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doogan

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About doogan

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Cumming, Ga
  • Interests
    1930-1950 vintage vehicles
  • My Project Cars
    1949 B1 Pilot house pickup<br />
    1930 Model A coupe<br />
    1931 Ford panel delivery

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    71 years old
  • Occupation
    retired

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    Cumming, Ga
  • Interests
    Hunting, Fishing, old cars

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  1. I don't want to keep asking the same question but I have read so many should, shouldn't, why, don't, try this, try that and am now quite confused. There is no special reason other than I have replaced the stock 3 speed transmission in my A model with a 4 speed. Operates great. I would like the same setup in my B1B. Reason: I will drive the A on an outing then next week go on an outing with the Dodge folks and half the trip I am trying to start off in reverse!!!!! First for the A is where reverse is for the B1B. What a surprise when starting off at a traffic light. Not to mention the folks behind me! Anyway, is there a 4 speed that will mount to the 49 B1B 218 bell housing with minimal modifications? Yes I'm aware of the speedometer hookup as well as parking brake. Is there a complete setup available from any vendors that cover the adaptor, clutch, pressure plate and transmission? Or would someone tell me what trans, clutch, pressure plate and anything else needed to make this happen. Again please excuse me if I keep asking but I just can't seem to get it clear in my head. Don
  2. OK guys that settles it for me. I will forget the Desoto parts and start looking for a Dodge car or better yet the Jeep or Explorer. Wow!!!! The knowledge and experience from everyone here is just what us beginners need. Thanks again to all!!
  3. Sorry guys I'm not sure how 3 of these got posted other than I spent too much time on the submit button!
  4. I have been searching for a 3.73 or similar rear end for my 49 B1B. I located a 48 Desoto complete rear (hub to hub) the guy says two revs of drive shaft to 1 drum rotation?? He says he has looked over the housing and sees no notation of ratio on it. In addition he has the original engine saying its a 250 cu in. It is located a day away so I would like to know if it would work in my truck before heading that way. 1. Will the complete rear end fit under the truck or would the ring and pinion fit in my original rear housing? 2. I have read I think, that these engines were a bit longer than my 218 and to use it would need to shift radiator forward. Is that correct? 3. It has a fluid drive transmission as well. Does that make a difference in how these could be adapted to the pickup? 4. Would the engine and rear be worth swapping out in my truck? Thanks in advance guys Don
  5. I have been searching for a 3.73 or similar rear end for my 49 B1B. I located a 48 Desoto complete rear (hub to hub) the guy says two revs of drive shaft to 1 drum rotation?? He says he has looked over the housing and sees no notation of ratio on it. In addition he has the original engine saying its a 250 cu in. It is located a day away so I would like to know if it would work in my truck before heading that way. 1. Will the complete rear end fit under the truck or would the ring and pinion fit in my original rear housing? 2. I have read I think, that these engines were a bit longer than my 218 and to use it would need to shift radiator forward. Is that correct? 3. It has a fluid drive transmission as well. Does that make a difference in how these could be adapted to the pickup? 4. Would the engine and rear be worth swapping out in my truck? Thanks in advance guys Don
  6. I have been searching for a 3.73 or similar rear end for my 49 B1B. I located a 48 Desoto complete rear (hub to hub) the guy says two revs of drive shaft to 1 drum rotation?? He says he has looked over the housing and sees no notation of ratio on it. In addition he has the original engine saying its a 250 cu in. It is located a day away so I would like to know if it would work in my truck before heading that way. 1. Will the complete rear end fit under the truck or would the ring and pinion fit in my original rear housing? 2. I have read I think, that these engines were a bit longer than my 218 and to use it would need to shift radiator forward. Is that correct? 3. It has a fluid drive transmission as well. Does that make a difference in how these could be adapted to the pickup? 4. Would the engine and rear be worth swapping out in my truck? Thanks in advance guys Don
  7. Bifford would love to see some pics of the S-10 chassis before body set on. That is what I am looking for is some pics or instructions as to what has to be done to the frame. Also, maybe it would be simpler???? to use original chassis and install my sbc and 4 speed with appropriate rear end. Either way is a lot of work I know but I'm just trying to weigh the choices. Thanks for all the information thus far. Hoping to get started on a project this spring once all the investigating is completed.
  8. Not sure this is the correct place to ask but am considering this option. I have heard that some have put the bodies of the B1 on an S-10 chassis successfully. I have a 1949 pilot house used for my daily driver and have access to another decent body without running gear. I was thinking of trying one of these swaps to the s-10 with this body if feasible. I like by pilot house and have no intention of doing anything with it other than continue driving it. But, for a project I am considering trying this with the new purchase. So, does anyone have a picture of the S-10 chassis already set up for the pilot house cab and bed? In addition are there any folks that would offer suggestions pro or con for this project? Any pictures of this project would be helpful as well. Thanks Don
  9. doogan

    Boxing frame

    OK so would your opinion having done these updates, be go forward with them or use some other chassis setup such as S-10 or comparable frame? Really just thinking of building one for higher highway speeds and A/C. Not planning of changing my current B1B, just having another to play with.
  10. doogan

    Boxing frame

    I'm just curious about strength of the 1949 B1B frame. In the event I decide to replace my engine, trans and rear end with a v8, 4 speed and some diff rear end, is the frame strong enough as it is or should it be boxed? I'm just pondering the idea of a 318, 4 or 5 speed and an updated rear end. I have an extra frame that I could experiment with.
  11. doogan

    Weird engine coding

    Thanks guys now I can get to rebuilding.
  12. Found a running engine with numbers I can't identify. First it is in a 51 ( I was told) chassis, block is 23 inches and water pump is the one without the short rubber hose over to thermostat housing. Number stamped on the normal location is only TP23 and nothing else. At the bottom of block on left side is 59 8 12. To the left of that is 148 then area looks like it is rubbed out then 44. Engine smokes so to rebuild I am not sure if this is 218 or 230. Is there another way to verify what it is?
  13. OK. Worked out to be a 49 at least the cab mounts up just right so I guess it is. Thanks for all the information and help.
  14. Doesn't matter just so the cab will mount up. The cab is a 49 b1 with no bed as I am going to build a wooden flat bed on it. The frame I'm looking at is a rolling unit with engine. Seller says 47 so I have measured the bolt mount distance on the cab and will go back and check frame mounts. Sure looks like a 49 but seller says 47. Not sure if there is a difference.
  15. Thanks. I found a 1947 frame and have a 1949 b1 cab I would like to mount and build a wooden flat bed and thought this may work. The seller said the frames were all the same and that just didn't sound right too me. Thanks again.
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