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TUFF STUFF: A Custom Dodge Power Wagon Built for Adventure – and Comfort

Written by independent automotive journalist Steve Statham

2024 PALM BEACH AUCTION – 1946 DODGE POWER WAGON CUSTOM PICKUP – NO RESERVE

War, they say, is the ultimate proving ground, and when it comes to battle-tested trucks, they don’t come any tougher than the Dodge Power Wagon. Dodge built more than a quarter-million 4×4 military trucks for use in World War II, vehicles that were crucial in turning the war in the allies’ favor.

After proving itself in WWII, Dodge released civilian versions of their 3/4-ton military truck in 1946, under the new Power Wagon name. Designated as one-ton trucks, Dodge sold them in the United States through 1968 (and well into the 1970s in export markets). Compared to the half-ton trucks sold by their competitors, these Power Wagons were larger and much more rugged, the kind of trucks essential for the toughest jobs in remote locations.

That reputation for strength and reliability still surrounds the Power Wagon today, but 80 years of development by the automotive aftermarket makes it possible to engineer even more capability into these trucks, along with a surprising amount of technology and comfort. As an example, consider the 1946 Dodge Power Wagon that will be offered with No Reserve at the 2024 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction, April 18-20. This truck incorporates updates that modernize it, yet also enhance the Power Wagon’s innate toughness and capability.

In place of the original 230ci Flathead 6 sits that favorite of Dodge truck lovers everywhere, a 5.9-liter 24V Cummins turbo-diesel engine paired with a 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission.

The Power Wagon features both 2-wheel and 4-wheel-drive modes, and both on-road and off-road driving are enhanced with King coilover struts with 4-link rear suspension and a King coil steering damper. The truck rolls on custom 20-inch beadlock wheels with beefy Toyo tires. Should extraction ever be necessary, this Power Wagon is equipped with a 12,000-pound winch.

On top of all that hardware is a show-truck appearance. This custom build started from a new steel frame and Tisdale Coachworks crew-cab body. It was taken down to bare metal, and the body prepped with high-build polyester primer. It was then painted a Ruby Red over black in basecoat/clearcoat. The bed was finished in stained and sealed wood, then detailed with stainless-steel strips. With only test miles on the truck since its January 2024 completion, the undercarriage is as clean and detailed as the exterior.

The interior incorporates features never dreamed of in 1946, starting with a Vintage Air system. The power front seats are covered in distressed leather with a diamond pattern. Leather also adorns the front and rear consoles, as well as the door panels. Power locks and keyless entry deliver easy convenience. Custom audio equipment is tucked under the rear seat, and the dash features Dakota Digital gauges and a screen for utilizing the backup camera.

The Dodge Power Wagon is the rare kind of vehicle where the looks tell the story honestly. One quick glance tells an onlooker that this is a truck built for hard work and backcountry adventures. The example offered at Palm Beach is ready for all that, plus car shows, cruise nights and pleasure driving with the whole family. Register to bid today for a chance to make it yours.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: TUFF STUFF: A Custom Dodge Power Wagon Built for Adventure – and Comfort
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/tuff-stuff-a-custom-dodge-power-wagon-built-for-adventure-and-comfort-2024-palm-beach-no-reserve/
Published Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2024 20:33:46 +0000

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THE POWER OF A NAME: Exploring Unique and Memorable Custom Vehicles on the Auction Block

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THE POWER OF A NAME: Exploring Unique and Memorable Custom Vehicles on the Auction Block
2022 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1958 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE “MAYBELLENE” – $808,500

In his play “Romeo and Juliet,” William Shakespeare famously wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” In the realm of custom vehicles, however, a name can mean everything.

A custom build’s moniker often tells a story or reveals something about the car’s history, characteristics or the journey its owner or builder has experienced. Names can embody specific themes, qualities or aspirations. For instance, a high-performance car might be given a powerful, aggressive name, while a classic or luxury vehicle might be bestowed with a name that conveys elegance and style.

Naming a car gifts it a unique identity, particularly for custom vehicles tailored to reflect the builder’s personal taste and style. A car with a unique name is more easily recognized and remembered, especially at car shows, events or among fellow car enthusiasts. It helps the car stand out and be easily identifiable.

Assigning a nickname to a custom car animates it with personality and significance, transforming it from a mere object into something meaningful and personal. Check out some of the most unique car names to cross the Barrett-Jackson auction block over the last few years.

