Details

This page covers details regarding the Dodge WC-54 like:

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Tools

There were a number of minor changes and additions made to the tool kit during the service life of the vehicle. Most vehicles came with a tyre pump (8-P-5000) which had a jet cleaner attached to the hose. Early Dodges used the 2-ton Auto Specialties mechanical screw jack illustrated in this article, whereas later vehicles came equipped with the same hydraulic jack issued with the 1-1/2 ton 6x6 Dodges - the Hein-Werner 3 ton Model E-3.9A. 

Likewise, the early Alemite 5585 9 oz. push-type grease gun gave way to the Alemite 6593 15 oz. lever-type (41-G-1344-40). The grease gun adapter, Alemite 6517 (41-A-14-800), converted the standard hydraulic fitting on the gun to the Zerk type of fitting used on the propeller shaft universal joints.

Also, later vehicles were fitted from the factory with provision for mounting a bracket to hold the M2 (1-1/2 quart) gas decontaminator (Spec 197-54-113). For example, Weapons Carriers had three tapped mounting tabs added on the lower side of the windscreen frame in front of the steering wheel. Early vehicles were modified in the field to carry these gas decontaminators although the mounting position was different for each vehicle type.

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Spare parts kit

 The spare parts usually issued with the 3/4 ton Dodge are listed below. In early vehicles, the spares were carried in a bag under the seat whereas in later vehicles, there was a spare parts drawer fitted to the firewall under the passengerís side of the dash.

Stretchers

The Dodge WC-54 was equipped with four stretchers to carry the wounded. The original interior color was olive drab.Photo by D. Daubresse.

Searchlight

The Dodge WC-54 was equipped with a 6Volt swivelling searchlight. The seachlight was fitted to the left-hand windscreensupport, with a pistolgrip inside the cab to allow the driver to direct the light. The purpose of the searchlight was to ease the search for wounded soldiers on the battlefield.

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Engine

Like most other 3/4 ton Dodges the WC-54 was powered by the T-214 engine. Specifications of the T214 are: six-cylinder, in-line, L-head, four cycle. Cast iron
block and head. Displacement: 230 cubic inches. Bore and stroke: 3.24 x 4.625 inches.
Compression ratio:6.7:1. Brake horsepower: 76 at 3200 rpm. Four main bearings. Mechanical valve lifters.

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Axe and Shovel

Like most US military vehicles the WC-54 was equipped with an axe and shovel. Both tools were contained in a toolrack. The toolrack was attached just on the right hand site of the vehicle.

Fording kit

Like all Dodge 4x4 and 6x6 vehicles the WC54 could be supplied with a "fording kit" (model WV6). The fording kit consists out of a flexible tube attached to the air filter. The fording kit made it possible transit water upto 1.20 m deep. The kit was mainly used during amphibious operations like the invasion of  Normandy.

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Springs

The springs used on the WC-54 were softer than the springs used on the other models of the 3/4 ton family. The live axles were suspended on a long travel semi elliptical springs and the suspension was designed to provide a comfortable ride on tough surfaces, although this often took its toll on the service life of the springs and bump stops.

Spare tire

The spare tire was carried on the left outside of the body, in the recessed panel just behind the drivers door.

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ID-plate

This one is also known as Chassis Serial Number Plate.

Cock-pit

    

Heater

The Dodge WC54 was equipped with a heater. The heater was attached to the fire wall on the passenger side.

Fuel-filler neck

Very few changes were made to the vehicle during the production run, most being purely technical; the most obvious was the adaption of the larger diameter fuel-filler neck and matching recess in the body side in October 1943.  The fuel filler neck is situated on the left side of the vehicle, to the rightside of the backtyre.  Notice: I was told that some early WC54's had there fuel-filler neck converted to the late model fuel fillerneck

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The left photo below shows the early model fuel filler neck. The photo on the right shows the late model.

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