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Canada's Chevrolet WA truck

Design

Great Britain found it difficult, with all their other production priorities, to make enough trucks so they asked the Canadians to manufacture some.

The Canadian military had started working in 1937 on building a standard truck using the Ford V-8 engine.

Production

  • Canadian Military Pattern Chassis: 900,000
    • Manufacturers: Chevrolet, Ford
    • Production: ? - 1945

Variants

  • Chevrolet: 4x4. Used wood or steel for the body.
  • Ford: 4x4.

Usage

Long Range Desert Group

The Long Range Desert Group modified some for their use in North Africa.

Specifications

  Chevrolet WA
Crew 1
Passengers  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 6,705 lb
3,048 kg
Length 21' 7"
6.579 m
Height 9' 9"
3 m
Width 8' 2"
2.49 m
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
Main 2: MG
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Engine (Make / Model) Ford
Cylinders V-8
Capacity  
Net HP 95
Transmission  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Speed - Road 50 mph
80 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 170 miles
274 km
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth 1' 7"
0.5 m
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Tires  

Sources:

  1. Armored Fighting Vehicles, 300 of the World's Greatest Military Vehicles, Philip Trewhitt, 1999
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site