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About Buttiman53

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  • Location
    Lacey, WA
  • Interests
    Vintage cars, trucks, motorcycles, aircraft
  • My Project Cars
    1953 Dodge B3B 1/2-ton w/ 3-speed & Fluid Drive<br />
    1956 Plymouth Savoy (previous)<br />
    1953 Dodge Coronet (previous)

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    Married w/ 5 children
  • Occupation
    Water Quality Professional


  • Location
    Lacey, WA
  • Interests
    Vintage vehicles, WWII history

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  1. Buttiman53

    53 B3 wiring

    Some of us have a B3B that is registered as a 53. It's not unheard of that a 52-made model was sold in 53. Just check your V.I.N. tag for the correct model.
  2. Buttiman53

    Matching Original Paint

    Desotodav- Interesting box on your truck. Too bad about the misplaced steering wheel. Guess that makes it more of a collectors' item. I've also seen the "Waterway Blue" on older Dodge truck color charts. I'm wondering if optional paint color choices in 1952/53 included past offerings. If that was the case, it would explain a lot. BTW, the color on my dash is the same as the fire wall and the inside of the glove box.
  3. Buttiman53

    Matching Original Paint

    Desotodav & JaysonK- The colors of yours truck is what I'm looking for. Is that what the "Deep Purple Blue" looks like, or did you go with something else?
  4. I've seen several paint charts for '52 and '53 Dodge trucks, but can't reference the original color on my B3B (see dash photo below). "Deep Purple Blue" was the color of my grandfather pilothouse Dodge, and it was much darker. I found a photo of a beautiful B3B with my color (see photos below), so I know someone else figured it out. "Ecuador Blue" shows up on several Dodge Truck paint charts, but is listed only for route vans. I found "Fairfax Blue Poly" listed on a "general" Dodge paint chart, and is the closet I've found. But, with all the charts entitled "Dodge Trucks", I've found nothing that matches. Any information you could share would be appreciated. Thanks.
  5. Buttiman53

    54 dodge brake drum anchor bolts help

    The tie rod on my B3B also has a bend. Always thought it was part of the tighter turning radius feature for the "B" series.
  6. My truck came to me with an after-market choke knob and cable. When I went through a small parts box that came with the truck, I found the original choke knob. Looks like water leaked into the box for some time, and the center metal is totally rusted away. I'm trying to figure out if there's a way to disassemble the knob. I've tried tracking down a replacement, but they seem to be rare as hen's teeth. Has anyone ever refurnished a dash knob?
  7. Buttiman53

    Crankcase Ventilation

    Yeah, I know they're suppose to smell like that. It's just that my truck is a daily driver, taking me to work each and every day. And though everyone think it's a cool ride, a lot comment on the recognizable odor whenever it's around. Jury's still out on whether I will address it or not. I appreciate the advice to check if there's excessive blow-by going on. I suspect not, but need to confirm it. Much thanks to Alshere59 and JBNeal for their references. Exactly what I wanted to know.
  8. Buttiman53

    Crankcase Ventilation

    The fumes are definitely coming out of the "road draft tube." The rusted-out cab floor doesn't help the situation. I'm repairing that soon. It still makes for a smelly, ol' truck to anyone around it.
  9. I'm tired of smelling hot motor oil fumes. Has anyone modified their flathead with a positive crankcase ventilation setup? I was wondering if there are dedicated parts for this conversion out there, or if it's done on your own with common plumbing supplies. Thanks.
  10. Buttiman53

    Source for Remanufactured Generator

    I found a rebuilt GGW 6001 generator on eBay for $185 and bought it. Installed it yesterday, and have never seen the ammeter needle move as much as it moves now! Charges like a big dog! I bought the generator from Bill Jungck of "Custom Alternators and Starters" in Happy Valley,Oregon. (503) 777-7172 www.pmxalternators.com. He sells on eBay as "sunflower20005."
  11. Buttiman53

    Crankshaft Pulley Wobble

    I know this is getting "off-post," but..... My B3B-108's serial number is 85320376. The "Model Chart and Serial Number Guide" found on the DPETCA website lists 85313701 as the first number for 1952, and no ending serial number for that year. The "Deciphering your 1948-53 Dodge truck code" guidance also found on the DPETCA website lists serial numbers starting at 85313701 as 1952-53 model year B3Bs made in San Leandro, and 85322001 as the starting serial numbers for B3Bs built in 1953. This overlap has always confused me. The registration for my truck states 1953 as the year, so I always figured it was either built later in the production run, or shipped in 1953. It has the round rear fenders.
  12. Buttiman53

    Source for Remanufactured Generator

    Yes, I polarized it. The truck was set up as a negative ground when I got it. I change the battery cables around to a positive ground, and the ammeter needle read backwards. I polarized the system, and it fixed it. Generator worked great since, until I tore it apart.
  13. Well, I replaced the bearing in my generator this morning. Good news is, the growling noise went away. Bad news is, now the generator doesn't work. I noticed while replacing the bearing that it was an old NAPA rebuild, and looked pretty long in the tooth. Brushes looked good and made good contact. Commutator looked pretty worn, and insulation was coming off some of the windings. So, now I'm in the market for a remanufactured generator. Found one on eBay for $200, but it has a broken tab that needs welding. The only other one I find is what DCM offers for $250 ($350 including $100 core charge). Are there any other sources out there to consider? Thanks.
  14. Buttiman53

    Crankshaft Pulley Wobble

    Thanks for the info. It's a late B3B made in San Leandro in 1953.

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