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Frank's 49 last won the day on September 4 2016

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About Frank's 49

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  • Birthday 12/31/1942

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    Rome GA
  • Interests
    Cars, Motorcycles. Bicycle racing, baseball, woodworking, auto repair, home DIY, walking.
  • My Project Cars
    1948 b1b wood station Wagon built by Campbell - MidState Body Works. <br />
    Purchased new by my Dad, in Ridgefield Park, NJ - Jan 26, 1949.

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    Born in NJ, Served in USAF, College FTU (now UCF)
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    retired from AT&T. Outside plant Engineer


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    Rome, GA
  • Interests
    old cars, motorcycles, and bicycles

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  1. Frank's 49

    Ot Ph Camper Idea Ot

    this was behind a PH pickup at Coker's Chattanooga cruise in back in April 2018 . Truck was just a step up from a rat rod.
  2. Frank's 49

    Dodge Woodies

    In the article, mine would appear to be close to what they call "the club". Only that looks like it might be on a slightly longer wheelbase. My car originally had a full bench driver's seat, then a 2 person seat, with a walk through to the rear, on the right side, next to the door, and then another 3 person bench seat, and behind that just a large storage area. Dad bought, and upon getting it home, removed the 2 person seat and moved the rear seat forward. This provided seating for dad, mom, and my baby brother in the front, and myself and my other 2 brothers in the rear. And the load area was used for delivery of newspapers. At some point the 3 person seat "disappeared", and by the time I got it, the front seat no longer had the factory frame.
  3. Frank's 49

    Dodge Woodies

    I am trying to determine just how many Pilothouse Woody wagons remain. I am primarily interested in a count of those built by Campbell Body Works aka Mid State ). The company was located in Waterloo, New York, and built wood bodies from sometime in the 30's up until at least 1950. The used multiple makes of chassis, but I am interested in the Pilothouse Dodges. Mine is on a 1949 B1B 108 1/2 ton chassis. I have seen pictures of several on the internet, and this forum, but can never get a good count of how many still survive. Several of the ones I have seen were built by Cantrell. There are several differences in the ones built by Campbell and Cantrell. The Cantrell units are four doors, while the 1/2 ton Campell units have 3 (a driver's door, and two doors on the right. The tailgate on the Cantrell cars is a good bit taller, which results in about a 4" narrower rear window. Also the Campbell cars have the gas filler externally, with the gas cap located in the center of the panel behind the drivers door. That is where the rear door is on the Cantrell cars, and I was told the gas filler is beneath the drivers seat. Not sure about Cantrell, but I know that Campbell built units using everything from 1/2 ton to full size "school bus" units, probably on a 1 ton chassis. If you know of one of these units please post the information and a picture if you have one. I am just curious how many are left, and how many are still in operation. I have attached pictures of mine. When Dad bought it new in 1949, and as it appears today. It is a Campbell unit. (they may have been called Highlanders, but I am not sure.) Mike
  4. Frank's 49

    Tappet Adjustment Cold

    I think you will find that the gap is set when the valve is completely closed. You can asure that is the case if the "opposite" valve is fully open. So just watch both valves on a given cylinder and do the following. When the exhaust is fully opened, adjust the intake to the desired gap. Then rotate the engine and when the intake opens all the way adjust the exhaust. Really does not matter which one you do first, and you don't even have to do one cylinder at a time. Just make sure you eventually do all the valves.
  5. Frank's 49

    Heater box questions

    if you hook it to a 6V charger, or the the battery, I would make sure you put a fuse in the line somewhere. As a matter of fact, I would use a meter and check for dead-shorts to ground. Might save you cooking the motor.
  6. Frank's 49

    Holy crap! Glass prices

    I don't know about the kit, but when ordering from onedayglass.com you can specify what type you want. When broken LAMINATED GLASS can shatter into large pieces, but since it is actually two layers of glass, with a plastic member between the two sheets, it is supposed to basically remain intact, with the plastic holding things in place. TEMPERTED GLASS is a single sheet and is harder to break, but when it does break it just sort of crumbles into small pea sized particles. But they are still glass and will still cut you (just small cuts though, so that's OK. Right? )
  7. Frank's 49

    Holy crap! Glass prices

    That kit that B1B Keven posted a link to looks like a good solution if you need all new glass. My winshield and front door glass was OK, but I had to add new tailgate, rear door, and all new rear side glass to the woody. I ordered it from https://www.onedayglass.com/order-online/ . The link goes to peninsula glass co., I think. In any event, you can either trace you old glass and send a template, or just straight measurements, and they will cut it to fit. You can order any type you want, including what type of edge treatment you need. The prices were pretty good and they shipped it all with zero breakage. Very good packaging.
  8. Frank's 49

    New gas tanks for pilot house??

