View Full Version : Seattle CL Find: M43 Military Ambulance (Dodge Power Wagon)

Nicholas Carey
12-06-2009, 05:00 PM
Looks like a project for somebody. $3500


1952 Dodge Power Wagon M43 Military 4x4 Ambulance

Run and drive

it has an early Chevrolet 327 4bbl V8 connected to the stock transmission and transfer case. We do not have the original engine.

All original dash plates are in tact along with 4wd operation tags. In the back are the bunks, Gas heater and instruction tag (no idea if it operational) Surgical light and Canvas curtains over the windows.

Would appear to be quite original and in tact. It needs a brake master cylinder, Tires, Ignition switch, light and wiring check to get even close to road worthy. The body have severe rust along the top of the box and around the stretcher doors on both sides

this is a major project in need of a lot of work.

Captain Blight
12-06-2009, 05:06 PM
I had an M37 for a while, it was a fun truck. How often does a person get a chance to have to double-clutch in this day and age?

Dan McCosh
12-06-2009, 05:33 PM
i once owned the pickup version. Sold it for $250.

12-06-2009, 06:52 PM
I put a lotta miles on one of those suckers...pickup version....

12-06-2009, 09:01 PM
Would make a cool camping rig.

12-06-2009, 09:17 PM
The Chev 327 is not in any way a good engine for this rig, as it doesn't lug worth a ****. Guaranteed to burn up clutches if you drive the rough & tumble. (My Dad took us on pine-nut gathering expeditions in a stock/surplus version and I had a similar rig with a 283.) Some old 6-banger with bucket-size pistons would work better.

Another issue with these old boxes is the suspension, that'll pretty near dismember you on a rocky road. Stiff, harsh, punishing ride. It's a fight to hang onto the steering wheel.

If I fell in love, I'd restore it. But with a different powerplant and some work on the springs, shocks, dampers, and undercarriage in general.

Considering which, the price seems a bit high.

12-06-2009, 09:45 PM
The ones i drove topped out at 45mph..

My 62 ford one ton dump 6cly topped out at 45 and boy were people ticked off behind me.

Changed the rear end and put in a 302 and it went 55