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1956 Dodge Power Wagon Swivel Frame
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Posted On: 8/9/2012 12:51PM
MrAngry

Back in the 1950′s off-road vehicles consisted mainly of the Willy’s Jeep, commercial pick-up trucks and the odd civilian use military vehicle. 4×4 technology was still in it’s infancy, however there were those companies who tried to think outside the box. Take for example this 1956 Dodge Power Wagon that came complete with a swivel frame. The idea was simple, keep all four wheels on the ground at all times by keeping the chassis rotating with the terrain. I have a feeling they handled like crap on asphalt, but off-road this sucker looks unstoppable. Cool idea right? Video after the jump!

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Avatar By: MrAMC1
8/9/2012 1:55 PM

Awesome!

 
Avatar By: blackspike2710
8/9/2012 3:57 PM

Hard to believe they went out of business with innovations like that.

 
Avatar By: SouthernGuy8503
8/9/2012 6:47 PM

All you really have to do is fix it so you put a couple hitch pins in each frame rail for normal driving so it's doesn't flex. When you go off-road just pull the pins out, wouldn't take more than a couple minutes.

 
Avatar By: GTwildfire
8/9/2012 8:45 PM

I see this as an awesome mod or option for a present-day pickup... Better yet, make the brace pins automatic so you just pull a lever or something from the cab for off-roading. Having that pivot eliminates the need for long-reach suspension mods. It would also be cool for hydraulics fans. Imagine a pickup that could not only bounce but twist as well.. pretty sick.

 

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