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Dodge WC series

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For the civilian post-War variant, see Dodge Power Wagon.
Dodge WC series
Dodge WC Half-ton 4x4.jpg
Dodge WC-3 ½-ton 4x4
Type  1⁄2,  3⁄4-ton 4x4 truck
 1 1⁄2-ton 6x6 truck
Place of origin United States
Production history
Manufacturer Dodge/Fargo
Produced 1941-1945
Number built 255,000+
Specifications (WC-52[1])
Weight 5,550 lb (2,520 kg) (empty)
Length 177 in (450 cm)
Width 83 in (210 cm)
Height 82 in (210 cm)

Engine Dodge T-214
92 hp (69 kW)
Transmission 4 speed X 2 range
Suspension Live beam axles on leaf springs
240 mi (386.2 km)
Speed 54 mph (87 km/h)

The Dodge WC series was a range of light military trucks produced by Dodge and Fargo during World War II. The series included weapon carriers, telephone installation trucks, ambulances, reconnaissance vehicles, mobile workshops and command cars. They were replaced after the war by the Dodge M-series vehicles. WC was a Dodge model code: W for 1941 and C for half-ton rating. The C code was retained for the ¾ ton and 1½ ton 6×6 Dodges.[2]

History and design

1936 Dodge pickup showing its influence on the military models

Dodge began producing light trucks immediately upon its formation in 1914. For the first few years these were based largely on the existing passenger cars, later specific chassis and body designs were used. Light- and medium-duty models were offered first, then a heavy-duty range was added during the 1930s and 1940s. Dodge produced its first prototypes of dedicated military trucks in late 1939: the 1/2 ton 4x4 VC series. Production of the VC series started in 1940.[3] At the outset of World War II, Dodge produced the G-505 WC ½ ton series of military light trucks in 38 individual models, thousands of some models were produced, while only a few of some others were made. The WC ½ ton trucks replaced the 1940 VC-1 to VC-6 ½ton Dodge trucks which were also part of the G505 series. 79,771 of the ½ ton trucks were produced during late 1940–1942 under War Department contracts. WC models 1 to 50 were part of the 1/2 ton range and were 80% interchangeable in service parts with the later 3/4 ton models.[2]

Common features of the 1/2 ton trucks were:

  • Drive: 4×4
  • Wheelbase: 116 in (123 in for ambulances)
  • Track width: 59.375 in
  • Tires: 7.50x16
  • Brakes: Hydraulic
  • Engine: 6 cyl, in-line, L-head
  • Transmission: 4 forward/1 reverse, manual
  • Transfer case: Single speed

The Dodge G-502 ¾ ton 4×4 trucks were first introduced in late 1941. Standard vehicles in the ¾ ton 4×4 class were the WC-51 / WC-52 Weapons Carrier, Telephone Installation Trucks, WC-53 Carryall, and the WC-54 Ambulance. In the cargo trucks, the WC51 was identical to the WC52 but did not have the front bumper-mounted winch.[4]


The table includes data on the relation between identification numbers and types of body fitted.[5] For comparison, earlier Dodge military trucks of the 1/2 ton range are included.

T202 T203 T207 T211 T214 T215 T112 T118
Pick-up (closed cab) VC3 VF401/VF402, VF404/VF405 WC1 WC12, WC14 WC40, WC25, WC47 WC38, WC47
Pick-up (open cab) VC5 WC3/WC4 WC13 WC51/WC52 WC21, WC22
Pick-up (no rear seats) VC4 WC5
Carry-all VC6 WC10 WC17 WC53 WC26, WC48 WC36, WC48
Dump truck VF403, VF406
Reconnaissance VC1 WC6/WC7 WC15 WC56/WC57 WC23/WC24
Radio truck VC2 WC8 WC16 WC58/WC64 WC54 WC25
Van WC11 WC19 WC42, WC49 WC37, WC49
Mobile workshop WC60 WC41
Maintenance WC60 WC43
Portee WC55
Ambulance VF407 WC9 WC18 WC54 WC27
Telephone line installation WC59 WC43 WC 39, WC50
Closed cab (without body) WC20 WC41 WF31

In the case of vehicle identifications separated by a slash, the first number refers to a vehicle not fitted with a winch, and the second to a vehicle fitted with a winch. Numbers separated by a comma indicate similar models but with different secondary details.


Vehicle code Bore (mm) Stroke (mm) Capacity (cm3) Compression ratio Torque (N m) Power (HP)
T202 79.4 111.1 3294 6.7:1 208 79
T203 85.7 114.3 3957 6.5:1 255 99
T207 82.6 111.1 3567 6.5:1 222 78
T211 82.6 111.1 3567 6.5:1 222 78
T214 82.6 117.5 3772 6.7:1 244 92
T215 82.6 117.5 3772 6.7:1 249 99
T223 82.6 117.5 3772 6.7:1 244 92

Model descriptions

1/2 ton series

WC1, WC5, WC12, WC14, WC40

Closed cab, two seater pickups with a nominal carrying capacity of a 1,000 lb (450 kg).

WC3, WC13, WC21

WC-13 with optional M24 machine gun mount.



Dodge WC-57 command car with winch.

The WC57 Truck, Command Reconnaissance, 3/4 ton, 4x4 w/Winch Dodge (G502) was identical to the WC56 but fitted with a Braden MU2 5,000 lb / 2 268 kg capacity winch at the front bumper. 6,010 built.

  • Length: 14 ft 8 in / 4,46 m
  • Height: 6 ft 9 in / 2,07 m
  • Weight: 5,644 lb / 2 560 kg
  • Width: 6 ft 7 in / 2,00 m
  • Payload: 1,750 lb / 800 kg


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