Blue Ridge Power-Wagon Photos
Todd Somers
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1948 b1pw engine 1948 b1pw front 1948 b1pw left 1948 b1pw-1 1948 b1pw-2 1948 b1pw-3
1948 b1pw hauler 48B1PWBed 48B1PWDataPlate 48B1PWEngine1 48B1PWEngine2 48B1PWRear
55C3PWDataPlate 55C3PWDec2003 55C3PWEngine 55C3PWFront 55C3PWJun04-2 55C3PWJun2004-1
55C3PWTrail1 55C3PWTrail2 67WM300Front 68WM300Front BlueRidgeMtns MoravianFalls

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   I have been fortunate in that I have been around Power Wagons all my life. I was born and raised on a farm and Dad purchased the 1948 B1-PW new in February of 1948 when I was 6 months old. I am currently restoring it (Dad gave it to me in 1974). The first three black & white photos are of the '48 B1PW taken in the 1950's. The next three b&w photos are again of the '48 B1PW taken in 1974 just after Dad gave me the truck. I hauled it, that same year, 250 miles from Wilkes County, North Carolina to New Bern, North Carolina. In 1980 I was transferred by the company I was working for at the time to High Point, North Carolina and they paid to have it hauled to High Point, North Carolina (200 miles). I rented a flatbed truck from a friend and hauled it myself. In 1990 when I moved back to my Dad's farm where I was raised, a neighbor friend hauled it here (60 miles) on a beavertail car hauler (see picture). Quite a journey for the '48!
   I am also fixing up the 1955 C3PW (It will not have the same level of restoration as Dad's truck). It was originally green with black fenders. When I bought it, it had an old wrecker bed on the back. I removed it so that I could put an original bed on it. I have a 55 bed complete with rear fenders that I plan to put on it. The front bumpers are almost perfect. It had a snow plow that kept them from getting banged up. This truck has a Carter E7F1 "Square Top" carburetor seen in the 55C3PWEngine picture above. This carb was optional equipment in 1955. It was required when using the optional mechanical governor used with the rear PTO. This carb has the throttle shaft rotated 90 degrees from the standard carburetor. This rotation is necessary for the "bell crank" of the governor to control the throttle.    In addition to the 48 & 55 PW's, I have 4 WM300's as well. They are rough but fixable. I am currently patching up "Ole Yallar", the 1967 WM300 in the picture. "Ole Yaller" was formerly a power line truck. I am also planning on fixing the 1968 WM300.
   The BlueRidgeMtns photo is a view from my barnyard and shows the Brushy Mountains, a chain that branches off of and is considered part of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Moravian Falls is about 18 miles from my place. It is easily accessible and there is a picnic table or two there.

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