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    1941 Dodge Dump Truck WF-32

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    Farmer, Musician, Programmer
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    Port Townsend
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    Boating, Cars, Trucks

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  1. Duffy

    Scare of my life.

    Going with the biggest baddest rotors and calipers I can find for our 1941 1 1/2 ton Dodge dump truck. Was entering a round-a-bout and a lady came speeding thru. Had a nanosecond to decide "brake or keep going"?? Know the truck well enough to keep going and it all worked out. That time....
  2. Duffy

    Photo’s of my Truck

    Yes. Excellent job! Had I known they could look that nice I would have bought the beater version parked a 1/2 mile away.
  3. Duffy

    new guy's 1947 WD-21

    Got yourself a pretty good start there. I looked for a long time for similar and never saw a price that low for something in the condition of your new truck. I ended up with a working 1941 1 1/2 ton dump truck but she was a lot more'n $400
  4. Thanks @Merle Coggins. Interesting thoughts. I bet the two tops of the cylinders are connected by the crossover pipe. I’ve been adding to each side while its up but probably only need to add to one side It is something to think this system is 76 years old. All I have found for info on it is advertising brochure!
  5. OK. After doing a little research and finding out most of the self contained units can be filled from top of cylinder, removed the brass breather plugs on top of each cylinder and dumped in 1/2 a cup of hydraulic fluid. Made an overflow system out of clear pipe and plastic elbows and a tee and aimed stuff out of the top of cylinder connections into a bucket. Kept adding fluid and the hoist raised up! Took out the block and kept adding fluid and putting clear drain hose on, then let bed down and back up. Gained two whole inches on cylinder extension. More tomorrow!
  6. Our 1941 1 1/2 Ton Dodge Truck has a twin cylinder Heil hydraulic hoist that has the pump and reservoir built in (see pic) and it will not go high enough. I think it only goes to about 30 degrees. Worse I blocked it up to work on the hoist and the block is now stuck because it will not go any higher so I can remove the block! LOL! Hoping it just needs fluid but no idea how to add, bleed, type of oil, etc.???? I suspect oil is added thru the big brass plugs on each cylinder. Maybe one of the lower plugs is removed and you watch to see when oil comes out?? This is a Heil model no 3S26. Thx!!
  7. Duffy

    47 1/2 ton, 4BT cummins

    Wow. That is really cool! Thanks for posting. Thinking about a swap for our 1941 Dodge 1 1/2 ton dump truck. But I think I’ll try it stock for a while. Really do not think I could zip down a freeway asis but I don’t need to.
  8. Duffy

    225 slant six change

    I gotta say. I am totally confident you can do the swap. At the age of 14 I removed the entire drivetrain out of a 1952 oldsmobile and put it in the chopped and channeled 1934 ford rolling chassis my Dad bought me. If you go old school with no electronics, you are home free. I designed all the mounts and the local blacksmith did all the welding and built me a set of megaphone headers to boot.
  9. Duffy

    54 C1 Restoration Question

    @Dodgeb4ya I bet you’re right. Come to think of it, the rear end always made a loud howling sound. Do not know why my Dad never fixed it?? Between that and bad brakes damn thing nearly killed me one time. Not the truck’s fault of course. It only got used once a year at harvest but still.... Guessing you’re from WoodiNville? We live in Port Townsend. Our wheat farm was in Almira, wa - know where that is?
  10. Duffy

    54 C1 Restoration Question

    Pretty cool deal. The pics of the dash brought it home for me. My Dad had a 54 Dodge 2 ton wheat truck with the hemi engine. It was a good truck except the vacuum operated two speed never worked worth a ****. Sometimes when you really needed it to gear down on a hill, it would get stuck in neutral. No amount of revving engine, double clutching, shouting obscenities would work sometimes. But, yeah job-rated. That baby would haul a load of wheat like nobody's business!!
  11. Duffy

    Power Steering Idea

    @4mula-dlxDid you find a rack strong enough to work for a 1 1/2 ton truck? If so, please let me know. I checked with fatman and they said their setup isn’t strong enough. Thanks, Duf
  12. Duffy

    Power Steering Idea

    @59bisquik Very interesting. We have a 1941 ton and a half dump truck. The 60 foot pound version would certainly ease the burden. This baby steers hard. Not sure what will happen when I get a load on her! Even with load no way can you turn the wheel until it is moving. If you would be so kind, please give us some year make and mod l info so we can look this up in junkyard or parts supply???? Thanks much! Duf
  13. I would like to see that video. Funny you should mention that. Years ago we had a 1939 Plymouth pickup. My wife ran a marina on this small island so the whole thing made the 39 so much fun. One day a guy pulled into the parking lot in a brand new 4x4 pickup and just parked in the middle of the area and started showing off to friends. I was upstairs with my wife when she informs me she's running to town to get cat food, dog food, and kitty litter (her favorite runs). So the next thing I hear is rrrr-rrr the starter, its running! Bang! Crash! Tinkle Tinkle!! I look out the window and she had backed straight into the front end of this guy's pickup and smashed the grill, etc. just mashed it up, broken pieces laying around. Long story short, we heard from our insurance company later and they said, "you should avoid that guy if possible, he is really pissed". That lovely steel rear bumper. Didn't do a damn thing to the 39 :):):)
  14. Solved. There is a 2 speed box mounted behind transmission! Big lever runs it. It was left in low by prior owner. Thanks to @pflaming and @Dodgeb4ya
  15. @Dodgeb4ya You got that right about the modern trucks. Immediately after the maiden voyage in the '41 I had to get in my "new" '04 Dodge ram turbo diesel to park it back where it belongs. Talk about a world of difference. Still love the old truck though

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