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  1. Jeff Balazs

    4 speed transmission question

    Bob; Ok took a look and mine is shorter than this. Has a # C-88481, 8-21-51 I guess when I saw the 3 lobes on the topcase which match the the ones on the plate I posted I thought it had to be the one. Sorry for the confusion on my part. Jeff
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    4 speed transmission question

    Thanks Bob; I will take a closer look. I do know that the shifter cover on mine has the 3 lobes or fingers in the casting which are present in the plate that I scanned. I will try to get some photos and numbers but it might be a few days. Jeff
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    4 speed transmission question

    Hi Guy's; Well I am going to have to take a closer look. I know that the shifter mechanism on the transmission I have matches the one in this plate exactly. I am pretty certain the rest of the case looks similar.....but I have not done a direct comparison. Did they use this same top case for both the 4 speeds and the 5 speeds? It has a large raised H towards the rear area....directly over the rails. Jeff
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    4 speed transmission question

    Dave; The transmission that is in my truck is the same case as what is shown in this plate. I think it is just a 4 speed sychro transmission. Jeff
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    Fuel sender........

    Hank; Just tired.......never touch that nasty stuff....... Seagrams yes (but that has a screw top).....wine never! Jeff
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    4 speed transmission question

    Ok let's see if this works. This is the plate I was referring to. Jeff
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    Motorola 610-T Restoration

    Hank; Good to see I have not lost my touch......... El Guapo
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    Motorola 610-T Restoration

    Hank; I didn't break out......they got tired of me and gave me the boot! I can't believe you have not jumped on my idea for a hood ornament with a tail? Just think how novel that would be? You would (and could) be the envy of every boy on this block. If you engineered it correctly you could have the "tail" lay down parallel with the hood, right in line with the windshield divider just by pulling on a knob. Of course you would have to come up with the correct script for the knob.......... El Guapo
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    4 speed transmission question

    Hank; This is not the image I was referring to. This is a 5 speed.....you have to look at the 4 speed to see what I am talking about. I have to go into work today.....but when I have time I will try what you suggest. Jeff
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    Motorola 610-T Restoration

    Hank; For some reason I was thinking your truck was a year earlier. I had to give you a hard time about the antenna thing. This is what happens when your truck is too nice......paranoia strikes deep. It wouldn't be that hard to come up with a cable operated retractable "tail" antenna........... just an idea El Guapo
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    4 speed transmission question

    Hi Bryan; The drawing I have been looking at is out of the 48-53 B series parts manual which is in the Pilothouse Knowledge section. It is in the transmission chapter and plate 21-8 shows the transmission that I have in my truck. I have tried to figure out how to show it here but can't seem to get it to work. If you look at this plate you will see the notations regarding OD. The plate for the earlier 4 speed has them as well. I suppose it is some sort of error...but why if there was nothing to it? Jeff
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    Motorola 610-T Restoration

    Hank; Very nice.... but I thought that your year truck was supposed to get a model 802 radio? There is a reconditioned one for sale on the inland empire Craigslist right now. I installed hundreds of antennas as a grunt in the new car get-ready dept. of a Ford dealer back in the early 70's. Masking tape.....a sharp bit.....and an air powered drill. It is over so quick the paint doesn't get a chance to heat up. Just got to be certain of the correct location. Personally I think the hood ornament on these trucks could use a tail. El Guapo
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    4 speed transmission question

    49D; Yes I know exactly what you are talking about. Have run into this many times over the years. And it wasn't just Dodge that used this practice. Maybe it is just wishful thinking on my part.......but I think there is more to this example. And wouldn't it be great for some of us 4 speed owners if it were possible? I know I would like my truck to be as useful as possible and still remain close to stock. I know less about Mopar than practically anybody on this site. One thing I am really curious about is the parts lists.......The ones I have seen so far don't contain much in the way of parts descriptions. For example it might give a number and call something a "gear" but I have not seen anything that tells me what size shaft it fits on or how many teeth it has, etc... I guess what I am asking is is there another type of parts book or master list out there that goes to this level? I have a hard time thinking that this type of info does not exist. If it does then it should go a long way in answering this sort of question. Jeff
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    4 speed transmission question

