1942 Dodge Command Car

This thing was horrid. I had to build an entire belly for the body, as well as full floors. We fabbed all of the hat channel and made every part used by hand.
This thing was horrid. I had to build an entire belly for the body, as well as full floors. We fabbed all of the hat channel and made every part used by hand.

Here are a series of photos showing it where it sat when we found this thing in Dallas Texas. At the bottom of this page, we have photos of it restored. Unreal amount of time and energy went into saving this one.

Then some photos of it as it sat when we got it home, a few lbs lighter-we left some stuff in Texas.

The moment of discovery was upon us- brace yourself-

I knew there was some rust, but I hoped for some metal at least.
I knew there was some rust, but I hoped for some metal at least.

It came apart, down to the last bits. Sandblasting was next.

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White metal is the term used to describe the intended result.

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Metal replacement was most of this restoration
Metal replacement was most of this restoration

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I had to set the body back onto the frame in order to square the body sides with eachother in order to replace the hat channels, and put the 5 foot patch panel in the passenger side
I had to set the body back onto the frame in order to square the body sides with eachother in order to replace the hat channels, and put the 5 foot patch panel in the passenger side
roughed in and ready for the next part-Interior bracing.
roughed in and ready for the next part-Interior bracing.
But, there is the other side still, not to mention the rear end, which was pretty rough indeed
But, there is the other side still, not to mention the rear end, which was pretty rough indeed
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A side note- the wings on the wall behind me belong to the Blue Max Triplane. Keep the sparks away! It all worked out perfectly.

Engine done, and refitted to the gearbox and frame.  NOS master as well.

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Newly built engine is in place, and now refitting the nose after body work is done
Newly built engine is in place, and now refitting the nose after body work is done
I like the beige/buff colour for the base coat. Sand into that from Grey primer, and you will know it fast!
I like the beige/buff colour for the base coat. Sand into that from Grey primer, and you will know it fast!

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And now, to finish the dreaded rear section.
And now, to finish the dreaded rear section.

11385443506561252439And finished-

And this was as far as we took this one. It went to live in the UK, amidst a noteworthy collection of other WWII vehicles that are used often in public display.

 

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