By 1936, a new line of trucks with "Fore-Point load distribution" were introduced. Moving the engine and cab forward increased the usable bed space. They were similar to todays, "Cab Forward", in that the front axles were moved forward so they carried more weight, increasing stability and lowering length. In addition, a modern truck-style frame was adopted in the half-ton pickups for the first time. Previous models, like Dodge competitors, used car chassis with side rails welded to cross members. The six-cylinder engine was unchanged. It produced 70 horsepower from 201 cubic inches and was coupled to an optional synchronized three-speed manual floor shift. Performance was aided by steep rear axle ratios. The 3/4 and 1 ton pickups moved to the new platform and sold for the same price as the bigger trucks.
Dodge introduced the last "original" Dodge Brothers designed truck with its half-ton pickup in 1929, immediately after its acquisition by Chrysler. Beginning in 1933, Dodge trucks abandoned their own engines and used Chrysler engines, borrowing from the Plymouth, DeSoto, and Chrysler divisions. But, as in the present day, they modified the stock Chrysler engines for better durability. The six-cylinder engine was the same flat-head six used in Plymouths and was continually used until 1960. In 1935, Dodge increased its truck line by introducing 3/4 ton and 1 ton trucks based on the standard 1.5-ton pickups.
From their beginning in 1914, Dodge Brothers' automobiles earned an enviable reputation for durability and quality that translated to strong sales. They did not begin to build trucks until World War I. In 1921, after the death of both Dodge brothers, the Graham Brothers Motor Co. started selling 1.5 ton pickups through Dodge dealerships. The trucks incorporated both Graham bodies and Dodge parts.
1938 Dodge Panel Truck