Dodge WC-21 Restoration Project

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Re: Dodge WC-21 Restoration Project

Post by Ghostrider5211 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:54 pm

I'm workin' on it, I'm workin' on it!

Nothing to really update about, as I've been doing hours of wire wheeling and picking away, trying to get all the dirt off the axle housing. It's intensive labor. The axle is down on the floor, and although I have a kneepad... I sometimes can't stay down there cleaning for too long... but I'm determined.

Front diff looks great. Nothing cracked or broken in there. I will say that there's a pin in the differential drum that is...AWOL? I'll get a replacement and put it in, if I can find a replacement. Otherwise, it seems good to go.
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1942 WC-21
1942 WC-55/52
1943 Ford GPW
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1952 M37

RIP Adam R. Lang 10/2/87 - 9/8/16

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Re: Dodge WC-21 Restoration Project

Post by Dozerman51 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:30 pm

Are you talking about the differential case lock pin or the differential pinion lock pin? Your lucky the pin did not chew up the pinion gear, the differential pinion gears or the teeth on ring gear teeth. :o

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Re: Dodge WC-21 Restoration Project

Post by Ghostrider5211 » Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:33 am

I believe it is the differential case lock pin. It's the one that I'm told always likes to fall out, at least on the rear axle. On the 3/4 ton they put in three pins. The 1/2 ton only has one.
1941 WC-6
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Re: Dodge WC-21 Restoration Project

Post by Ghostrider5211 » Sat Jul 20, 2019 7:03 pm

104 in the garage today.

But today was the day it was gonna get done, or it was gonna wait until after my baby arrives.

I started off the day by hauling my tires, tubes, flaps and all that down to my buddy's shop. He's got a tire cage and we safely inflated the tires to 40 psi, being very wary to watch and ensure that the lock rings were going to hold.

Later in the afternoon, he came to my house, and set to the business of mounting the rear axle. There were a few hangups, but it was, overall, a great success. After all that, we moved my front axle from the floor up to the bench so I can start rebuilding it.

I'll go out tomorrow and lock down the ubolts and mount my new wheels.
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1941 WC-6
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1942 WC-21
1942 WC-55/52
1943 Ford GPW
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RIP Adam R. Lang 10/2/87 - 9/8/16

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Re: Dodge WC-21 Restoration Project

Post by Ghostrider5211 » Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:20 pm

I was able to get my wheels mounted onto the axle today, officially completing the rear assembly (until I find out in testing it that I put it all together wrong!).

I have some lug nuts that aren't spinning on to the lug extensions very well, but that's another battle for another day, when I can roll the machine to a point where I have room to work more freely.

It wasn't easy. I was working with a lot of equipment that wasn't big enough to do what I needed it to do. Everything was sitting close to the floor, so I had to pull the whole back end up with the crane, then put the 2 ton jack underneath the axle, then jack things up as high as they could go. Naturally, all my support points at the front of the frame were shifted, so it was a true balancing act, and a couple close calls as things moved around. Once I mounted the first wheel on the driver's side, I knew I could finish the job.

The passenger side was even more tricky. With one wheel now installed, the other side was contacting the garage floor. No way to get a jack underneath. So again, I had to have my crane lift as far as it could go (it's an old crane, and the hydraulic ram for lifting is not very good, so I was fighting that as well), and then put the jack underneath the axle and boost things up. Problem... with things being lower on this side, the jack, even at maximum extension, couldn't lift the axle high enough to allow me to mount the wheel. So I had to reposition the crane, tie my rope to the axle directly, then lift again to try and get a few more inches lifted up. It worked. Got the wheel on, spun the lug extensions on, lowered the assembly back down, tightened and locked in the extensions. DONE. I now have a Dodge rickshaw, very rare!

It was 102 in the garage with a fan on, so I spent what little energy I had left sorting out my front axle brake parts and steering knuckle stuff, and I will start making a parts list, getting ready to rebuild things. 10 days to go until my little daughter arrives, so I may not update for a little bit, but I'm going to try. My goal is to have this machine on all 4 wheels by Thanksgiving.
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1941 WC-6
1941 WC-21
1942 WC-21
1942 WC-55/52
1943 Ford GPW
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1952 M37

RIP Adam R. Lang 10/2/87 - 9/8/16


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Re: Dodge WC-21 Restoration Project

Post by mdainsd » Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:41 pm

Looking great! Thats is one of those tasks that counts as a milestone!
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Re: Dodge WC-21 Restoration Project

Post by Ghostrider5211 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:14 pm

Due to unforeseen issues and situations that have come up, this project is FOR SALE. Please read the thread for details.

The truck is being sold as is, in its deconstructed state. I have recovered many original parts that go on this truck. My loss is your gain.

Items NOT INCLUDED in the sale are the 30 amp ammeter and the two rear wheels. Sorry. I need those for the WC-21 at my dad's house per his request.

Solid project. You don't need to keep it together, but I need to move it as a lot.

$2500.
1941 WC-6
1941 WC-21
1942 WC-21
1942 WC-55/52
1943 Ford GPW
1944 WC-51
1952 M37

RIP Adam R. Lang 10/2/87 - 9/8/16

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Re: Dodge WC-21 Restoration Project

Post by Ghostrider5211 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:24 am

This project has now been sold. :) ... :cry: :cry:

No, I'm not really happy about it, but things have to give. I'm thankful for the opportunity to resurrect this machine from the dead. So far, I think I've done a fair job. I know the person that this thing is going to, and I can see her getting finished with a lot of love and respect.

I will be taking this extensive experience and the lessons learned and applying them to the remaining trucks in the fleet. I admit to being overzealous, and I had purchased too many projects at once. I cannot save them all, and I thought I could. I want to be able to enjoy the trucks in my youth as well as rebuild them. Lining up 6-7 projects just means I'm not going to be able to enjoy the trucks I finish, plus a lot less time with my wife and my kids. I was highly stressed as I was working on 4 trucks at once, and my very limited cash was getting split 4 ways. Something had to give.

My WC-51 and this WC-21 were sold to help put some money back into the bank account, and to help finish off payment of my last vehicle... which I will keep a secret until I get it home (it's my magnum opus... dream vehicle ;) ). The WC-6 heap I bought last year I will be dismantling, keeping what's good, and scrapping the rest. I will keep my M37 and it will be the sole project I will be working on at my home. The other 3 Dodges will camp out at my dad's house.

I know what I feel like... a failure for not finishing this. But I had to make a decision, and move on it quickly.
1941 WC-6
1941 WC-21
1942 WC-21
1942 WC-55/52
1943 Ford GPW
1944 WC-51
1952 M37

RIP Adam R. Lang 10/2/87 - 9/8/16

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Re: Dodge WC-21 Restoration Project

Post by chibobber » Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:29 am

You never fail when you set priorities and adjust your goals for the reasons you stated. Quality over quantity in your personal life and your hobby is an admirable goal. You are still doing more than most. Enjoy it.

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Re: Dodge WC-21 Restoration Project

Post by mdainsd » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:10 pm

I 100% agree! There is no failure here.
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