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Offline KurtfromLaQuinta

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My son's '41 Power Wagon
« on: May 29, 2008, 04:42:12 PM »
Here's some pictures of my son's newest project.

This is how it arrived from a farm in Oklahoma...




He ended up trashing the very old, rusted up solid original running gear/ frame, in favor of a '75 Power Wagon more up to date stuff ( at least something workable). Here he's mocking it up to the newer frame. And you can see the new firewall he made for it...



He didn't like the way the '75  frame looked with the dip under the cab. So he cut and put in some straight channel to simulate the original '41 frame. And you can see the  tires and wheels he's running. The tires are 37's. Almost the same hight as the stock military ones. He's also trashing the full time case for a much stronger NP205. Along with an axle(s) replacement.




Here's the rear end mocked up. It's a big (9.125") Ford, 4.56 ring & pinion and a Detroit Locker/ disc brake set up.  When he's finished, it will have a olive drab paint job with all the correct military markings and will be able to go down the freeway at 75 mph.



He just got the body sand blasted in preparation for some body work and paint. It actually was in decent shape after many coats of paint from the last 67 years!





« Last Edit: September 07, 2008, 04:50:45 PM by KurtfromLaQuinta »
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Re: My son's '41 Power Wagon
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2008, 08:26:03 PM »
 Awesome!! I love the flatfender powerwagons!!!
way too many and not enough $$$

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Re: My son's '41 Power Wagon
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2008, 12:41:36 PM »
Thanks for posting! I've got a '43 W-51. Unfortunately, mine is stashed in my Dad's garage a couple hours away. I love flat fenders too! ;D

Has he already tossed those military rims? I might be interested in the retainer rings and/or a complete rim to use as a spare if they are in decent shape.
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Re: My son's '41 Power Wagon
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2008, 03:52:43 PM »
Thanks for posting! I've got a '43 W-51. Unfortunately, mine is stashed in my Dad's garage a couple hours away. I love flat fenders too! ;D

Has he already tossed those military rims? I might be interested in the retainer rings and/or a complete rim to use as a spare if they are in decent shape.
He's saving the old rims and tires for the "correct" look at certain car shows and parades. He's going to make adapters so he can run them temporary... i.e. no blast down the freeway.
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Re: My son's '41 Power Wagon
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2008, 03:54:30 PM »
Awesome!! I love the flatfender powerwagons!!!
What I like about the '41 is the semi- round shape of the grill. As opposed to the flat of the next years.
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Re: My son's '41 Power Wagon
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2008, 05:00:39 PM »
Check out my original post above for the newest pictures.
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Re: My son's '41 Power Wagon
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2008, 04:07:35 PM »
Here's some updates of fitting the body on the frame...







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Re: My son's '41 Power Wagon
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2008, 12:48:45 AM »
Thanks for the updates Kurt... That Power Wagon is coming along nicely.

My Dad is coming into town in a couple weeks. So I will find out if my WC storage is about to come to an abrupt end. 
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Re: My son's '41 Power Wagon
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2008, 11:22:51 PM »
Thanks for the updates Kurt... That Power Wagon is coming along nicely.

My Dad is coming into town in a couple weeks. So I will find out if my WC storage is about to come to an abrupt end. 
Oh no. Looks like it time to build a new garage!

My sons trying to get it done by late spring next year. We want to go to the Power Wagon meet up they have every year in Iowa. I don't think he'll have it done in time.
2010 for sure.
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Re: My son's '41 Power Wagon
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2009, 02:10:57 PM »
shes a good looking truck, wish I could find one
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Re: My son's '41 Power Wagon
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2009, 03:17:01 PM »
More manufacturing...








« Last Edit: January 22, 2009, 03:23:31 PM by KurtfromLaQuinta »
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Re: My son's '41 Power Wagon
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2009, 07:34:54 PM »
Oh thank goodness he's not using the 70's front frame section after all. They were pretty weak, most are bent and it's just wrong to have such a wimpy frame under such a cool truck! If he uses a Ford stering box he can mount inside the frame too! A much better place for a steering box in my opinion.

