When you think Lund International you tend to think of newer pickups and SUVs, Jeep Wranglers, and other modern vehicles that are better supported by its subsidiaries like Roll-N-Lock, Rampage, and Bushwacker, rather than a White Motor Company pickup truck. But to its credit, more or less, that’s just what was sitting proudly and prominently in the leading corner of the company’s booth at SEMA 2018. And it wasn’t just any vintage pickup. It was an eye-popping off-road wrecker build that looked as cool as cool gets. It was a bit hard to tell without climbing all over it and lifting the hood to verify, but to us it looks like a 1917ish White grille, fenders, and hood plunked in front of a “newer” cab—possibly a White Ford Model TT, or who knows what. If you know, tell us. Underneath, the leaf springs, steering, and drivetrain looked VERY vintage, so they possibly go with whatever that antique frame is from. What isn’t vintage is the pair of Axle Tech 4000 series planetary axles with a 6.857:1 drive ratio from an MRAP vehicle, which were simply bolted to the stock antique leaf springs and connected to whatever antique transmission may be tucked high inside the framerails with a spud shaft. The axles were connected to the drivetrain with what appears to be an MRAP Axle Tech T600 T-case that offers a 1.93:1 low-range ratio. That’s it. Add a boom and a PTO winch on the back and you’ve got yourself an instant off-road wrecker. We’re betting this sucker would drag a battleship across a field…providing you had the time to let all that low, low gearing do the work.
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