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2009 Top Truck Challenge Competitor: Doug Kahlstrom's 1970 Dodge Power Wagon

Posted in Top Truck Challenge on November 1, 2009
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Contributors: Douglas McColloch
Photographers: Sean P. Holman
With 12 inches of frame chopped off the front, 24 inches removed from the back, and a dovetailed front clip, the Dodge is definitely a unique-looking rig. Then again, approach and departure angles are obviously very good, and in case they're not enough, a Warn 9.5ti up front helps to ensure forward progress.

At first glance, there seems to be something a bit "off" about Doug Kalhstrom's Power Wagon. Maybe it's the dovetailed front clip, or those tunnel-vision headlamps, or the stubby-looking grille. But once you start poking around and inside this rig, you'll find all sorts of smart modifications that figure to make this Dodge a serious contender at TTC. All told, Doug's ride is not too shabby for a truck that was originally purchased at a junkyard for the princely sum of $400.

Owner name/city: Doug Kahlstrom/Lampasas, TX
Occupation: Construction superintendant
Vehicle model: 1970 Dodge Power Wagon
Estimated value: N/A
Engine/aspiration: 408ci Dodge stroker V-8, bored 0.030 over; Keith Black dished pistons, Edelbrock aluminum heads, Comp 275/287 cam, Harland Sharp roller rockers, Big Stuff FSI, Victor 340 intake, 2 1/2-in dual exhaust
Transmission: TorqueFlite 727 automatic, Lokar shifter, Perma-Cool cooler
Transfer case: Dodge 203/Chevy 205 32-spline ORD doubler
Suspension (f/r): Deaver leaf springs/4-link, 16-in-travel King coilovers
Axles (f/r): Dana 60, Detroit Locker/GM 14-bolt, Detroit Locker; Longfield/Superior shafts, Tom Wood's/High Angle 1410 driveshafts; Currie Antirock rear swaybar; PSC hydro steering
Axle ratio: 5.13:1
Wheels: 16.5-in USA 6x6 double beadlocks
Tires: 46x19.5/16.5 Mickey Thompson Baja Claws

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