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  2. steering wheel 1194926

    More than likely so, thank you!
  3. Dim headlights

    That's because power to the dimmer is not part of the modification. It remains from the headlight switch. This is too easy to do unless folks overthink it. Ignore the dash, dash wiring, light switch and just work from battery and dimmer to lights. Basically,,,,,Don't show what ya aint working with, to do so constitutes noise and confusion. I'll stand down now....I don't want to type so much that it get noisy and confusing. 2 hour job, $100 bucks or less for real quality components. Easy Peasy.
  4. silver engine paint

    I know, but it looks soooo good for quite some time. Having a hardener in the paint does help some in keeping the paint finish intact longer.
  5. New 1950 dodge Truck to me

    Are the wheels riveted or welded? If they are riveted and you're running tubeless(and totally without a tube), you're very lucky they are staying up. There have been some people who have had luck welding in the rivets or welding the centers to the rims, but there is a risk of balance problems and weakening of the rim. Is it possible this may be what you have? If your rims are riveted it will be obvious when you look at the back of the rim as you will see the steel rivet head holding the center to the rim.
  6. silver engine paint

    paint the engine is basically a job that you cannot expect long term application of paint..the very porosity of the cast iron will allow the oils from inside to pass to the outside and degrade the adhesion of the paint.....look at the cast iron pan...trust me you wife is not that sloppy of a cook when frying....the oils are passing though when heated...that is why you have to burn them often to clean the surfaces....you can spent a lot of time and money on the paint but it is destined to failure by application...
  7. New 1950 dodge Truck to me

    I've got tubeless radials on both my 46 and 48 with no problems.
  8. Dim headlights

    The diagram does not show power to the dimmer switch. (Maybe it's understood; existing power circuit.)
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  10. Normalizing Old Fuel In Tank

    What are you calling a long time ? 6 months? 6 years? Draining and cleaning out a fuel tank is easier than doing same to the lines, pump, and carb.
  11. New 1950 dodge Truck to me

    How original do you want to keep it, are you going for restoration, trailer queen restomod, or daily driver. If the first option, the only recourse is to locate and buy a set of original rims. Keep in mind that the original rims have centers that are riveted to the rim, this means you will also need to run a inner tube and a boot with the tire you select. If a restomod them you could be open to go with some sort of custom rim. If it's a daily driver then the rim you have is fine. Get some chrome outer rims and baby moons and ride till your heart's content. You seem to be at a point where you need to commit to a direction. One thing for certain is that original hub caps will not mount to the wheels you have. If all you want is the original script on a hub cap, then there should be a vinyl sign company that can create the lettering to put on a set of baby moons. That Ok for a driver but not for a restoration.
  12. Normalizing Old Fuel In Tank

    if the gas is suspect...don't use it.....repeat don't use it...you may well foul up your valve guides in doing so.....dump the stuff....don't even use in a lawn mower....they have valve guides also....excellent for use in an open 5 gallon tin pail as a night light.....
  13. silver engine paint

    I used Nason Ful-thane color code 1J w/ Silver Effect Single stage. after priming the engine with epoxy gray primer, 1 pint with medium reducer and hardener was enough to paint the entire engine, bellhousing and transmission and provide a really nice bright finish. Yeah, I know its not original but the dull aluminum finish from the color code I got for factory original paint color just didn't appeal to me. The pedals were painted with original engine color and you can see the contrast.
  14. Normalizing Old Fuel In Tank

    Before starting up a car after a long time, does that additive work that restores gas in the tank?
  15. Looking for a good oil

    At the last oil change on my 230, I stuck my finger in the drain opening to feel for sludge, after the oil had all drained. Yuk ! Sludge was close to 1/4 in deep. I dropped the pan and cleaned the mess out. Then pulled the valve covers, found the same mess. Cleaned out all I could with fingers and rags, then used brake clean and compressed air. Makes a big mess, but is now squeaky clean. This has to be done BEFORE reinstalling oil pan, or mess is now in the oil pan you just cleaned ! While cleaning the oil pan, I noticed the bottom of the drain opening was higher than the bottom of the oil pan. This allowed the sludge to stay in the pan after all oil was drained. I should mention the drain was on the rear of the pan, not the bottom. I cut a 4 inch square piece from another pan with the drain in the bottom. Then cut a smaller hole in the bottom of my 230 pan. With the patch welded over the opening in my 230 pan, I now have a drain dead center in the bottom, with no lip to retain sludge. After installing pan, I put in 3 qts oil and 2 qts auto trans fluid. No oil filter. Drove car 30 miles, and drained it out. Looked like black paint coming out of pan. Drained and cleaned oil filter canister, installed new filter, added 5 qts Shell Rotella 15-40. Drove the same 30 miles, pulled dipstick, oil looks like it did when I put it in. I highly recommend doing this if you oil turns black shortly after an oil change. That dirt circulating through your engine is not a good thing.
  16. New 1950 dodge Truck to me

