For Sale: 1952 Dodge M-37 in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1952 Dodge M-37

The Dodge M37 3/4 ton 4x4 truck, (G741), was Dodge's follow-up to their successful WC Series from World War II. Introduced in 1951, it was used extensively by the United States armed forces during the Korean war. In the 1970s, they were replaced by the Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) based 1/4-ton trucks Kaiser M715 (late 1960s), and Dodge's M880/M890 series (1970s).

Not unlike the Hummer series, the public had a hankering for military style vehicles. It was common in the 1970 and 1980s to encounter these vehicles in government auctions and many of the vehicles were transferred to civilian agencies and some are still in use today in rural areas. They were out of significant military service by the late 1970s, replaced by the M715 and M880 series. This consignment, a 1951 Dodge M-37, served its military time in the US Air Force and this is verified by the dash commission plaque and the factory Air Force Blue paint adorning the interior. The beneficiary of a full mechanical, (engine, transmission, brakes, electrical, and upholstery), restoration from 2017-2018 which also included a color change to Army OD green, this rig is ready to fight any war or take you and your buddies nearly anywhere you dare to explore.

In true 1952 form, this large and in- charge 4-wheel pickup truck with front grille guard and D-rings for towing weighs in at nearly 6,000lbs! You can plow through just about anything with the big steel OD Green front bumper and grille guard or do some serious helping out by way of the D-rings. This resides right in front of this truck which has a big steel grid grille, squared off design with a wide hood and large fenders with exterior mounted headlights on them and a Jerry can on the passengers fender. A squared off 2 door cab with a new windshield frame and new windows sports small running boards below the doors to assist the get in and this is all showing in US Army OD Green. On top of the cab is a newer OD Green canvas top which extends rearward and down to create the rear of the cab. White painted stars adorn the doors and have a nice patinaed finish to them as does the overall body and paint application along with some chip off and surface rust. In back, a deep pickup style bed in a different shade of military green full metal shows some surface rust dancing with the green painted panels and new New Life green canvas convoy topper. Inside the bed is a rust free floor and twin 2x4 wooden beams creating a rudimentary bench seat on either side. A spare tire is on this bed. The back gate is in a similar condition to the bed, and small crash pad black steel rear bumpers are currently attached. 16-inch steel wheels are wrapped in standard military issue non directional 9.00x16 rubber tread tires.

Opening the starred and OD Green doors reveal dark gray and blue painted door panels. It's all metal and utilitarian here kids. This reveals a tough all metal interior with a blue diamond plate floor, a blue metal dash sprinkled with data plates, black bezels for the OD green knobs and switches and the centrally located OD Green instrument cluster. A recently recovered OD Green 60/40 bench seat configuration is seen with canvas coverings for the cushions. The headliner is the underside of the canvas roof and is finished in white.

Under the hood is a rebuilt 230.2ci L head Dodge T245 6-cylinder power plant. There is a 1 bbl Carter carburetor atop, and a rebuilt with new clutch NP-420 4-speed manual transmission on back. Also noted is an NP-88845 transfer case with a high and low level gear ratio available through the selection of the correct shifter in the cab's floor. The rear axle is a full floating, (Hypoid ratio), 5.83:1 with a front universal drive by New Process (hence the NP-### designation).

Underneath we see a coating of patina, blue paint, some undercoating peeling, and a bit of invasive rust at a few of the seam welds of the rockers and flooring. We note a replacement rear crossmember under the bed and all else for the frame and supports are solid. Wagner hydraulic drum brakes with new lines, master cylinder and wheel cylinder are all around and steering is a HD Gemmer Model B-60 version which is a worm and sector type mechanism. Leaf springs are on front and rear for the suspension and a single exhaust system with a stock style muffler handles the exhale.

My crack decoder, partner in crime and all around good guy was off feeding his face at the local diner when it was time to drive this military brute, thus I made a solo run at the test track. The truck fired right up and immediately fell into a smooth idle. It handled the test track with ease, however, due to not wanting to incur extra detailing I stayed on the tarmac instead of enjoying the hills and farmlands of scenic Morgantown, PA. On the track it drove like a truck. Crude, rudimentary and basic but this wasn't designed for comfort, it was built for traversing the wilds and fighting the enemies, think the predecessor to the Hummer H1. The acceleration was adequate for a truck of this style as was braking and handling. All functions were working at the time of my drive and once acclimated with the dimensions of this rig, I felt capable and confident I could drive this daily and even parallel park if need be.

With all the mechanical upgrades performed this truck is ready to tackle anything you can throw at it, from the urban jungle to the Mojave Desert or even cruising the strip in Vegas. This 1952 ex Air Force rig with a rebuilt drivetrain, redone brakes and new upholstery both in and out is ready for more years of service. Tough, utilitarian and completely bad-ass, be the only one on your block, or possibly your entire town to own a piece of US automobile and military history.

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.

Vehicle Details

  • 1952 Dodge M-37
  • Listing ID: CC-1608577
  • Price: $17,500
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1952
  • Make:Dodge
  • Model:M-37
  • Exterior Color:Olive Drab
  • Interior Color:Olive Green
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:25443
  • Stock Number:4037
  • VIN:12456285
Listed By:
Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Rd.
Morgantown, PA 19543

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