Two and a half years ago I drug home this '65 Dodge M37 military truck. It was just a shell of a truck, no engine or transmission, broken axles, and tired suspension. None of that mattered as I saw potential for a retro wheeler with a late-model drivetrain. I realized that many of you readers may have that same type of vision, so I proceeded to showcase not just how to build my M37, but how to stuff a new drivetrain into just about any old 4x4. Over the past year we've dropped in an '04 GMC 6.0L V-8 engine, late-model Dodge and Chevy axles, a steering box, shocks, and radiator designed for a Ford, and various other used parts we had lying around. The truck was called the Dumpster for all the used parts we threw in it.?>
Most of the work on the Dumpster was done at Pacific Fabrication, a 4x4 and Hot Rod shop in Morgan Hill, California, that specializes in late-model GM LS-series engine swaps. Pacific can supply you with new or low-mileage used V-8s as well as the wiring needed to make them run in any of your off-road projects, or you can send your truck there and they'll do the work for you.
This will be the last major buildup stories on the Dumpster for a while. It's pretty well finished (there's always more that could be done), but I need to mention some loose ends that didn't make the pages before. If you missed any previous stories or just want a recap, just search for "Dumpster" at 4wheeloffroad.com. And if you have your own retro off-roader send us pictures; we're always looking for interesting old iron.