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WWII Dodge WC52 Weapons Carrier - "Short Snorter"


Dodge WC52 Weapons Carrier

This truck, known as  the  “Short Snorter”, is a 1943 Dodge WC52 Weapons Carrier, served her country in the European Theater during WWII.  At the end of the war she was acquired by the Norwegian Army where she spent the next 50 years under the lend-lease program.  During her time there, she was equipped with a heater, radiator curtain, winter cab and Norwegian tires.

In 1995 lend-lease expired and “Snortie” crossed the Atlantic once again, this time with Manny Rogers of Cambridge.  Her new parents met her there and brought her home to Pennsylvania.  There she was lovingly restored by Dave Newman of Eastern Surplus, (see below for details). 

 Additionally, her parents outfitted her with new canvas, seat covers, .50 cal  pedestal mount and mock .50 cal machine gun with clips and a drivers’ gun mount.  Brass plates engraved with her vital statistics appear on the dashboard. 

If you aspire to research her service, these may prove helpful.  All old and new items are included.  Her service here in Pennsylvania included numerous parades and WWII MAAM weekends. 

Keeping history alive for the next generation, is essential to freedom; here in America and around the world.  It has been a joy to participate with such a fine symbol of what America did for the world.  Several recent trips to Europe with the granddaughters have taught them the price of freedom.  Let’s all do our part!

           Now 26 years later, it is time for her next assignment.  Will you take her back across the Atlantic, or keep her on the homefront?  We pass the baton to you.


WC-52 Truck, Cargo, 3/4 ton, 4x4 w/Winch Dodge (G502) Specifications

  • Net Weight 5,945 lbs
    Height with top 6 feet, 10 inches
    Height with Top Lowered 5 feet, 2 inches

    Restoration Work Previously Performed

    • Engine Rebuild
      • Included engine and heads boiled and magnafluxed
      • New valve guides and valves
      • New plugs, wires, coil, distributor
      • Carburetor rebuilt
      • Starter rebuilt
      • Generator rebuilt
      • Radiator re-core
    • Stainless steel fuel lines and fittings
    • 4:89 ring and pinion gears replaced
    • New wiring harness
    • New "lazy back" chains

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    Call or email with any questions or needs. (215) 332-0500 or steve@easternsurplus.net