My Dad purchased our 1942 Dodge WF 31 on October 18, 1980 at a Milwaukee County (Wisconsin) auction. Having been in the trucking business himself for 30 years at that time, he bought it because it reminded him of his grandfather's first truck which replaced a horse. Dad brought the truck home that day rather than take to our company garage. He then asked me to take him on an errand in the truck. I had little experience with a manual transmission and none that required double clutching as the Dodge has a non syncro transmission. I learned very quickly as my Dad gave a push every time I made an error in the shifting process. What I remember most is that when we were out that day, while waiting in an intersection to make a left turn, another Dodge truck of the same vintage as ours was coming down the street in the opposite direction. That driver stopped dead in the intersection, rolled down his window and yelled: They don't make them like this anymore. How right he was. We found out that the truck was built for the Army Quartermaster Core on June 2, 1942. It was assigned to Mitchell Field in Milwaukee as an emergency response vehicle in 1942, a job the truck continued to do until 1980. The truck had just over 11,000 miles when Dad bought it. It now has about 12,500 miles. The Dodge was painted "County Yellow". It was not very good looking to say the least. Dad had it repainted red with black fenders to match the original colors. He replaced and finished all the wood on the stake body himself. My Dad has been gone now for 34 years, but we still have the truck. We have put the Dodge in parades and car shows and have gotten many thumbs up while driving it around. We have many good memories with this truck.
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