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Roger King: 1964 Dodge Power Wagon

Posted in Top Truck Challenge: 2010 on November 1, 2010 Comment (0)
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Photographers: Sean P. HolmanKen Brubaker

Elmo
Just when you thought you have seen everything, along comes Roger King and his '64 Dodge Power Wagon. Equipped with an ├╝ber-flexible coil spring suspension, four-wheel steering, and a hydraulically adjustable wheelbase (not a typo), this unique build epitomizes innovation. Additionally, the rig sports a propane-powered 408ci Mopar mill that puts out an estimated 400 horsepower and 425 lb-ft of torque. King is no stranger to TTC-style competition, either. With an extensive background in fabrication and metalwork, this Tennessee-based tool dealer's creation is unlike anything we've seen before. Tipping the scales at nearly 9,500 pounds, we are not surprised that TTC Truck Class fans wanted to see King's heavyweight compete.

Until you actually see King's Power Wagon in action, it's hard to see what makes this beat-up old iron so unusual. With 36 inches of adjustability up front, Elmo's selectable wheelbase arrangement arms King for virtually any off-highway situation-especially those that would stop static-wheelbase rigs dead in their tracks. Items such as an exterior roll cage and a Warn 8274 winch maintain the function-over-form principle King so proudly embodies.

Specifications

  • Owner name/city: Roger King/Sparta, Tennessee
  • Occupation: Mac tool dealer
  • Vehicle model: 1964 Dodge Power Wagon
  • Estimated value: $100,000
  • Engine/aspiration: Dodge 5.9L OHV V-8/propane injected
  • Transmission: NP435
  • Transfer case: NP205
  • Suspension (f/r): Double-triangulated four-link, coil springs/double-triangulated four-link, coil springs
  • Axles (f/r): 21/2-ton Rockwell, Ouverson shafts, spool, pinion brake/21/2-ton Rockwell, Ouverson shafts, spool
  • Axle ratio: 6.72:1
  • Wheels: Steel 20x12 Stazworks double bead locks
  • Tires: 54-in Mickey Thompson Baja Claw TTC

Roger King, Team #39

  • Most looking forward to: "Tank Trap. I think it will be survival of the fittest. I look forward to taking my punishment."
  • Not looking forward to: "Mud Pit. My truck is not set up for mud and I have no idea how to drive in it."
  • Playing in his iPod/CD player: "Wilhelm Richard Wagner (Flight of the Valkyries), Carl Orff ('O Fortuna' from his elegant Carmina Burana), Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1812 Overture)."
  • King says: "I love fourwheeling."

A stoutly trussed 21/2-ton Rockwell resides up front and doubles as a mounting platform for the massive 3-inch-diameter double-ended steering ram. King added a dual-piston front pinion brake setup made by SK. A close look reveals the highly-effective interface that is said to make life easy whenever actuated. The axle features a full spool, and Ouverson 2-inch Violator axleshafts provide King the confidence he needs to drop the hammer when the going gets tough.
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