Handcrafted by artisan auto mechanics at Legacy Classic Trucks in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Legacy Power Wagon Conversion is the truck for the serious collector looking to recreate the ruggedness and integrity of the American West.
They take iconic 4WD Dodge Power Wagons from 1945-1968 and restores them to their original glory and beyond. Well beyond.
“The original trucks will go maybe 40 mph, and the brakes sometimes work,” said Legacy founder Winslow S. Bent. “I felt if we could modify these things so they’d go 80 mph and pull horse trailers, then maybe high-end clientele would be interested in them.”
So he restored one, doing the first truck himself.
“The first one, it looked like this,” he said, gesturing to a recent, glorious restoration. “I sold it for $100,000. I was, like, ‘Hey, this is great!’”
“From 2,000 to 4,500 rpm, it pulls like an animal,” said Bent.
There are other engines available, too. For instance, there are those who claim putting a Chevy engine in a Dodge Power Wagon is sacrilege.
“So for them we offer a stroked small-block Chrysler. It’s available, but not one customer of the 60 we’ve delivered has asked for the Chrysler.”
You can also order a 6.2-liter, 430-hp, 420-lb-ft Chevrolet LS3; a 7.0-liter, 430-hp, 500-lb-ft Chrysler 426; or a 170-hp, 480-lb-ft 3.9-liter Cummins turbo-diesel. The Chevies get a four-speed automatic, while the Chrysler and Cummins get five-speed manuals. But most people get the LSA Chevy V8.“The LSA engine, transmission and computers come straight from Chevy Performance,” Bent said. “They’re simple, they have a ‘connect-and-cruise’ package that makes them easy and simple to install and they come with a two-year, 50,000-mile warranty that they actually stand behind.”
The ten-man team at Legacy has made 60 or so of these since starting up in 2008 and so far, they all seem to work.It charges a mighty $200k for each one, give or take $50k depending on the order, and founder Winslow Bent says the company’s order books are all full through next year. At least you can check it out in the video below.
Winslow Bent takes Jay Leno through the derelict troop transport he modded into a true, 8,000-pound 6×6 which will go and go and go forever. This WC63 will amaze you!