Drives great, looks great. Comes with two spare drivetrains.
If you want a truck that stops traffic, this is it. You can drive it to any car or truck show and be seen above all the rest. Literally (at almost 8 feet tall). I constantly hear "I've never seen a truck like that before" or "truly unique" or even "what is that?". It's a truck that is so unique, so uncommon and so fun for people to see. This truck underwent a 4 year restoration. This vehicle being so rare, parts were sourced from a few locations I was able to uncover across the country to assemble what is one of only a few known restored examples. After years of research, I only have run across 5 or so examples.
The truck is in good running order with a valid NH Title, current registration and current State Inspection.
After its restoration I decided to increase its drivability while retaining its originality. How? By leaving everything original in place except the drive shaft. I took that out, and in the space left by it, installed a 1993 cummins diesel with matching auto transmission out of a Dodge Ram. I kept everything else original right down to the tube commercial tires (brand new).
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It has always been stored indoors since restored except for the one season while having the diesel installed.
In its current state I drive it to local car shows and in the annual 4th of July parade. It is always stored indoors. It has made the parade route two years under its flathead 6 motor and this year under the power of the diesel. If you are a purist as I was when originally restoring it, it can be returned to its original configuration by removing the diesel and re-installing an appropriate length drive shaft and pto shaft (included). It was intentional when converting it to diesel, that the restoration of the truck back to its original drive train should be as simple as possible. You will find that all the systems, brake booster, hydraulics, transmission, etc. are untouched so as to be easily returned to their original functionality. I would recommend a rebuild of one of the two included flat head 6 engines however.
Why am I selling it?
- I enjoy the restoration process but get less satisfaction from the maintenance and driving portion of the classic vehicle activity.
- I have two other restoration projects in the pipeline and the space and time I have available I would like to devote to them.
- My kids and their friends have enjoyed the parade ride for years now and its time to pass that along to someone else.
Photo Archive of Restoration: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjqFpSrH
What is it and what is its history?
WFMX was a fairly rare model that dates to a pre-war design. I am aware of only 3 that are restored and driving. There are a few more that are the correct cab, mounted on a motor home or other modern frame. The design originated in the 1930's and production remained unchanged until after the war in '48. During this time it was a very low production vehicle with the more traditional engine forward truck cab being much more popular both for civilian and military markets. This truck was built in the last production year of this design and most of those produced prior to '46 were sent to the war effort. Those war era models featured blacked out stainless and an absence of chrome. This was part of a line of "W" Series Heavy Duty Trucks from Dodge.
"35" denotes the wheel base length upon manufacture. The 35 was the shortest of the available models and was generally produced as a road tractor or tow truck. After the war, vehicles were in such high demand that farmers and other businesses bought whatever they could get their hands on, then sent them out to be modified to their needs. This truck was sent to such a facility where it was professionally stretched to meet the owner's specifications. The frame rails were extended, a center drive shaft support was added, and a reinforcing plate was attached to each side with large period rivets. The bed was then fitted with a PTO driven tilt bed that was later updated in the '60's.
Sometime later in its life it was also re-engined. In stead of the original 87 horse power flat head Chrysler 6, it was given a 115 horse power "Spitfire" flat head 6. From the outside they are identical in shape and size.
It wound up with an individual named Bill Pickle in Kansas. He had bought it from a deceased farmer who had used it as a grain truck as it still had solid metal bed sides with grain doors in the tail. Bill's intention was to turn it into a tow truck. Like many projects, life got in the way and he moved it on to me.
When I received it, the body was in decent shape and it had been stored well. There was minimal corrosion and the engine ran fairly well after some electrical trouble shooting. I removed the cab from the frame and began an extensive restoration process which I will detail on another page. After completing the restoration, I found the "double clutching" to be too difficult for me leading to some brake downs and general frustration that led me to not drive the vehicle much. I later decided to add a diesel/ auto transmission combo to it (with minimal alteration to the truck). Basically I cut one cross member to the bed frame and placed the diesel under the bed while leaving the Spitfire drive train in place. This greatly enhanced its 'drivability' and is where we are at today.
What Comes With the Sale?
- A recently restored 1947 WFMX-35 Cab Over Engine Dodge truck with functional dump bed, two speed Eaton rear axle (original) that is road legal and can be driven without a CDL or other commercial license. It currently passes the state of NH auto inspection and is registered.
- A valid Title.
- Spare wheels (one already painted)
- Spare Engine (off of a Dodge Heavy Duty "W" Series Truck from the same era) mounted to a custom engine run stand with mounts for a radiator.
- Extensive Manuals, and paperwork including this truck's original line ticket or factory order slip with its matching numbers and options requested from the Chrysler Historical foundation.
- Extra custom made floor panels (these are exceptionally rare and I had some made before finding a decent set of originals)
- Well over 100 different parts accumulated over the restoration bought for spares or replaced by better examples later on.
- Spare Filters.
- Spare restored remote brake booster.
- A "Budd" original tire iron. The lugs on this truck are large (and reverse thread on one side so watch out for that) and a wrench like this is a must.
The "more correct" replacement flat head 6 that comes with the sale came out of this truck, which the yard owner remembered driving in under its own power before it sat, and sat. He said that it used to be a moving truck and he was fairly familiar with it at the time of its arrival. The motor could be turned with a set of pliers at the yard and has its original generator.