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“It’ll milk your cows or move mountains:” the Dodge Power Wagon Adapts to Civilian Life

Posted January 17, 2019 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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One point that several readers made in the discussion of the recent veto of the Michigan military vehicles licensing bill is that military vehicles have repeatedly made the leap from war machine to civilian workhorse, and then become some of today’s bestselling vehicles. After all, would we have SUVs and all-wheel-drive vehicles plying our roads today were it not for the WWII Jeep and other military vehicles that proved the capability of four-wheel drive? So, to go along with that theme, let’s take a look at a vehicle that made that transition more or less seamlessly: the Dodge Power Wagon.

A look at how the iconic design went from crossing the battlefields of Europe to harvesting and towing stateside.

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01/17/2019 11:39 AM

One thing from the transformation post WWII with the Jeep for example... it was somewhat out of necessity,... with the Hummer transformation to the public, it was more so out of a status symbol presentation.

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01/17/2019 11:45 AM

My neighbor has one of these. Great vehicle. The only Dodge I would ever consider owning.

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01/17/2019 2:25 PM

Our neighbor had a power wagon,... If I recall, they had a live PTO on them?...

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01/17/2019 9:04 PM

On the civilian vehicle?

None that I know of.

Several military Dodge trucks had a PTO driven winch.

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01/18/2019 8:41 AM

It was on the rear,...

I was about 14 years old at the time when I saw it... how it came about, couldn't say.... just thought it was cool.

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