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 6x6. 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.
Size (LxWxH):224.75” x 82.75” x 87”
Max Speed:50 mph
Condition Code Value (dollars)
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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