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About BobB

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    Senior Member, have way too much spare time on my hands

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  • Interests
    Family, work, and driving my new truck.
  • My Project Cars
    1952 B3B Pilothouse and a 1939-47 job rated 1-ton - year to be determined

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  • Biography
    Bought a '52 B3B five window in March 2013 after wanting a pilot house for 35 years
  • Occupation
    Aerospace Engineer


  • Location
    North Alabama
  • Interests
    Family, old trucks

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  1. new guy's 1947 WD-21

    Nice find and you did get it for a very nice price. in addition to the gauges, it looks like you may have a pretty serviceable front windshield frame. i have a WD-21 and have been looking for a frame that's useable for a year now. Found a really nice repro, but it's 2-1/2 times what you paid for the entire truck. Congrats !!
  2. Help !! truck shipping

    I can add 2 positive and 0 negative to the U-Ship talley. They've brought my 52 B3B across the country West to East and a 47 WD21 from Philly to Alabama. On time and in good condition. Bob
  3. Heater Restoration

    Just checked ebay. Searched on "52 dodge truck fresh air" and got a couple of hits: 2 of the intake flanges and two air flow control valves. Also some offers for the hoses - defrost and fresh air ... The prices vary quite a bit the two flanges are a factor of 4 apart.
  4. Heater Restoration

    Your heater resto came out looking VERY nice. I really like the hammered finish. Would like to hear more about what you did to restore the band around the casing. My original is pretty worn and beaten. Thanks - . - Bob
  5. Heater Restoration

    Oh, and I did have to replace the screen on the inlet. Got a small roll of 1/4" mesh wire from Tractor Supply Company. When painted black it matches the remaining original screen quite well.
  6. Heater Restoration

    Here are a couple of photos of the set up. It takes a lot of patience, but all the piece parts came from e-bay. Quite a bit of sanding later, I'm itching to get it installed along with the Model 65 TruckMaster heater that I restored. I was fortunate in that the heater I found on eBay included the controls/pod shown and the defrost vents/hoses (not shown). I also found the 4" clamp for the fresh air hose there. Fortunately, these are made of steel so they clean up and paint nicely. - Bob
  7. There are also wide white radials available that match the original profiles of vintage bias tires. I'm sure there are multiple sources out there.
  8. Welding isn't in my skill set anyway. Sounds like a bit of solder might do the trick. I was also wondering if a speck of JBWeld might work as well as I'm honestly not that great with a soldering iron either. Thanks for the help. Bob
  9. I just found a correct Oil Bath air filter to replace the empty canister with no element that I had. I've discovered a pin hole in the bottom of the portion to be filled with oil. Any recommendations for non-oil-soluble methods to plug the hole would be much appreciated. My first though was a dab of JBWeld or a dot of solder. Don't know if the weld would dissolve or if the solder would stay put. Thanks for your thoughts. - Bob
  10. Air cooler

    Just saw this on the interweb . . . Looks like somebody's stolen Paul's design. http://video.foxnews.com/v/5532922179001/
  11. Door weatherstripping

    THANKS SO MUCH !! ive kept that link for several years with confidence that I could do it right with your video as a go by - great video. I'll be on the lookout. Appreciate your putting it up again. - Bob
  12. Door weatherstripping

    Hey - ggdad posted a great video that I bookmarked years ago. I still have the bookmark, but can't seem to get the video going. The link is:. http://s1178.photobucket.com/user/ggdad1951/media/20130516_153226_zps3e8f2119.mp4.html Maybe others will have better success in playing it. I'll have to try on a real computer. Sometimes the iPad doesn't get it done. - Bob
  13. Thanks everybody! Looks like I have more work ahead than I was planning. Gotta do it right, though. Appreciate all the experience contained in your advice. Regards, Bob
  14. So, after having trouble free brakes for the first four years of Pilothouse ownership, I pushed the pedal to the floor and absolutely nothing happened. Found evidence of a leak inside the rear driver wheel hub, so I took it apart to find that the line connecting the upper and lower cylinders had worn through due to contact with the hub (picture). I replaced the line and have done my best to ensure adequate clearance to prevent another wear problem. I then proceeded to bleed the brakes starting with the rear passenger. I was pretty surprised by how dirty the fluid was (pictures of first bottle and all I took in bleeding both sides of the rear brakes). I assume this is not good even though I had absolutely no problems with the brakes for the last four years. What risks and/or added problems should be expected if I proceed on and leave the nasty fluid alone? What process is recommended to remove/flush the old fluid? It was a good experience to fix the problem and bleed them myself this first time, but I would certainly consider taking it to a professional for any thorough cleaning that is needed. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much. Bob
  15. Hub cap restoration

    Thanks everybody for the great info. Heading to Oreillys in a bit to pick up a few things. Got the Rust Converter from Lowes already.