1942 Dodge 1/2 ton ambulance

I traveled this weekend to Petersburg Virginia to view a vehicle rescued just hours before it was supposed to be cut apart as scrap.  It was a long drive but the owner, Dave, was a wonderful host whose main goal is to see this vehicle preserved and not parted out. Dave has been restoring military vehicles for many years.Image

The Dodge was driven regularly by a refrigeration company until the early 1970s we believe.  At that point there was a fire in the building it was parked next to.  The fire warped the driver’s side and burst the windows. After that the Dodge sat for around 30 years.Image

The interior was remodeled by the refrigeration company as a work truck.  Although we have wondered if this was done as far back as WW2.  This half ton saw service in Maryland during WW2. The door bears the emblem of Third Maryland Service Command.Image

The engine compartment is very original and the engine cranks over by hand with a feeling of good compression.  This amazed Dave when he first found it in the salvage yard.Image

The ambulance will be coming North to Hanson Mechanical for what should be a very long restoration process.  It will be a true labor of love 🙂 Thanks to Dave for being a wonderful host and for saving this rare piece of history.Image