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About Rjpond

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    1955 dodge truck c-3-c


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    Old tractors and trucks

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  1. Yes, I made the mistake of originally typing 318, but the correct size of the replacement engine that I’m looking at is a 315 poly. Thanks for your reply, it sounds like a workable option. I have recently learned that the 315 was also froze up. Engine runs now, but the seller recommends a rebuild. Maybe I’m back to square one? thanks again for answering my question
  2. I’m still making some progress with my 55 project truck. I’ve had a blast this winter welding in patches in my bed sides, milling oak boards for the bed floor, and I’ve even tried my luck at painting both the bed sides. I wasn’t too happy with my paint job- seemed too grainy and not as smooth as glass. I need to research where I went wrong? The original 259 engine remains froze up after sitting for several months with different fluids in the cylinders. It looks like rebuild parts are expensive and my neighbor (who is a much better wrencher than I) thinks we should go with a different engine. I saw where a 318 from a 57 dodge truck is for sale. My question to you experienced guys is if this would be an easy engine swap? My truck is a 3speed on the column, and the 315 with a 4 speed manual transmission? thank you and I sure enjoy reading everyone’s question and answers on this forum
  3. That is one nice looking hubcap, thanks for sharing that picture
  4. Thanks, I’ve been looking on internet and I think I found a couple examples. The “DODGE” lettering is painted a separate color. I guess these work trucks didn’t display much chrome
  5. I’ve enjoyed the time spent cleaning up the original rims on my truck. My plans are to make my truck just a nice, original looking daily driver. With my rims looking new again, and with a set of new tires, I’m pretty proud on how everything turned out I have started, however, to research what hubcaps were used and I’m learning that originally the hubcaps were painted the same cream color of the rims? Does anyone have pictures of their painted hubcaps? I guess I’m trying to warm up to the thought of painted hubcaps instead of chrome thanks Scott
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    Look at a parts truck 55

    I’m also working on a 1955 pickup. My truck sat outside for a number of years and it’s 259 remains froze up. Which gives me a headache. If you go to the look at the parts truck, I would be interested in making you an offer for the V8 hood emblem and the tailgate if in good condition. Here in Indiana, I missed out on a 1956 dodge truck that was tore down but the parts and correct V8 engine were very useable. Sold for $1000
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    Dome light door switch

    Dummy me, I didn’t even think about eBay. I’m often searching for stuff using : 1955 dodge truck or c-series dodge and never saw them listed. Thanks you Plymouthy Adam
  8. Almost finished wiring the 1955 3/4 ton, I need to order a new turn signal switch and also run new wires to the dome light. Where the door hinges attach to the frame, is a wired post terminal that turns the dome light on or off when the door is opened or closed. I unscrewed the post and found that both (driver side and passenger) are pretty rusty. Is there a supplier who handles these post or has anyone upgrade to a push-button door switch? thank you
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    Wiring question

    Do you still run the two battery set up?
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    Wiring question

    Yeah, I did a poor job answering the member’s question on if it’s a 12 volt system. It is a six volt system with positive ground. The truck had one six volt battery in the battery box mounted to the frame and a second battery was mounted under the hood. I’m not sure why the two batteries ,maybe for better starting in winter weather? I plan to keep it six volts with only one battery
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    Wiring question

    Thanks guys for the good info and help
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    Wiring question

    Thank you Plymouthy Adams for your reply regarding the schematic and what it actually shows. I’m pretty sure the wiring is all original so I’ll keep tracking and replacing one wire at a time. I do reference the wiring diagram to make sure I replace with correct gauge wire
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    Wiring question

    Yes it is a six volt positive ground system. The previous owner had add a second device (like a second selinoid) which a member told me allowed him to add a second six volt battery . So that also complicates things for a novice like me
  14. Lately I’ve ejoyed replacing wires on my 55 3/4 ton truck. I’ve started working on the wiring that matches up with the wiring diagram that I have. My 55 is what they say a later model and I wonder if I need a better diagram? My truck has a horn relay, windshield wipers, heater box and other wiring areas that don’t match with the 1955 diagram that I’m using. For instance, my truck’s headlight switch has a wire connected direct to the ignition switch. The corresponding attaching post on my diagram shows a wire running to the ammeter ( which matches my trucks wiring), however it shows the other wire going to the coil and not the ignition? I guess I’m a bit confused. thanks

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