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#1 Smokeshow

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 11:59 PM

I am a bit of a Mopar and more specifically Dodge fan. I have seen some cool Dodge vehicles in the past on here and was wondering if you might be able to educate me on the differences in between your vehicles, years made,model, engine, purpose, etc. I especially like the troop transport trucks but would like to see others as well. If you have pics of them that would be awome as well!! Thanks in advance.

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Posted 01 October 2009 - 05:49 AM

This is my 1943 WC-52 Weapons Carrier. Used to pull light artillery pieces and the gun crew. Of course, it was used for many other rolls such as hualing cargo, wounded, etc.
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Posted 01 October 2009 - 05:50 AM

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Posted 01 October 2009 - 07:52 AM

That is AWESOME!
I would love to have that,
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Posted 01 October 2009 - 08:30 AM

Here is my 1942 Dodge WC-53 Carryall. Three quarter ton and four wheel drive. USAAF markings.

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Posted 01 October 2009 - 08:55 AM

Here is my 1942 Dodge WC-53 Carryall. Three quarter ton and four wheel drive. USAAF markings.

Regards,
Charlie Flick

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v146/Ordnanceguy/WC53%20Dodge%20Carryall/P5130103.jpg


Hi Charlie, besides being on this forum we have ( had ) something in common owners of Dodge Carryalls, sorry no photos to hand and sad to say I no longer have it. One of the best WWII military vehicles, good luck to you :thumbsup:


I think I might still have several photo copied pages of carryall radio installation if you should require them.

Cheers ( Lewis )

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Posted 01 October 2009 - 10:00 AM

I have the M37 Dodge 3/4 ton cargo truck. These were built in two batches between 1950-1955 (M37) and again from 1958-1968 (M37B1). Mine is a 1954; flathead 230cu, 6 cyl. T245 engine. The same chassis is used for the M42 command truck, M43 ambulance, and the V41 (later M201) utility truck. There were other variations to these as well. The quickest way to tell them from the WWII era 3/4 tons (AKA Weapon Carriers) is it had rear wheel fenders unlike on the WCs (flat sided), the brush guards on the front fenders were larger than the WCs, and they had doors. Also, the earlier, M37 trucks didn't have the spare tire on the door though the later M37B1 models did. Interestingly, even though they were built starting in 1950, there is no documentation that they were ever used in the Korean conflict before the armistice. There is a whole website (G741.org) dedicated to them if you want to see more photos.

Anyway, the photo below is my truck after I got it. I hadn't done any work to it when this photo was taken. I am still working on it and will have it looking as nice as robinb's one day except shinier-it will have the KW era semi-gloss OD. I had one friend politely refer to it as a "jewel in the rough" though I refer to it as "Patches." Each time I remove something to refurbish/repair/rebuild it, I repaint it to correct color scheme. Compared to the Walmart flat OD (Krylon?) on it when I got it, it looks like a lot of patchwork.

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#8 Smokeshow

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Posted 01 October 2009 - 11:13 AM

Wow, there are some really nice Dodges out there! Robin, very nice weapons carrier! I saw in your post about your war building that you had a truck in the garage that was a flat bed? Was that truck a Dodge as well? Excellent pics from everyone! I appreciate it and keep the posts coming!

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Posted 01 October 2009 - 11:58 AM

Here's a shot of my 1943 WC62 1 1/2 ton


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Posted 01 October 2009 - 04:11 PM

I, too, have a 1943 WC-62, but it's not ready for pictures. It's in line for restoration after the Jeep is done.

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Posted 01 October 2009 - 04:15 PM

Wow, there are some really nice Dodges out there! Robin, very nice weapons carrier! I saw in your post about your war building that you had a truck in the garage that was a flat bed? Was that truck a Dodge as well? Excellent pics from everyone! I appreciate it and keep the posts coming!


The one in my shop is a 1944 Chevy cargo truck. The bed is off in the picture.

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Posted 01 October 2009 - 07:56 PM

The one in my shop is a 1944 Chevy cargo truck. The bed is off in the picture.



Oh, well darn. I was hoping it was a mopar because I liked the looks of it and thought it looked like some of the military Power Wagons I have seen. Does anyone have any pics of any Power wagons? Those 1943 WC-62 are awesome and have lots of respect to anyone restoring these as they are large and lots to do! Nice pics! This thread is starting to look really good!

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Posted 03 October 2009 - 07:09 AM

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I wonder if the M-37 and WC-51/52 used the same engineer rack. :think:
Can some one help me with that?

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Posted 03 October 2009 - 07:24 AM

It is the same tool rack.

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Posted 03 October 2009 - 07:59 AM

Good to know. Thanks!

One more question.
Do the M37 and WC Series have a place for a gun rack?
Or with other words, do the gun racks that normaly found in Willys jeeps fit in the M37 oder WC trucks or did they use other gun racks for these vehicles?

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Posted 03 October 2009 - 01:14 PM

I don't know about the M37 but the WC series could use the same one as in the Jeep. Usually in the open cabbed WCs the rack is mounted to the dash vertically to the left of the steering column.

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Posted 03 October 2009 - 02:03 PM

The rifle rack that was used in WW2 was a universal rack. It's the same for any vehicle.

