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Merle Coggins

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About Merle Coggins

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    Zen Master, I breathe vintage mopar!
  • Birthday 03/29/1967

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    Technical trainer for a Construction Equipment Dealership

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    Menasha, WI
  • My Project Cars
    1950 Dodge B-2-C-116


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    Waukesha, WI
  • Interests
    Motorcycling, working on my truck

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  1. Merle Coggins

    Vacuum Wiper home position

    The B1 and B2 trucks park the wipers to the outside. B3 and B4 trucks moved the wiper pivots outboard more and park the wipers to the inside.
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    Electronic ignition again

    I've had Pertronics ignition on my truck for a couple years now and no issues. Even completed a 1900 mile round trip to TN with it last month without a hitch. I haven't seen a significant difference in performance over the points, but I also know I don't have to check and adjust it periodically.
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    Cabbage Hauler - WD-21 Build Thread

    I had my cab sitting on a couple of furniture dollies so that I could roll it around the shop. Also used some 12"X12" blocking to lift it up to a better work height.
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    Hound dog hauler

    If I were you I’d quit messing around trying to clean out the inside of the distribution tube and I’d be working on pulling it out to replace it with a new one. The purpose of it is to evenly distribute coolant flow down the length of the block, including a certain amount of coolant flow focused on the valve areas. It’s very unlikely you’ll be able to get it cleaned out by hammering a piece of steel into it, without damaging it. It tapers down at it gets towards the rear of the block. Best to focus on getting it extracted and then clean out the block passage to that a new one will slide right back in.
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    1949 Wayfarer Carburetor

    Why do you need to replace it? Could it just be rebuilt? It looks like a Carter B&B. There is a number on that diagonal rib. Hard to see in your picture, but it looks like DG...
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    Rim for a 1948 Dodge B-1 C

    Yes, your B-1-C would have 15" X 5.5" wheels with 5 X 5" bolt spacing. The 3/4 ton wheels are a little less available, but keep looking.
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    Carb Kickin' My Butt

    That is a very good probability. On mine, the accelerator pump passage was also blocked so the gas couldn't get to the nozzle. I had to do some extra cleaning to get it to work properly.
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    ANSWERED New 1950 dodge Truck to me

    ‘54, 3/4ton, B2B??? None of that adds up. You can make up your own fuel lines with off the shelf brake line. Or get a roll of copper/nickel brake line and some flare nuts and make your own.
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    ANSWERED New 1950 dodge Truck to me

    Inspect the whole system and replace / adjust anything that’s loose. If the tie rod ends are sloppy, replace them. If the drag link ends are sloppy, replace it. (DCM has drag links with replaceable ends now) And adjust the play in the steering gear box. You’ll be amazed how well it steers and tracks when it’s all nice and tight. As I understand them, the crown wheel is made to be slightly tighter in the center position. If you over adjust it when it is off center it will likely bind up at the center position.
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    1940 Chrysler Windsor Coupe 1st project.

    Nice looking car. Maybe the outer appearance is deceiving, but if it's in as good of a mechanical condition as it's appearance would indicate maybe it just needs an inspection of the brake system and a good adjustment of all 4 brakes. These adjustments can be tedious without the proper special tool, but it's doable.
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    ANSWERED New 1950 dodge Truck to me

    Center nut/cap, with the star washer under it. The one on the side is the fill plug. Remove that one first to be sure it's full of lube. 1. Disconnect the drag link from the pitman arm 2. Turn the steering wheel fully one direction, then back the other direction fully while counting the rotations. Turn back exactly half way to center the steering gear. 3. Remove the lock nut/cap nut over the adjustment screw, and remove the star washer 4. Wiggle the pitman arm back and forth while turning in the adjustment screw until all free play is gone. 5. Turn the steering wheel lock to lock again to be sure there are no tight spots. (you can also push and pull on the pitman arm to move the steering gears and feel for tight spots) 6. Once satisfied with the performance reinstall the star washer, turning the screw in just enough to align the locking groove as needed, and tighten down the lock nut/cap nut. 7. Reattach the drag link. It's also a good idea to have someone move the steering wheel back and forth while you watch everything underneath, looking for movement in the drag line ends, tie rod ends, etc. Any play in these areas will need to be addressed too. Watch this video for reference...
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    Disc brakes and no money need list

    Your '34 is likely a different configuration than the B-Series trucks.
  13. Merle Coggins

    Water pump grease?

    I just use marine wheel bearing grease and haven't had any issues yet.
  14. Merle Coggins

    Trunk Weatherstripping

    I had a look on the Steele Rubber site and they show 2 different seal types for your car. And the look different than what you are showing. https://www.steelerubber.com/search?year=1939&make=plymouth&model=deluxe-p8&style=4-door-sedan
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    ANSWERED New 1950 dodge Truck to me

    I got my windshield rubber from Steele. I did not have to make any additional holes.

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