Dodge Trucks in World War Two. Model WC-22, serial number 81505598. This nicely restored 1942 Dodge 3/4 ton WC-51 was seen at the Urbana Airport in November. Dodge WC-51 3/4 ton Weapons Carriers. 3/4 ton, 4x4, Dodge WC (G502). If you have the serial or hood number you can say definitely what WC model you have.
1939 Dodge TE32 'table top' Overview Also called DB-, DD-Series (Dodge Canada) Fargo FH-Series Plymouth PT-Series Production September 1938 – January 1946 1939 — 1947 Assembly, Body and chassis 1⁄ 2-ton to 1-ton rated light trucks 2-ton to 3-ton rated medium trucks 2-door, flatbed, stake Related Powertrain from 201–331 cu in (3.3–5.4 L) three- or four-speed Dimensions 105–235 in (267–597 cm) Chronology Predecessor 1933–1938 Dodge H-, K, and M-Series Successor In 1939 presented a completely new designed line of pickups and trucks, with streamlined, art-deco styling front sheetmetal. Introducing the concept of 'Job- Rated', Dodge tried to offer customers the truck that fit the job they were buying it for.
As a result, the Dodge pickup / truck range from 1939 onwards offered an exceptionally large number of available variants — six different payload ratings, a wide range of bodies, more than twenty different wheelbase-lengths were manufactured, and fitted with different sized versions of the Chrysler-sourced inline six-cylinder side-valve engines — from the half-ton TC pickup on a 116-inch wheelbase to three-ton tractor cabs. Nevertheless, mechanically, the trucks were all very similar, with solid axles front and rear and leaf springs at all four corners. With World War II taking up most of production capacity from 1942 to 1945, the 1939 styling continued largely unchanged through 1947, as engineering and production became the main focus.
The Dodge trucks enjoyed some popularity before the war, and the last of them built in 1942, before Dodge turned to mostly military production, had progressed to the W-series model name. When they resumed sales post-war, they continued as the 1946 Dodge W-series. Ram hood ornaments adorned every Dodge car and truck from 1932 to 1954. Dodge rolled out a striking new design for 1939, featuring an all-steel cab with a two-piece windshield that could be opened for increased airflow. The unique front- end design: a barrel-shaped grille, crowned front fenders, and free-standing headlamps mounted in bullet-shaped pods, was only really changed in 1940, when Dodge trucks began using sealed-beam headlamps and were equipped with marker lights mounted on the headlamp housing. For the most part, after 1940, year-to-year appearance changes were very minimal.
The Job- Rated trucks had stronger frames than previous Dodge trucks, using steel with a higher tensile strength, the rails extended further forward past the engine than before, and the trucks beefy channel-type bumpers helped to tie the frame rails together. After WWII, there were some changes made to production truck chassis parts, based on reliability experience gained during military service, for instance stronger differentials and larger axle shafts were used in post-war trucks, and steering boxes were beefed up as well. Introduced as the T-Series for the 1939 model year, the line evolved into the V-series for 1940, and W-series for 1941, but the 'W' was retained until the end of sales in 1947. The bottom of the range TC, and its successors VC and WC were 1⁄ 2-ton rated, on a 116 in (295 cm) wheelbase. As the second letter in the model code progressed in the alphabet, the payload rating typically also went up, however this was not implemented consistently. Although the TD-15, VD-15 and WD-15 were 3⁄ 4-ton rated, the TD-20 and -21 and its later VD and WD versions were one-tonners.