There’s Some Imperial HEMI Power Under This Unassuming 1952 Dodge B Series Body

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In a world dominated by the Ford F-100 and the Chevrolet C10, it is extremely difficult for other trucks from yesteryear to make their way under the spotlight. That’s even more trickier for trucks such as the Dodge B Series.
The B Series is something Dodge started making soon after the end of the Second World War, at a time when America was hard at work rebuilding its economy and workhorses such as these were in high demand. It was not in production that much, rolling off the lines from 1948 to 1953 in either pickup truck or van configurations.

The one you’re looking at now is a truck made in 1952 and was subject to a two-year-long restoration process back in the early 2010s. It came out the other end wrapped in Washington Blue over a tan interior, but also with a host of improvements.

They include things like new fog lights, bumpers, a heated bench seat, 12-volt electrics, a dual exhaust system, and a wood bed at the rear. The whole build is propped on 15-inch wheels with Dodge-branded hubcaps and BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires.

The biggest change, however, was made under the hood. It’s not clear what powerplant was originally fitted in there – back then, the choices available ranged from flathead-straight 6s to V8s. Now, this one packs a HEMI 331ci (5.4-liter) that was originally employed by a 1955 Chrysler Imperial and rebuilt for use in the pickup truck.

The engine is linked to a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and shows on the Classic Instruments odometer just 300 miles (483 km), although, naturally, the true mileage is unknown.

The Dodge B Series is currently in its final selling hours on Bring a Trailer. At the time of writing, with about 11 hours left in the bidding process, the highest someone is willing to pay is $17,777.
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About the author: Daniel Patrascu
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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