Wood Hog: 1947 Dodge Power Wagon

If I had a time machine, I’d be tempted to go back and buy up all the old Dodge Power Wagons I could find! It appears the values are sky-rocketing lately and this one is from 1947 is no exception. It can be found here on eBay with a current bid over $9,000 and the reserve hasn’t been met yet! Located in Estes Park, Colorado, it appears this truck is (what we call in the Rocky Mountains) a “wood hog”…the kind of truck that loves being in the great outdoors. It isn’t afraid to get dirty and put in a hard days work getting firewood, hunting or fishing. Check out this truck and let us know if you think it is worth the bidding frenzy.

The outside has a great weathered patina, but the truck doesn’t look abused. There isn’t much information in the ad, but the seller does say the driver’s window needs replaced and there are some rust issues with the floor. There are also “minor” rust holes in the doors.

The engine measures 230 cubic inches and is backed by a 4-speed transmission. The seller says the truck runs, drives, and stops but will need some “tinkering.” Also, the engine does smoke a little, so an eventual rebuild is probably on the menu for the new owner.

Even though the truck appears to be a pretty good workhorse, the bed doesn’t appear to beat up. The two big sheets of diamond plate are covering up what is left of the wood bed, but the wheel wells and bedsides don’t look bad at all! Even the underside of the truck doesn’t appear to be too rusty or abused.

Like I said before, these old Power Wagons continue to go up in value with seemingly no ceiling in sight. This truck would have never reached five-figures a few years ago, but it looks like it might now. What do you think is driving the price on these old trucks and would you be a bidder at $9,000+?

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  1. Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

    Love the old original power wagons-hate the new original power wagon prices.
    These are a hardy, wonderfully tough truck that are a chore to drive-which adds to the love most owners have for them..
    Used to be inundated with them around here, as every military base and depot had these around in numerous configurations-ambulances, fuel trucks, rescue rigs and the like.
    Just a really great part of the American landscape, sometimes literally a short time later.

    Nevada1/2rack

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    • 36Packard

      Agreed, these are no fun to drive. Great around the farm or in the woods, but no fun to drive to the farm or woods. When I was young, these were 2 or 300 dollar trucks. People rarely sold them, though, as they had specific duties for them. All who owned one had other more practical trucks for real life. These really need a dual rear axle so highway drives are more enjoyable. Too bad these are so expensive now. I could use one on my land for practical things, but some rich dude is going to spend gobs of money on this and trailer it to shows like it is some over restored Cuda. The soul of the was for the working man to work, not for some person who has never seen the work end of a shovel use it to show off.

      • TimM

        Well said 36 packard

  2. CapNemo CapNemo Member

    Badass hunks of steel machinery, before trucks started to become feminized. I have one of these, and I’ll die with it! The driver’s side door glass needs to be replaced. It need replacing. Replace it. Put a different one in that isn’t broken. Change it for a good one.

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  3. canadainmarkseh Member

    I funny that this one popped up here today I saw the ambulance version of this on a trailer in traffic yesterday, here in Calgary. It looked like it had just been pulled out of some where after a long sleep. I think these are the coolest trucks to come out of ww2. I think that this would be fun to drive if your kidneys could take it. For that would be kidney. Great find.

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  4. Steve

    These things will wear you out driving to a cruise in, much less hauling wood out of the hills.

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  5. Bob S

    This looks like a nicely preserved truck, and I like the fact that it still has the winch. I certainly think it is worth acquiring at the present bid price of $9,000, but don’t know enough about the current values to know if it is worth much more than that. It looks like it wouldn’t require much, if any maintenance, to put it to work again. Replacing the wood in the box is an easy job.
    I was exposed to the Power Wagons while they were still being used in the Canadian army up into the early 60s. They were a really tough truck and perfect for rough terrain. They would not be fast enough for modern highway driving, and it is too bad that there aren’t enough of them to make it practical to produce an overdrive. If one was available, I would buy one of these in a heartbeat. They are a great looking truck, we used to feel so superior to the guys driving the jeeps.
    I would love to own one, but missed my opportunity when I had a chance to buy one for $3,000 back in the 80s. The irony is, that I thought it was overpriced.
    Bob

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    • chrlsful Member

      gear vendor would fit w/a DS shorten

  6. Gaspumpchas

    Looks like a nice clean Colorado truck. Good luck to the new owner!
    Cheers
    GPC

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  7. bobhess Member

    Pull up in front of a crowd and you’d certainly have their attention…

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  8. Jay

    They are cool trucks I like the looks. There is a nice one for sale not far from me.

    https://meadville.craigslist.org/cto/6972428871.html

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  9. Rick Brennan

    These Civilian Power Wagons are the epitome of what a truck is or at least what a truck was. I’ve had Military versions but never Civilian.
    Rebuilding the engine can be avoided by locating NOS Military version engines (Government Surplus) of basically the same flat head six – many are still in crates and converting whole thing, truck and engine to 12 Volt is a breeze.

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  10. TimM

    Couldn’t beat it in the day for going in the woods!! These things were tough!! It’s not easy just finding one where all the parts are there!!!

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  11. canadainmarkseh Member

    Ok I’ll say it. Take the body off this frame and mount it on the frame of a early 90’s dodge 3/4 ton 4×4 cumins turbo diesel. The early 90’s trucks still have a straight axle up front and are every bit as tough as these. If you want to keep the authentic look transfer the wheels over to the dodge chassis as well. Best of both world power and highway speed with old power wagon look. After all there from the same manufacturer anyways. Then sell the old chassis off for parts.

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