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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1946 Dodge DD4

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Shorty 1946 Dodge DD4 2-ton truck for sale on From the seller’s description:

This 1946 Dodge DD-4 2-Ton dually truck is about as unique as they come. Oversized in every way, it draws attention wherever it goes. Makes young and old alike smile from ear to ear. “Atlas” starts easily, runs perfectly, and drives surprisingly well for a 73-year-old truck. The body, frame, engine, and transmission are all believed to be original to the truck, with the exception of the passenger door, which was replaced during the truck’s 2001-2005 restoration. The original painted door sign from that door is now showcased on the rear of the truck, framed in steel and attached to a storage box.

Original 250 cu. in. straight six engine, original 4-speed Borg-Warner transmission, single speed rear end.

Period-correct accessories adorn the truck, including compass, external spotlight, ammeter, Motorola CB radio (not functional), fog-lights, steering-column mounted flashlight, and a period-correct fire extinguisher (another modern fire extinguisher is mounted on the flat-bed). The truck’s electrical system is 6V positive ground. All lights work, as do the speedometer, fuel gauge, ammeter, and oil pressure gauges.

The paint and details on this truck are spectacular. But don’t let the good looks fool you – this truck can still work hard and haul the heaviest loads or pull out the toughest stumps. Or cruise around town. The vinyl decals on the doors are easily removed so make it your own!

This truck was built in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and first owned by C.L. Hartley Feed, Lumber, and Building Materials in Athens, Ontario. It was delivered as a 160” wheelbase flatbed, but some time in its 73-year history the frame was shortened and a commercial 5th wheel hitch was installed.

From 2001-2005 a complete body-off restoration was performed by a mechanic from Stittsville, Ontario, who had purchased the truck in 1997. The restoration included:

Stripped the frame and all body panels
Repaired any necessary metal work the old-school way (no plastic body filler)
Painted the frame and body
Professionally rebuilt the 251 cu. in. flathead straight 6, including boring the cylinders and installing new pistons
Installed a new starter
Redid the entire hydraulic brake system
Installed new wheel bearings and races
Installed new NOS heavy duty front shocks
Installed all new tires
Installed new front and rear leaf springs
Installed new steering linkage and kingpins

In 2017 I purchased the truck from him, imported it into the U.S., and moved it to Maryland. Since then, I have:

Added 3-point seat belts drivers and passengers side
Removed the large 5th wheel hitch
Fabricated a stake-body flat-bed for the truck, complete with removable wooden sides.
Installed a hidden, pull-out ladder to make climbing up onto the flat-bed easy
Installed modern LED rear park/brake/turn signals while also maintaining the original brake lights.

Since the restoration was completed in 2006, the truck has driven 2,424 miles (though the actual total mileage is unknown). The 5th wheel hitch is included

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Clarksville, Maryland
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