2022 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1958 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE “MAYBELLENE” – $808,500
Built by Kindig-It Design and set on an Art Morrison GT Sport chassis. Power comes from a Ryan Falconer-built 600ci V12 conservatively rated at 1,000hp and topped with twin Magnuson superchargers.

2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1957 CONTINENTAL MARK II CUSTOM COUPE “CASHMERE” – $715,000
Complete ground-up build into a custom Resto-Mod by Havasu Speed. Has a Ford 5.0-liter Coyote engine mated to a Performance Automatic 4R70W 4-speed transmission. Complete independent front and rear suspension with air ride. Ron Mangus custom interior.

2023 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1970 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV “GOOSE” – $429,000
Recipient of full frame-off restoration. Powered by a Gen 3 crate 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine mated to an automatic transmission with a dual-range Atlas transfer case. Has a 2-inch body lift and 3.5-inch suspension lift.

2023 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1970 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV “MAVERICK” – $374,000
Recipient of a full frame-off restoration. Powered by a Gen 3 crate 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine mated to 10-speed automatic transmission with a dual-range Atlas transfer case. With a 2-inch body lift and 3.5-inch suspension lift.

2021 LAS VEGAS AUCTION – 1970 CHEVROLET CAMARO CUSTOM COUPE “THE GRINCH” – $385,000
Custom-built by Ringbrothers and unveiled at SEMA. Powered by a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine mated to a TREMEC 5-speed manual transmission. Has a custom interior and exterior, as well as a Pro-Touring suspension.

2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1956 CHEVROLET 3100 CUSTOM PICKUP “SINISTER 56″ – $330,000
Professionally built for SEMA 2018 by Premier Street Rod. Winner of Chevrolet Design Award “Truck of the Year” at SEMA. Twin-turbo LS 427ci Redline Performance-built engine making over 1,200rwhp mated to a Bowler TREMEC T56 6-speed manual transmission.

2023 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1962 CHEVROLET BISCAYNE CUSTOM COUPE “CHICAYNE” – $291,500
Multiple award-winner built in 2003 by Rad Rides by Troy; has been referred to as one of the most iconic street machines ever built. Powered by a streetable twin-turbo 406ci engine putting out over 1,000hp, mated to a 4L80E automatic transmission.

2021 SCOTTSDALE MARCH AUCTION – 1955 CHEVROLET NOMAD CUSTOM WAGON “BRANDY” – $275,000
Powered by a ZL1 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine producing 670hp with 650 ft/lbs of torque. Has a TR6060 6-speed manual transmission with GM Performance easy pedal clutch, Sikky close-ratio shifter and Wilwood big brakes.

2022 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 2021 RAM 1500 TRX CUSTOM 6X6 PICKUP “WARLORD” – $275,000
Customized and powered by a 750hp tuned Hellcat V8 engine. State-of-the-art electronics paired with the active suspension system featuring full-time 6-wheel drive.

2023 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1965 FORD MUSTANG CUSTOM FASTBACK “VENOM” – $275,000
Resto-Mod with a 6-year, all-new custom rebuild. Powered by a 427ci Roush IR engine mated to TREMEC TKO 600 5-speed manual transmission. Finished in PPG Blurple paint over a Nappa leather-trimmed interior.

2022 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1972 FORD F-100 CUSTOM PICKUP “EL DIABLO” – $264,000
Powered by a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine topped with a Whipple supercharger and mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Custom-fabricated body, frame

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: THE POWER OF A NAME: Exploring Unique and Memorable Custom Vehicles on the Auction Block
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/the-power-of-a-name-exploring-unique-and-memorable-custom-vehicles-on-the-auction-block/
Published Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2024 16:22:45 +0000

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1965 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CONVERTIBLE: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1965 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CONVERTIBLE: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This 1965 Lincoln Continental convertible in stock condition is powered by the original 430ci engine and was repainted Presidential Black before it was acquired by the current owner. It was inspected and improved by Baker Auto, a renowned Lincoln expert, when the car was in Connecticut. This 4-door convertible with coach or “suicide” doors is finished in triple-black and is fully loaded with air conditioning, an AM/FM radio, power windows (including vent windows) and power seat, door locks, top, steering, brakes and antenna. The year 1965 was the last of Elwood Engel’s original Lincoln Continental design that debuted in 1961. This car has been owned by a Montana-based LLC, was maintained by a collector for the last 14 years and has always been kept in a climate-controlled classic car storage facility.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: 1965 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CONVERTIBLE: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1965-lincoln-continental-convertible-selling-with-no-reserve-at-the-2024-scottsdale-fall-auction/
Published Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2024 20:36:25 +0000

