The Dodge Power Wagon was introduced in 1946 as the world’s first civilian 4×4. It was extremely tough and capable, having been engineered from Dodge’s W/C range of ¾ ton trucks it developed for the Allies’ WWII effort. Despite this, many Power Wagons fell victim to the workhorse lifestyle they were built for and were left to rust in farm fields across America.
Enter Winslow Bent, a truck enthusiast with not only a cool name, but a darn cool company called Legacy. They take old trucks, like a Power Wagon, for example, and bring them into the 21st century using modern day components. Bent recently stopped by Jay Leno’s Garage to show off what he and his company can do and brought along an extra-special creation from Legacy’s skunk works to do so.
The truck started out life as a troop transport and was left in Norway following WWII. It then found its way back to America where Bent picked it up. He retained the unique 6×6 layout of the truck, which wasn’t offered on civilian versions of the Power Wagon, but shortened the frame and built an all-new bed for it. He also dropped an appropriate 3.9-liter Cummins four-cylinder under the hood, which isn’t good for much power but has gobs of torque on tap.
Bent knows a lot more about his creation than we do, so listen to what him and Jay have to say about the Powerwagon and Legacy in the video above.