Express Bed Identification
 

This is the easiest area to identify although there were only three series of express beds used over the entire production run of the Power-Wagon. These beds are commonly referred to as the first, second, and third series beds.

First Series Bed

Characterized by four stake-pockets per bed side (two stake pockets in the middle), smooth sides, and 45 sloped rails. Tailgates used on the first series bed were smooth except for a rounded bead that runs horizontally from side to side centered around the "Dodge" emblem. Rear fenders were distinguished by a straight lip that attaches to the bed sides. This is the first bed used on the Power-Wagon and was used on the following years and models:

1946-1947, WDX
1948-1949, B-1-PW
1950, B-2-PW
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Todd Somers Photo
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Chris McKovich Photo
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Second Series Bed

Characterized by three stylishly curved stake-pockets per bed side (one stake pocket in the middle),three indented ridges on the sides (one at the base), and 45 sloped rails. Tailgates used on the second series bed have two raised panels top and bottom surrounding the "Dodge" emblem. Rear fenders changed for the second series bed; the attaching lip is folded at a 90 angle to the fender. This is the second bed used on the Power-Wagon and was used on the following years and models:

1951-1953, B-3-PW
1953, B-4-PW
1954, C-1-PW
1955-1956, C3-PW6-126
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Steve Pellock Photo
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Chris McKovich Photo
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Todd Somers Photo
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Third Series Bed

Characterized by three square sided stake-pockets per bed side (one stake pocket in the middle), three indented ridges on the sides (one at the base), and flat top rails. Tailgates used on the third series bed were the same as the second series tailgates and have two raised panels top and bottom surrounding the "Dodge" emblem. Third series rear fenders are identical to the second series rear fenders. This is the third bed used on the Power-Wagon and was used on the following years and models:

1956, C3-PW6-126
1956, C4-PW6-126
1956, PW6-126
1957, K6-W300
1958-59, W300M
1960-68, WM300
 
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Glenn Reid Photo
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