Dodge Power Wagon gives more power to you

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Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 9:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 9:33 p.m.

Next to Jeep and Land Rover, the Dodge Power Wagon represents yet another iconic 4x4 model. The original was built from 1945-'57, but Legacy Power Wagon of Jackson, Wyo., takes the bones of the old and rebuilds them to order with either the 426-cubic-inch "Hemi" V8, or the 3.9-liter Cummins six-cylinder turbo-diesel. Also included are modern front and rear axles, front- and rear-locking differentials, four-wheel disc brakes, Bilstein-brand shocks and a 16,500-pound capacity winches. There is also a plethora of conveniences including air conditioning, leather-covered captain's chairs and a modern 10-gauge instrument cluster. Legacy also can build you a crew-cab version. Pricing starts at $120,000 and increases to more than $170,000, depending on model and equipment. Get all the details at www.legacypowerwagon.com.

No suction cups . . .

Most cell-phone mounting brackets are designed to attach to your vehicle's dash, where they can be annoyingly intrusive and present a temptation for thieves. A less obvious, yet still effective placement approach is to use the Mountek's nGroove MT5000-D Slot Mount. As the name implies, the nGroove attaches to the compact disk opening of your car's audio system without the use of screws, tape or suction cups. And best of all, it's claimed to not interfere with the CDs already inside your player. The adjustable nGroove accepts nearly all current-generation smart phones, such as the Apple iPhone series plus Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Blackberry. It also can be quickly removed and reinstalled in other vehicles. Order one of for $20 from www.mountek.com.

Tracks on your wall

Wall posters have always been cool and NOMO design offers a really neat series of actual race-course layouts that would look great hanging in your garage or rec room. Among the prominent U.S. tracks featured are the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Daytona and Talladega speedways plus various Formula One circuits, including Monza in Italy, Suzuka in Japan, England's Silverstone and the Monte Carlo road course in Monaco. Each white-on-black poster measures 18 inches wide by 24 inches tall and is printed on heavy stock and is shipped in a recycled crushproof cardboard tube. The selling price is $26 each, including a $1 charitable donation to the Victory Junction Camp for sick kids. Make your selection at www.shop.nomodesign.com.

Bond in a can

For fans of the 007 movie franchise and for collectors of anything and everything James Bond, this is a must-have item. Great Britain's Corgi Toys company has released this special gift set of authentic-looking1/43rd scale die-cast versions of four of the cars featured in past films. The collection includes the Aston Martin DB5 (first made famous in Goldfinger) and Vanquish coupes and BMW Z3 and Jaguar XKR roadsters. The models come stored inside a metal tin in the shape of a film canister. Corgi products are available in various toy and department stores throughout the United States and Canada, but this product also can be found online for about $60 through www.amazon.com and www.ebay.com.

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