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1942 Dodge W-Series Platform

1942 Dodge W-Series in The Killing Fields, Movie, 1984 IMDB

Class: Trucks, Simple truck — Model origin: US

1942 Dodge W-Series Platform

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2015-02-24 23:54

1939-47 Dodge Job-Rated platform, with the 1941-47 grille.

WD was the "name" used for the 1941-47 ¾- and 1-ton models, a 2-ton would have been a WH. But if this truck has clearly medium- or heavy-duty wheel rims (1½-ton to 3-ton trucks), as platform it could be:
• a 136"/3.45 m wheelbase 9 ft./2.74 m bed 1½-ton (WF-31 Dodge code);
• a 160"/4.06 m wheelbase 12 ft./3.66 m bed 1½-ton (WF-32 code);
• a 136" wheelbase 9 ft. bed 2-ton (WH-45 code);
• a 160" wheelbase 12 ft. bed 2-ton (WH-47 code);
Without any possibility to identify the precise model with that picture, W-Series should be enough, I think ;)

With no chrome piece on the hood, it is more likely a war time model (or just assumed to be one?). Which makes it a 1943-45 model.

⇒ 1943 Dodge W-Series Platform?

somename US

2015-02-25 01:00

Did they actually make these during the War or is it just another example of production stored and released as circumstances required? In turn leading to some inaccurate model years when titled.

Either way chromium was already being rationed in late 41 and almost non-existent on anything made in calender 42. So if it is a black-out model it could be a very late 41, but more likely 42.


2015-02-26 03:53

Thanks for the precisions. My source for these ranges (1939-42 / 1946-47 chrome "era" vs. 1943-45 non-chrome one) was pickuptrucks.com, but I know they can be "loose" on some details sometime ;)

-- Last edit: 2015-02-26 03:54:10

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