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Legacy Classic Trucks restomods 1949 Power Wagon adding a turbodiesel, serious off-roading chops

This Dodge Power Wagon has gone from antique to a rough and ready off-roader.

Photo courtesy Legacy Classic Trucks

The latest restomod from Legacy Classic Trucks puts the power back in Dodge Power Wagon. The 108th build from the company features a vintage Power Wagon that has ben transformed from the ground up, giving it more power and the capability to off-road like a modern machine.

"The classic Power Wagons are just amazing trucks, and they are absolute smile magnets when other drivers seem them out on the open road. This is the truck that helped build all the bridges, dams, and roads out West that everyone road trips across during the summertime season," said Legacy Classic Trucks Founder Winslow Bent. "We've had Power Wagons that we've restored that have served in World War II. The best part about a Legacy Power Wagon build is that drivers get all the good looks of a classic restoration without any of the hassles. Drivers won't have any trouble driving this truck out on the street, highway, or off-road. It can do anything."

1949 Legacy Power Wagon

Photo courtesy Legacy Classic Trucks

The 1949 Legacy Power Wagon keeps a twin-turbo Cummins 4BT eight-valve turbodiesel engine. The power output has been raised significantly from the original truck's capability with the new engine's production reaching 350 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission.

It now wears Dana 60 axles, ARB locking differentials, and Warn locking hubs. At the front is a Warn winch. Modern Power Wagons also come standard with a winch up front.

The rig's 144-inch wheelbase rides on 40-inch Toyo tires.

The cabin of the truck features bespoke leather seats and grey German square weave carpeted floor mats. The truck's wood steering wheel and vintage gauges give the appearance of vintage styling. There are modern features as well: a Bluetooth stereo, new HVAC system, and USB charging ports.

Legacy Classic Trucks spent 2,000 hours to build the truck. They are selling the model for $350,000. Further upgrades are available.

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The concept has been extensively modified for a life lived off the beaten path.

GMC

Overlanding has become a world of its own, with several parts and vehicle customization companies, media publications, and guide services popping up all over the place. GMC realizes this, and to capitalize on the overlanding craze, the automaker built a Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX off-road concept to show off at the Overland Expo Mountain West 2021, which took place last week.


GMC Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX Concept The OVRLANDX concept carries a kitchenette, solar panels, and more.GMC


Some of the upgrades on the truck include:

  • Cast-iron control arms
  • A heavy-duty front bumper with winch
  • Front and rear electronic locking differentials
  • An off-road jack and mount
  • Multimatic DSSV dampers
  • Off-road rocker panel protectors


Listing the rest of the upgrades would take more words than anybody cares to read but rest assured that they are plentiful and impressive. GMC says that the concept truck gained legitimate capability from the upgrades. The approach angle is 27.7 degrees, and the truck can ford water up to 32.1 inches, which come thanks to a ground clearance of 10 inches and a custom-built snorkel system. The truck rides on 17-inch wheels wrapped in 33-inch BFGoodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires.

Since it's an overlanding concept, the truck needs the ability to support its passengers well off the beaten path. To do that, GMC gave the Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX a cooler and kitchenette, solar panel, and a truck bed storage system with drawers.



GMC Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX Concept You can build something similar to the concept with off-the-shelf parts.GMC


As a concept truck, it's unlikely the AT4 overlanding rig will make it into production as it sits. That said, it's an interesting idea for an intrepid Canyon owner to use as a blueprint. Outside of the chassis work, most of the parts and upgrades can be purchased and installed without a major hassle, but if you're in the market to build a rig, it's best to research your truck's payload capacity and capabilities before overloading for overlanding.

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The commercial van is going all-electric in 2023

Stellantis

Many automakers have publicly committed to making the shift to fully electrified vehicle lineups with the decade, but until recently, Stellantis was an outlier. The global auto giant, whose brands include Jeep, Ram, Dodge, Chrysler, Alfa Romeo, and more, will follow suit, but has been less aggressive with its stated goals. However, the automaker is already making good on its promises, and one of the first vehicles to come will be an electrified version of the Ram ProMaster van in 2023.


Ram ProMaster The electric ProMaster will compete with the Ford E-Transit.Stellantis


The automaker will follow its ProMaster commercial van with an electric version of the Ram 1500 pickup truck in 2024. When the truck eventually lands, it will face off against the Ford F-150 Lightning, Chevrolet Silverado EV, and GMC Hummer EV – a massively crowded field of vehicles, considering none are on sale today.


Ram ProMaster EVs make tons of sense for fleets, where fuel expenses can be steep.Stellantis


We don't have any specs on the new van yet, but its main competition will come from the Ford E-Transit electric van, which just began testing in fleets this week. Ford sent 10 pre-production vans to municipal and other fleets across the UK and a couple of other European countries. The E-Transit is estimated to deliver a range of about 126 miles and to offer a payload capacity of up to 4,290 pounds.


Ram ProMaster The ProMaster is just one of several electrified vehicles that Stellantis will release in the coming years.Ram


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