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    Rear end choices for the Airflow

    Original artillary wheels are long gone. 5 on 5" bolt pattern may have to change to 5 on 4.5" get disks on the front.
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    I bought another old dodge !

    Problem is it was still registered using the motor #, very common at the time. It was very easy to correct - or should I say update - when it was changed. More difficult now. i don't believe the motor # appears anywhere on the car - who knows for sure?
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    Making my Airflow a daily driver

    Well, iCloud will finally let me have my pictures. Here is the car in question.
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    Making my Airflow a daily driver

    Just sent him an email. Lots of things on Airflows are different, we'll see.
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    Making my Airflow a daily driver

    Lots of good thoughts! artillary wheels are gone, never found out why. I'll start keeping an eye out for a proper rear for the swap. i'm old school - still test the brakes as I near a stop. Pump or two before I try to use them. Some of you out there will know what I'm talking about. I do understand the difference a dual master cylinder makes. Twice I've had a single system fail catastrophically. Hmmm .... I guess any is catastrophically, huh? Will wake you up at once. I wonder if if any of the front disk conversions will fit this car? lots to think about.
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    Making my Airflow a daily driver

    It has modern Diamondback wide whitewall radials. You are probably correct about the transmission. i suppose the easiest way to make it more driveablr would do as you did, swap for a more modern rear, gaining an E brake. If I'm going to drive it regularly I'll have to put normal tags on it, requiring an inspection. Re-drill the hubs for the correct bolt pattern, I'd be off and running.
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    Making my Airflow a daily driver

    Driveshaft is the least of my worries. An old hot rodder here has s shop, has been making driveshafts for many years. Quality and economical. As to not doing mods that can't be reversed, I'm not too worried about that. They can discuss that st the estate sale! But, not much would be done that can't be reversed. It appears that if I want air conditioning, 12 volts is required. Until I dig deeper I won't know if the transmission to bell housing is the same as other Mopars. Airflow's did have some things that didn't follow the others.
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    1952 Dodge B3B

    I've messed with this sort of stuff since I was a teenager. It was always a pain to get the sheet metal parts clean. Outside dirt and gunk, especially. A couple years ago I bought one of those parts washers that work like a big dishwasher - heated soapy water and a tank in the bottom. I was shocked to find I could put in the nastiest caked on parts, give it a half hour and it was all gone. see if someone around you has one, car club guy, nearby machine shop or anyone. Give them $20 or so, put all your sheet metal parts in and save yourself hours of scraping and wire brushing. If you were close I'd tell you to stop by.
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    Opinion. 49 pilot house

    The long running boards indicate it was built as a pickup, not cab and chassis like mine.
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    1953 dodge Coronet transmission issues

    Overdrive or fluid drive? starts in gear, stopped, and doesn't take off while the clutch is still depressed? Still sounds like a clutch problem with the plate dragging.
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    1953 dodge Coronet transmission issues

    Stuck clutch. Put it in gear and try to start it.
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    Opinion. 49 pilot house

    The lack of rust or dents adds quite a bit to it's desirability. At least to me. look at the fender bolts. No rust. Bottom of doors. No rust. nearly no body work needed. $1000 with a title, easy.
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    Upholstry choices?

    I know there has been a lot of chatter over the years about interior kits for the B series, but now that I need to order something I search and haven't come up with much meaningful. My guy recovering the seat wants me to have it before he does his thing so he can match it. Anyone have any thoughts? I'm not trying to save $, just would like to end up with something that lasts and looks nice.
  14. Just leaving Brimson, Mn with my"new" 49.
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    Just picked up my 49 dually

    Certainly, come visit. Don't expect a museum, though!
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    Just picked up my 49 dually

    Just north of Columbia.
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    Just picked up my 49 dually

    Well, I did avoid the weigh stations! :^) i haul my track loader on a 40' flat trailer with a pintle hitch. No problems.
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    Just picked up my 49 dually

    Well, I didn't know I "needed" the 49 that I just drove to northern Minnesota to get, so who knows? So so far Linda has been tolerant of my disease, but I shouldn't push it too far! Besides, I'm running out of parking space.
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    Just picked up my 49 dually

    Someone should get that. I'm overloaded. If I do one a year I'll be 90 when I catch up - I must practice restraint! (How much do they want for it?)
  20. They went from a Cleveland u joint to a more modern one in mid year of 49. Did they also go the synchro mid year, or not until '50?
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    Upholstry choices?

    After seeing the prices and reading the feedback, that is probably what I'll do. I need 2 sets, so after getting one done right, 2nd should be a piece of cake. thanks for all the info.
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    Just picked up my 49 dually

    I didn't make it to the scale, but... truck weighs about 7800, trailer about 1500, camper about 4000, pilothouse is a guess, but 3200? Tools, spares, chains etc another 500. So - 17,000 or so? Light load - I've crosssed the scale at a little over 30,000 before. Pickups are a little more than they were 60-70 years ago. For example, hauled this 3 axle White road tractor back from Western Kansas a couple years ago. I doubt the 49 was up to that, even when it was new.
  23. You'd really have trouble with my 23 dodge brothers roadster. Sort of a reversed "H" pattern. First it left and up, reverse is left and back, second is right and down, third is right and up. Doesn't the 4 speed just bolt in where the 3 speed was? Find a 4 speed from a B1B, just swap. Course, you might end up with an older one and have no synchro on anything!
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    Upholstry choices?

    Wow! Pricier than I expected. Thanks for the links.
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