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Posted 03 October 2009 - 11:16 PM

I have 3 military Dodges in my collection. I can't show any photos of my actual vehicles as I wouldn't want to force you into convulsions of laughter. Let's just say they are still unrestored and not much to look at. But here are some images of what a couple of them are supposed to look like.

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The oldest is a 1934 Dodge KC 1/2 ton pickup. The photo above was taken December 7, 1941 at Hickam Field, Hawaii, after this truck had been strafed by machine gun fire from Japanese planes. My truck is about the lowest on my list of restoration candidates as the vehicle is extremely rough and rusty. I knew it was a long shot when I traded for it and have looked for years to find a better cab and chassis to make a restoration feasible. So far, no luck as 1934 Dodge pickups in restorable or partially restored condition are vary scarce and expensive.

Next is a 1942 WC-55 Gun Motor Carriage. This was the Army's first operational Tank Destroyer vehicle, though an expedient type rushed into service until more "serious" types could be developed. While generally used for training purposes, some were used in the North African and Pacific campaigns. The 37mm guns they carried were still effective against light Japanese armor but were totally outclassed by German tanks. They were withdrawn from service after about 2 years and all of them converted back to WC-52 configuration, just like Robin's truck.

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My truck is in pretty good condition but will need a full restoration. For the last few years I've been slowly building parts for the gun mount from original drawings acquired at Rock Island Arsenal. There's already a registered 37mm gun waiting to be installed in the pedestal. The WC-55 has always been my favorite Dodge, partly because it mates a 37mm cannon with a truck, and partly because it just has so much gear hanging all over it, as issued.

The newest Dodge here is a 1975 W200 crew cab pickup. This truck was issued to the local Air National Guard base and was used by a radar unit. It's a typical Air Force fleet vehicle, painted horizon blue from the factory with 4-color camouflage. These were similar to the Army's M880 trucks with the 318 cu in. engine but were actually a militarized W200 commercial Power Wagon bought exclusively by the USAF. It's nice enough for a photo but just don't have any handy.

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Posted 04 October 2009 - 04:41 PM

I have 3 military Dodges in my collection. I can't show any photos of my actual vehicles as I wouldn't want to force you into convulsions of laughter. Let's just say they are still unrestored and not much to look at. But here are some images of what a couple of them are supposed to look like.

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The oldest is a 1934 Dodge KC 1/2 ton pickup. The photo above was taken December 7, 1941 at Hickam Field, Hawaii, after this truck had been strafed by machine gun fire from Japanese planes. My truck is about the lowest on my list of restoration candidates as the vehicle is extremely rough and rusty. I knew it was a long shot when I traded for it and have looked for years to find a better cab and chassis to make a restoration feasible. So far, no luck as 1934 Dodge pickups in restorable or partially restored condition are vary scarce and expensive.

Next is a 1942 WC-55 Gun Motor Carriage. This was the Army's first operational Tank Destroyer vehicle, though an expedient type rushed into service until more "serious" types could be developed. While generally used for training purposes, some were used in the North African and Pacific campaigns. The 37mm guns they carried were still effective against light Japanese armor but were totally outclassed by German tanks. They were withdrawn from service after about 2 years and all of them converted back to WC-52 configuration, just like Robin's truck.

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My truck is in pretty good condition but will need a full restoration. For the last few years I've been slowly building parts for the gun mount from original drawings acquired at Rock Island Arsenal. There's already a registered 37mm gun waiting to be installed in the pedestal. The WC-55 has always been my favorite Dodge, partly because it mates a 37mm cannon with a truck, and partly because it just has so much gear hanging all over it, as issued.

The newest Dodge here is a 1975 W200 crew cab pickup. This truck was issued to the local Air National Guard base and was used by a radar unit. It's a typical Air Force fleet vehicle, painted horizon blue from the factory with 4-color camouflage. These were similar to the Army's M880 trucks with the 318 cu in. engine but were actually a militarized W200 commercial Power Wagon bought exclusively by the USAF. It's nice enough for a photo but just don't have any handy.

Rick




So do you have the truck pictured in the above photo or do you have on that is like it? Looks like a very cool vehicle that was very functional as well!

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 05:52 AM

The rifle rack differed in location for the M37 than for the WC series. There is a TB for the mounting locations dated in the late 50s that I haven't been able to find yet but the 1969 edition of the TB shows the rifle mount (by 1969, it was the modern, two piece mount) vertically mounted in the center of the cab, just right of the tranny hump, left of the glove box. Up into the early 60s, they used the same URB as the WWII era but it had the canvas cover. The cover was often removed but still the same bracket. I don't know if the URB location was the same as for the two piece or elswhere in the M37 (it would shown be in the '50s edition of the manual that I can't find). On the G741.org site, several members report not having the mounts and jamming their weapons in the straps (for the cab cover's rear window flap) behind their head or next to them in the cab's back corner. I have yet to find a DA photo of a truck "in the field" that had a rifle mount in it. Guess they weren't that big a priority. Come to think of it, we didn't have rifle brackets in our HMMWV either.

One of these days, I'm going to take a URB and set it in my M37 just to see where it may fit and still be able to open the barrel latch.


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