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1940 Dodge VF-401 Cargo Trucks
Four 1940 Dodge VF-401 or 404 1-1/2 Ton 4WD Cargo Body Trucks built within days of each other.  Transport capacity 2 crew and 12 passengers.  T-203 99hp 241ci engine.  6.6:1 gear ratio.  Civilian gauges. 143" wheelbase.  Weight 7,250lbs.  GVWR 10,250lbs.  Restoring one and mechanically rebuilding another.
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Early VF-401
#8828236


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Sixth Service Command

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Delivered 3-25-40

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Along side 1947 WF-31

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Now has a 1946-48 Chrysler engine

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Pair of VF-401s
Purchased at
Midwest Military


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Left being restored
Right being rebuilt


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Another early VF-401
#8828831
Delivered 3-27-40


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W-315879
Solid cab, dented roof, excellent cargo body


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T203-3773
No optional oil filter


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"SOUP JOB"

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Later frame 8829204

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Patina truck

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VF-401
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Delivered 4-17-40


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W-315953
Solid cab, floor in need of repair, bent frame


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T203-4181
Zenith fuel filter


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Note slanted carb spacer

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Badly bent frame

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VF-404
#8831640
Parts truck


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W-318397
Second contract truck


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1-1/2 Ton "LC" 4X4 "2DT"
VF404 USA 8831640
Q.M Corps
GROSS WEIGHT 10250 LBS
MAX PAYLOAD 3000 LBS
MAXIMUM TRAILERED WEIGHT 4000 LBS
MAXIMUM SPEED 47 MPH
Delivered 5-28-40


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T203-5837

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Cracked block
Large oil filter


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Pre-registration photo
Dark green semi-gloss paint
Silver lock rings, studs and lug nuts
Directional tires


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W-313795
5th QMBnA-32
190th truck built


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W-313817 and W-314618

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W-313876

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W-313876

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VF-401s
W-314054


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W-314411

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W-314483
19th Field Artillery


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W-314594

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W-314716

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VF-401
W-315037


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VF-401 315203
behind VC


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VF-401
W-315286


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W-315990
19th Field Artillery


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W-316895

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W-317221

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W-317309
Modified bed


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W-317361

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VF-401
W-317079


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VF-402s
W-31715?


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W-317451
Dump body


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W-318464

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W-318857

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VF-404
W-319158


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W-319174

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W-319182

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VF-405
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Virginia National Guard
111th Field Artillery Battery B


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W-286265

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Bart Deacock's beautiful VF-401

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Rear mud flap moved forward

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Now in a Russian museum

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Appears to be Chevy bed with short front apron

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Chevy beds had reflectors on tailgate rather than triangle braces

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Bert DeSciullo's PA truck

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Sold for $15,000

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Original interior

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Truck at Iowa PW rally

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Museum truck

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Claude Frazelle's VF
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Oregon truck with correct bed

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Frame rail extended

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Power Wagon with Chevy bed

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VF-401 being restored by Keith Wolfe

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Tank has holes, but will be good for pattern

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Sales tag for NOS grill guard

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8.25 x 20" tires

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NOS Mazda bulbs

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Head lamp base gaskets made by Charlie M.

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Wide rims for rear dually

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Rebuilt carbs!

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Second 401 block is a mess

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Seized

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Radiators with bad cores

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404 frame will be used to repair second 401 frame

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Michael McClintock making repairs

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251 sleeved and rebuilt as a 265 being rebuilt again .020 over by Ken Holmes

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Head planed

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VF has unique horse collar mount

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Fits around cast iron timing chain cover

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Cast iron pulley also

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Zerk fitting to lube case in collar

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Rebuilt water pump

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Repaired frame

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Unique rear bumperettes

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Hub puller made by John S.

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Rear inner bearing and race

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Speedi-Sleeve for spindle

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Rear inner hub oil seal

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Spring pin bushings

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Installed

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Rear hangers

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New bushings

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Pinion nut pops when it releases!

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Pinion yoke and cap removed.

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Pinion seal numbers

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Lever action shock links straightened

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Inner seal surfaces badly grooved by seal springs

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JB KWIK Weld to fill deep grooves

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Sanded smooth

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Installation tool made with 3 1/4" hole saw

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Heated to expand

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Tap with big hammer

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Installed!

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Dremel with cut-off wheel

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Rough edge filed down

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Sanded smooth

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Rear wheel bearings, nuts, and washers

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Axle treated with Rust Fix

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Brake shoes relined

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Installed with new wheel cylinders

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Home made leather seal to replace cork

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New pinion seal

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Drum and hub assemblies

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Original thermostat

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251ci engine sleeved and rebuilt as a 265ci engine now .020 over

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Will go in patina project

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Flywheels resurfaced

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Frame for restoration project

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Pintle hitch

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Installed with replacement lock spring

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Budd tag on cargo bed

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Cleaned up nicely

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Replacement stake pockets from Vehicles of Victory

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Flipping to work on underside

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Removing battered tool box

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Will be used for pattern

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Reproduction gas tanks made locally

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Need to be drilled and tapped for sending units

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Running boards treated with Rust Fix

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Underside of bed in primer

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Cargo tie down hooks will be bolted

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Springs for the patina truck

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Rear hub and drum assemblies installed

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Tool box floor ready for install

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Thanks to John W. S.

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Underside of bed painted

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1,2,3,4

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Front stainless and chrome hood ornament

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Patina front end has plain metal Dodge section and hood ornament

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Treated with Rust Fix

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Wheels for the restoration

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Samson Traker Plus M&S tires

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Restoration frame painted

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Pintle hitch installed

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Of all the trucks, only one frame had the spare tire carrier

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Rear axle ready to install

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Spring pin locks

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All springs rebushed

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Running boards painted

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New wood blocks and cab mounts

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Repro gas tanks

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New spring u-bolts

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Rear axle mounted

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Three transfer cases to check out

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Gauges restored

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Hand brake hardware

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Frame for the patina project

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Rims for patina project

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Bed in color

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Temporary axle and steering

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Seat restored by Charlie McEwuen

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Oak slats for header panel

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Transfer case insulators

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Checking bed height and position for spare

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Installing uprights and top bows to be cut to fit

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