Military Dodge with civilian features

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Military Dodge with civilian features

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This is an interesting Dodge pickup behind a prototype Jeep. At first glance you'd think it would be a Military VC 3 with cargo bows and troop seats but it has civilian features such as cowl lights and civilian rear fender.

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No problem

It's one of the 4 x 2 half to militarised civilian pickups, Jeff Chester has a couple. WC38 or WC47. You can be sure of that precisely because it has the centre bow pocket, bows, and troop seats.

They only produced about 800 of each series so quite rare. I think after that they decided just to buy civilian pickups and the military features did very little for those vehicles.

It is WW2 rather than pre WW2 as production started up on those right around Pearl Harbor time, my two WC 36 Carryalls were December 1941 and January 42
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I thought they had to be low production. Thanks for the info Gordon!
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That truck has a 41-47 hood ornament and dodge badges on the hood.
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Plus the hood ornament and front stanless look bright to me
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kwolfe3972 wrote:Plus the hood ornament and front stanless look bright to me
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'41 model production started September 1940, however my two WC36 trucks, carryalls from the same production runs as the above truck, were dated December 1941 and January 1942, entirely consistent with DODGE badges.

The grille trim was not bight. All the stainless and chrome was acid etch phosphate dipped and painted over with OD on the WC3x series, but the WC4X series produced the following year actually used some blackout trim with features like the same badges and trim made of mild steel and painted, plus at least one truck had a plastic variant of the radiator top shell mascot.
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