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1942 Dodge D23C

Jordan Baker

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Hi all

I recently picked up a nice/mostly complete 1942 Dodge D23c 4dr Sedan. Im now on the hunt for reference material such as a parts book and maintenance manual. At this point I am completely confused about all the different models and makes. Im also looking for any info on the wiring and if harnesses are available. My intention is to redo the interior back to stock but the outside will be done as a Canadian Army Staff car. My main hobby is WW2 CND military vehicles.

Any help is much appreciated.








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Welcome- you've come to the right place. All your questions, so far, can be answered with some research of the archives here. It's fun reading. You'll get all the models figured out real quick. It looks like you have a good one to start with. Unique, too.

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Hi Jordan,

Nice car,looks to be in pretty good shape.With auto production shut down in both Canada and the US in early 1942,there would of course be a low production number of your car.One of the forum members here ,Bill Watson, is a good source of information on production figures,etc.It would be interesting to do the research.

As far as servicing and fixing up your car,as mentioned the information is here.

Have fun :)

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..These are two manuals that would be good for you to own if your Dodge was built in Canada.If it was built in the US, there are differences.I bought these used at swap meets and used book stores...


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Your 1942 Dodge had chrome trim so it was built during the 1941 calendar year and is not a blackout model.

What is stamped right after "D23" on your body plate? The nameplates on the side of the car look like "Special DeLuxe" (D23C) but the car does not have trim around the windshield nor the rear quarter windows frames. The DeLuxe was D23S.

Your car is the 305th D23x 4-door sedan built and the 1084 paint code is for black. Chrysler of Canada used lacquer paint before WWII and did not adopt enamel paint until 1946. In the U.S. Plymouth adopted enamel paint during 1935 (except LA, which was 1940) while Dodge, DeSoto and Chrysler it was 1939.

Serial numbers for 1942 Canadian-built D23 Dodges ran from 9 681 161 through to 9 687 621 with the switch to black out at 9 685 817. Thus Chrysler of Canada built a total of 6,461 D23 models with 4,657 non-black out and 1,804 black out models built. Canadian D23S and D23C models did not have separate serial number sequences as they did in the U.S.

The D23 was also built at the Plymouth plant in Detroit for export :

D23S : 3 942 701 to 3 942 888 (188) Blackout started at 3 942 879 (79)

D23C : 4 415 601 to 4 416 604 (1,003) Blackout started at 4 416 190 (590)

The engine, if original, is a 218.0-cid 25" block flathead six. The 218 was used in Canada on Plymouth and Plymouth-based Dodges from 1940 through mid-1953 plus Dodge and Fargo ½-ton trucks. The engine number prefix should be "D23-"

You car is bascially Plymouth, except for the nameplates, emblems, hood ornament and grille. Canadian Plymouths and Dodges were offered as business coupe, club coupe, 2-door sedan and 4-door sedan. The town sedan, convertible and station wagon were not built in Canada.

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