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United States' Dodge WC62 3/4 Ton truck

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Dodge WC62 3/4 ton truck:
United States' Dodge WC62 3/4 ton truck
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Dodge WC62 3/4 ton truck:
United States' Dodge WC62 3/4 ton truck

Design

The Dodge WC62 was to be used in conjunction with the Dodge T214 WC52 weapons carrier. It was to carry more cargo or soldiers. A third axle was added and the rear cargo area lengthened.

Performance

It was found that the WC62 was very stable with its low center of gravity. The WC62 had a high ground clearance and allowed for good performance over rough terrain.

Standardization

Parts from the WC52 and the WC62 were to be interchangeable as much as possible.

Armament

Some of the WC62s had a mount, located on the passenger side, that held a 12.7 mm machine-gun.

Production

  • Dodge WC62: ~43,300
    • Production: 1943 - 1945
    • Manufacturer: Dodge

Variants

  • Dodge WC62: 6x6.
  • ?: Scout car. Thin armor placed around chassis and engine.
  • ?: Anti-aircraft. Had two 12.7 mm machine guns placed in the cargo area. Prototype only. Developed in 1943.

Usage

The Dodge WC62 was used by the United States Army and Army Air Force.

Free French

The Free French received many of the WC62s.

After World War II

The Dodge WC62s were used in Korea and then became surplus.

Specifications

  Dodge WC62
Crew  
Radio  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight  
Payload  
Towing load  
Winch capacity  
Length 18' 8.75"
5.71 m
Height 7' 3"
2.21 m
Width 6' 3.4"
1.91 m
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Wheelbase  
Armament  
Main 12.7 mm MG
Quantity  
Main  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Engine (Make / Model) 1: Dodge
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders 6
Capacity  
Net HP 92
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Radiator (Type)  
Capacity  
Transmission (Type)  
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Gear ratios  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Speed - Road  
Max speed towing  
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road  
Road radius towing  
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Climbing ability towing  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Wheels (Type)  
Width  
Diameter  
Tire tread  

Sources:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site