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  1. 1953 Dodge 'coupe' truck project

    You're a gifted man Dav......time to add to your abilities....time to put another feather in your cap.....time to buy a paint gun and learn the ways of Automotive Pigment. Fill a pint, point and shoot. Happy to help mate. 48Dingo
  2. APRIL 14TH 2018 CLEMENTS TAILGATE BBQ in CLEMENTS, CALIFORNIA Home of the largest meet up of Dodge Pilot-House Era Trucks in the WHOLE WORLD!!! MARS AND JUPITER TOO!!! We get invaded by Vintage Cars and Trucks from other makers, BUT WE DON'T CARE! CUZ WE ARE COOL TRUCKERS AND DON'T MIND THE WIERDOS! ...at least I don't.....lol Looking forward to seeing everyone again!!!! Woohoo! Timothy A. Estrada aka 48Dodger
  3. Plenty of space for you next year Todd.... and the years after that, don't sweat it brother!!! Oh.... little late on that Intel....wondered why I was feeling funny yet satisfied....!!!! SAY CHEESE! 48D
  4. Round trip it??? Stay the night...we have a room for ya....! 48D
  5. Travelers are rolling in! Mark for Minnesota.... Jereimah from Minnesota.... Sarah from Minnesota..... So it's safe to say "Minnesota is in the hooooouse!!!" Road warriors from the north and south are fighting their way to the epicenter of the Valley of the West Coast....not much longer, it will be a grand feast of burgers and dogs..... Oh, and don't forget the trucks and cars.....they'll be there too...lol. Tim aka 48Dodger
  6. I know not everyone goes between the car side and the truck side of the website.....so I just wanted to remind all the car guys, as always, you are invited to the Tailgate BBQ! Its a fun way to meet a lot of the folks on this forum and a great way to learn about the vehicles. Sometimes a guy has a running chevy or ford (cuz he's still building his dream Dodge) and wants to know if he can bring that....of course! Follow this link to the truck side and join the conversation......I'll have the flyer ready to go soon. 11th Annual BBQ If you look at links below my post (I understand the links don't show up on the mobile site) you can read the older truck show posts from 2008-2017. Hope to see you there! Tim aka 48Dodger
  7. Some of the crew are flying in TOMORROW NIGHT....this Q just got REAL!!! Been fighting through this rain, cool weather, wind without help of extra hands! My kids grew up and are living their own lives... My Bay Area son, Zac will be manning the burger truck again this year with his long time buddies Frankie and Justin. But my youngest daughter moved to Arizona, following her College Graduation.....she found a great job and plans to come home for visit, AFTER the BBQ.....sigh. My oldest lives 4 miles away (has the grand kids) but is so busy with her own family life, I can only sneak my butt in there as a babysitter once in a while...lol. Me and Steph do a pretty darn good job. The weather: It's a gonna be 75 degrees, a few clouds and a bunch of old trucks......its a gonna be a nice! So I'm getting old and tired I guess, so trust me......I can't wait to see y' all and get this party STARTED! Tim aka 48Dodger
  8. No guessing........we are old school. please make a note of it. lol 48D
  9. Whose Truck Got A Workout?

    Its a great bumper set-up.....exactly where I'd be sitting if I was 10....lol 48D
  10. Thermostat housing

    I did a few videos that might help. This one is about the Water Distribution Tube. This one is about several topics, but covers The bypass. 48D
  11. Can't wait to see The Phoenix mobile again, and to finally see Dolly up close! ITS LESS THEN A WEEK AWAY!!!! WHOHOO!!!! I've been fighting the weather...the grass is frickin TALL...lol I'm hoping Friday that JohnT can give it one last go over before Saturday. The Ranch is what it is after all this glorious rain, and I only apologize if you hate beautiful green grass.... Oh, and Brent is gonna freak when he sees how much grass is growing in the sidewalk cracks.....better sharpen my screwdrivers....:D Its a bit of crazy that hits this place just before the big day, this year is no different.....I hope everyone likes trucks, cuz they gonna be some trucks. We all like cars, there's gonna be some of those too, old ones. Oh, and thars gonna be some COE's stopping by too.....so lock down your sled, cuz one of those haulers might just take your rig fer a ride.....lol. Time to mow.....I can hear the grass growing from here! 48D
  12. 318 and 904 swap into 1951 B-3

