The old Dodge truck with the Scarlett Dolls.
The old Dodge truck with the Scarlett Dolls. Alf Wilson

Dodge's touch of glamour

A 1934 DODGE truck gained a touch of glamour when pin up girls group Scarlett Dolls gathered around it at the Townsville Show.

The Dodge was in a hall where the Townsville Veteran, Vintage and Historic Motor Club had numerous displays.

More than 60,000 people attended the show held from June 29-July 2.

The club is based in Townsville and was started in 1968 and has members in Ingham, Burdekin (Ayr and Home Hill) and Charters Towers and its objectives are to encourage the preservation, restoration and use of veteran, vintage and historic vehicles.

Scarlett Dolls is a popular promotional entertainment group of young woman who wore World War II military uniforms.

Gary Parker is the owner of the Dodge one and half ton truck which his dad gave to him in 1985 and since has been lovingly restored.

"It was the Shell truck at Winton from new and I think it was until sometime in the late '50s,” Gary said.

"In WWII it was used to refuel the US Air Force at the Winton Airport. In the '70s and '80s she was used to cart water for pigs out of town and was hooked up to a table saw.

"I tried to restore it in the late '80s but could not find the parts or the time, but I still got it going for the Outback Festival in Winton for the following years (1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993) and was on display for the 1995 Outback Festival, after this she became unsafe to use.”

Gary said the Dodge was in Winton during the January 2000 floods when water went over its roof.

"In February 2000 we dried it out and started it to drive it to our new house in Winton,” he said.

"She sat there until we moved to Townsville in June 2007, so we moved it to the Truck Museum in Winton. In June 2009 we had it trucked to Townsville to be restored, and started the restoration and finished on September 24, 2010.

"This time most of the parts where easy to find thanks to the internet and eBay, and some parts we have changed to modern parts like alternator, thermostat, condenser, and new set of VDO gauges.”

This Dodge has a 218 small block motor and a four speed gearbox it was imported into Australia by TJ Richards and Sons and they built the cab and tray.

The model is K32, engineering code and wheelbase is T-6-E-136.

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