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2025 Kawasaki KX250X Preview

Kawasaki’s KX250X gets major updates for the 2025 model year for easier tuning, more power, and better handling.
Kawasaki’s KX250X gets major updates for the 2025 model year for easier tuning, more power, and better handling. (Kawasaki/)

Kawasaki finally joins the 250cc off-road competition segment with its KX250X dirt bike. Based off its KX250 motocrosser, this new motorcycle model benefits from many of the same upgrades introduced in last year’s flagship KX450 lineup.

Editor’s note: Kawasaki’s KX250X competes with bikes, like Honda’s CRF250RX which we last tested during the 2022 Honda CRF250RX Review

The KX250X distinguishes itself from Kawasaki’s dedicated motocross bike, the KX250, with softer suspension settings, an 18-inch rear wheel, Dunlop Geomax AT81 tires (learn more about Dunlop’s newer Geomax AT82 enduro tire during the Top 5 Features of Dunlop’s Geomax AT82 Rear Tire review), a side/kickstand, and a sealed and more heavy-duty O-ring final drive chain. The new bike is set to retail for $9,099 and is due out later this summer.

The first and most significant update to the 2025 KX250X is a heavily reworked engine, which Kawasaki has redesigned to boost low and midrange power. The 249cc DOHC engine now inherits a lighter and stronger piston from Kawasaki’s factory racing efforts, and also sees the addition of a single-shaft primary balancer for smoother power delivery with less vibration.

A flatter piston, combined with a revised combustion chamber, improves efficiency and helps boost low and midrange performance.
A flatter piston, combined with a revised combustion chamber, improves efficiency and helps boost low and midrange performance. (Kawasaki/)

Aside from those changes, fans of Kawasaki’s last major update to the KX250 back in 2022 will recognize a few familiar themes here. Valve angles have once again been narrowed to improve combustion efficiency, and the downdraft-style intake tract has been further straightened to better align with the exhaust ports. Kawasaki says the intake and exhaust tracts are now fully symmetrical, a feat which also required shifting the cylinder itself five degrees further forward.

Related: Best Dual Sport Motorcycles of 2024

You’ll notice a few other major updates on the left handlebar, which now includes buttons for ECU mapping and traction control in addition to the launch control feature carried over from last year. That means you no longer need to carry around color-coded dongles to tune engine behavior, a long-overdue upgrade for Team Green.

Fuel maps are now swapped on the fly from the left handlebar, as is traction control and launch control.
Fuel maps are now swapped on the fly from the left handlebar, as is traction control and launch control. (Kawasaki/)

Kawasaki has also integrated the same smartphone connectivity found on its flagship 450 into the new KX250X, which includes fine-tuning of the bike’s fueling maps and ignition timing as well as real-time monitoring of the engine’s rpm, intake pressure, coolant temperature, and more. All this is controlled via Kawasaki’s Rideology the App, which also includes convenient logs for routine maintenance and bike setup.

Kawasaki’s Rideology app allows for fine-tuning of the KX250X’s engine maps using any smartphone.
Kawasaki’s Rideology app allows for fine-tuning of the KX250X’s engine maps using any smartphone. (Kawasaki/)

The 250X will also get the same lightweight aluminum perimeter frame design found on the current KX450, which Kawasaki says is optimized for better front-end feel when cornering. The new frame is thoroughly reinforced for improved rigidity, but still weighs over half a pound less than the previous model.

Related: 2025 Kawasaki Elektrode 20 and 20FS Preview

As for suspension, Kawasaki has swapped the outgoing bike’s KYB suspenders for Showa components front and rear, and the 250X now comes spec’d with a 48mm inverted coil-spring fork and a shorter rear shock riding on Uni-Trak linkage out back. Kawasaki says that

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By: Kurt Spurlock
Title: 2025 Kawasaki KX250X Preview
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/kawasaki-kx250x-preview/
Published Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2024 10:00:00 +0000

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