Like virtually every American automaker, in the earlier half of the 1940s, Dodge was building vehicles for the Arsenal of Democracy. The company’s contributions to the Allied war effort included the light-duty W/C truck series, built in a plethora of different body styles including open- and closed-cab pickup, van, ambulance, and “carry-all”.
In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Leno drives a W/C series restomod in the latter body style: a 1942 Dodge Carryall built by Legacy Classic Trucks out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. That’s the same company that built the Legacy Power Wagon that Leno drove in an episode from two years ago. Like that truck, the Dodge Carryall in this video saw some action during World War II, serving the Allies in Tunisia in North Africa, according to Legacy Classic Trucks.
Of course, just about everything mechanical has been restored or replaced since this W/C helped the Allied. The centerpiece of the Carryall’s new equipment is a Cummins 4BT engine – a 3.9L, four-cylinder turbodiesel unit – replacing the original flathead six-cylinder. Here, it produces 380 lb-ft of torque at 1,500 rpm, along with just 130 horsepower.
See more of what’s new on this 1942 Dodge Carryall restomod by watching the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage above.