38 Dodge Brothers Commercial Sedan Delivery ½ Ton Ram Panel Truck Restored Stock

1938 Dodge Model RC 1/2 Ton Commercial Sedan

Technical specifications of Dodge Model RC 1938

Price: US $60,000.00
Item location: Mossleigh, Alberta, Canada
Make: Dodge
Model: Model RC
Type: Commercial Sedan
Trim: 1/2 Ton Commercial Sedan
Year: 1938
Mileage: 2348
VIN: 8913475
Color: Red
Engine size: Flathead Inline Six
Number of cylinders: 6
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Gray
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Vehicle Title: Clear
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Car description

This extremely rare and outstanding example of a 1938 Dodge Commercial Sedan, Model RC ½ Ton is celebrating its 80th birthday this year.1938 was the final year that the Dodge Brothers name was used, and it appears in the winged radiator badge.This body style is also commonly referred to as a Sedan Delivery, having a single rear door, and not to be confused with the much more common ‘panel truck’ which had the humpback and 2 barn doors at the back.Serial number indicates it was built at the Windsor Plant in Ontario, although Canadian and US built trucks were identical in all respects.

These pre-war commercial vehicles were very low production, and generally had hard lives as they saw lots of miles and abuse from assorted drivers at the wheel. Nor did they garner much collector interest prior to the last 30 years. As such, they are quite scarce today, and even rarer to be found in a correctly restored condition as most survivors have been turned into rods.One of the advantages of Dodge over its competitors back in the day was its all-steel body, with virtually no structural wood to be found.

Acquired by its present owner in 1981, a full body-off, professional, correct, and photo documented restoration brought it from derelict Saskatchewan field find to its present state over a number of years and was completed in 2004.

Participating in the Vintage Car Club of Canada 2004 May Tour, it was awarded a National First Place in their International Competition Concours d’Elegance, scoring 963 out of 1,000.It has been driven 2,348 miles since, attending local outings and longer tours, proving its reliability and remaining in excellent condition.

The extensive, high quality restoration was performed by the owner, proprietor of Cars Gone By Restoration Services, and other professional associates in their respective fields. All mechanical aspects were fully and properly addressed with new and NOS parts.Professional panel fabrication and metalwork was finished with lead, and the final bodywork is very straight.Paintwork was done in acrylic enamel for period correct patina. Chrome is excellent. Interior is correct, as original.The starting, driving, handling, and braking attributes are what one would expect of a new 1938 Dodge commercial car.

This eye catching Dodge truck is also well optioned and accessorized, and comes with a full complement of rare original literature including a truck dealer album. It is very correct, clean, tidy, straight and reliably roadworthy.It garners attention where ever it goes, shows very well and draws crowds. It is an excellent advertising and promotional medium upon which to display your company name and logo.

This rare package may be of particular interest if you are a discerning collector of Dodge cars or trucks, a Dodge Ram dealer, a micro brewery or winery, or a business owner looking for a very unique promotional and advertising medium.

A lengthy list of major corporations who were Dodge Fleet Owners is provided in the 1938 dealer catalog, and shown in the photo album, many of these familiar names still exist today. Any of these with interest in their historical past may also find this of interest.

This listing provides many more details as you scroll thru. Near the end of this listing under Payment Terms you will find a link to a photo album of 233 pics of this special offering. The album includes pics from the varied original literature pertinent to the Commercial Sedan, pics of the truck as found in the field, and some pics of the restoration process.

The engine is Chrysler’s well known L-head 218 ci. inline 6 cylinder. It was fully and professionally rebuilt using many new and NOS parts.This engine is 3 3/8” bored .020” over, with mains and rods at .040” under.The engine starts well and runs strong and smooth. It sounds good, displays good power, and does not smoke or overheat.

The engine bay presents itself as restored and detailed, quite clean and tidy.Overall the engine compartment and components all appear as correct and original, including hose clamps.All components were either new or professionally rebuilt at time of restoration, with nothing overlooked.The original honey comb radiator was flushed and cleaned. Both tanks are very nice, free of any dents, and there are no leaks.

The 3 speed transmission and differential have been fully overhauled and fitted with new bearings and seals, and new gears as required including the 3.9:1 crown and pinion.There are no signs of serious leakage on the underside besides the usual minor weeping.

This vehicle has a 116” wheelbase. The solid original and damage free frame and chassis component parts were sandblasted and powder coated semi-gloss black.All 4 leaf springs assemblies are new and maintain the sedan in a proper stance with a good ride. All shackles and bushings are new.Unlike many of its competitors, Dodge was now using modern airplane style hydraulic shock absorbers, all are new.

