LIMA — Robert “Bobby” Prichard, of Lima, restored this 1954 Dodge M-37 truck.
He restored many Army, Navy and Marine Jeeps and then restored this Army Truck. His projects were used a lot in parades in the Lima area.
Prichard passed away in February 2019. His family keeps this truck to honor their husband, father and grandfather. Tommy Prichard brought the truck to the Gary Allen Memorial Classic Car Cruz-In this past July held at Tom’s Auto Detail, in Lima.
The Dodge M-37 was used by the United States armed forces during the Korean War. Dodge vehicles were used during World War II, and it was just a natural carry-over for them to be used during the Korean War.
Production on the M-37’s began in January of 1951. By mid-1954, 63,000 vehicles had been produced. It is common to find these vehicles in government auctions, and the spare parts are fairly easy to come by and inexpensive, so they make for a great project.
“My dad was in the Korean War and Vietnam,” Prichard said. “My parents have had this truck for 10 to 12 years.”
The truck comes equipped with a 50 caliber gun in the bed of the truck. In keeping with their military and American pride, a U.S. flag is positioned toward the back of the truck.