    The original tank and filler pipe on my woody had the same problem. Took forever to fill and it was hard to determine when it was full, or if it was just "burping". I solved the problem by inserting a section of clear plastic pipe, inside the filler pipe and extending as far as it would go. I use the plastic pipe to fill the tank, and the original, surrounding pipe acts as a vent, letting air out. Not sure what type plastic the pipe is, it is clear plastic and I bought it at home depot. I soaked the end in gasoline for a week to make sure there was no reaction to the gas. Every thing is working fine and I have had it in place for about 6 months now. I guess it is the same type plastic that I have seen used for fuel lines on some hotrods. Just make sure the pipe you get is large enough to insert the gas pump nozzle.
  9. Frank's 49

    S-10 Chassis for B1B body install

    The company offering an S10 conversion for older trucks (Dodge included) is Code54. There website is http://www.code504.com . They offer several options, including a package deal with power brakes. Not sure how much of the S10 has to be retained, and how much of the Pilothouse can be kept intact. You might have to use the S10 dash etc, which I would not care for. I have a 19 B!B woody wagon and at first they said the kit would not work. But after speaking to the owner, we agreed that it would work, but I might have to do some additional fitting, since my truck has a flat wood floor and not a pickup bed. Mike
  10. Frank's 49

    Chrysler 218 l6

    I'm interested in the name of the company offering a swap kit for the Mustang suspension. Is it a complete front end and a direct swap? Bolt up, or welding required?
  11. Thought I would post a heads up for anyone with a none operational temperature gauge. I just fixed mine using the repair procedure outline by Tod Fitch, on the site ply33.com, which is site based on Early Plymouths. The repair procedure will work for probably most mechanical temperature gauges. On mine the old tube had been twisted off (most likely in a vain attempt to remove it from the head. Before my time.). I purchased a new gauge, for less than $20 at Advance Auto, and used the capillary tube and bulb as outlined it the repair. The only other item needed was a 1 inch piece of 1/8 inch tubing. The whole job took about an hour, and the hardest part was standing on my head to get the gauge out of the dash! If you to fix a gauge, the process is found at the web site under repairs. Probably some other places also, but Tod give a very clear explanation. One other idea which might be interesting was the use of a cooling spray to chill the sensing bulb. Electronics people use that stuff for trouble shooting. It is basically liquid nitrogen in a can.
  12. Frank's 49

    Seat Belts installed?

    The way I see it is, these truck did not have any belts when they were new. Nor did they have any sort of "crumple zone". When/if you hit something, it was with a solid whack, the truck stopped, and the driver just bounced off the steering wheel. So, if you add any sort of belts, even cheap ones, it is better than nothing. Either that or wear a chest protector, football pads, and helmet? Mike
  13. Frank's 49

    using modern electronics

    4mula-dlx: The last thing I worry about is being over the speed limit! lol. I looked at the "speedometer gauges", but only found 12 volt, and you are right, they are costly. The old cell phone thing was done to check the speedometer, and was done at basically zero cost. Already had the phone, and the apps were free. And now it also works for a free gps. And HRT is correct, no phone carrier service is required. FYI, you can also use a 'non-service' phone to acess the internet using any wireless internet service (like at many restaurants, etc.
  14. A while, back there was some discussion on adding a gps to the instruments available. I recently tried a different approach, and just used an old cell phone. My son had several old out-dated android cell phone around. The were the so-called 'smart phones', ie they had a digital touch screen. I took one, charge it up, and after turning it on deleted all his personal data. Then I turned on the internet connection, and it connected with the wireless internet in our home. (you could do this anywhere wireless internet is available. McDonalds, Barnes & Noble, etc). Once connected installed GoogleMaps (it may already be there), and then found some speedometer apps. About a dozen were available for a free download. I just picked one and installed it. Now the phone will display the speed of any vehicle it is in, and you can check your existing speedometer and odometer. It also does not care if you change the tire size or the rear end ratio. It can also be used as a GPS. You can even see how fast you can run!
  15. Well scratch that. bids did not come close to what the appraisal was, and not even what I think it is worth. So i guess i keep her and just keep improving as I go along. Besided I have been at this 'rebuilding' for close to 4-1/2 years now, and I now I have her driveable, I think I will enjoy for awhile. Mike I have decided to sell the 49 Woody Dad bought way back in 1949. It is listed in the classified, with a link to BringAtrailer.com (68-Years Owned 1949 Dodge B1B Woodie Wagon) . and if you want to start with a 'pile of parts' you can check the post that the Guild Classic Cars put on the auction. They have a pair of larger wagon/bus versions. On another note: I want to thank everyone on this forum for the knowledge I have gained while working on this vehicle. Much appreciated. Mike (owner of Franks49)

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