Salute Sgt. Rock: Rare ’41 Dodge WWII pickup restored as a rock-climbing tribute to the military

Yesterday we shared a gallery of our favorite vintage pickups from this year’s SEMA show. Exempt from that gallery was perhaps our favorite vintage truck from this year’s show, the imposing Sgt. Rock.

Not only does this truck have a hell of a look to it, it’s got the history to match.

As builder Stacey David explains on his website, he set out to build a big rig with serious off-roading capability using a vintage pickup from World War II. Specifically, he wanted a 1941 Dodge half-ton 4×4 army truck. Trouble was, that ’41 model was only made for one year with a total of just under 80,000 units made.

Finding one was tough, but luck had it that after years of keeping his eyes peeled, David located a ’41 Dodge “hidden in some trees about a mile from my parents’ house in Belleview, Idaho.” The truck was missing the original bed and had a snowplow attached to the front, but David saw that the cab, fenders, hood and grille “were not only rust free, but they were extremely straight.”

David breathed new life into this rare war truck using a 6-cylinder, in-line, L-head engine that produces a huge 850 horsepower. It features a custom fabricated radius arm suspension with Predator racing nitrogen gas shocks with 14 inches of travel.

In the bed of the truck is a mounted machine gun and on the tailgate is a painted tribute to all of those who have served in the U.S. military.