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Dodge WC-58 Truck, Radio, 3/4 ton, 4x4 with winch (G-502)

Dodge produced the WC-58 3/4 ton 4x4 Radio Car, part of the Dodge 3/4 ton WC series of trucks. The Radio Car was the same design as the WC-57 Command Reconnaissance vehicle with the addition of racks for a large radio set behind the front seats and additional wiring. Like the WC-57, the WC-58 Radio Car was equipped with a winch, although some sources say no winch models were factory built. Like the other Command Reconnaissance Cars, production was soon phased out with only a total of 2,344 vehicles manufactured.

Sources disagree regarding whether factory produced WC-58 vehicles were equipped with a winch. One point of reference is the post-war manual TM9-2800-1 (February 1953). On the WC-58 page (page 177) of that manual from the Dept. of the Army (and Air Force) the image below is used, clearly showing the WC-58 with a winch. On the other hand, the same manual lists load and oil capacity for a winch on the WC-57 page (page 176) but nothing about winch capacities is stated on the WC-58 page.

Dodge WC-58 Truck, Radio, 3/4 ton, 4x4 with winch (G-502)
Dodge WC-58 Truck, Radio, 3/4 ton, 4x4 with winch (G-502).

Find additional photos and hi-res versions of the WC-58 3/4-ton Radio Car at the Olive-Drab Military Mashup.

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