In the 1930s, pickup trucks were coming into their own in the civilian market. While pickup trucks had been around nearly as long as cars had, it was only in the 1930s that they started to become the symbol of rugged durability that they are today. Chrysler first entered the truck market in the 1930s, sensing that sales could be gained by competing with Ford and GMC. While the Dodge Power wagon is a timeless classic, many other beautiful Dodge trucks were introduced for various purposes. From a humble 2WD half-ton to a rugged 4x4 one-ton like this 1947 Dodge WD-21, Dodge had you covered for all your truck needs!
This 1947 Dodge WD-21 (engineering code T116) has been fully restored to a quality degree. The black paint is gorgeous, and really highlights the imposing nature of a vehicle this size and caliber. The chrome bumpers and other accents really complement the black, giving this truck a classy and coordinated look. The refinished wood bed slats are the perfect eye-catching piece on something pure black like this Dodge, a reminder of both styling cues and automotive designs of yesteryear. Everything cosmetic about this truck screams utilitarian, but there's just something about it that is quietly attractive!
The interior is the perfect color choice for a black painted vehicle; black. A subtle reminder of the original intended purpose for the truck, the all black interior keeps the no-frills theme of this Dodge. When we say no-frills, we mean no-frills. Just look at it! No radio, no A/C, no anything. It has heat, which would've been a winter necessity for any working person needing full time use of their truck, but beyond that it has the bare minimum of what you need to get rolling. The foot pedal starter is another neat reminder of how things once were, and the shifter makes you feel like you're behind the wheel of a school bus! Driving this Dodge is an experience; this is what driving a real truck is like. The interior is in excellent overall condition, showing minor wear in areas as it is an older restoration that has been properly maintained.
Split into two pieces, the hood panels raise up independently for easy access to the engine compartment. Dodge Power Wagon badges on the hood panels are a tasteful addition! Under the hood is what appears to be a 230 cubic inch Dodge inline six engine. This engine has the correct T116 engineering code stamped into it indicating that it came from a Dodge pickup of the correct generation. This engine runs quietly and smoothly, and while this truck isn't fast there's no doubt that you could pull down a house in “granny low”! While you may not be able to actually pull down a house, it sure feels like this workhorse would do it. The transmission shifts like you would expect an un-synchronized to. With no power steering, this truck steers like it was built for a lumberjack! Given the size, durability, and ground clearance, perhaps it was. Though it has manual drum brakes, they seem to be dialed in right as this truck stops on a dime!
This Dodge was a magazine feature vehicle, and has a typewritten list of all restoration items performed when it was restored. There is no doubt that this vehicle was restored with skill to high standards, and it certainly shows. If you're looking for something unique with that simple look of rugged durability, this black on black one-ton may just be the truck for you.
Contact Shelton Classics & Performance for details at (704) 663-0432 or visit www.SheltonClassics.com
DOES IT WORK?
Air Conditioning N/A
Oil PSI Gauge YES
Temperature Gauge YES
Fuel Gauge YES
Tail Lights YES
Brake Lights YES
Reverse Lights N/A
Turn Signals YES
Emergency Brake YES
Keys – Ignition YES
Runs & Drives YES