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  1. Jeff Balazs

    Cracked Manifold

    Merle; Well I was just wondering if they were worn badly. Mine is original and it is still going strong but it probably wouldn't hurt to replace it at some point. This was one of those items that I reused as it was......it and all the spring hardware are on my list of things to do in the future. X2 on getting the slack out of the steering box. It is easy to do and this adjustment made a noticeable difference on my truck. One other thing I did early on was pack the box with Mobil 1 wheel bearing grease. Great stuff truck steers nice and smooth .......and no leaks. I have put close to 13000 miles on my truck in the last year or so and am very happy with it. Once they are all dialed in they are truly usable classics. Jeff
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    Cracked Manifold

    Hey Merle; I see that you replaced your drag link as part of this effort. Were the ball joints pretty bad on the old item when you got it off? Jeff
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    Non-Resistor Spark Plugs

    FWIW NGK BR6S plugs work extremely well in these engines. Been using them for about 3 years now in my daily driver. They simply run cleaner than the rest of the plugs I tried early on. I think the heat range is dead on for this engine. NGK seems to have a better handle on this very important aspect than many of the other guys. At least that has been my experience for many years and many different applications. Jeff
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    gas tank installed

    3X on the spring type mount. These frames flex quite a bit by design. Definitely not a good idea to hard mount this. Jeff
  5. I like it!!!! Looks like it should. Jeff
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    Steering Slop

    Not necessarily. May just be a simple adjustment made from the top of the steering box. Was on mine. Look in your manual. Jeff
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    what are the rules cruise in/ car shows

    Brent; I get asked all the time by people who see my truck wanting to know why I never take it to car shows. 🙄 The answer is very simple. It is just an old work truck........ and that is all I am really interested in. Don't really care if anyone else likes it and especially don't want to pretend to be interested in their 60's muscle car or whatever. Jeff
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    1953 Dodge 'coupe' truck project

    FWIW my friend....😀...I think it is best to stay focused on one project at a time. By the time you get it done she may have forgotten the no more trucks order. Or......you may just have done something so wonderful she can't say no. Jeff
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    Warm start issue

    This is a fairly common issue with these trucks particularly in hot weather. Better fuel would probably help but it can't be bought in my area. I made a heat shield that wires in place between the manifold and the carb.......it helps quite a bit. Merle's starting technique also helps. Jeff
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    Grant steering wheel swap?

    I don't know about the cars...and this appears to be a posting from the car side....but if you are using one of these trucks you often need all the wheel you can get. The big wheel just takes a bit of getting used to. But you do get used to it. I can only imagine how miserable a small diameter wheel would be in my truck. Jeff
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    A few pictures of my 51 B3B project

    Nice save. Have fun with it! Jeff
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    Door Lock

    Maybe I was one of the few lucky ones. When I got to this on my build I soaked it with PB blaster for a few days......and it backed out just fine. They are not all bad....... Jeff
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    Stupid carburetor!

    Might take a real close look at the step up circuit......
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    53 specific master cylinder questions

    I am sorry I just didn't see this query earlier. I have a 52 B-3-C that I fitted a 2002 Grand Cherokee M/C to. It sticks out about 5 1/2" in front of the bell housing so no problem clearing at all. Works great Jeff
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    1952 Dodge B3B

    Re: Manifold and exhaust fasteners. I would recommend you replace with all new. Also you should chase all the threads into the block. Use sealant on any going into the water jacket. I have at times used Stainless steel fasteners at the exhaust pipe connections. They seem to remain usable longer for this application. Hth, Jeff
  16. Best thing about these trucks........once you get them right they don't really require much work. 😄 Put about a pint of oil in it and then drove down to Dana Point and went out fishing for the day. A fun time was had by all. Thanks good old Dodge truck. Jeff
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    Misses at higher RPM

    I carry a spare module just in case.
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    Misses at higher RPM

    Point taken. 😀 There are a lot of these sorts of components that are subject to lack of QC. I chose to get rid of the lot. As a side note the cap and rotor stay nice and clean after the Pertronix upgrade. Pretty much a win-win as far as I am concerned. Jeff
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    Misses at higher RPM

    Early on I had issues with replacement point sets. Not spring related........ but quality of the contacts themselves. Saw a far amount of material transfer on 3 different sets I tried. I found this unacceptable and put in a Pertronix module with a matched coil. I drive my truck every day and it never fails to run well with this set up. Jeff
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    38 RC pickup, carb issue

    Amen!!!! MMO works and works well. I put about 4 oz. every other tank full on my daily driver 52 B-3-C.
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    Intake/exhaust manifold removel

    If it were mine I would try soaking the gasket joint with a penetrating solution. Kerosene even. Then put a couple nuts back on loose to keep it from falling and start tapping with a rubber mallet or dead blow hammer. Hope this helps, Jeff
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    Water pump. Maybe

    So true. I still can't get over how much crud I got out of my trucks cooling system. And it sat for at least 20 years. Jeff
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    Water pump. Maybe

    Could have a blockage somewhere or a bad thermostat?
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    I'm Not Jacking Around!

    I bought a surplus HumVee scissor jack and carry it in my truck. Super HD!
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    Ignition Key & Door Key

    Would that be Keysmet? 😀

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