Early 1942 WC 56 Command Car

Here are the factory-new restoration details for this award-winning, Early 1942, 3/4-ton WC 56 Command Car.


Truck as purchased and delivered to Midwest Military.


Disassembly started …


Supportive framework installed so body can go on the rotater.

Engine blasted, primed, painted and being detailed …


Chassis after blasting and epoxy priming.

Chassis final coat paint. Paint used is a 2-part Urethane, MilSpec. Color used: 34087.

NOS Differential being installed in the rear axle housing.


Chassis being re-assembled and detailed … wiring harness, fuel line, fuel tank, power pack, transfer case, drive shafts.


Front end of Chassis. Steering gear now in place.


Body ready to be started. Mounted on the rotisserie.


Some lead work already done, almost ready for primer.


New hat channel being installed.


New gauges, switches, control cables, wiring and firewall insulation pad installed.


Body tub final paint and ready to be set back on the chassis.


Wheels being restored and final paint.


New 9:00 x 16 NDT’s ready to go on the restored wheels.


The final pieces ready for paint. Rear fenders were repaired from damage and front bumper was in the press to be straightened. All came out great.


Front fenders were not damaged or rusty, so epoxy primer and final paint. We installed an NOS hood hinge to the center halves.


The new MWM reproduction map table and trim panel assembly ready for paint. The wood table was in the paint booth.


Final paint on the last pieces of the project.

Most of the pieces installed. Hard to see, but both running boards, spare carrier, windshield frame, battery box, bumper gussets were all installed. We have the radiator and the rest of the engine parts installed and the motor is running with 60 psi of oil pressure. Started immediately and only needed idle adjustment. It sure is nice when they do that, but what do you expect after putting all those new parts on, right?

The cad-plated hardware back from the platers and ready for installation.

The complete instrument panel. We even have the WWII fire extinguisher to put in it. Bracket is installed ready for the canister.


Getting close to home. We started the engine and got readings from the instruments at this point. Much easier to work on the engine with the fenders off.

Pioneer took rack installed with the correct tools even. WWII strap back shovel too!!


Rear fenders with welt installed.

Detailed engine compartment just prior to fender installation. The new crate engine is running at this point. All instrumentation indicating normal operations. We installed new data plates on all the electrical parts as well.

It looks like the bolts were not painted here. WRONG, we had all the original Dodge fasteners replaced, so you see the Cad-plated hardware detail here.

Fenders and lights are now installed, ready for the hood.


The project is almost done here. All sheetmetal work has been completed. The new leather seats are under construction and awaiting the new canvas top installation.


It is now ready for the seats and top.


The new top being installed by Curt. Curt is a classic car upholstery and convertible top installer. He really did a top quality job on this one. Thanks, Curt!!


Curt also did the leather seats, Here I have installed the rear seat set. Arm rests have been installed though not pictures. Door way safety straps have also been added.

This truck is as new as the day it came out of the Dodge plant in 1942. We installed over 160 different parts on this restoration. And, when you consider some of these items are multiples, well, it was actually over 250.  We have 350 hours of detailed restoration labor in it also.

This truck was an award winner at the 2005 MVPA Convention in Duluth, MN.

We sold this truck for $37,500.00. The truck now has a new home in Florida.

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