We were elated when Hooniverse reader Joe shared some pictures and backstory on his 1946 Dodge COE crew cab back in May. You had nothing but great things to say in the comments, as well. Well, the time has come for Joe to part ways with his awesome custom creation, just in time to make one hell of a Christmas present for one of you.
The short version is that it’s a ton of great looking, professionally done custom body work on top of a modern, simple chassis that’ll run all day every day for a price lower than a newish fullsize truck. Hit the jump for the long version.
Too many hours to list in this one of a kind Dodge COE. Its mounted on a 1997 GMC 1/2 ton 2wd one adult owner truck.5.0 V8, rebuilt turbo 350, new brakes front and back (including drums, rotors and wheel cylinders), new water pump, power steering pump,shocks, radiator, intake manifold gaskets, alternator, belts etc…basically I went thru the truck and replaced what I thought would make the trucka dependable turnkey vehicle (which it is).The body (built with 3 cabs and 8 doors) has been sandblasted, swirl ground and clear coated with Glisten PC (description here).The custom built aluminum bed has 6 tied owns, tool boxes, tow hitch and a 10ft.X 30in. wide (aluminum) slide out ramp. The bed and (steel) front fenders have been coated with rubberized undercoat. The back fenders are modified 1950 Chrysler New Yorker rear fenders. The door handles are recessed Toyota. Front windows are hand crank, rear are fixed. The front seats are ’64 Mercedes and the rear (which are not currently mounted but included) are ’63 Volvo.The interior will need to be finished i.e.. door seals, sound proofing, door panels and headliner. I have driven it in a heavy rainstorm (at highway speeds) and was impressed how little water did come in.While the bare metal clear coat finish may not be to everyone’s taste it would not take much to bring it to the next level (obviously no bondo).The truck is an attention getting head turner plus functional (I’m not into the show scene). It’ll cruise down the road @ 70mph all day long.More pictures from the fully documented build are available.
Asking $18,000 or best offer.
This one’s got a little sorting left, but there’s nothing to stop you from doing so while you drive it. If you wanted to get really crazy with drivetrain options, there’s no shortage of engine and transmission options that’ll drop right in.
That’s a lot of money for
you cheap bastards our loyal readers, but the funny part is, if you price out a decent crew cab pickup, they’re not too far from $18k.