Dodge WC54

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Dodge WC54/WC64
Dodge T214-WC54.jpg
Manufacturer Dodge (Chrysler)
Body and chassis
Class Light truck
Engine 230 cu in (3.8 L) I6
Transmission 4-speed manual
Wheelbase 98 in (2,489 mm)
114 in (2,896 mm)
121 in (3,073 mm)
Length 194.5 in (4,940 mm)
Width 78 in (1,981 mm)
Height 90 in (2,286 mm)
Curb weight 2,680 kilograms (5,910 lb)
Predecessor Dodge WC-27, G505, 1/2-Ton 4×4
Successor Dodge M43
M37 ¾Ton truck series

The Dodge WC5434 Ton, supply catalog designation G502, was a WC series 4×4 light truck developed during World War II by Dodge. It served as the main ambulance used by the US army from 1942 to 1945, with some used as late as 1953 during the Korean War by the U.S. Army Medical Corps, and others serving as late as the 1960s in the armies of some European countries. At times, several were also used by the US Signal Corps as radio vans.

Design and production[edit]

U.S. Signal Corps vehicle

The WC54 was designed to replace the WC9, WC18 and the WC27 Truck, 1/2 ton, 4×4 Dodge Ambulance (G505).[1] Based on the 3/4 Ton "Beep" Dodge chassis, it featured a longer wheelbase and adjusted suspension to make its ride softer. The closed sheet-metal body was made by Wayne Body works. It had room for a driver and four to seven patients plus a medic. If the fold-away bunk stretchers were used, four patients could be transported lying down.[2] Because of its intended role, the WC54 featured a large matrix cab heater fitted on the firewall, providing comfort for patients and crew. It was fitted with a foldaway step to its rear to allow easier access for stretcher bearers and injured personnel. Early models featured a stuck out fuel filler cap which was changed to a recessed one in the later model, a modification that was retrofitted to some early model trucks.

Between 1942 and 1945, total production of the 3/4 ton WC-series T214 was 255,173. Of these, 22,857 were ambulances. The vehicles were supplied under US government contracts W398-QM-11420 (850 examples), W398-QM-11422 (9945 examples), DAW398-QM-448 (16 examples), W398-QM-13596 (410 examples) and W374-ORD-2864 (11,636 examples).[2]

Virtually unchanged throughout its life, apart from minor technical tweaks, it was later turned into a knockdown version, known as WC64, to allow larger quantities to be shipped at the same time. Only 3,500 were made between the beginning of 1945 and the end of the war.[3]


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See also[edit]


  • TM 9-2800 Standard Military Motor Vehicles. dated 1 sept. 1943
  • TM 9-2800 Military vehicles dated oct. 1947
  • TM 9-808 3/4-ton Dodge truck dated Jan. 1944
  • SNL G502
  • SNL G657 Dodge master parts book
  • Classic Military Vehicles (magazine). "Dodge WC54 Ambulance." Classic Military Vehicles Number 4, September 2001. Cudham, Kent, UK: Kelsey Publishing Limited.
  • Classic Military Vehicles (magazine). "Dodge WC54 Ambulance." Classic Military Vehicles Number 11, April 2002.Cudham, Kent, UK: Kelsey Publishing Limited.
  1. ^ "WC54 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Ambulance Dodge". Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Dodge WC54 Ambulance". Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  3. ^ "History". Retrieved 2012-07-27. 

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