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    1949 Dodge 2 1/2 Ton Truck

    Consignment #: 2244 Sign In to View Price


    Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale January 14th – 18th, 2015 at Russo and Steele’s 15th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.

    Discovered in Nebraska circa 2009 as a farm truck, this Dodge was virtually rust-free and complete with 18-foot flat cargo bed and the original-specification “flathead” inline six-cylinder engine, 5-speed transmission and 2-speed rear axle. Next, the truck was shipped to California, were it underwent a complete body-off-frame restoration over the next four years. During the restoration process, the truck was dismantled and stripped to the frame, which was cleaned and painted. Both the front and rear axles were disassembled, repaired, and painted. The leaf springs were totally disassembled, painted, and fitted with new bronze bushings and Teflon “glides” installed between each spring-leaf. The front brakes were converted to new 15-inch discs sourced from the ubiquitous International 4700 and a new dual-circuit brake master cylinder was installed. The wheels were powder-coated for lasting durability and fitted with new tires.

    The body was completely disassembled, sandblasted, and repainted. All window and door rubber seals were replaced, the windshield and door glass was replaced, and all chrome was either sourced new or restored. The truck’s instruments were either restored or replaced as well. Air conditioning and heating by Vintage Air provide passenger comfort. Cool running is assured with a custom-built radiator and dual electric fans, and a 105-amp alternator and dual 12-volt batteries supply all the required electrical power.
    A brand new 18-foot Chevron aluminum rollback bed with hydraulic winch was purchased and fitted to the truck, along with two side-mounted toolboxes. The power takeoff and all hydraulics were sourced new and the truck is complete with a light bar, working lights, and all necessary hold-down straps, so it is ready to go to work.

    A custom-built 383 Chevy “stroker” engine, sourced from New Jersey’s Pro-Formance Unlimited, provides power. Equipped with an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor, aluminum heads, and Mallory ignition, the engine develops a stout 325 horsepower but more importantly delivers a stump-pulling 500 pounds-feet of torque. A custom dual exhaust system was fitted, as well as a modern NV4500 5-speed manual transmission. With 10 forward gears, thanks to the dual-speed rear end, the truck is ready to haul any car.

    The gross vehicle weight of the truck is 17,500 pounds and at a net weight of 10,300 pounds, the truck does not require a special license to drive in California. Recent service has been completed and a full systems operational check by Sports and Collector Car Center of Tempe Arizona. If you own a collector car, you need a tow truck – here is your chance to buy one befitting the best of collections!



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