On the 17th of August we set out to rescue my 1942 Dodge WC 27 ambulance in Virginia. The last time I went down to see it traffic flowed nicely. However, 95 being what it is, we sat from DC to Richmond in this traffic.
This ambulance may have been converted into a work truck during WW2. It has the correct pintle hitch for a Wc, but ambulances would not have worn those. The interior is all heavy duty shelves. It was used by a refrigeration company after WW2 until the company building burned down in 1971. Since then it sat in a junkyard until Dave found it… Hours before it was to be cut up for scrap.
The ride back was happily uneventful. Though many folks slowed down to stare at the WC27 on the highway. We got many waves and smiles as we drove along (and much less traffic!!)
As if one Saturday of highways and Dodge rescue was not enough, I headed to NJ this Saturday to meet my friend Scott Roberts. Scott had arranged to get a rear axle for my WC from Ernie Baals. Ernie has an amazing collection of Dodges that I will post soon. At Ernie’s we toured the collection and then went back to the parts section.
I was amazed removing the driveshaft from another truck for the ambulance. Nuts and bolts that looked totally seized came apart nicely after a little tug from a pipe wrench. Ernie said this is common with the old Dodge trucks.
With parts to play with and the ambulance at home I look forward to bringing the old WC 27 back to life 🙂 Thanks to everyone who has helped with this rescue so far!!
(Ernie’s collection and Scott’s WC will come in posts soon.)