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Dodge WC 56, 4 x 4, 12 V (Front view, right side)

 
 

Front view, right side

Picture courtesy of The Royal Signals Historical Collection, Fredericia


Danish Army Specific: Received along with WC 51 and WC 52 as part of the American MDAP short after WW II. Also known as the "Command Car".
Historical
: More than 27.000 WC 56 and WC 57 (w/winch) produced from 1942 - 1945 at the Fargo Motor Corporation´s Mound Road plant in Detroit. The 3/4 ton command car which belonged to the T-214 series, was the third of three generations of command cars built by Dodge. The first being a 1/2 ton civilian style VC series introduced in 1939 and the second being a 1/2 ton WC series introduced in 1941.
The following three designations of the 3/4 ton command car were formed: WC-56, 57, and 58. The difference between models WC-56 and WC-57 is that the latter is equipped with a power take-off and a drive shaft for the winch mounted at the front of the vehicle. The electrical system of all models is 12 volt with battery located on the right running board. The WC-58 had provision for the installation of radio equipment behind the front seat. Typical radios to be installed would include RC-261, SCR-193Q, SCR-506, SCR-508/528, SCR-510 SCR-608/628 and SCR-610.
The Dodge command car was used for front line reconnaissance often fitted with a long range radio set just behind the back seat. Other uses were in a command role often transporting high ranking military officials.
The other members of the T-214 family shared mechanical components and some sheet metalwork with the command car, and included the weapons carrier (WC-51, WC-52), carryall and command field sedan (WC-53), ambulances (WC-54, WC-64), 37 mm gun motor carriage (WC-%%), telephone installation and maintenance truck (WC-59), WC-61) and emergency repair vehicle (WC-60, WC-61).
The steel body was constructed by the Budd Company (today ThyssenKrupp Budd) also known for production of the body for the
M151-series.
Known users are France, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
Length: 4.16 m (164 inches).
Width: 1.98 m (78 inches).
Height: 2.06 m (81 inches).
Weight: 2.443 kg (5.375 lb.).
Engine
: Own 6-cylinder, type T214, 3.772 cm3 (230 cubic inches) displacement, liquid cooled, carburettor
Horsepower: 92 at 3.200 rpm.
Transmission: 4-speed gearbox, New Process.
Transfer case: Single-speed, New Process.
Electrical system: 12 volt, negative ground.
Brakes: Hydraulic.
Tyres: 9.00 -16.
Fording depth:
without preparation: 0.86 m (34 inches).
with deep water fording kit: N/A.
Fuel type: Petrol.
Fuel capacity: 136 liter (30 gallons).
Range: 380 km (240 miles).
Crew: N/A.
Additional: A folding map table was fitted to the rear of the front seats. The WC-57 featured a front mounted Braden MU2 horizontal winch with a capacity of 5.000 lb. (2.272 kg).


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