1941 WC9 Power Wagon: Rugged And Rare

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Looking at this Power Wagon the word little or rare doesn’t come to mind, but this 1941 Dodge WC9 half ton Power Wagon is the smaller version of  the more common WC154 ¾  ton military ambulance. It was produced for only one year and they only built a few hundred. This one has had some interesting modifications like the tilt steering column and a different engine. It can be found here on eBay with a BIN of $3500 and perhaps it’s inexpensive enough to be an interesting off road project. There isn’t any visable rust. Why try to look like a Hummer, when you can have the vintage tough guy look, right? It’s in northern Idaho, in Coeur d’Alene. I hope there’s someone out there who finds a good use for this rugged and rare classic.

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Comments

  1. Chris in WNC

    way cool!
    if one of y’all buys this, I have a ’42 flathead Dodge truck engine available that would help return it to where it should be…….
    the buy-it now price is a DEAL. if I only had more time :-(

    • Dave at OldSchool Restorations

      CHRIS call my cell 256 507 3328

  2. Rich

    I really love this. Would be an awesome substitute for a pickup and be great for going camping too.

  3. scott allison

    They put a Chevy steering column/wheel in a Dodge… Why?
    If I could buy it.. I would at least put a Mopar steering wheel on it!

    • The Walrus

      From the late 60’s through early 90’s (on trucks anyway), Chrysler sourced its collapsible steering columns from GM’s Saginaw Gear division, which was the source for GM as well. If you compare the columns between pretty much any GM and Chrysler product from the mid 70’s through mid 80’s you’ll see the similarities, such as tilt control location, tilt range, overall column shape/diameter, etc. Each company spec’d their own unique controls and levers, but the columns themselves are virtually identical.

  4. Tirefriar

    Ok, I’ll bite. Looks like a great project although I don’t know much about these.it does check off the right boxes: simplicity, uniqueness, cool factor (uniqueness is not enough))), durability, historical Americana, affordability.

    I would imagine these would have a tough time holding up with current traffic flow on the freeway. I would retain the slant six and upgrade transmission, and the transfer case along with axle gearing. Restore the dash and gauges, install two vintage looking buckets upfront, paint it drab olive….

    Question to the knowledgeable: does the transfer case appear to be disconnected?

    • jim s

      yes, it looks that way to me.

  5. JW454

    Well, its got one heck of and exhaust pipe hanger. At least they went with a Mopar seat. Getting two of them in there is going to be tight though

  6. Bobsmyuncle

    The BIN is hard to believe!

    I wonder if the ambulance version had gearing more suitable for modern road going then these are typically known for?

    Otherwise the running gear including suspension has a long way to go to being useful for most life styles.

  7. jim s

    i am surprised it has not sold already.

  8. Cassidy

    What an awesome project! Paint it flat black and enjoy off roading! As much room as there is in the back, this gem could be outfitted quite nicely after a day of plowing through water, dirt and sand!

  9. JW

    Heck paint it army green with a white circle with a red cross then letter the doors M.A.S.H. then head to Ottumwa, Iowa to pick up Radar and head to a couple cruises.

  10. the Skull

    If I was looking for a military vehicle to “restore, drive, enjoy” I think I would really consider this one. I have an M1008 and really look forward to being finished with it.
    Being “rare” is sweet, but I think doing some personal touches and enjoying it is more important. I hope whoever gets it really enjoys it

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