1969 Dodge Power Wagon to Sweptline Conversion

Skip brought the1969 Dodge Powerwagon came to my shop December 23rd 2018. Skip and I discussed a game plane to build a custom street truck and convert the four wheel drive Power Wagon to a 2 wheel drive.

The first step was to completely disassemble the truck. Next, we ordered a custom chassis with a Ford 9” rear end from Scott’s Hotrods in southern California. We ordered a 727 torqueflight race transmission and had our local machine shop build us a 440 based big block Dodge 513 cubic inch engine with electronic Hilborn fuel injection. The engine produces 650 horse power.

Stopping chores are handled by 4 wheel disc brakes with 6 piston calipers from Wilwood. We wired the truck with an American Autowire “Highway 22” harness and Dakota Digital build us a custom gauge cluster to fit the stock housing.

The Lead Foot gray custom paint was applied by Pedro at New Metal Coach Works and the custom interior was created by Pacific coast custom interiors in Santa Rosa, Ca.

Additional components include, custom wheels by Hot Rod by Boyds, custom stainless steel 3” exhaust, custom fuel cell in the chassis, a one-off wood floor in the bed, hand-made inner fender wells in the engine compartment and a custom radiator by Ron Davis radiators.

The build took 4 years to complete. It was a fun, but challenging project I am glad Skip chose Dorsett Speed Shop to create his dream truck!

A 513 cubic inch big block engine produces 650 horse power in this Dodge pickup!

Photos of the 1969 Dodge Power Wagon / Sweptline

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