The steering box was fully rebuilt and has a new pitman arm. New kingpins and front end components were installed. Steering is tight with no excess of free play.The complete 4 wheel hydraulic brake system was fully rebuilt, with new steel lines fabricated, new hoses and shoes, and new hand brake lining installed. Braking is firm and even.The exhaust system is in excellent condition.The gas tank was flushed, cleaned and lined. A period pre-filter is located at the tank with a secondary original glass bowl filter at the pump.

The tires are a matched set of 6 Good Year bias ply black wall 6.00 x 16’s in excellent condition, with new tubes, mounted on 6 correct original steel rims. A little known fact is that the steel wheels in 1938 are a one year only wheel, different from both 1937 and 1939, and these are correct for 1938.The 4 running tires have only 2,300 miles on them, and the 2 spares have never run. They are mounted under very rare optional metal side-mount covers. These covers open up like a clam shell, quite unusual.Although you see trucks with a right side mount, you will rarely ever see the left one, or duals with covers.

One of the great things about Dodge vehicles of this period is their all-steel bodies. The only wood in this sedan is the removable flat front floor section, the tool box lid, the plywood cargo floor, and two support blocks at the bottom sides of the cowl, all new on this truck.Structurally this vehicle is all steel.

The body and sheet metal on this worn out field find was professionally cleaned to bare metal at a Redi-Strip facility. It then underwent hundreds of hours of skilled metal work and panel fabrication finished off with lead. This work completed in the late 80’s.Subsequent finishing body work required very minimal filler for final leveling and was completed in the early 90’s.Only quality materials were used throughout the process.All panels and body work are very straight, and after all these years there are no repair failures, rust, blisters, or other issues.

An actual ‘fire engine red’ was selected for the paint. 1938 Dodge truck red was called 20th Century Red. In some pics the color may look somewhat orange due to camera flash.The RM acrylic enamel applied in 1995 provides a period correct patina and remains in excellent condition with good shine.

Three of the four fenders were NOS, they’re all smooth and straight.The original running boards are very straight and solid, with new correct rubber matting vulcanized on by Hunley Acuff in Georgia.

The Cars Gone By signage was hand painted by brush by a close friend who is a graphic artist. It was done with One Shot sign painting enamel using the old school pounce method of layout and sign painting. It can be removed with lacquer thinner.This was in keeping with the period authenticity of the truck. No vinyl applique here.

If you are considering this for your business and envision your company name and logo on it, the artist has agreed to be commissioned to personalize it to your request using the same process, and would be happy to discuss your vision.

Original 6-volt electricals with new YnZ wiring harness.Headlamps retain their original bulb, reflector and lens configuration. The reflectors have been re-silvered.Equipped with turn signals thru a matched set of front and rear lamps, period shaped with red lenses at rear.Original Dodge script tail lamp on rear door also serves at the brake light.Period correct accessory Sears-Roebuck back-up/cargo lamp mounted below rear bumper.Correct dome light.All lights are in working order, and glass lenses are in good condition.

The speedometer and gauges either refurbished or NOS, all as per original and in working condition.Original pull knobs along lower dash for head lights, throttle, choke and panel lights. Nice lettering, the outer two showing brass.

Fully restored accessory Firestone heater with defrost, switch under dash.Back-up lamp switch to left of column.

Original dual vacuum wipers in working order but occasionally sticky.Original engine mounted horn is loud.

All Dodge truck interiors were grey in color, with black garnish moldings.These commercial sedans came with only a driver seat, the passenger seat was optional. It took several years to locate this correct pair.Seating is comfortable. Frames and springs totally rebuilt, new padding is correct cotton wadding, not foam.The driver seat tilts forward to be supported by gas filler cover plate during fueling.The passenger seat folds down and flips forward for access to in-floor tool box or cargo area.

Interior firewall, kick and door panels are grey automotive panel board, doors embossed with correct original patterns. New glove box installed.Cargo area side panels are heavier hardboard, rear corner panels are steel.All interior fasteners are correct per original vehicle and literature pics.

It has a correct front to back headliner, very nice with excellent fit.Front floor has period correct pyramid rubber mat. Ribbed rubber mat in cargo area.

The steering wheel has been nicely restored and has no cracks. Nice bakelite horn button with stainless trim ring.Windshield cranks open several inches. Rear door window rolls down.

All interior handles, cranks and escutcheons are correct. All door and window hardware is correct and restored. New door strikers machined in brass. New door wedges.All new glass and channels.Doors close solid, windows crank easy.

All exterior chrome has been restored triple plated to show quality, including the 4 signal lamps, door handles and escutcheons.Bumpers and guards are very straight with correct oval and heart shaped center bolts.Interior brightwork is combination of restored and excellent original.

