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Goddom last won the day on November 6

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    1948 Dodge Dump Truck - B1J12

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    New to old trucks and carbs...
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  1. Goddom

    Newbie Here - 1948 Dump Truck

    Thanks! Yeah, I am pretty happy with it. I really could hit the ground running with the truck without having to do any major work to it. I am going to feel the truck out. My goal will be to keep it as stock as possible. It seems that such a big truck isn't to common and that's kind of cool. The engine seems to be running good. I have a few things I want to get done as maintenance and such. 1. Fix the passenger side mirror. I want to match the driver side, but they don't sell that by itself, so I might have to piece it together. 2. Replace the door glass. Driver side is missing, the passenger side it cracked 3. Check all the brakes, replace the rear flexible brake line (and maybe the front too), then bleed all the brakes 4. Paint the frame, dump box and wheels. The dump box and wheels I plan to paint maroon, and the frame will be black. This will probably have to wait until Spring 5. Replace the rear tires. I might be able to get some from my work for free... we will see
  2. Goddom

    Newbie Here - 1948 Dump Truck

    So there is no line to the temp gauge on the dash... so obviously the dash gauge isn't accurate. Make sense - it was showing like 100° which didn't seem right. I was worried about over heating because I drove the truck a bit and it got really hot in the cab. I added about a gallon of coolant and then filled it up with wood and drove it to the dump about 7 miles away. Used the suggestion above to check engine temps with a infrared thermometer and everything seemed to be pretty cool. The max temp I recorded was about 165° near the rear of the engine. The radiator was running at a cool 115°. I didn't feel comfortable going over about 30mph (if the speed is accurate). The steering was decent but not super tight and the bumpy road with the load felt a little wobbly. I will have to check the tire pressures again and see if that may be a factor. I also found out the truck weighs in "empty" (there was some gravel left over in the box, so that may be as much as 500lbs) at 9,140lbs. My current project is to get a canvas shed erected so I can park the truck out of the weather - thats partly why I was dumping the wood. It was piled up right where I want to part the truck. Then I will probably tackle the windows and brakes. I need to bleed the brakes and replace the rear brake line - just to be safe. See how that helps with the pedal feel - right now its still pretty stiff and I have to pump them a bit.
  3. Goddom

    Newbie Here - 1948 Dump Truck

    Hey Merle, where is the temp gauge bulb? I was trying to find that in the manual.
  4. Goddom

    Newbie Here - 1948 Dump Truck

    I am glad you like the video 🙂 I was thinking if I got a gauge I wouldn't permanently mount it - maybe suction cup or something then if things look OK I can take it out. When you checked temps with the infrared thermometer, were you checking the radiator and block? I thought about doing that but I wasn't sure how accurate it would be - mostly because I wasn't sure where a good spot to check would be.
  5. Goddom

    Newbie Here - 1948 Dump Truck

    That is cool. I might have to look into that. I am not sure I am going to try and do a disc brake conversion but you think this will work well with drums too? I don't plan on cruising around much with the truck. The gravel yard is close by and I may run a few other places but nothing far.
  6. Goddom

    Newbie Here - 1948 Dump Truck

    So more things! I installed the duallies and loaded the truck up with gravel and moved my first load on the property. Truck did great. Also, ran the truck with duallies and the higher pressure and it was SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much better. I guess low tire pressure is bad. Here is another entry in the video blog :-)
  7. Goddom

    PTO controls

    Here are pics. There are no stops for either. It looks like for the engage/disengage there is a natural stop so no stop mounted on the floor boards and it didn't hit the floor. For actuating the dump, there are no stops and in one direction it will hit the floor but not in the other direction. I also included a picture of my dash so you can see where my speed-O is :-)
  8. Goddom

    Newbie Here - 1948 Dump Truck

    Took if for the first "High Speed" test run... 30mph. Boy, it was scary! Since I made the video I think I figured out the issue. Single rear tires and they had less than 20psi in them made them wobbly. Doesn't seem to be an issue now that I put the duallies on and aired them up. Though I have to admit, they are pretty badly cracked so I didn't air them up all the way... I didn't want to die today. New tires are on the docket! Another note - spent about 20min troubleshooting a no start issue. It cranked but wouldn't start. I figured I must have flooded it so let it sit a while. An hour later that didn't help. Took the air filter off to let it air out... no go. Hmmmm what could it be.... So I sat in the driver seat thinking about it for a minute or two... notice the key. Oh yeah! I should probably turn the ignition on, I think that will help. Yeppers. Fired right up...
  9. Goddom

    PTO controls

    I will check. The PTO on/off lever doesn't touch the floor it seems to have its own stops. The other lever seems to have more travel than it needs. I think it may hit the floor. I will check. The Speed-o is just above the steering wheel.
  10. I still need to get the build card for mine. After I got mine home I was just looking through it and found a plastic envelope with proof of insurance and such from the owner before the guy I bought it from. Also in the envelope was a bunch of pictures. There was also a bill of sale for $200 dated in 1995. I suspect that was for tax purposes... or maybe he did buy it for $200. I am guessing at about that time (mid to late 90s) is also when the cab got painted silver. I know the previous owner never took the truck off his property and he owned if for about 7 years. He used it to build a gravel driveway on his property. This was all in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Then as I was cleaning up the flaking paint on the dump box I found it used to say "Coal." So at some point it mus have worked as a coal hauler. I am guessing that maybe this was also around the same area.
  11. Goddom

    PTO controls

    This is what I have as far as photos go right now. I was mostly just taking pictures of the foot well - before and after painting with POR15. I can take close ups when I get home if you need something different. The one of the left engages and disengages the PTO. The one on the right raises and lowers the dump.
  12. Goddom

    Newbie Here - 1948 Dump Truck

    @Merle Coggins - Yes, it has a power steering pump on the left side. I suspected it was an add-on since the bracket looked to be home made. I did get a service book, so I will have to dig into the windows soon. Thanks! I don't believe I have a 2 speed rear end. I will take a look tonight and see what I see. Thanks for the information guys!
  13. Goddom

    Newbie Here - 1948 Dump Truck

    ON a side note I am thinking of keeping a video log so I started one on Youtube if you want a more complete tour of the truck.
  14. Goddom

    Newbie Here - 1948 Dump Truck

    Hey thanks! That picture helps! It esplains why my hard line is bent the way it is. I do have a port in the intake that is plugged. It looks like yours has a "T" connector that also goes to a rubber hose. What does that hose go to?
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