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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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  1. 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?
  2. 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!!
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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 :):):)
  6. 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
  7. @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
  8. Thanks guys! That is good to know about the 45 mph. I have driven these trucks before. It has been awhile. We had a 1939 on our wheat farm that we used to haul wheat every year and for sure it would go 45 especially going down hill with a full load!! lol The steering would develop a vicious death wobble but she got the job done. My wife and I had a 1939 Plymouth pickup that we had a lot of fun in for several years. 45 mph was about it for her too and she did the wiggle wobble too. After I look it over, I’ll try again. I was so excited maybe I was doing something stupid like shifting from third back down to second instead of fourth. Sounded like I was upshifting but.... I plan on looking at those levers very carefully. Also I found the laylock 2-speed on here which sounds like a good plan. Thanks again. I’ll keep you posted.
  9. [SOLVED - Thanks guys. Talked to previous owner today. Big lever next to driver operates a two speed mounted behind the transmission. It was left in low after loading on to hauler's trailer.] Just bought a 1941 Dodge Dump Truck 1 1/2 ton. It is a WF-32 model and the serial number is 8803598. I suspect the top speed is 20 mph if I really push it! It has a 4 speed tranny plus reverse. Took it for a little drive and on the way back in a 25 mph zone with the motor revved up pretty dang high in 4th gear cars were piling up behind me and it felt like about 18-20 mph! I bought this to haul stuff around this area and really do not need anything more than 45 mph. But will need that 45 mph on occasion. I’m not even halfway there!! I looked all over the rear differential and could not see anything that looked like a lever/actuator for a 2 speed or a plate where someone had covered it up. I will go out tomorrow and attempt to ID the rear end. There is a large lever sticking up just to the side of my right knee as I sit in driver seat. Than a couple of other small horzontal levers down low at the front of the seat farther out. The large lever would not go in any direction with the motor running and the clutch in. Some of the levers must be to run the dump up and down. I feel like I could pull tanks with this thing <grin> Any ideas on how to speed this baby up??
  10. Like to join the forum. Just bought 1941 Dodge Dump Truck WF-32. Need help here and there.