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How do you determine the age of a 40's Era Dodge?

 
Centarie Centarie
New User | Posts: 3 | Joined: 01/11
Posted: 01/25/11
08:56 PM

I cant seem to find anything on the net about old dodges. I bought one last year and its in good condition for where I live but I don't know what year it is and I cant seem to find how to find out. Can anyone help?  
Centarie

smurf1 smurf1
Enthusiast | Posts: 292 | Joined: 12/07
Posted: 01/25/11
09:57 PM

Wish I could answer your question for you, but it would make a helluva neat classic flatbed car hauler, whatever year it is.  My guess would be a 40 or 41  

Centarie Centarie
New User | Posts: 3 | Joined: 01/11
Posted: 01/25/11
10:38 PM

Hopefully someone will come along and know how to identify the year on these old dodges. Not much info on them.
But actually i was thinking of leaving it with no bed just restore it and keep it the way it is.( no bed, just open frame and tire)possibly add a 5th wheel and toe package to haul my other cars with. I also would like to rebuild the Flathead if at all possible cause that's the only reason i bought it.  
Centarie

Centarie Centarie
New User | Posts: 3 | Joined: 01/11
Posted: 01/25/11
10:46 PM

The ID plate on the door said it was a Model WH-48.  
Centarie

autotec autotec
Enthusiast | Posts: 456 | Joined: 09/09
Posted: 01/26/11
10:58 PM

Not much info on dodges but the chevs and fords of that era had the date stamped on the rear of the speedo maybe pull it out and see if there is a date there,they are just ink so don't wipe it to much or it will be gone.  

tailgaterdude tailgaterdude
User | Posts: 194 | Joined: 02/09
Posted: 01/27/11
04:55 AM

I looked in a book I have on the history of Dodge. They mostly cover the cars. So the info on trucks is little. The truck is most likely a '46 or '47 as the trucks in '40 model numbers all started with "V" .. The "41 did not have much info and the '42 showed a "W" . The '43 thru '45 were war years . The '46 & '47 models all started with "W". There is a picture of a '46/'47 that looks just like yours..  

Richie11 Richie11
New User | Posts: 9 | Joined: 02/11
Posted: 02/14/11
04:24 AM

Hi, not totally clear on this but here goes: according to the records I have the WH year/model first shows up in 1941 as WG-WH-45/49 with four wheel bases with 241 *** engine.capacity rating 2 ton.

all info. the same for 1942

no truck production 1943

no WH 1944

WG/WH 45/49 returns 1945 with two wheel bases, 251 engine

1946, the only 2 ton or WH is listed as Cab-over-engine

1947 it goes back to same as 1945

I you give me the wheel base and serial number off that plate I can (maybe) nail it as I have the serial number sequences for production in the various years.  

oldblu65 oldblu65
User | Posts: 243 | Joined: 06/08
Posted: 03/20/11
07:33 PM

Go to a Dodge specific site , such as www.dodgetalk.com or www.dodgeclassictrucks.com ( two of many such sites ), and post your question and picture for a quick answer , good luck !  
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