WC51 Dodge Truck, Cargo, 3/4 ton, 4x4
The 3/4 ton series of Dodge WC trucks was introduced in late 1941, replacing the G505 1/2 ton trucks of the period 1939-1941. The most versitile of the 3/4 ton "Weapons Carriers" was the WC-51 or WC-52, two trucks that were identical except for the presence (WC-52) or absence (WC-51) of the front-bumper-mounted winch. Although called a "weapons carrier" it had folding troop seats down both sides of the cargo area and was primarily used to haul personnel and ammunition.
Hundreds of WC51 or WC-52 Dodge weapons carriers wait to be shipped at the Dodge truck plant near Detroit, MI, August 1942.
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WC-51 Truck, Cargo, 3/4 ton, 4x4 w/o Winch Dodge (G502)
The WC-51 Truck, Cargo, 3/4 ton, 4x4 w/o Winch Dodge (G502) was developed at a Dodge subsidiary, the Fargo Motor Corporation. Between 1942 and 1945, 123,541 WC-51s were built for U.S. use and shipment to allies, especially the Soviet Union where the trucks became quite common. They were utilized very broadly for many purposes in all branches of the U.S. military through World War II and the Korean War. The M-37 3/4 ton 4x4 Dodge truck gradually replaced the WC models during the mid- to late-1950s.
Numerous variations of the WC-51 / WC-52 cargo trucks were produced, including the M-6 Gun Motor Carriage (GMC) which mounted a 37mm Anti-tank Gun in the cargo bed of the WC-52 base vehicle.
Specifications of the WC-51 3/4 ton 4x4 Dodge Cargo Trucks
|Net Weight||5,645 lbs|
|Height (w/canvas top)||6 ft, 10 in.|
|Height (top lowered)||5 ft, 2 in.|
|Width||6 ft, 11 in.|
|Length||13 ft, 11 in.|
|Ground clearance||10 5/8 in.|
|Tires||9.00 x 16, 8 ply|
|Engine||Dodge T214, 6 cyl, 230 cu. in. gasoline|
|Transmission||New Process 4-speed|
|Transfer case||New Process Single-speed|
|Road Speed||54 mph|
WC-51 3/4 ton 4x4 Dodge Photos
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WC-51 3/4 ton 4x4 Dodge Photo Gallery
WC-51 Dodge 3/4 ton 4x4 cargo trucks lining up for loading onto cargo ships, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Newport News, VA during WW II.
WC-51 3/4 ton 4x4 weapons carriers with towed anti-tank guns, coming ashore from USS LST-1 to an Italian beach, World War II.
Rear view of WC-51 or WC-52 transporting medical personnel during World War II.
XIX Tactical Air Command testing of waterproofed WC-51 at Aldermaston Court prior to the invasion of Normandy in June 1944.