Whoever wins the seventy fifth Charles Schwab Problem on Sunday won’t solely depart with a shiny trophy and a few money but in addition an exceptionally crafted new truck — a reimagined 1946 Dodge Energy Wagon.
As a result of it was the seventy fifth anniversary of the event, previously generally known as The Colonial, they settled on a automobile from 1946.
“We shortly recognized the 1946 Dodge Energy Wagon as being the best candidate,” Bent mentioned.
Bent mentioned they labored some Schwab design parts into the rebuild, changing Dodge on the entrance with Schwab, however matching the font of the 1946 authentic.
“It’s extremely cool the way it simply seems to be like the unique, nevertheless it’s been simply barely tweaked,” Bent mentioned.
Bent mentioned the rebuild upgraded the truck to trendy requirements, making it a lot simpler to drive a excessive speeds.
“If you happen to had been to drive one of many authentic Energy Wagons, you recognize, the steering’s not like a contemporary automobile. The brakes aren’t like a contemporary automobile. If you happen to get a type of issues as much as 35, 40 miles an hour, you’re feeling such as you’re actually shifting,” Bent mentioned.
Bent mentioned they dropped in a robust Chevy LS3 V-8 engine and paired that to a 4L85, four-speed automated one-ton transmission. From there, they join as much as an Atlas twin-stick switch case permitting the driving force to manage the entrance axle and the rear axle individually.
The tires are an enormous 40-inch tire on a 17-inch rim.
“That is a gigantic tire, however these are the roundest, finest, straightest driving tires you can get. And it makes an enormous distinction,” Bent mentioned.
The truck is painted a non-metallic dove blue with touches of tartan plaid on the inside, a hat tip to the event. Nestled into the door is a knife made out of the excessive carbon metal of the unique leaf spring, a bit of the unique that Bent hopes will stick with the truck ceaselessly.
“I wish to say congratulations to the winner of the golf event, and I really hope you get pleasure from this truck as a lot as we now have loved constructing it. That is actually a particular, particular piece of American historical past. It simply oozes cool,” Bent mentioned. “It is my hope that you’ll go off-roading and looking and fishing and crash by means of the woods. This isn’t a showpiece. It is a actual truck designed to truly work. And I wish to see this factor all lined in mud and again on the market doing what it was designed to do. And I really hope you get pleasure from it.”