Halliday Engineering restored and modified a 1946 Dodge Fargo Ute to celebrate our historic 170-year anniversary
With our 170-year anniversary just around the corner it’s a great time to tip our hat to the past. So the latest addition to our vehicle fleet is a 1946 Dodge Fargo we’ve restored and modified. And like our company, this build was all about respecting craftsmanship of the past, and making sure it is fit for the future.
We needed to engineer a better ride than the classic 1946 front and rear leaf springs could offer, so we brought in the right expertise. We engaged a Hot Rod Builder (Roey’s Rod and Customs – Moruya) who upgraded the suspension to an airbag system. Roey also built the backend of the tub and modified tunnel. He welcomed our boiler-making expertise, and we were fortunate enough to spend numerous days working alongside him in his shop.
Our customised tray is our favourite part of the truck. We designed and modelled it in-house with design software (Inventor) so we could visualise how it would look prior to manufacture. This was key to the job as we needed to ensure we honoured the vehicle’s classic contours and lines.
- Chrysler 318ci (5.2L) V8
- Edelbrock Performance Manifold
- 4 Barrel Carbie
- MSD Ignition
- Air Con
- Power Steer
- Stainless Exhaust (4 into 1 extractors)
- Custom Tunnel
- JAG front End
- 4 Link Rear Suspension
- Accuair Airbags (allround)
- Ford 9 inch differential
- Smoothie rims
- Collapsible steering column
- Painted and wrapped
- Custom rear hinged tray and tubs
”The ute was carefully researched and procured locally in Sydney. All panels and body work were free of corrosion and damage. But the suspension and drivability of the ute required creative thinking and innovation. Our objective was simple, build a truck that can reliably service the business and turn heads.