Not going to lie. I was initially drawn to the story about how this beautiful 1941 Dodge Power Wagon features hidden compartments for handguns. I was curious. Why don’t just stash the handguns in the glove compartment? That’s assuming it is totally legal to do so in where this truck once lives.
Anywho, this custom-built 1941 Dodge Power Wagon, nicknamed “Full Metal Jacket” is going under the hammer at Mecum’s The Eddie Vannoy Collection 2020 sale (Lot S188). If this truck looks somewhat familiar to you, well, that is probably because, it has been featured in several well-known publications including Mopar Collectors Guide and Hot Rod and Truckin’ magazines.
It was a multiple ISCA award winner at the Detroit and Salt Lake Autoramas too. So, its history is just as shiny as the gray and black paint job.
Under the hood is a 3.9L 4BT Cummins Turbo Diesel engine with a HX35 turbocharger, mated to a TH350 automatic transmission. The pristine body sits on a custom chassis with triangulated 4-link and 30-inch shocks, and it rolls on set of 20-inch black 10-spoke wheels wrapped in 37×13.5-inch Maxtrek Mud Trac tires.
Other notables include custom Brazilian hardwood bed accented by hand-brushed nickel, premium Hydes Italian leather upholstery, Dakota Digital gauges, grilled guard, LED light bars, hidden handgun compartments in floor panels, Ididit steering column, and finally, a beautiful B&M shifter that I can’t seem to take my eyes away from.
1941 Dodge Power Wagon “Full Metal Jacket” will go under the hammer at the Mecum’s The Eddie Vannoy Collection 2020 (June 3-7).
Images: Mecum Auctions.