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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
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    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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    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

    Transmission question

    Both the original 3 & 4 speeds have a 1:1 ratio in the highest gear. You can't just swap in a 4 speed w/o swapping the bell housing-the bolt patterns are different.
  2. MBFowler

    Rear axle and wheels

    A friend of mine used the rear axle from a Jeep Cherokee. If you're working on a half ton, the Cherokee's rims will bolt up to your hubs and vice versa.
  3. MBFowler

    Hound dog hauler

    You may want to dress up the contacts of the points, and check to see if that flexible wire that goes from the points to the dist housing (and then eventually up to trigger the coild ) isn't shorting out.
  4. MBFowler

    Hand Crank a 218

    I've cranked many tractors successfully, but I am one who can personally speak about breaking a wrist cranking an engine. Do not wrap your thumb around the crank handle. Lift up on the crank handle on a ccompression stroke only, and do not chase it if it tries to start (keep cranking in a full circle). If it doesn't start on the first couple of tries-walk away from it or hit the starter. I've been through a bunch of really tough gut surgeries, but this wrist injury was the most painful thing I have experienced. I did this over 30 yrs ago, and I can now tell you when it is going to rain with more accuracy than the weatherman. That's my 2 cents.
  5. Given today's engineering advancement in fuel injection, variable valve timing, ECM, tighter tolerances, etc. It seems to make sense to try and build a shorter stroke I-6 as an alternative to V-8's.
  6. MBFowler


    Dave72DT I was just thinking the same thing.
  7. MBFowler

    Mustang gas tank question

    I wouldn't remove the rearmost cross member. It's behind the rear shackles for support, and it does offer some protection to the tank.
  8. Hi Al. Not sure if this will be of any help, but maybe they've got an old guy there that can get you steered in the right direction. Good luck. http://www.nationaldrivetrain.com/partinfo.php?partid=NDT:MEASUREKIT&choice=
  9. Gotta get on the soap box. Went to one car show w my 1 ton got parked in the back in the weeds-haven't been back since. I go to a fair amount of cruises, and am always accepted. Don't do car shows anymore. I don't care about trophies or awards-that's not why I'm in this. Truck shows are a whole lot more inviting. These things worked for a living and bear battle scars. Some are restored to nicer than new-mine will never be. I don't look as good as I did 40 yrs ago either. It's all about fun, camaraderie, and shooting the breeze. They can take the trophies and stick 'em. I've been to shows where there were more trophies than vehicles, and everyone got one (hmmm why does that seem familiar today)? Another pet peeve is charging the exhibitors upwards of $30 for the exhibitors, and spectators get in free???? How about no trophies, reasonable registration fees, and charging the folks that are coming to enjoy the show? Off soapbox now.
  10. 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
  11. Yea, I'd lap them, but prior to doing that check for the stem to guide fit too.
  12. MBFowler

    Cylinder Corrosion

    Great way to look at it Jocko! Good luck with the continuing process.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. MBFowler

    Clutch Parts Recommendations

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

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