Fourth VC contract - maybe not

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Fourth VC contract - maybe not

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Well I've done some research and updated some stuff.

First, thanks to Fred Coldwell for the better image of the VC listing.

http://www.gwim2.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/odatv.pdf

This has given us some changes to numbers and I've updated the VC List accordingly;

http://www.gwim2.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/vclist.htm

Second, it appears that Ernie was right, in that the 398-QM-8039 contract that mentions VC2 and VC3 on the listing, but with T207 engines, is in fact a T207 series contract starting at chassis 8,644,701 ( about sixty chassis higher than the last known T202 VC. I dug out my copy of an early T207 Parts List from September 1940 to verify this;

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It is still possible there was some crossover, but for me that starting chassis number strongly suggests these were T-207 trucks
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I picked up an old copy of Army Motors magazine at Tower Park last week that had a few articles on the development of the VC. I believe the magazine was published in 1990. I don't know where they got their information but the articles states that the first WC's were WC sheetmetal on VC chassis.

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I've seen the famous shot of an early WC sitting on a VC front axle - I suppose there would have been a few transitions one way or the other.

I recall the last of the VCs were fitted with T207 engines.
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Both my VC6s are in Aug -40 and are T202? WALLY
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wallyws wrote:Both my VC6s are in Aug -40 and are T202? WALLY

Yup,

the VC 6 is unique in that it wasn't prototyped till the second VC production batch / contract, and then the production vehicles were made in the third batch / contract.

VC and VF production must have finished August / September, but there was an export batch of VF T203B which were made right at the end of the model year too - possibly spilling into 1941 model year.
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Wally, you have two of the VC6 models now?? Steve K.
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EJOWest wrote:I picked up an old copy of Army Motors magazine at Tower Park last week that had a few articles on the development of the VC. I believe the magazine was published in 1990. I don't know where they got their information but the articles states that the first WC's were WC sheetmetal on VC chassis. Ernie
Hi Ernie:

Here is some visible evidence of the truth of that statement:

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The truck wears a 1940 Michigan Manufacturer's license plate and has WC 1/2 ton sheet metal on a VC chassis. I think this photo was taken at the "backyard" test track next to Chrysler's Mound Road Factory.
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