Buyer’s Guide: WC-62/63 Dodge 1-1/2-Ton 6×6 Cargo Truck

What you should know before you buy

Compared to the creation of many of the military’s vehicles, the genesis of the ton and one-half Dodge was simple. The army increased the size of a rifle squad from eight men to 12 men and, when that occurred, a squad would no longer fit into a 3/4-ton Dodge. Therefore, Maj. Gen. Courtney Hodges, chief of infantry, suggested the 3/4-ton Dodge be stretched 48 inches, and the vehicle became a 6×6. Most of the mechanical and some of the sheet metal parts were the same as those used in the 3/4-ton series.

Certain components, primarily in the driveline and suspension, were strengthened in the ton-and-a-half models, and many of these changes were incorporated into subsequent 3/4-ton production as well.

The transfer was a dual ratio in the ton-and-one-half version vs. the single speed unit used on the 3/4-ton trucks.

The second version of the “Big Dodge” was the WC-63. It differed from the WC-62 only by incorporating a Braden MU2 winch. Like the WC-62, early models of the WC-63 had a Zenith 29-BW-12R carburetor, while later production used the Carter ETW-1 carburetor.

These vehicles are popular with collectors today because they have the “big truck” look with the ease of driving of a 3/4-ton truck. Additionally, their long wheelbase gives them a smooth ride, at least compared to that of other military vehicles.

A combined total of about 43,000 WC-62 and WC-63 trucks were produced. Although within the Chrysler Corp., the Fargo Division handled government contracts, the trucks were all built at Dodge’s Mound Road truck plant in Detroit.

Weight: 7,550 pounds
Size (LxWxH): 224.75” x 82.75” x 87”
Max Speed: 50 mph
Range: 240 miles

Condition Code          Value (dollars)

6                                           2,500
5                                           5,000
4                                           9,000
3                                         13,500
2                                         15,500          
1                                         17,500

Scarcity rating:   2

Military Vehicles Magazine uses a given a value based on a 1-to-6 condition grading scale as follows:

1=Excellent: Restored to maximum professional standards, or a near-perfect original.

2=Fine: Well-restored, or a combination of superior restoration and excellent original parts.

3=Very Good: Complete and operable original or older restoration, or a very good amateur restoration with all presentable and serviceable parts inside and out.

4=Good: Functional or needing only minor work to be functional. Also, a deteriorated restoration or poor amateur restoration.

5=Restorable: Needs complete restoration of body, chassis, and interior. May or may not be running, but is not wrecked, weathered or stripped to the point of being useful only for parts.

6=Parts Vehicle: Deteriorated beyond the point of restoration.

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