I read about the annual Power Wagon Rally that takes place in Fairfield, Iowa each year and decided to go. So I packed up the truck not knowing what to expect, and 1200 miles later I was in Power Wagon heaven! I had a great time, these were my kind of people. That was in 1994, since then I have bought and sold a few trucks, (about 90). Most people think I have some kind of disease, I hope it's not curable. I've saved a lot of trucks from the crusher, there is always something worth salvaging from these trucks, that one small piece that someone might need.
I started a reproduction parts manufacturing
business a few years later . What started as a pastime and
hobby, as turned into a semi full time job. I'm always looking
for new things to make for these trucks. Bumpers, and frame
extensions are in production now as well as fender supports,
tail light brackets, spare tire carriers, glove boxes........ .
There is great satisfaction supplying someone with the right
part. If you can think of something new to make, buy or sell,
please let me know. Hope to see you at a Power Wagon Rally.
The biggest issue I'm facing is where to go from here. The
whole Power Wagon hobby has changed since I became involved in
the mid 90s. Back then most of the guys I sold parts to worked
on their own truck. Many of the trucks weren't pretty but they
were mostly original and runners. Guys would drive them to the
shows then go home and work them. They were content with the
cramped cab, noisy engine, low speed and rough ride. Lately all
of that has changed. Now it's V8s, disc brakes, automatic
transmission. With only a few exceptions guys spend a lot more
money on their truck and drive them a lot less. I feel we're
I guess it's not up to me to judge if that's right or not. Each to his own but it does seem like some of the fun has gone out of the business. I'm not ready to throw in the towel yet. I'm building myself a new PW up at Ron Sawyer's house in Maine. We're working on our trucks side by side. His wife Holly thinks we're nuts but need the male bonding. What ever, as long as we can twist the wrenches. I might add power steering to help with my shoulder but that's about it.
I'm looking forward to the pto lever vibrating against my leg and being able to read a complete billboard as I drive by.
Good news. The shop is going up. Today (November 16th) they poured the floor. with luck I should have the shell up in a month. then I can get my tools in and start to play. I've decided to retire. It's time to start playing. I'm not buying anymore parts and will keep the doors open till I run short, then I'm going to take it easy.
As things have worked out I've decided to retire. It really
wasn't that hard a decision to make. I've had a good run and
made lots of friends but it's time to move on. I plan to build
one more truck for myself and keep my " Flying Pumpkin"
for the off road fun but that's about it. I plan to use the
garage for fun things. I want to work on cars of people in my
can't afford to go to a regular garage. They supply the parts and I supply the labor. I already have a bunch of people lined.
To all the people I dealt with over the years, I thank you for your business. To all my friends, I just used you so you'd buy cheap parts at inflated prices. The repro parts were really made in China by an 11 year old in some sweat shop . I will still be around driving and talking trucks. I love the feel of grinding gears and the pto lever vibrating against my leg.
Thanks so much,