52b3b Joe

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52b3b Joe last won the day on April 27

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About 52b3b Joe

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Northwood, OH
  • Interests
    Anything with an engine.
  • My Project Cars
    1952 B3B
    1948 DeSoto 4 Door Custom Sedan: In Progress
    41 DeSoto
    61 Ford Galaxie Sunliner


  • Location
    52' B3B, 41' Desoto, 48' Desoto Curtice Ohio
  • Interests
    Antique cars/working on anything I can get my hands on and I fly RC planes

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    Civil Engineer / Equipment Manager

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  1. Does anyone have a source for a new speedometer gear for the truck 3 speed transmissions? I'd like to have my speedometer read correctly with the 3.54 rear end ratio I put in it. It had a 4.11 originally. I can get pretty close guessing as I drive, but I'd like to correct it. Any help is appreciated!
  2. I haven't posted a whole lot lately probably because I'm out enjoying the truck! Here's a couple videos from driving back from a cruise night (about 1.25 hours away from my house). When I left the house the weather was perfect. I got to the show and it started raining, and it rained the entire drive home. My windshield leaks pretty bad, so Saturday it has an appointment with a local shop to seal it better. I've also been playing with the speedometer. It seems to catch around 40 mph until around 50. It also bounces a lot. Last night I changed the cable and it acted different all together (not in a good way). I sent it out to have the mechanical parts checked out when I restored the truck, but it still isn't right so it will be heading back to them. Kevin did the gauge faces and the speedometer face. It still looks great and is holding up perfect! Its been few years since he did it now I think. I couldn't be happier with how they look! Out of curiosity last night, I swapped in a very nice original speedometer that I bought for $15 at a swap meet. The swap meet speedometer works perfect. Its smooth, doesn't bounce, and is accurate (minus the rear end ratio difference). Maybe I can make one good out of the both? Anyway, here are somewhat boring videos. P.S. - I'm really happy with the radio setup in the truck, it sounds great and works perfect!
  3. As far as the sticky valves, my dad and I battled that on our 48 Desoto. The car had been sitting since the late 70's and the gas was varnished. We drained what we could (not enough apparently) and put 10 gallons of fresh gas in. It would run fine until you shut it off, then the valves would stick open. It took a few "freeing up" sessions along with letting it run for a couple hours before it cleaned itself out. Good luck, and have fun! Great find and story by the way!!!!
  4. Thanks! I admit, it has been a long time since I read through it too, and I still have fun reading it. I'm happy I did the project even if I really didn't have the best funds for it. Now that I'm out of school and working, I don't think I would have ever got it done! I can't seem to finish our 48 Desoto that my dad and I are putting rocker panels in right now! Lol, he would probably let me in if he say my father in-law's home machine shop! His shop is probably cleaner! The only thing I can fit in my garage is my 9" Southbend Lathe, and that make enough chips!
  5. Lol, still no luck in completing your set? John, I didn't get the opportunity to watch. I asked if I could go back there, but he kindly said its messy, and metal chips will be flying. I don't think he wanted the liability of me back there. I actually have another vibration issue with my 61 Galaxie, and I will be returning hopefully next week to have him balance the brake drums for it. Maybe then I can try and ask again!
  6. Wow, it has been a while since I posted on this thread!! I have another experience to share about my truck, and it's a lesson learned! Since I completed the truck, I have noticed a bad engine vibration around 1,700 RPM. It would rattle your brains out at that RMP. The hood would shake bad, every panel that could make a noise would, and the brake and clutch pedals would shake. I always tried to avoid running it around there by staying above or below it. I haven't been driving the truck as much as I'd like due to fear of damage to the engine. Over the winter I decided I was going to figure this out! I already looked into it before, and eliminated it to the engine. I pulled the trans out and ran it, and then the clutch and still had the shake. On Monday I started calling around and found an engine shop about an hour from me who could balance the flywheel and clutch. I talked to him a while about the vibration, and he told me to bring the flywheel and clutch down to him. He told me he could do it in roughly an hour, and I could even do it during later in the evening. I left work on Tuesday, picked up my wife and we got to his shop around 6:50 pm. I dropped off the parts, and my wife and I went out for dinner. When we got back, he came out and told me the status of my parts. He told me a fairly notable vibration can be felt with 30 grams of unbalance, and my flywheel was running over 50 grams out. Mine also was running 25 thousandths out causing a wobble. He said it looked like it was dropped at one point and it was one of the worst ones he has done. He took a lot of material off to get it running true, and he was able to get it within a gram (which is a race engine spec). Then he threw the pressure plate on with it, and it was running 30 grams out of balance as well. To boot, the weight was nearly at the same position as the flywheel with how I took it off based on my punch marks, so I had a total of 80 plus grams of unbalance. He worked on it until 9:15pm while we waited. I couldn't believe how helpful, flexible, and reasonable he was. I walk out spending $128 and only had to make the drive once. Last night I put it back together, and it is vibration free. The truck is by far the smoothest running flathead we have. I'm sure you could stand a nickel on edge on the head at any RPM. So if any of you are doing a clutch job, major engine work, or if you have an engine vibration. Don't overlook the flywheel and clutch!
