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MBFowler last won the day on December 22 2016

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About MBFowler

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    Zen Master, I breathe vintage mopar!

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Hudson Valley of NY
  • Interests
    antique vehicles and farm equipment
    5 string banjo, acoustic guitar
  • My Project Cars
    1936 Plymouth P4,48K miles,1949 Dodge 1 ton rack body
    1949 Dodge 2.5ton rack body, 1943 John Deere LI, 1952 John Deere AO

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  • Biography
    ATCA Director-have a 52 1 ton, 36 Plym, and 78 D100 ton along with a couple of JD
  • Occupation
    IT Professional-past tractor trailer driver/music teacher


  • Location
    Hudson Valley of NY state
  • Interests
    antique vehicles, music, grandkids

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  1. MBFowler

    Upholstry choices?

    I made the interiors for both my 49 1ton and 49 2.5 ton. The seat covers were in decent usable shape in both. For the 1 ton I made my own door, overhead and rear panels using 1/4" luan as a backing board covered with black leatherette that my wife purchased for me in a fabric store. For the 2.5 ton, I used the existing door panels (it was an ex firetruck) but used the patterns I made for the 1 ton for the headliner, and rear & side panels. Is it perfect? Hell no, but both truck have held up extremely well over the several years since I did them. I learned something during the process too. Mike
  2. Yea, I'd lap them, but prior to doing that check for the stem to guide fit too.
  3. MBFowler

    Cylinder Corrosion

    Great way to look at it Jocko! Good luck with the continuing process.
  4. MBFowler

    1 ton to 1/2 ton front end swap

    That's not a drop center front axle. If you were able to have mounts fabbed up that fit your front spring centers, the front end would be 8-10" higher than it is now. The six lug Ford rims that you reference were 17.5" if I remember correctly. Not much luck finding tires to fit them. There is nothing wrong with locking ring rims providing they're in good shape, clean, and mounted by someone that knows how to handle them.
  5. MBFowler

    headliner door panel templates

    Let me check my shop tomorrow. I think I have the templates that I used when I replaced my door panels.
  6. MBFowler

    Clutch Parts Recommendations

    Got the clutch for my 2.5 ton from Carolina Clutch. Very pleased
  7. MBFowler

    Master brake repair

    If you added a washer between the cup and piston, you may be preventing the piston from returning to its full rest position. I'd also check lube the pedal where the shaft goes through it, and make sure the return spring is present and hooked up properly.
  8. MBFowler

    1 ton tires

    Looking good. Nice job
  9. MBFowler

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    Mopar Collection
  10. MBFowler

    1949 B1B Steering

    I'll second what 48Dodger said. Wish they did have the drag link w rebuildable end-would be a lot cheaper than that NOS drag link I bought a few years ago.
  11. MBFowler

    1949 B1B Steering

    Also check to make sure that the steering box bolts that attach the box to the cast bracket, and the cast bracket to frame are all present, accounted, for and tight. Another thing to look at is the condition of the rear shackles bushings on the front springs , and the mounting brackets riveted to the frame. The steering not returning to center is likely due to a caster problem. Mike
  12. I used rubber strips similar to the thickness of an old inner tube in between any of the lips where two pieces contact each other. It won't hold moisture, and probably quieted down some of the noises that would have been made.
  13. MBFowler

    1 ton to 1/2 ton front end swap

    I have seen a 1 ton IH pickup at shows that is running tubed radials on the 6 lug Budd locking ring rims. I also think Mark is doing the same thing. I spoke to the guy w the IH, he said it rides and drives much nicer and that he hasn't had any problems in the 3 yrs he's had the tires on the rims. When I was driving tractor trailer in the late 70's, they put radials on the locking ring Dayton wheels w/o incident and they made quite a difference in the ride and traction in snow. I have been told by a local truck tire guy that the narrow locking ring on our 1 tons may not be wide enough to properly support the bead of a tubed radial and advised me against going that route, so I bought a complete set of 7:00-16 bias ply tires. That's just two different opinions, but I'm running duals on my rear, and I know even with the dual offet rims sidewall clearance between the tires would be an issue w radials. Hence my decision to stay bia ply. Short answer to your question, there is a 17.5 drop center that will fit your lug pattern, but I don't know if it will clear the rear drums.
  14. MBFowler

    Need transmission info

    Make a template of the 4 bolt holes in the bell housing where the transmission mounts. A 3 speed will have almost equidistant horizontal spacing while the 4 speed will be wider (I think in the bottom). Each requires its own specific bell housing or a redrilling/tapping of the mounting holes.
  15. MBFowler

    Gear Oil Recommendation

    Traveler 85-140 from Tractor Supply. Been using it for many many years.

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