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Jeff Balazs

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  1. Pretty nice 1952 find.

    Nice find! Looks like another 3/4 ton has joined the group. You got very lucky to find one this original. Save it. Jeff
  2. Timing chain suppliers

    Vintage Power Wagons...... (888) 695-0578 Jeff
  3. Timing chain suppliers

    This isn't a band-aide but if it were me I would call and talk to Jens at VPW. He is very knowledgeable and should be able to tell you what the correct chain is for that application. I fitted a chain I bought from them to my old sprockets and no problem there. Jeff
  4. Movies with Pilot House Trucks

    Very cool.....I will look forward to seeing that one. Should be excellent given the supporting actors...... Jeff
  5. 49 panel van showed up at the shop today

    Mike; Fwiw I think you probably dodged a bullet. I wonder if that is one that was on C/L in Costa Mesa about 3 or so years back. The seller was asking about $4k and the photos only showed it from the front and back...... Be patient there are better candidates & deals out there. When I first started looking there was a 57 3/4 ton that was a runner for $1200. Under close inspection it had a lot of cancer. Way too much to be a good deal. Jeff
  6. Loose carb screws

    There should be serrated type lock washers on those screws. If they are missing it is something easy enough to add. Hope this helps you. Jeff
  7. 49 panel van showed up at the shop today

    Mike; Not trying to rain on the parade...........but that is an awful lot of cancer for a SoCal vehicle. I have seen at least 3 or 4 for sale within a 50 mile radius in the last 5 years. So not super rare. And as Tim has already pointed out it is going to be very expensive to fix/repair. Under a grand and that is being generous. There is just too much high dollar stuff wrong to pay too much. Jeff
  8. Dodge Pilothouse Panel Van 49-50?

    Hey Mike; Good to hear from you. Have you been driving your 53? The panel vans are cool but it looks like a lot of work. Jeff
  9. Scare of my life.

    Before I put my truck back on the road I spent quite a bit of time adjusting the front to rear balance of my disc brakes. I did this on dry and wet pavement and tried to get fairly accurate measurements. To begin with my rear discs actually locked up before the fronts. With the Wilwood adjustable proportioning valve I have it is possible to fine tune this. Makes a huge difference in how quickly I can stop the truck.....and how straight and predictable the stop actually is. I think a lot of modern vehicles while good still have a tendency to lock up the fronts first. I really don't likes this bias and feel like there is no point in having 4 wheel discs set up this way. I have the bias set so I can feel the rears working almost as much as the fronts and honestly it is almost impossible to lock them up. But man does it slow to a stop quickly. Jeff
  10. Scare of my life.

    Fiddy; I drive my 52 3/4 ton daily in relatively heavy and fast moving traffic here in SoCal. As you are already aware these trucks are from a completely different era of traffic and road conditions. I knew as I began my build of this truck that there were some serious upgrades required to handle the traffic conditions it now faced. Good reliable and predictable braking was at the very top of the list. Some people will tell you that the original brakes are more than adequate. I don't agree. The folks you share the road with these days have no idea and don't care if your pride and joy can stop as quickly as their new whatsit can. I get constant reminders of this almost daily. I went to the extra effort of putting 4 wheel disc brakes in my truck and I am very glad I did. I have had to use them to their full capability more than once. As a bare minimum I would suggest putting discs on the front of any of these trucks that anyone intends to use in regular traffic. It isn't that expensive or complicated. And done carefully it may just save your day...... Jeff
  11. Scare of my life.

    Could be an adjustment is required? Seems to me that a Wilwood adjustable proportioning valve could be piped in. I have one on my truck but then I also have 4 wheel disc brakes. Hth; Jeff
  12. Tie Down Hooks - Thoughts?

    Yep......it is not anyone is going to notice a few more chingas. I want to know if it doubles as your camper shell?
  13. Water distribution tube

    Y'all are too wimpy. You havent lived until you have been through a real stinker of a WDT. Here is what came out of mine Jeff
  14. Tie Down Hooks - Thoughts?

    Merle; You are exactly correct. Might not work as well on the smaller beds but on our larger 3/4 ton or even the 1 ton beds it really does the job. Best part it is easily put back to original. I find I carry some sort of load pretty much weekly and so far it has handled everything I have thrown at it. These old trucks seem to be happiest when they are put to work. Jeff
  15. Tie Down Hooks - Thoughts?

