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Old 07-01-2019, 08:59:47 PM
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No vent windows. I will attach a picture of the truck when we first found it. We don't care what year it is, we would just like to know for sure what it is. I've looked on two sites and the vin falls under 45, so I don't see how it would come up as a 47?
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Old 07-01-2019, 09:29:39 PM
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Here’s one example:

https://forums.aaca.org/topic/228795...wh-47-inquiry/
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Old 07-01-2019, 09:32:53 PM
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Listed for sale: 1947 WH47. Obviously not a pickup.
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Old 07-01-2019, 09:38:35 PM
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Are you seeing a trend? All post WWII. All have vent windows. All are 1.5 ton or bigger trucks.
A 1945 pickup wouldn’t have a 1947 model number for a big truck unless the CAB WAS SWAPPED.
I did the same thing! Swapped cabs..No big deal...but...kinda hard to say what year your dad’s truck is but probably NOT 1945. In 1945 they built 99% military vehicles.
You are swimming upstream...
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Old 07-01-2019, 09:39:47 PM
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It just goes on and on..
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Old 07-01-2019, 09:41:46 PM
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The reason your dad’s truck has no vent windows is because someone swapped in earlier doors which fit just fine.
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Old 07-01-2019, 10:07:49 PM
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This shows October 1945. Am I missing something? This seems more confusing than it should be. haha

http://www.t137.com/registry/help/pa.../slide023.html

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BTW, I'm not arguing with you. I'm sure you know a lot more about these trucks than I do but the fact that it has a serial number that is only 1500 numbers after the starting vin for 1945, and it has the correct doors...I dunno man. Obviously you don't believe that any 1945's exist, but it has to be possible that this is one. Isn't it?
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Old 07-01-2019, 11:11:56 PM
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WG series 1 1/2 ton and WH series 2 ton S/N 9297001 - 9299993 Oct 1945 - Dec 1947
The serial number is stamped on the outside of the left hand frame horn, forward of the spring hanger.
Does it match the cab number?
What number is on the title?
The '47 WF32 in my avatar has matching frame and cab tag numbers.

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WG series 1 1/2 ton and WH series 2 ton S/N 9297001 - 9299993 Oct 1945 - Dec 1947
The serial number is stamped on the outside of the left hand frame horn, forward of the spring hanger.
Does it match the cab number?
What number is on the title?
Unfortunately we don't have the original frame anymore, so not too sure if the numbers matched. It also didn't come with a title. All we have to go off of is the ID plate and the pictures, unfortunately.
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Like my dad used to say..(.that truck) is like your favorite hammer.
Changed the head twice and the handle three times...my favorite hammer!
It is most certainly not a 1945 or really any year. It is a conglomeration of parts. Just like mine.
If you look closer at your serial number list you’ll see it says
2 ton. It also says late 1945. Therefore, a 1946 bigger truck NOT a 1945 pickup. September is the traditional month for the next year’s models to come out.
I’ll try to photograph mine. It sounds like a doppelgänger.
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Old 07-01-2019, 11:52:21 PM
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Honestly, we should start a club.
The pick up on the hoist has a 2 ton cab just like yours.
The second 1940s Dodge Pickup is on a later frame.
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Old 07-02-2019, 12:01:02 AM
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Continuing on...our CA DMV would not know the truck cab is from a 2 ton or care. They would also go off your approximation of year, too. 1945 if you insist.
All our DMV would do us double check the number on the door jamb versus what was written on the registration application. If it matched, you’d get a new pink slip in about ten days.
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I guess where my confusion comes in is understanding what makes you think it's a Frankenstein? We don't see anything that makes us believe it was patched together. My dad has been a bodyman for almost 50 years, and said that everything appeared original. All the colors matched as he stripped all the paint. All the lines matched up... so his belief is that it came to him unmolested. Unfortunately I live 10 hours away and I'm not much of a car guru...just relaying your info to his and his to yours so I'm just trying to understand both sides and find a common view of what this truck really is.
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Old 07-03-2019, 12:47:41 PM
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Your WH47 serial number is not for light duty. It’s a 1.5 ton to 2 ton truck cab. Your VIN chart shows that. Remember all those WH47 pics I sent you? All bigger truck. Now that WH47 cab has been placed on a pickup frame. Which is fine!
Andddd...You said the frame is from another vehicle...Can you see my point? It’s just a bunch of parts.
I never said Frankenstein. I’m just trying to explain that you don’t really know what it all was. Or is.
Once the pickup is done and all together it won’t matter much.

If I’m wrong I’ll apologize. No one ever seems to apologize! But I will.
It’s funny that the pickup I have up on my hoist is nearly identical.
What set this off is “1945”. Maybe you can see what I’m talking about, now?
You really have no idea what it is. Except a 1940s Dodge.
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Old 07-03-2019, 01:11:11 PM
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The final fact is that the “born on” date for the 2 ton WH47 cab is October ‘45. Almost certainly makes it a 1946. For the CAB! The rest, who knows?
Check out the fenders and axles and wheels for this WWII Dodge.
THAT could be 1945.
You are working too hard, swimming upstream. Just relax. The stream will take you where you should be.
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CB, are any of my PMs going through?
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No, last one I got was titled Visible Pump. I'll PM you my e mail addy , so we don't have to go thru the site.
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Sorry, got sidetracked.
The truck will be very nice when done, no doubt. Much nicer than any truck I own. I’m not disparaging it as an antique truck, just questioning part of the description.
I assume such a nice truck will go to car shows? You will be asked about the veracity of the 1945 thing. Might as well get that figured out, now.
Everyone dreams of owning an unmolested, original sweetheart of a vehicle. It seems that yours got in a big wreck along the way and the frame and cab got swapped? Or, maybe rust was the culprit?
Hard to say.
Anyway, I’d say that after the huge repair was done it got a uniform coat of paint. The truck is old enough to have been painted a dozen times. Finding old repairs in a 1940ish truck is very common! I find old lead repairs, all the time.
Does your dad’s truck have old lead repairs or bondo?
Bondo came along after lead. Helps date the latest major repair and paint job. But your dad knows all about that.
Again, not disparaging the truck, just questioning the description.
Cab is a 1946 big truck part. WHA47. Not pickup. Therefore not original. You said frame was changed. Kinda fits with the big truck cab addition.
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For some reason I've been thinking about your truck.
Just moments ago it dawned on me it might be a VC3 which was a lightly militarized version of the civilian 1/2 ton vehicle.
It would have been easier if I could have found a photo showing the tail gate hinge as I had some solid trunnions cast for some VC3's Chet Krause had in his collection.
The trunnions were simply a formed piece of chintzy sheet metal and weren't worth a crap.
Anyway, upon searching some more, I THINK I can safely say yours may be a WC which is a step up from the 1/2 ton VC which is an extremely scarce vehicle.
I don't doubt the WC is equally as scarce if it is/was, indeed, a military vehicle.
That it has shiny trim suggests it is not a military version.

http://www.theinfolist.com/php/Summa...odge_wc_series

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Oh, ok. I think I see where we split directions on this. When we got the truck, it was a cab and chassis with the original 2 ton frame. Obviously not a cool restoration frame. So my dad swapped the cab over to an S10 frame. To answer your question about the body...it was phenomenal. Zero bondo, no other layers of paint, just a few scratch touch ups. Our theory is that it made short miles and wasn't on the road long. My dad had to do very little body work to the truck because it was so nice.
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