  7. My sides were bowed in 3/4 of an inch from the fenders being hit. I spent tons of time working on them to get them better. I even took them to a local shop to have them done, which didn't result good. They did get some of the work done, but I ended up finishing them. I had the best luck with using a torch to shrink the metal. I got to a point where no matter what I did, I couldn't get the metal to do much more, and I kept chasing "waves" or ripples on the sides trying to get it perfect. I even tried jumping on the sides while on saw horses to move it at one point. I finally took a hammer and dolly and worked the displaced areas to the center again, and hit them with light heat to relax the metal once I had it where I wanted it (you could pop it in and out). Once I was happy enough (or frustrated enough...depends on how you want to look at it!) I used duraglass and filled what I couldn't get out. I know it sounds bad, but I have probably in THE worst area 3/16" of filler. I was able to get the sides pretty straight considering where I started. I haven't had any issues with the bed since I finished it almost 1.5 years ago, and Its had pretty heavy loads in the bed, and even people sitting on the sides going in and out of rough fields. You can find pictures here on page 18:
  8. Since I had my issues with all the new switches failing, I ordered two of the Standard switches that Merle posted. So far no issues since July, which is almost a record! I hope I'm not causing myself problems for saying this, but I think I'm writing it off as fixed at this point! Don - Let me know how that switch works out. Maybe it will be another solution to the bad switches I was getting from local parts stores.
  9. I agree 100% with you on this. I have 3.54 ratio in mine, and it is sluggish taking off, and going up some grades are a challenge. My truck will struggle at 55 mph driving into heavy wind. I wish I had went with a 3.73, especially with pulling trailers every once in a while.
  10. I built one for my truck. It took about 8 hours to build it, and it is very strong. You can see it here: http://p15-d24.com/topic/23400-some-progress/page-49?hl=%2052b3b%20%20joe It is nice for pulling smaller trailers around, and for doing light duty work. I have pulled around 4,000-4,500 pounds with it a few times, and it is slow going. I always avoid busy roads, and fast traffic. It is a lot of fun, and I get a lot of compliments.
  11. My dad and I have done the swap to a manual 3 speed on his 41 Desoto. We used a transmission from a 41 dodge without fluid drive, and swapped the input shaft for a fluid drive 3 speed unit. We had to have a new driveshaft made, which was no issue, and adapt the parking brake. It was fairly simple. He had the semi auto in it for 35 years, and for the most part it was reliable, but after a few times of getting stranded, and having the transmission lock up and bind, we opted for the swap.
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  13. I'll going to give it some more thought, and I need to find a place to store it. Here are more pictures.
  14. I thought I had the picture attached! I didn't take great detailed pictures, but there are holes in the cab. The area between the doors and fenders are rusted through, and the steps on both sides are weak. The back lower edges of the hood will need work. The frame looks ok, and the can floors seem fine. All the glass is intact. The truck appears 100% complete with all trim and the updraft carburetor. I am assuming the engine is locked up. The owner gave a price of $3000, but I want to know what you all think a fair price would be. I've found other cabover trucks online for sale in that price range that appear nicer.
  15. I'm bring this back up again two years after it started.... I've still been think about the truck and I never did hear back from the owner so I thought I'd give it a shot again. Given that it's a very nice evening here, decided to take my 52 now that it is on the road. My wife and I hopped in the truck and headed over to it. It wasn't looking hopeful when we were pulling up to the barn, the entire main barn is down now, but the add on section the Dodge is in is still standing somehow. The truck is just as I saw it last time, so I drove to the owners house, and to my disbelief he was outside in his front yard. He was smiling when he saw my truck and when I got out he remembered me. He told me he figured I'd come back again. Long story short, he is now very willing to sell the truck after seeing my 52. I would like to buy it, but I'm not sure what it's worth. He threw a number out there that I don't like too much, but I'm pretty cheap to begin with. It has a fair amount of rust, and it's been sitting since 1980 in the same spot. I know it will take a lot of money to get it going. I'm not sure I'm ready for another big project financially and I don't exactly have space for it. What do you guys think is a fair offer? I would hate to see the barn crush it!