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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
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    old cars, motorcycles, and bicycles

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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? )
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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)
  13. Frank's 49

    Rear end swaps.

    I can vouch for the fact that some vehicles do not necessarily match "build date" to "title year". My "1949" b1b has serial number 82084794, which indicates a build year of 1948, and build location of Detroit. But since it was just a chassis and cowl, and shipped to New York for installation of the wood station wagon body, by the time Dad got it from the dealership it was January 1949. Hence the Great State of New Jersey issued the Certificat of Ownership showing a year model of 1949. Not much has changed, as you can now order some models of automobiles as 2018 models. Seems like the model year changes earlier each year.
  14. Frank's 49

    Tach Hook-up

    My guess is, it will work with + or - ground. The question is, what number of cylinders was it set up for? The number of spark impulses per minute will translated to different rpms. Does it have any sort of selector switch on the back (or a model number you can research?
  15. Frank's 49

    looking for my 1948 B1B

    Just wanted to say, that is a fine looking truck. Will you give us a time frame to consider. When did you do the own it, and when did the owner in Maine sell it? If this is what it looked like when you owned it, it may be completely changed at this date. Who knows? Same color? Still sporting wide whites. etc. I am way down in Georgia, so I doubt it has found it's way this far south. Good luck, I hope you can track it down.

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