Keep us updated. It's looking really good  :notworthy:

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Re: My son's '41 Power Wagon
« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2009, 08:09:54 PM »
Oh thank goodness he's not using the 70's front frame section after all. They were pretty weak, most are bent and it's just wrong to have such a wimpy frame under such a cool truck! If he uses a Ford stering box he can mount inside the frame too! A much better place for a steering box in my opinion.

Keep us updated. It's looking really good  :notworthy:

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He was going to try to use the whole '75 Dodge frame but that got thrown out when the '41 didn't look right sitting on it. So he gradually replaced the whole thing. He used it for a guide basically. He has a complete 3/4 ton '99 Ford front frame section, so he'll adapt everything over soon.
 He said he hated using Ford stuff and was worried everybody would make fun of him. He's since realized that this is HIS creation and as long as it's powered by Dodge... it's still a Dodge! :evil6:
 
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Re: My son's '41 Power Wagon
« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2009, 04:16:59 PM »
Nothing wrong with using Ford parts if they work best for the appliation. That PW is gonna be so cool, that anybody who could possibley make fun of the creator is certifiably koo koo!

I think your son needs a bigger red ryder to haul away all of those wood blocks! This project really has me excited about my PW after my fabrication skills have improved!
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Re: My son's '41 Power Wagon
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2009, 03:12:24 PM »
Initial fitting time for the front axle...



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Re: My son's '41 Power Wagon
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2009, 09:38:24 PM »
I can tell that this is a quality build because of the Behr paint pail being used as a jack stand to hold the step up! I work for Behr. I heard about a customer that called in (years ago) because the paint was peeling off his car. Unfortunately Behr doesn't make automotive paint! :P

Is that a Dodge Dude in the background?
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Re: My son's '41 Power Wagon
« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2009, 02:57:08 PM »
I can tell that this is a quality build because of the Behr paint pail being used as a jack stand to hold the step up! I work for Behr. I heard about a customer that called in (years ago) because the paint was peeling off his car. Unfortunately Behr doesn't make automotive paint! :P

Is that a Dodge Dude in the background?
That pale green '71 D-100 is my sons work truck. He's owned it for about 5 years now. When he first got it he tried to get the  king pins in the stupid straight axle to work. He gave up on that and cut the whole thing off and welded in a mid 70's era disc brake front suspension.
He's going to get rid of that truck when he gets his '41 running.
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Re: My son's '41 Power Wagon
« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2009, 10:43:50 PM »
What's your son's name? I'll just refer to him as stud in the meantime! ;D

Is he going to use the motor from the '75 power wagon as is? Or is he building another motor for it?

Is the truck on track for the June 10th Power Wagon rally? Or is it looking more like 2010?

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Re: My son's '41 Power Wagon
« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2009, 02:11:22 PM »
What's your son's name? I'll just refer to him as stud in the meantime! ;D

Is he going to use the motor from the '75 power wagon as is? Or is he building another motor for it?

Is the truck on track for the June 10th Power Wagon rally? Or is it looking more like 2010?

John
His name is Barrett.
He'll put the 360 out of the '75 in his current '71 work truck, and will sell it.
The engine in the work truck (another 360, that's fairly fresh) will go in the '41.
He will eventually put a 440 in the '41.
We won't make the '09 Rally.
He's got a lot of side work going on, which makes it tough for working on the '41.
It's good that he's got money coming in for the project though.

We're aiming for the 2010  Rally right now.
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Re: My son's '41 Power Wagon
« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2009, 08:43:05 PM »
I'll have to check it out, but I don't think all of the rally's are in Iowa. I believe it was the same group, but there was a big gathering several hours North of me in California.

I may be weird, but I enjoy visiting this thread often. Great pics and a great progress.

I'm glad to hear that a 440 is in the big picture project plan. Thanks,

John
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