1944 Dodge WC 63 6x6 1.5 Ton Weapons Carrier

The truck displayed here is a modification of the 4x4 model of which Dodge built more than 200,000 in various body styles from a cargo truck to the command car versions and ambulances from 1942 to 1945.

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As the army increased the size of a rifle squad from 8 to 12 soldiers during WWII, Dodge was asked to modify the 4x4 model by adding a 3rd axle and exgtending the frame and the cargo bed by four feet.

In addition, the single speed transfer case was replaced by a 2-speed version. Most other parts were the same as utilized in the 4x4 models. Dodge build approximately 43,000 of these trucks from 1943 to 1945, many of them equipped with a braden Mu2 winch.

They served in all theaters of WWII around the globe and soldiered on long after the end of the war in many armies of the western Allies for another 30 years.

The truck saw service in Algeria with the French Army before it was sold in 1980. Other than a new set of the correct tires, a new wiring harness an d a new coat of paint, it needed little effort to make it roadworthy again. It was also converted to 12-volt.

GENERAL DATA
Crew (operating) 2
Weight Net (lb) 6,925*
  Payload (lb) 3,000*
  Gross (lb) 99,92500*
Shipping dimensions (cu ft) (sq ft) *
Tires Ply 8 Size 9.00 x 16
Tread Center to center inches 64 3/4
Ground Clearance (in) 10 5/8
Pintle Height Loaded 26 3/3 Unloaded 27 5/16
Electrical system (volts) 6
Capacities Fuel, 70 octane gasoline (gal) 30
  Cooling System (qts) 18
  Crankcase (refill) (qts) 5
Brakes Hydraulic  
PERFORMANCE
Maximum gradability (%) 50
Turning Radius (ft) feet 26 1/2
Fording Depth (in) 34
Angle of approach (deg) with winch 37 1/2 without 54
Angle of departure (deg) 31
Fuel Consumption Average conditions mpg 8
Cruising Range Average conditions (miles) 240
Masximum allowable speed (mph) 54
Number of speeds forward 4
Engine
Manufacturer Dodge Model T223
Type In-line, 4 cycle Cylinders 6
Displacement (cu in) 230.2
Governed speed (rpm) 3,200
Brake horesepower 92
Ignition Battery
ADDITIONAL DATA
Winch capacity (lbs) 5,000
*Figures given above are for vehicle without winch. For vehicles with winch use the following data:
Weight (lbs) Net 7,375
Payload (lbs) 3,000
Gross weight (lbs) 10,375
Cubic feet 1,365
Square feet 149

Other than the wiring conversion noted above, in every other respect, this truck is an unmolested original and thus quite rare today.