Time Warp Customs’ 1969 Power Wagon Restomod at SEMA

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Any vehicle that rolls out to the SEMA Show is meant to be world-class build. With so many cars, trucks, vans, and other automobiles on display, builders have to go the extra mile if they want their project to get the attention it deserves. We found a fitting candidate with Jerry Harding, founder of Time Warp Customs, and the work he did to this multifaceted Mopar.

“Time Warp Customs started two years ago, so we’re a pretty new company,” said Jerry. “We’ve done hundreds of restorations and at the end of the day, the customer is 80-percent happy. So we made this idea of merging the best of both worlds: the new luxuries and chassis are merged with the old style and grace. There’s a lot of trial and error, but in the end it always comes out amazing.”

Much of Time Warp Customs' work revolves around trucks and SUVs, like this Bronco and FJ40. "We lean towards the the off-road stuff to be different," said founder Jerry Harding.

The Power Wagon, as it turns out, is a merged build of two trucks. The shell comes from a 1969 D-200 Power Wagon, but the insides (including the 6.7-liter Cummins, upgraded by Black’s Diesel Performance) are from a 2014 Ram 3500 dually. Such an approach is actually a major theme of Time Warp’s work, as other builds from the shop have merged old and new: a 1974 Ford Bronco and a 2009 Ford Explorer, or a 1974 Toyota FJ40 and a 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser, just to name two examples.

And as with any build, there’s always the vision. In the case of the Power Wagon, it was from an Atlanta-based fleet manager named Juan Perez. “He wanted us to take one of his 2014 Ram duallies and merge it with a Chevrolet body,” said Jerry. “We did him one better and found a clean ’69 Power Wagon body instead.”

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The Power Wagon sits on Kelderman air suspension, giving it three inches of lift; more than enough to stuff 22-inch American Force wheels and 37-inch Toyo Open Country R/T tires.

Together with his associate, Jerry went to work – making measurements, cutting floors, bending and reshaping steel, and getting everything to work together. The suspension was given a Kelderman air ride kit, allowing three inches of lift and smooth travels. Additionally, the front and rear bumpers were swapped for Kelderman Alpha Series units, and the front received a Warn 16,500-pound winch with a Factor 55 fairlead and safety thimble.

Out back, Jerry installed a set of Mason train horns, and made the bed out of extruded aluminum to look like wood. The interior of the truck looks brand new, replete with leather, touchscreen controls, and all of the other creature comforts that come with a modern-day pickup.

These Mason horns triggered an ordeal with the United States Secret Service, oddly enough. "They went off near the hotel we were staying at, the SLS, during SEMA," explained Jerry. "It turned out that Vice President Joe Biden was staying there as well, so we got to talk to the Secret Service. I wound up going down and yanking all the wires out to get the horns to shut up!"

These Mason horns triggered an ordeal with the United States Secret Service, oddly enough. “They went off near the hotel we were staying at, the SLS, during SEMA,” explained Jerry. “It turned out that Vice President Joe Biden was staying there as well, so we got to talk to the Secret Service. I wound up going down and yanking all the wires out to get the horns to shut up!”

When asked what his favorite aspect of the truck is, Jerry said, “My favorite aspect of the truck is driving it. You get in it, and it smells new. I can go from Atlanta to California and not have to worry about anything old breaking down. Plus, I can watch TV while I do it!”

Armed with its 22-inch American Force wheels and 37-inch Toyo Open Country R/Ts, this pickup definitely looks and acts the part of a resto-modded 4×4. We encourage you to check out more from Jerry by visiting the Time Warp Customs website.

About the author

David Chick

David Chick comes to us ready for adventure. With passions that span clean and fast Corvettes all the way to down and dirty off-road vehicles (just ask him about his dream Jurassic Park Explorer), David's eclectic tastes lend well to his multiple automotive writing passions.
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