    Bob; You are probably right.....but these drawings have me intrigued. They clearly reference the standard 4 speed parts and alternative parts from what seems to be the 5 speed you refer to. With notations regarding OD. Really makes me wonder. I spent too many years maintaining drawing files in engineering companies to dismiss this as a mistake. Is it something that was developed but never sold ? I don't know......but the fact is these notes are present on the drawings of both versions of the 4 speed. I wonder if this "option" is physically possible even if no other documentation about it exists? I am not sure at all how one would go about following up on this. Or how to even start to collect more info on this. The parts lists that I have waded through so far offer little or no descriptive information about the individual parts. Maybe it is a pipe dream......or perhaps there is another clue waiting to be found. To me these kinds of mysteries make working on older machinery really interesting. A form of archaeology if you will. For what it's worth I have found a few puzzles like this before that turned out to be true. Jeff
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    4 speed transmission question

    Bryan; I've spent a bit of time studying the exploded views (plates 21-6 & 21-7) for both versions of the 4 speed transmissions and it appears that overdrive gearing is possible with either of these gearboxes. There are clear notations on both plates and these appear to show both the standard gearing and OD gearing options. Swapping more than one gear component is involved but if this is true it would be far easier than fitting a T-5 or something else. I don't know my way around the Mopar parts numbers well enough to be absolutely certain about all this. But it sure looks like they offered optional gearing for the 4 speeds. Can anyone shed some light on this? I don't know if there is some sort of master parts list with detailed descriptions of the parts for Mopar. In the case of some other manufacturers these master list's exist and are quite useful. Thanks, Jeff
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    Lug studs.....revisited

    Dave; Those studs pressed right in! Yeah! Looks like this is a workable solution......managed to get 1" size lug nuts and now all that is left to do is a bit of reaming on the wheel holes. btw.....5/8 studs look very substantial. Thanks again for the suggestion. Jeff
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    4 speed transmission question

    Hank; I don't need no stinking escort to East LA man........I am a native. The first house I lived in as a child was in Pico Rivera. And my High School was about 50% low riders.........can you say "thats a charp chort man" ? It is probably a good idea for you furiners though ................. but not Vin...they would just laugh at him......and then mess you up. Will give them a call as the idea of having overdrive gearing without a lot of fuss or fabrication........ sounds muy bueno. Surely someone here must have looked into this ................ I can't be the only person to have noticed this. Jefe (El Guapo)
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    Who is this Guy?

    I would have gladly paid that much for the lug studs I needed You can buy the ones for the 1/2 ton trucks all day long. 3/4 ton another story............. I finally got something that should work. But what a hassle. Jeff
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    Removing floor shifter?

    Thanks, I guess I will go that route. Jeff
  20. Hi Guy's; Just about ready to remove the cab. It would be nice to get the shifter off, out of the way and cleaned up.......but it looks like maybe this is another item that has been messed about with on my truck. It appears like some brazing has been done to hold the pin in that retains the shifter lever. Do you think that this can be sweated out? And if so am I in for a difficult repair here? Or is this the way it is supposed to be? Thanks, Jeff
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    Removing floor shifter?

    Thanks Bob; So I guess this brazed condition is normal ? I have looked through the manual and downloaded the exploded view (4 speed synchromesh) but neither say much about this. I suppose I can leave it in place for the cab removal. Jeff
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    Removing floor shifter?

    Left the photo out by accident...... Jeff
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    Vintage Truck Article

    Hi Guy's; This is what someone had done on my truck. Was going to ask about this as I wasn't sure it would work properly. I don't have a photo of the actual valve and hoses.....but what was here is a bung in the road tube and the connection points. Thanks in advance, Jeff
  24. Hi Guy's What creative solutions have you all come up for installing seat belts in your Pilothouse trucks? I would love to see some photos. I am getting ready to take my cab off and have been giving some thought to all the prep work that needs to be done prior to painting it. Thanks, Jeff
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    Seat belts in a Pilothouse?

    Hi John; Yes. I will be removing the cab soon and want to have a buddy who is an ace welder/fabricator prep for this installation. I am no genuis but I do know that things like this need to be considered early on so that they don't become problems later on.... Also I am considering doing sort of a mild "woody" hybrid interior and may want him to add some additional mounting points here and there for this. I haven't really had time to come up with a final design for this .... but I have some ideas. Also a laminated wood rim steering wheel would be nice. My stock wheel is a mess......... Jeff
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