60's W200 from a guy for the drive train. Got it real cheap, but the deal was I lug it and a bunch of other junk off his property. We cut the truck up with a torch and tossed it all into the back of the ol' WM300, minus engine and transmission. We tossed a Ford Dana '60 in the back, and a home made wrecker winch that had to weigh 300 Lbs, just to mellow out the ride. It did that, and made it steer a little easier. Yah, the throttle response was a little subdued, but not nearly as much as one would predict, and there was none of this ass dragging a contemporary so called 1 ton truck would exhibit under the same circumstances. It was pretty damned impressive.

I know from experience that a 925 Lb heliarc welder isn't enough to soften the ride. A capacity load of logs is literally however many your ingenuity, engineering skills, and lack of common sense will let you stack in the back.

Badittude is for new Dodges and anyone gullible enough to sucker for it. The militaries just get down and do it. Of course, they expect you to do a little work too. Maybe that's what these badittude guys don't care for, eh?

Last updated 11-16-16
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