1948 Dodge Power Wagon


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1948 Dodge Power Wagon $89,000 [PA] 

This 1948 Dodge Power Wagon used at the Otto Torpedo Co., is a one of a kind, one owner truck, always garage kept, meticulously maintained, in excellent original condition.

The truck was used to transport and load liquid nitroglycerin (both white & desensitized) for the purpose of stimulating the flow of oil and gas wells in the steep countryside's of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Southwestern New York, from 1948 to the very early 1970s, a job to which it was particularly well suited due to its low gear ratio and front-mounted winch. It was taken off the road at this time, and kept in the Company Garage in Duke Center Pennsylvania until 2008, when it was put on display at the Drake Well Museum located in Titusville, Pennsylvania where it remains today.

The truck is in original condition, with a front-mounted PTO driven winch, and two high-speed hydraulically driven rear-mounted reels. The larger reel was used to lower tin torpedoes that contained the liquid nitroglycerin into the correct position in the well, so as to be next to the various oil-bearing or gas-bearing sands found in the area. The smaller reel contains 3,000ft of stainless-steel measuring line marked every 50 ft, for the purpose of making sure the torpedoes land in the correct position. This measuring line was frequently run to check the depths of the wells, and to check the proper position of the torpedoes.

The MC300 box on the truck is watertight, contains 36 rubber boots that can hold up to 36 ten-quart copper cans. Each copper can could easily hold 30 pounds of liquid nitroglycerin, allowing the truck to legally haul up to 1,080 pounds of liquid nitroglycerin. In 1990, the Department of Transportation adopted the United Nations rules and regulations, which ended the era of hauling liquid nitroglycerin over the roadways of the United States.
In the Appalachian region during the time this truck was on the road, most wells were shot. As time went on, all wells today are hydraulically fractured, or stimulated by other means. Additional information about the history of oil/gas well shooting can be found on http://logwell.com by looking at Tallini's Tales of Destruction.

Contact Rick Tallini via email at ottocupler@msn.com

Price $89,000 negotiable


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Picture in a Dodge Power Wagon brochure shows our Charlie Burt, who worked for our sister company Otto Cupler Torpedo, running a winch line out from the rear of the truck to an Oil Well.

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