Although at a glance the grille resembles that of a 1938 Dodge car, none of the parts interchange as they are unique to the trucks. This includes the hood ornament, grille halves and surrounds, center grille vertical bar assembly and crank hole cover.

Nicely restored correct hood ram ornament, hood center molding, and Dodge Brothers winged emblem.Hood side stainless moldings are straight with no damage and were polished.Grille center and surrounds have been re-chromed.The side grilles on trucks were originally painted satin silver, these have been powder coated same, one side was NOS. Only the cars had chromed pot metal side grilles.Super rare crank hole cover is NOS with one tiny nick on the enamel below the ram. The casting and badge are both different from those used on the cars.

The rear back-up lamp is NOS Sears Roebuck period correct, comes with its original box.Period exhaust tip with red jewel.

All six hubcaps are nice restored originals, not reproduction. As such they show a bit of the waviness that comes from the process of repairing and buffing the brass skins prior to chroming. They are free of dents, have excellent shine, and the Dodge scripts are painted black.Nice restored trim rings, and correct metal valve stem caps.

Heavy Duty Air CleanerDual Side-Mount Spare TiresOriginal Steel Side-Mount CoversAuxiliary Passenger SeatPassenger Side Windshield WiperFirestone Heater / DefrosterBrass Fire ExtinguisherBumper Guards – Front & RearStainless Beauty RingsPeriod Back-Up / Cargo Loading LightPeriod Turn Signal LampsJeweled Exhaust Tip

This is a collection of rare original literature from which much detail was garnered during the restoration.Numerous pics of contents displayed in linked photo album.

’Switch to Dodge Trucks’ Dealer AlbumDodge Commercial Car Sales Brochure (color fold-out 21”x29”)Plymouth Commercial Car Detailed Sales CatalogOriginal Press Photo (dated 10-28-’37, image used in marketing materials)2 – Model RC Truck Owner’s Manuals (Canada & USA)Dodge Brothers Owner’s Identification CardTruck Parts Book – Chrysler Corp.Truck Shop Manual – Chrysler Corp.Lubrication ChartPaint Color Chart

These Commercial Sedans are extremely rare. With low production numbers and abused lives their survival rates are very low as well, let alone in restored condition that haven’t been turned into personalized hot rods.It has proven itself mechanically reliable over 14 years and 2,300 miles and remains very dependable, straight, clean, and presentable in all respects. High quality custom sewn California Car Cover included, along with the collection of rare original literature.The serial number plate on the firewall is a reproduction USA tag, as those were the only ones available at time of restoration. A reproduction Canadian tag in included but not yet engraved.

This is an easy vehicle to maintain and keep roadworthy, and is an ideal advertising and promotional medium that can be displayed at various events, be they car related or otherwise.It is turnkey ready and cruises easily at 60 mph.There are no hidden secrets or horrors with this vehicle.If you are considering something rare and unique from the late ‘30s, then this could be it!

After many years of owning, restoring, and enjoying this truck, the owner still has other projects and priorities he would like to tackle, and as a result has decided to make this special Dodge available.


Please email ‘carsgoneby@telus.net’ or phone Rick at (403)534-2222 for additional honest and accurate information from the owner and restorer of this vehicle. A fully detailed independent and professional appraisal is available to serious bidders.A total of 233 pics are available for viewing at www.jpegbay.com/gallery/006956254-.html#0 . Additional specific pictures are available upon request. No warranties expressed or implied. Successful bidder to make a minimum payment of 50% of closing bid amount (US funds) within 5 days of auction closing, with the balance payable upon vehicle pick up within 21 days (international) or 14 days (US/Canada).Payment must be in certifiable form such as cash or wire transfer. Other forms of payment only acceptable with time allowance for instrument to clear bank prior to vehicle being released. Any deviation from, or changes to the preceding terms must be reasonable, and should be requested, discussed, and agreed to prior to bidding and auction closing.


Please submit all inquiries prior to bidding, and please only bid if you are able and willing to conclude the transaction should you be the winning bidder.This vehicle is being sold with a Bill of Sale and Alberta registration document.The car is located in Mossleigh, Alberta, Canada, about 3 hours north of the Montana border. Please be aware of your shipping costs before bidding, quotes can be provided upon request if necessary. We can help make this a smooth, hassle free experience by arranging all-inclusive international transportation and brokerage for you. References relating to similar transactions are available. Cars Gone By has sold and shipped numerous collector vehicles to the USA and worldwide, the majority through Ebay transactions.Please do not ask us to disclose the reserve price. In fairness to all bidders we will not do so and request that you simply place a bid that is comfortable for you.Thanks for looking!

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