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Texas Red

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About Texas Red

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    1950Dodge B series pilothouse truck

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    Retired 60 year old gearhead whom grew up on the farm and started wrenching on tractors before truck
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    Retired Electrician

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    Corpus Christi Texas
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    Welding, iron metal fab, Nascar, Racing anything and Things that go Fast

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  1. Here is what I got to work with..... I really had suspicions when this guy that I got the truck body from was in a real hurry to get me loaded on my way claiming that he had other places to be that night............. It is no real excuse on my part but there were 3-4 other people loading up my trailer as I was helping with the cab loading............Needless to say After getting the parts home dug off the trailer this is what I got.............. Still a real cool piece of history that warrants the love that I will give it ...... I have also included a picture of the frame that will be cut down for the project................ Wheelbase measurement update....... After reinstalling my plumb-bobs, re0gathering centerlines and old dumb dumb (myself) revisiting everything I re-pulled measurements only to find that I had one of my tapes move on me and came up with 125 1/2 inch wheelbase measurement this morning.... ... plus I was NOT considering the rubber pieces that need to go between the fender and the running board.............. Then my 1/4 of that one brain cell I got left said to me why would you even doubt the factory! Yep so its official I am going with the factory wheelbase and will end up building a super nice mesquite wooden tool box to take up that missing piece out of the bed panel. The bed wood was already going to be mesquite wood anyway. (If anyone was wondering the craigslist guy played dumb saying well I didn't know that) No Matter it will be saved from the crusher to haul and drive again Texas Red
  2. Thanks Merle for the reply. Yes I will post some pictures of the bed panels and a radio picture as well............. learned something else new today.... Texas Red
  3. Because inquiring minds want to know I have since figured out that I have a 3/4- 1 ton truck body based off the wheel base measurement and some one else adding a sales brochure on here which stated that they made a 126 wheelbase ------which explains my bed length and the high sides on the bed. Dodge was obviously in the commercial market as well as they offered their Cab & chassis in a variety of configurations. I certainly hope no one is upset at the fact that I am going the pro touring route as I did not get the frame, engine & Trans with my project---just the body. Did I mention that I have the original under the dash AM Radio, optional spotlight, heater box and a factory option 4X6 drivers door mirror ............. I hope I have not worn out my welcome as I just came on in and sit down like I had been here for 50 years......... God bless from Texas, Texas Red
  4. Hello everyone. I am new to the forum and starting my 1950 Dodge pilothouse 1/2 ton truck pro-touring project. I am Starting my 1950 B series truck build and as I stated It will be a pro touring/ Daily Driver that will be set up on a cut down 1991 Dodge 1/2 ton extended Cab frame. The chassis being 1991 will give me relatively modern running gear powered by a 318 / automatic. Found my truck body on Craigslist whom did not tell me that the truck side bed panels had been cut! They had been cut (for whatever reason) down in front of the rear fender not only losing that section of the factory bed but also losing the flange that bolts to the inside panel that sits behind the cab. Please read on I have found the specs on the pilothouse truck and it said that the factory wheelbase was either 108 or 116 inches. Measuring from the centerline of the rear fender opening to the back of the factory side bed panel it measures out to be 53 inches. Correct me if I am wrong But I thought I had read where they built a few rare 8 1/2 foot beds for this truck line? ( Help me out fellas) Anyway I am not putting the saw-z-all to nothing before having the correct information. Yes I know most of these trucks were a short bed (6 1/2 foot bed). In the process of trying to get a wheelbase measurement I am laying everything out on concrete. After setting the cab down on blocks, pushing the front end up to the cab and getting the 1/8 gap, laying the running board down and positioning it to where it bolts to the back of the fender (Factory Battery box lines up in cab opening) and butting the rear fender up to the back of the running board I come up with 124 -3/4 inch wheelbase............... I know this sounds crazy ......but again based off measurement from the center line of the rear fender opening to back of the bed (where the tailgate would make contact with bed when in the up position --Back stake pocket) I come up with my 124-3/4 wheelbase measurement. Please chime in Thanks Texas Red
  5. Hello everyone. I am new to the forum and starting my 1950 Dodge pilothouse 1/2 ton truck pro-touring project. I am Starting my 1950 B series truck build and as I stated It will be a pro touring/ Daily Driver that will be set up on a cut down 1991 Dodge 1/2 ton extended Cab frame. The chassis being 1991 will give me relatively modern running gear powered by a 318 / automatic. Found my truck body on Craigslist whom did not tell me that the truck side bed panels had been cut! They had been cut (for whatever reason) down in front of the rear fender not only losing that section of the factory bed but also losing the flange that bolts to the inside panel that sits behind the cab. Please read on I have found the specs on the pilothouse truck and it said that the factory wheelbase was either 108 or 116 inches. Measuring from the centerline of the rear fender opening to the back of the factory side bed panel it measures out to be 53 inches. Correct me if I am wrong But I thought I had read where they built a few rare 8 1/2 foot beds for this truck line? ( Help me out fellas) Anyway I am not putting the saw-z-all to nothing before having the correct information. Yes I know most of these trucks were a short bed (6 1/2 foot bed). In the process of trying to get a wheelbase measurement I am laying everything out on concrete. After setting the cab down on blocks, pushing the front end up to the cab and getting the 1/8 gap, laying the running board down and positioning it to where it bolts to the back of the fender (Factory Battery box lines up in cab opening) and butting the rear fender up to the back of the running board I come up with 124 -3/4 inch wheelbase............... I know this sounds crazy ......but again based off measurement from the center line of the rear fender opening to back of the bed (where the tailgate would make contact with bed when in the up position --Back stake pocket) I come up with my 124-3/4 wheelbase measurement. Please chime in Thanks Texas Red
  6. A Newbie to the forum here. Starting my 1950 B series truck build. It will be a pro touring/ Daily Driver that will be set up on a cut down 1991 Dodge 1/2 ton extended Cab frame. The chassis being 1991 will give me relatively modern running gear powered by a 318 / automatic. Found my truck body on Craigslist. I have found the specs on the pilothouse truck and it said that the factory wheelbase was either 108 or 116 inches. Some idiot cut the side bed panels prior to me getting the truck body and measuring from the centerline of the rear fender opening to the back of the factory side bed panel it measures out to be 53 inches. Correct me if I am wrong But I thought I had read where they built a few rare 8 1/2 foot beds for this truck line? ( Help me out fellas) Anyway I am not putting the saw-z-all to nothing before having the correct information. Yes I know most of these trucks were a short bed. In the process of trying to get a wheelbase measurement I am laying everything out on concrete. After setting the cab down on blocks, pushing the front end up to the cab and getting the 1/8 gap, laying the running board down and positioning it to where it bolts to the back of the fender (Factory Battery box lines up in cab opening) and butting the rear fender up to the back of the running board I come up with 124 -3/4 inch wheelbase............... I know this sounds crazy ......but again based off measurement from the center line of the rear fender opening to back of the bed (where the tailgate would make contact with bed when in the up position --Back stake pocket) I come up with my 124-3/4 wheelbase measurement. Please chime in Thanks Texas Red
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