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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.1

The Canadian military had started working in 1937 on building a standard truck using the Ford V-8 engine.1

Production

  • Canadian Military Pattern Chassis: 900,0001
    • Manufacturers: Chevrolet1, Ford1
    • Production: ? - 19451

Variants

  • Chevrolet: 4x4.1 Used wood or steel for the body.1
  • Ford: 4x4.1

Usage

Long Range Desert Group

The Long Range Desert Group modified some for their use in North Africa.1

Specifications

  Chevrolet WA
Crew 11
Passengers  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 6,705 lb1
3,048 kg1
Length 21' 7"1
6.579 m1
Height 9' 9"1
3 m1
Width 8' 2"1
2.49 m1
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
Main 2: MG1
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Engine (Make / Model) Ford1
Cylinders V-81
Capacity  
Net HP 951
Transmission  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline1
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Speed - Road 50 mph1
80 kph1
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 170 miles1
274 km1
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth 1' 7"1
0.5 m1
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