    So now what do I do......ugggggg
  17. New 1950 dodge Truck to me

    Not original. The originals had clips to attach the caps. 1/2 tons used 16 in rims 3/4 ton were 15 in
  18. 1940 Dodge D14 Build Thread

    Another quick bit of progress. Had a package waiting for me yesterday ... got the clutch parts back from Tennessee Clutch and Supply. I cannot say enough about this guy. He was extremely helpful over the phone and I just had to send off the old parts, he called me a couple days later and it was on the way back. Installed the bearing, disc and pressure plate last night, looks great. Finished that up and fiddled with the steering knuckles ... having trouble getting the old kingpin bushings out - and knowing that the new ones need to be honed, I'll bring it into the shop. ECI and dodge pu shock brackets are due today.
  19. New 1950 dodge Truck to me

    Ok I'm thinking of the hubcaps and wondering if original rims are in this truck because the previous owner put some 15in tires on it to push it around ,the rims measure 16in and the center what I would call bump puts measure somewhere like 9in where the hubcap would go....there is a little numb of the drum the goes on a hole in the rim and that hole looks original and not just drilled out to fit ( I hope I'm making sense) would like a set of original hubcaps but don't want to order if they won't fit....Thanks Steve
  20. New 1950 dodge Truck to me

    Here is an original rim
  21. Looking for a good oil

    Remove the pickup while you have the pan off because it will be full of crud too. Uncrimp the pickup housing that holds the screen and clean behind it, the screen is easily removed.
  22. New 1950 dodge Truck to me

    Ok I'm thinking of the hubcaps and wondering if original rims are in this truck because the previous owner put some 15in tires on it to push it around ,the rims measure 16in and the center what I would call bump puts measure somewhere like 9in where the hubcap would go....there is a little numb of the drum the goes on a hole in the rim and that hole looks original and not just drilled out to fit ( I hope I'm making sense) would like a set of original hubcaps but don't want to order if they won't fit....Thanks Steve
  23. Dim headlights

    This is essentially your schematic, two or four bulbs, doesn't matter, wiring is the same. Wire gauge as you see fit, heavy is good. 5 wire relay or 4 wire relay, doesn't matter, wiring is the same. Too simple? (And now you can do this and ignore any post that says "go buy a repair manual"! )
  24. Dim headlights

    With all the power looping thru the headlight switch and the high/low switch, I only receive 10.8 volts of power at the headlights with the engine off. Rather than fiddle with fuzes, I installed a 30 amp self resetting breaker to protect the circuit. Mounted to the radiator shroud and ready to wire up. A single 12g wire (top of breaker) taps power directly from the bulkhead connection which is connected directly to the + terminal of the battery. A pair of 12g wires (bottom of the breaker) out will send power to the High and Low beam relays. Now all the high amp load on the switches, dash harness, etc, (factory set up) is transferred direct from battery to relay. (Safer safer safer and more efficient as all the Connections/joints robbing power from the headlamps are now out of the feed stream to the bulbs) The switches are now operating at a single amp or so, just enough to trigger the relays and there is no LAMP Load on the switches, dash harness, etc.). Trigger wires come from the foot switch to the Low beam relay or the high beam relay as appropriate.. Use three wire headlamp sockets and ground both bulbs to frame. Ground both relays to frame as well.....ground, ground, ground....its old, everything is dirty brittle and corroded....ground it all or rip it all out and replace it. After double checking all the connections and tracing the wires one last time, I apply power. Zowie, 12.5 volts at the light sockets with the engine off.. Almost 2 volts gained at the lights where needed. And with the engine running, voltage at the headlight sockets is a full 14.5V. Should be blinding for deer this fall! Grounds grounds and then more grounds. Old cars need the benefit of lots of grounds. New cars can get by with just one but unless you are cleaning up the entire vehicle and replacing everything, add GROUNDS.
  25. Cracked block now what.

    let's keep talk of sales and costs to either PM or the the "for sale" section of the forum. Thanks!
  26. New 1950 dodge Truck to me

    Thre is a keeper that may be worn or missing that you'll have to fix/replace
  27. New 1950 dodge Truck to me

    Normally can find them on Epay.
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