Dodge WC-21 Restoration Project

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Re: Dodge WC-21 Restoration Project

Post by zepher11 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:39 pm

Those springs look good. Yes, I have had some pins worn pretty good on some projects. In fact, so worn that they started to eat into the frame mount which had to be replaced and/or repaired as well. Might want to verify that the frame brackets are still in good shape. Lack of grease and/or lacking the willingness to change out the pins is likely to blame. I guess a lot of these pins are 77 or 78 years old and never replaced which is pretty remarkable if so.
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Re: Dodge WC-21 Restoration Project

Post by 1943Willysgpw » Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:40 am

Great work you are doing. It will be so worth it when you drive it into town and get all the looks.
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Re: Dodge WC-21 Restoration Project

Post by Ghostrider5211 » Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:06 am

1943Willysgpw wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:40 am
Great work you are doing. It will be so worth it when you drive it into town and get all the looks.
Thanks a bunch! I'm so thankful that things are coming together on this truck.

Zeph, the front spring mounts are wollared out a little, but only on one side. I'm hoping I can find a way to shim it and walk away. I'm not cutting any more brackets off. I've got new pins and two new frame bushings coming for the front springs. I managed to save all the grease zerks and castle nuts from the old pins (pinching pennies, gotta save EVERYTHING I can). Spring shop already put new bushings and center bolts in the front springs. All that's needed is two more coats of paint and they are finished and ready to reinstall.

The frame got blasted last night! I inspected this morning. Main frame members look good, no cracks. Front crossmember has some cracks around only one of the rivets. The cover plate over one of the rear crossmembers that usually gets riveted in place is destroyed. It was rotted out beforehand. So, I have my buddy welding up the cracks (not big cracks, but still getting it all fixed!), filling in a hole that got torched in the rear most crossmember, cutting off the rotted cover plate entirely and throwing it out, reinforcing the rotted corner on the rear crossmember, pulling out one stupid bolt I couldn't get out, and then it's time for prime and powdercoat! Should have the frame back Saturday morning!! Pics to come. Boy did they sandblast that frame CLEAN!!
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Re: Dodge WC-21 Restoration Project

Post by Ghostrider5211 » Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:47 pm

Sorry guys! Forgot to update here!

So the frame was successfully delivered to my garage on the 23rd. The guys at work did an outstanding job with cleaning and powdercoating the frame. As you can imagine, I have been rather giddy about starting the rebuild, but it's been a little cold. Today, it broke 40 degrees, and I decided I had had enough of waiting!

So, July 30th, 2018, this old WC rolled into my garage, with plans in place to pick it apart and sell off the rest to scrap or to part out. August 1st, I found the hood number and decided to go after restoring the truck. October 30, 2018, I had the truck stripped to bare frame.

And now I add February 27, 2019 to the next big day for this project... the first parts are bolted back on the truck!!!

And they look great and match the powdercoat color A LOT CLOSER than I thought they would!

I'm happy as a clam tonight!! Rebuild underway!
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Re: Dodge WC-21 Restoration Project

Post by Ghostrider5211 » Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:15 pm

The project is moving forward slowly. I have begun the restoration of the bumper a friend gave me from one of the wrecked 1/2 ton frames he has. I have brought a box of flanges and brackets that need sandblasting up to dad's house for blasting in our cabinet, and 6 wheels and lock rings currently sit with the blaster at OGI, awaiting their turn. I have yet to take my rear hubs for cleanup, so I dedicated Friday night to starting the front bumper restoration. The piece is reasonably straight enough, but nasty weld beads remained on the front surface, so I spent a good long evening with a grinding and flap wheel to remove the beads. I went over the whole piece with a wire wheel, and some remnants of original paint surfaced. This week I will take the bumper to the 80 ton press at work and straighten out the bad bends in the flanges, then have sandblasting clean the piece... should hopefully have the bumper done by the end of the week and ready to rock!
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Re: Dodge WC-21 Restoration Project

Post by Ghostrider5211 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:55 pm

The last few days have been great temperature wise, so I got to working on the rear hubs and installing the brackets for the bumper, in anticipation of its return from the sandblaster.

I used paint stripper, followed by vigorous rubdown with a metal scraper to get the worst of the paint and crud, then spent about an hour with the wire wheel on my grinder and just cleaned the outside of the hubs as best as I possibly could. I then sprayed the hubs with degreaser and wiped with a rag, then hit spots that I missed with the wire wheel again. I'm pleased with my results. It honestly looks great to me.

No, it's not a professional job, but it's a hell of a lot better than it was. Going to work repacking and installing the bearings and oil seals, and these hubs are ready to be reinstalled!

The rear axle assembly is going to have the same treatment done to it... once I get some more free time. Gonna need some help getting the front bushings out of the frame... they're being very stubborn.

I got my fuel tank back from the radiator shop and they did as best a job as they could on it... except priming revealed two tiny pinholes in the bottom of the tank they missed... debating to solder them shut or take it back to them and make them fill them in. They really are the tiniest little holes.
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1941 WC-21
1942 WC-21
1941 WC-6
1942 WC-55/52
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