The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce recently helped The Moxie Cafe celebrate the unveiling of their new catering vehicle, a 1944 Dodge Truck, WC-52 (Weapons Carrier) restored with the help of local company Central City Surplus Company.
“Because The Moxie Cafe has a World War II theme, the vehicle made a lot of sense as our catering vehicle,” The Moxie Cafe owner Jay Hardy said. “We also thought it would be great to have a vehicle to enter into local parades and events, so the car was the perfect fit.”
This particular model, the WC-52, was used for cargo and as a weapons carrier in WWII. It came fully equipped with a pioneer kit (shovel, axe and pick), machine gun mount, and winch.
“Even though the vehicle was just a chassis when we first saw it, we fell in love with it,” Hardy said.
The complete restoration done by the crew at Central City Surplus Company included installation of a new canvas cab and cargo bed cover manufactured in England. The restoration process took over six months, and was a labor of love for John H. Kinny and Bob Enright.
“We were excited to build this beautiful vehicle for them,” Kinny said, owner of Central City Surplus company. “This is not the first one we’ve restored – we’ve done quite a few others. But i’d say this one is probably the nicest. We wanted to rebuild it to look like when it just came out of the factory during World War II. I think people will enjoy this for a long time to come.”