1942 RHD Dodge Fargo pick up

HIGHLIGHTS: – Ground up built custom pick up – Customised All steel body – Built 454ci Big Block Chevy V8 – 6/71 blower with dual Holly Carbs – Built Turbo 400 automatic transmission – Nine inch diff with Trutrac centre and 3.55 ratio – McDonald Bro’s tubular front end – Four link coil over rear end – 15” Weld Draglite wheels – Featured in Australian Street Rodding Magazine

This 1942 Dodge Fargo Pick up has been reborn from an old truck sitting in a field into this ground up built custom street machine you see here. The truck was purchased by the previous owner in 2007 and completely rebuilt over a number of years.

At the time the project truck was purchased, the owner was deep into a built of a HQ one tonner project. Once the cab arrived home, it was decided that the chassis was the perfect base for the Fargo built. The chassis had already been modified to include a McDonald Bros tubular independent front end and narrowed four link in the rear with coil overs. It was fitted with a steering rack from a VL Commodore.

The cab of the truck was sectioned five inches through the middle to get the proportions right with a new floor installed. The pick up bed and running boards were fabricated from scratch and an extra pair of front guards was modified to create the rear guards. Planning on decent horsepower, the truck was always going to have big rear tyres but instead of putting tubs in the back which looked out of place, the owner decided to angle the panels in the top of the tub to provide the necessary clearance. The whole body was then professionally repainted in a deep metallic burgundy colour. The rear received model A tail lights with chrome touches in the grill, bed strips, running board strips and mirrors. Completing the look on the outside is a set of Weld Draglite wheels measuring 15×5” up front and 15×10” in the rear.

The interior of the car was completely retrimmed. The seat is a custom item that the owner used to gain as much leg room as possible. The carpets on the floor were replaced before the entire trim was covered in tan including the seat, door trims, kick panels and full headliner. Power windows are a nice luxury touch. There is a chrome tilt steering column holding an aftermarket wheel and B&M Ratchet shifter as well as a custom hand brake on the floor. The dash is painted to match the exterior with a mixture of Stewart Warner and Autometer Gauges. Seat belts have been added for safety.

Powering the beast is a built 454ci chevy big block V8 engine that features Brodix heads, an MSD ignition and is topped with a 6/71 Blower with dual Holley carburettors. It’s a serious set up and said to be good for around 850hp. The engine is paired to a Turbo 400 automatic transmission that has been built using billet internals. Power is fed to the rear wheels through a chrome moly tailshaft into a Ford nine inch diff with 31 spline axles and a 3.55 ratio Trutrac centre. Fuel is supplied by a custom fuel cell mounted in the tub with electric pump. Exhaust gasses are expelled through custom headers into a custom dual exhaust that exits just in front of the rear wheels. Keeping things cool is an aluminium radiator and electric thermo fan.

The truck was put on the road just before Christmas in 2014 and since then has won awards at various car shows. The car has also been featured in Australian Street Rodding Magazine in December of 2016. This would have to be one of the wildest Fargos on the planet and is sure to attract attention where ever it goes.


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