WC53 Truck, 3/4 ton Carryall

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 WC-53 Carryall had an enclosed body with windows, intended for troop transport or light cargo duty. The WC53 was longer and heavier, with a 3/4 ton rating, but overall very similar to the WC-10 / WC-17 / WC-26 1/2 ton Dodge Carryall trucks.

WC-53 Trucks, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall (G502), lined up for shipment with other vehicles on Pier X, Newport News, VA, 25 February 1943
WC-53 Trucks, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall (G502), lined up for shipment with other vehicles on Pier X, Newport News, VA, 25 February 1943.

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WC-53 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall (G502)

The general specifications of the WC-53 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall (G502) were the same as the WC-51 / WC-52 3/4 ton 4x4 Dodge weapons carriers but with a longer wheelbase and with a closed cab and body.

The rooftop of the WC-53 Carryall body was open, fitted with a canvas covered panel, as can be seen in the top photo and the production photo below.

Between 1942 and 1945, 8,400 WC-53s were built for U.S. use and shipment to allies.

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WC-53 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall bodies (right side production line) undergoing finishing operations at the Chrysler Corporation Dodge truck plant, near Detroit, MI, August 1942.
WC-53 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall bodies (right side production line) undergoing finishing operations at the Chrysler Corporation Dodge truck plant, near Detroit, MI, August 1942.

WC-53 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall ready for delivery to the Army at the Chrysler Corporation Dodge truck plant, near Detroit, MI, August 1942.
WC-53 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall ready for delivery to the Army at the Chrysler Corporation Dodge truck plant, near Detroit, MI, August 1942.

WC-53 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall ready for overseas shipment, Newport News, VA, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, 26 February 1943.
WC-53 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall ready for overseas shipment, Newport News, VA, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, 26 February 1943.

WC-53 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall (G502)
WC-53 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall (G502). Photo: Courtesy of Chris Davis

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