    I used the original motor mounts of the Diplomat IFS. locating the whole cross member in a level fashion helps account for the 3 degrees of slant back to the rear axle. I've duplicated this build several times and built a jig that I use to locate the cuts to the frame. The cuts to the frame allow me to get the angles correct and maximize the intended use of the torsion bars. in other words the tension applied to the bars for ride height and suspension performance. I discovered early on that many (ie ford guys) had "used" the torsion bar tensioners to raise and lower the front end height, negating the intended performance of torsion bars. There really is only about 1.5 inches of preferred tension use...or "for best results". So making the cut to the frame really is important to get good ride response. And like other have said....knotching the firewall is required. For me, weight distribution was the motivation. If I had not reworked the firewall, the weight distribution would have been off. Gotta keep all four paws firmly to the ground. 48D
  13. The rain (believe it or not!) has made the clean up process difficult...so I hope y'all love (lawn) grass...lol. The BBQ is almost here.... as it always happens, a few forum names will come up....some asking questions like "wonder what he's like?" "wonder if he'll come out next year?" or "wouldn't it be great if that guy was here, I'd like to talk with him". It's what created the "Wish You Were Here Award". An award that reminds everyone on the forum, no matter where you're at, you're invited!! Past winners: 2008 Don Coatney 2009 Merle Coggins 2010 Hank aka HanksB3B 2011 Ed aka Young ED 2012 Bud aka Budstruck 2013 Tim Adams aka Plymouthy Adams 2014 Mark aka ggdad1951 and Davin aka Desotodav 2015 Joe Hanely aka 52b3 Joe 2016 Dave aka Dave72dt 2017 Rob aka Dodge4ya This year, its a guy who has every post logged, filed, tagged, or I'm sure, memorized! You can never be sure how many trucks he actually has, because I believe he's like the rest of us and has enough pieces stashed away to actually build another truck. He's always willing to offer a link to a well thought out post he made/read, or share new insight on a recent experience. Its always been the best part about the trucksite, I think, people's abilities to share ideas, and he has been great about it! You can't help but notice when someone puts in an effort like that and I hope he has many more posts to share in the long haul. So here's to you! • 2018 JBNeal • Congratulations Sir!!! Look for your trophy in the mail my friend. 48D
  14. Sorry to hear it Greg......there will still be a few more BBQ's thanks to the help of many on this site.....and you're always welcome to stop by, say hello, and check out the digs for next year! 48D
  15. 318 and 904 swap into 1951 B-3

    My truck is just such a build. Dodge Diplomat front end 408 stroker (started life as a 360) 500hp The Engine started as my Street Stock circle track race motor for my 72 Charger, but was transplanted to my 1950 B2B Land speed racer for Bonneville. 904 tranny 1996 Ford T-bird IRS My threads are a bummer right now due to the changes with photobucket (haven't fixed that yet) I'll see if I can deal with that in the next few days. Otherwise, dig through my past threads and you can find some posts that might interest you. 48D
  16. Jim Shepard and his 1950 B2B......2017 10th Annual Best Of Show. 48D
  17. Strange Brake Issue

    Rebuild, refurbish, regrind,renew,redo....it's why I can't bring myself to throw stuff away....just ask anyone who's been to my place....I would rather have a shot at an original part first. 48D
  18. NCAA basketball

    Gonzaga is out....dang. 48D
  19. Clements, California Tailgate BBQ 11th Annual

    Ok.... Show up Friday afternoon......cleanup/campfire/camping Saturday ................truck show (cars) BBQ etc/camping Sunday .................early morning coffee chillin'/load and go Not everyone does that...but more and more are.....and its fun! 3 weeks!!!! Its in 3 weeks!!!!! 48D
  20. The dang thing is getting CLOSE! Thought it would be a good time to show off some trophies from the past. Its not like most car show stuff where there is a lot politics, its just my way of saying thank you for stopping in and spending time with everyone. If you got a trophy, share it and tell the story.....I plan on saving pictures and posting them at the BBQ so have some fun! Don't be shy, put yourself in the picture if you can...you earned it for Pete's sake!! The 2018 "Wish You Were Here" award will follow in a few days!! 48D
  21. Huh....he's a forum member here. "you're so vane" Didn't realize he was selling his truck. 48D
  22. I second the "active contributor" part....you do a great job of keeping track of all your info on the site JB! 48D
  23. New Clutch Question

    Hey Ralph, will your truck make it to the BBQ this year????? 48D
  24. BUSTING A HUMP brother!!! Dang this weather has been brutal (as far a getting a BBQ together) but THANK GOD for the rain!!!! This California drought has got to be over now. I've hardly had a weekend to get any serious work done in the landscaping dept, but as always.... WHO CARES?!? Its the people. Again, its the people....not the trucks. I love your truck Brent, buts its your friendship. I love your crazy creations Mark, but its your friendship, I've never seen your truck Merle, but its your friendship, I may never see your trucks Davin, but its your friendship..... the list goes on...Don Coatney, Keven, Bud, Jeremiah, all you long distant travelers......all y'all.....Todd is next on that list and maybe there will be a last minute traveler...I don't know...but won't that be frickin awesome! All the bay area guys, the regulars, my family too.......and I bet no one really cares or notices if the lawn is mowed, lol....everyone will be checking out the trucks. Its getting close. *whew* Time to light up the B1BQ brother! 48D
  25. "On the Road Again" with Phoenix

    Yea....I believe a tear drop would be a good answer. fits the with the vintage look the old truck. 48D