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Old 06-13-2019, 10:43:49 PM
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Default 1945 Dodge Truck Box

Hi, I'm looking to buy a truck box for my dad's '45 dodge for father's day. I'm having a tough time finding much online. I did find a site called https://www.horkeyswoodandparts.com

Just wondering if anyone has had dealings with these folks, or possibly know of another company I can take a look at.

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Has to be new?
Is it a standard box you want?
1945 is a special wartime year. Few civilian vehicles were built. Are you sure it’s 1945?
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Give these guys a ring. If they don't have anything perhaps they can point you to someone.
https://www.vintagepowerwagons.com/

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Has to be new?
Is it a standard box you want?
1945 is a special wartime year. Few civilian vehicles were built. Are you sure it’s 1945?
If you were a farmer or had another operation that was important at the time you could fill out some paper work and get a truck.I knew of a 45 Ford that was around here for years for sale and no one believed it was real but it was after some research was done.
Chances are good that the bed would be the same for the prewar and just after.I doubt the factory did any major changes until 47 as they had to retool from making war machines back to making trucks and cars . Ford for 46 was same as a 42 just maby some trim.
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In my experience, when someone says they have a 1943/44/45 whatever and it’s not obviously military then they are mistaken about 99% of the time.
I’ve owned my share of “blackout” vehicles.
For the most part, wartime military vehicles that were deployed overseas were left were they were.
The WWII-era vehicles I’ve encountered were usually National Guard vehicles that did not move out with their soldiers or State Guard (home front) vehicles that were taken from the National Guard. I’d say about a full third of what I find has a local military past.
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Has to be new?
Is it a standard box you want?
1945 is a special wartime year. Few civilian vehicles were built. Are you sure it’s 1945?
Yes, unfortunately it needs to be new. My dad has quite a few health problems so I'm looking for it to be as easy as possible to install. We are looking for a lowside box. It's definitely a '45.
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Pictures are worth a thousand words...
I’m thinking it’s a Dodge power wagon? 4wd?
I completely understand wanting to bypass rust and dents in heavy gauge metal by buying new.
The only high side Dodge boxes I know of are the late 40s early 50s B series. That’s the next style after the 1939-1947 style.
Best of luck!
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Here are some pictures of the project as it sits
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Pros Pick only makes 36-38 Dodge boxes. They are shorter, I think. $1600 ish

http://www.pros-pick.com/pickupbeds.html

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These guys begin to show a Dodge box...I don’t see a part number.

http://www.mar-k.com/index.php?p=photos

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Looks like you’re headed to someone’s used/restored box. Usually these things are pretty beat. Maybe you can find a restoration project gone bad.
I have one or two boxes but not up to your standards.
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Wow, an actual civilian wartime truck must be really rare. Would be neat to restore it to as close to original as possible. Probably had a neat flathead straight six in it! And cool sounding transmission. LOVE the old drive trains.
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Yes, I’d like to see the door jamb plate and see what year/model it really is. I have a hard time with “1945 Civilian”. Alternately, sand the hood or back of the cab/tailgate and look for US War dept numbers.
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I found this:

http://www.t137.com/registry/help/pa.../slide026.html
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That Smallblock Chebby needs this ...
https://wheeling.craigslist.org/pts/...908622517.html

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I know Dan Carpentor reproductions makes beds for Fords and some chevys. should be close and seeing now that it is a street rod,no one would really notice any sutle differences. I know they make good stuff. Aint cheap though.
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I will try to get a picture of the the vin plate. My parents don't use cell phones and they live 10 hours away, so it could be tricky. I ran the vin 6 years ago when he got the truck and it came up as a 45. Is it really that rare that its next to impossible to exist? It had what looked like original paint. Red with black fenders.
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1943, 44, 45 year make civilian vehicles are super rare.
Every manufacturer had swapped to military production.
If you look up that year Pickup or truck any make you usually find the military version. Often 4wd. Obviously military.
I owned a “blackout” 1942 Chevrolet pickup and it had absolutely no brightwork, plastic inside handles. It also had bumps where the roof attached to the pillars, no attempt had been made at the factory to smooth things out.
I own a 1944 IHC K-7 Truck with a military steering wheel.

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WWII-era US Military vehicles all have exterior numbers painted on them. It’s a long story but, “USA W-XXXX” hood numbers started out huge at four or five or more inches tall on both sides of the hood. “W” stands for War Department. As the war went on and thousands or millions of vehicles were produced the War Dept. ordered that the numbers get smaller in height and that “w” not be painted. It’s in their distributed “orders” books. I buy these books off eBay.
The first number in the “XXXX...” portion of the hood number symbolizes the vehicle designation. For example, “7342” would be an ambulance. “7” stands for ambulance. These rules are in another War Department publication.
The US Navy evidently put their “hood numbers” on the top back of truck cab. If you look through period photos you can see this.
If I was there with your truck I’d be looking for painted numbers.,

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So far in my accidental military vehicle acquisitions I’ve found a 1938 or 9 IHC D-2 USMC 1/2 ton flatbed, a 1940s IHC K-3 Navy Pickup, a 1939 CA National Guard ambulance and 1940s 1.5 ton National Guard Dodge flatbed.

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The IHC Navy K-3 is exciting because you can find pictures of these things lashed to the deck of Navy ships, maybe even battleships. Who knows what action that old truck might’ve seen.
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Now THERE’S a 1945 Dodge!
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I got the serial number from dad today. 9298556 and the model is a WH47. As far as I can see by the vin decoder site it's a 45.
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Do the doors have vent windows? Vent windows came after WWII?
A quick check of WH47 brings up a post war 1.5 ton truck. Now we know where the nice cab came from. 1947ish.
Funny, I own a very similar Dodge pickup with a very nice Dodge 2 ton cab on it. It was made up from pieces probably like your dad’s. Post WWII.
Do not mistake my ramblings for negativity. It’s cool no matter what year it was made. But probably not 1945.

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I’ll gather pictures of my sister to yours and send. I’ll even photograph the door serial number/vin plate.
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