    Hi Ed; Yes they are not in the way at all. Of course this is the wide bed...... but that is a 48" wide piece of plywood in the photos. I haul stuff all the time and this set up works well. To me the hooks on the outside of the bed that most folks seem to have are really only useful for tying down a tarp over a tall load. Like hay or boxes. Several times I have had well over a thousand pounds of hardwood lumber or the doors I make in the truck. With ratchet straps nothing ever moves around. Jeff
  16. Tie Down Hooks - Thoughts?

    Here are a couple of photos of the tie down Eye-bolts I have been using in my truck. These are good for heavy loads down in the bed and are actually through bolted into the frame. Keeps stuff from shifting around during transit and wont bend the bed sides. There are 4 of these on each side of my 3/4 ton truck bed. Hth., Jeff
  17. Tie Down Hooks - Thoughts?

    I replaced the 8 main anchoring bolts in the bed of my truck with large eye-bolts and this has worked out well for me. Have had well over 1000# tied down several times without the load shifting. Jeff
  18. A 833 Trans Transplant Thread

    That is one way to deal with part of the situation, but only part of it. I will tell you right now the 3.55 works just fine at speeds above 50 mph. Level or hills. What would really enhance my truck and I suspect many others is to have a gear between the current 3rd and 4th. And it seems to me that there is at least one version of the A833 that is pretty much spot on this spread. Just don't have the info in front of me. As I recall it was an early variant. Jeff
  19. A 833 Trans Transplant Thread

    Exactly.....perhaps I didn't do a good job explaining the issue. My issue is between the current 3rd and 4th gear ratios. And it is primarily an issue on hills and at slower speeds. The current 1st gear ratio is so low that I never use it. So in effect the gear box I have is used as a 3 speed in normal driving. 2 to 3 to 4. Jeff
  20. A 833 Trans Transplant Thread

    Just so it is clear I determined quite a while back that doing a T5 swap is not something I am at all interested in. I would have some interest in learning about what is involved with a non OD A833 swap. Honestly the fact I have a fluid drive 4 speed has little or nothing to do with the equation when it comes to optimum ratio selection. I typically use this as you would a non FD 4 speed and in that mode it is plenty quick off the line. Where it could be improved upon would be having two closely spread gears (2/3) instead of the third gear ratio it currently has. In other words there is too big of a jump in between the current 3rd and 4th gear ratios. I have seen some data on non OD versions of these A833 transmissions that looked pretty good in this respect but I have never actually come across the actual item. Or heard of anyone using this particular model tranny in a truck. Jeff
  21. A 833 Trans Transplant Thread

    Agreed. After more than 2 years of daily use I am convinced that a close ratio 4 speed w/o overdrive would make for a much better set up. The 3.55 rear end I put in my truck lets me cruise at 65-70 just fine. I would much rather have a closer spread of 4 instead of the spread between 2nd and 4th I currently have with my 4 speed FD tranny. Add in the full synchros these trannys have and that would be the perfect combination for my truck. Jeff
  22. locking the hood on a b3b

    Paul; It ain't nuttin to do with dating. Peaky Blinders is a Netflix show about a particularly nasty post WW1 mob that runs Birmingham England after the war. They know no limits........ if you catch my drift. If you have trouble sleeping this is definitely not the show for you. Jeff
  23. locking the hood on a b3b

    I gave this topic a fair amount of thought a while back when I was building my truck. All you really need to do is use an old choke or throttle cable and some hardware to interfere with the operation of the hood latch on both sides. Just never got around to it. Maybe a good winter project. My anti-theft system consists now of an un-marked fuel pump switch and a battery selector switch with a removable key. I totally get where you are at on this. If I were to ever catch someone messing with my truck I would go all Peaky Blinders on them. Jeff
  24. low oil pressure

    I doubt very much that the relief spring is the problem. If it were broken a problem would be present all the time. Could be an oil issue.....wrong viscosity, dilution etc...or it is caused by worn out main bearings and / or oil pump. Need more info. Jeff
  25. Tim; I don't think it has anything to do with the location of the fuel line. I am pretty certain that those springs are there to keep torsional twist in the frame from deforming the tank. If you look at it from this point it wouldn't really matter which end of the tank the springs were on. These frames actually "twist" a fair amount as they go down the road. Jeff