Work Wagon: 1954 Dodge Power Wagon

If you’ve always wanted a heavy-duty classic truck or if you are looking for a blank slate work truck project to customize the way want, check this one out! It is a 1954 Dodge Power Wagon which can be found here on eBay with a current bid of $1,375. These trucks look awesome when they are restored and since there is no bed, you can customize it however you want. Located in Alpharetta, Georgia, the truck looks like a solid project. Check it out!

As you can see, this truck is pretty rusty and crusty but appears solid overall. The ad doesn’t have a ton of information, but it does say it’s “ruff” and needs a complete restoration. There is no photo of the engine compartment, but the drivetrain is complete although not running. The tires are said to be good and have a nice aggressive military-style tread pattern.

Here is a good look at the bed area. There are so many options for how you could finish this truck. You could do a stock-style bed, a diamond-plate custom unit, or a nice flatbed. What would you do? How about the paint? These trucks look great with a maroon or dark green body and black fenders. How about something more flashy like bright red?


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  1. Dave

    would come up good as Mater from the Cars movie, whack a modern 318 in it

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  2. Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

    This could be a great project truck. If the motor’s not salvageable it would be unfortunate but you’re right, Dave, a modern crate Mopar would be the right thing to do along with a 6 speed gearbox and maybe a 2 speed rear end. Clean it up, find a decent bed and drive it everywhere!

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  3. Piros1

    I have a Cummins 12 valve that would look pretty good under the hood if I could get it to fit. I have these on my radar for sometime as a possible build. Might w even do a little digging to see if it is a fit. Will see.

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    • Steve

      Cummins can be made to fit but requires cutting into the firewall

      • Piros1

        I kind of figured it would take some firewall and floorboard modifications. After looking this one over closely it is a bit worse condition that I first thought so I may pass on it.

  4. chrlsful

    Piro’s got it (w/a twist)…take cab, place on modern frame holdin a 12v.
    Course all depends on application -THE automotive Q-

    • jerry

      no just stuff the cummins in it put a 1/4 sheet of plate steel on the back a good heater in it and a snow plow blade on it and you have the perfect snow plow weapon.I had a customer who owned a landscape operation who had 6 of these he plowed snow with ,he loved them. way better than new 4x4s thats all he used them for! they sat all summer!

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  5. Piros1

    I would probably use the existing frame in my case because my donor truck is a total with all good drivetrain but I can still use a lot of the parts for the conversion. I even have a 7 speed spicer I could put in it.
    My wheels have been turning on a conversion like this for some time. It helps I have all the parts.

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  6. Chris

    Not a 54 has to be a 51 or earlier with that gauge cluster dash

  7. Piros1

    I couldn’t argue about the age but maybe I should do a bit more research so I know one from the other. No title with this one just a bill of sale. If it doesn’t get to over the top it at least has a good body that appears better than most I’ve seen especially for the southern rust belt. Usually the humidity alone will eat most metal up.

  8. canadainmarkseh Member

    The way to go is to transplant the cab and front onto a early 90’s 1 ton dodge duellie 4×4. Cumins diesel 5 speed stick. Add a period correct truck box even if you have to build your own. Paint it forest green with black fenders and running boards. Now that would be a truck worth having.

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