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About Haydenh

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  • Birthday 10/06/1991

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  • Location
    South Central Wyoming
  • Interests
    Anything with an engine that makes noise and burns dinosaurs.
  • My Project Cars
    1948 Dodge B-1-J

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  • Biography
    I love the older classy trucks and finally have scooped up a 2.5 ton truck!
  • Occupation
    Government Drone


  • Location
    Southern Idaho
  • Interests
    Everything with a motor

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  1. All of that pretty paint is making me want to tear into my brakes now and get them working right again! Gotta rebuild the carb first though!
  2. Hahaha, it’s that dry heat of the desert Southwest! Or it could be the last 70 years I guess?😉 I probably shouldn’t show you the tires either haha I’m usually very in tune to weird vibrations and noise and such in my vehicles so I didn’t want to be worried about there being some tranny issue while trying to downshift if there really is no worry. But if there aren’t synchros I’ll definitely be teaching myself to double clutch! Maybe I’ll find a brownie to throw on there too just to spice up the double clutching. Especially since I’m not as lucky to get a 2 speed rear end haha
  3. I know this is an older post but I’m also curious as to what the transmission is. I’m also wondering if these old bigger trucks had Syncros or if I’ll be needing to double clutch everything? When I shift up there is no grinding but downshifting is a whole different beast. My ‘48 B-1-J is setup similar to the OP and the shift pattern is a bit different than more modern patterns. this is how my pattern is setup and I’ve included a picture of my stick with the “shift pattern” on the boot. 2 4 R N 3 5 1-(with circle around it) I couldn’t find an OD stamped on the back of my transmission but I do have a lot of grease on it.
  4. Thank you for the links, I’ll get some stuff ordered to rebuild the carb. Who knows if all the parts for it are on there, it was an old farm truck after all haha. I’ll reach out to the Vintage powerwagon folks and see what info and advice they can give me on the engine and the axle. I’d really like to keep the old axles just for the fun factor of the directional lug nuts and such. But the idea of possibly going 4x4 intrigues me as well (like the old coleman 4wheel systems) the brake booster is actually a ford brake booster but I don’t know from what! When I drove it an hour or so from where I bought it to where I stored it I think I only had one brake working and only at 25% which is slightly terrifying in a heavy truck. I’ll add some photos of the booster below. i don’t think I’m quite ready to give up on it being mostly original type equipment either which is probably why I voiced my question in the first place to get another opinion or two. I’m am still considering reworking the flattie to get some more power out of it though (maybe a turbo with small pressure?) so I can not get run over by the crazy/ distracted drivers around here. I do like that suggestion of trying to just get this one going well meeting most of my needs to daily drive and then keeping an eye out for something else to convert to diesel and 4wheel drive? if you ever do find a JA axle laying around I’ll probably want to pick it up just for the gearing options it provides!
  5. Brent B3B, I’ve just had trouble getting anything to do with rebuilding the carb from the local box stores but I can find spark plugs at least! I haven’t tried looking for anything else yet because it was a major pain just getting the right plugs! I need to do a full tear down and rebuild the engine because it’s got some blowby I believe and it’s a tired old farm truck. The engine is a swap from a 64 power wagon but I don’t know when that was done or what the mileage was. I haven’t seen too many pilothouse trucks here in Utah and even fewer of the big guys. My main concern with the parts is that I’ll get into rebuilding it and find I can’t get the right parts or knowing my luck I’d break something irreplaceable! my long term goal for the truck if possible would be to be able to get it to cruise comfortably at 55-60 (not way up in the rpm range) and be able to stop all that weight from that speed. It’s not a 2 speed rear axle so I think the ration is somewhere around 7-7.5:1. I don’t know if I can get a lower ratio ring and pinion for that axle. Do you think I’d be asking too much from the flattie and the more stock setup vs swapping things out for modern gearing and brakes? Thank you for the link to the TODD build! I stayed up way too late catching up on everything haha i really love the extended cab setup from the thumbnail of that old huge truck! Maybe I’ll do something like that someday.
  6. Hello All, I'm still new to the Pilothouse world and have yet to do much restoration on my B-1-J. Parts availability is the biggest issue I've come up against, even just getting little things for the flathead motor seems difficult nowadays and in thinking about what I want to do with the truck I find myself wondering how easy/difficult it is to find things like brake shoes, drums, and other stopping components for the running gear especially out here in the west? I've considered doing a conversion/ swap with some newer axles (from F450 or F550 types) to put some 22.5" rims on for modern tires and possibly putting in a diesel engine to turn the bigger wheels. Thoughts? Positives or negatives to the swaps? link to video here
  7. Yeah, i know that bed on mine is probably just as heavy if not a bit heavier than my cab and engine (Well almost haha). I should have backed the truck on the trailer to balance it a bit better but it worked fine driving on for the 900 mile trip home. If you had to guesstimate your HH weight what do you think it'd be? I'm just trying to ballpark mine. I need to try the plate metal thing since my truck is just on the dirt as well! Thats really a great idea I can't believe I haven't thought of that before!
  8. Now if only they still sold these! I'd save up for one for my B-1-J!
  9. Hello folks, I don't have access to a scale or anything of the sort at the moment as my truck is not drivable on the road yet until I can get the brakes worked on to get an official weight. I was wondering if any of you with B-1-J or similar trucks can "weigh in" on the matter and provide weights for your trucks? I need to buy a jack and some jack stands to work on the wheels and axles but I don't want to undersize anything for safety. I searched the regular forum and couldn't find anything for the heavy trucks, just the 1 ton and lighter rated trucks. Thank you in advance. P.S. This might be a nice spot anyways to post weights for various models of the bigger trucks in case others need to trailer their big trucks home and whatnot, just a thought.
  10. Finally picked up my B-1-J from the storage lot its been sitting in for a year and a half. Replaced the plugs and it runs so much smoother. Need to rebuild the carb but no auto parts stores have a kit for it. Engine is a 251 from a 62' Powerwagon and is mated to the original 5 speed. It was an old grain truck with a dump bed in southern Idaho. Now onto the brakes but I gotta find a heavier duty jack for this large hunk of metal!
  11. I still need to write in to SCA to request the build card for my truck as I think it would have a pretty interesting history being a 1948. All of the information I got from the previous owner about its history was that it was his grandpa's grain truck in Rexburg, Idaho. On the side of the passenger and driver's side door are: "L.V. Sorensen Rexburg, Idaho". I wasn't able to turn up much through internet search of the name or location so it might remain a mystery. It did have sides for grain hauling but they were fairly rotten so I pulled them off and will be replacing something with a little more visibility. The dump bed works great though! I did discover from the serial # that it was the 618th B-1-J to roll off the line which I thought was pretty neat. It does however have a 251 flathead from a 1962 WM300 Powerwagon as its engine so I don't know if the original froze up in the Idaho cold and cracked or if the old worn out engine just got replaced. The carburetor is a little wonky and I'll have to ask some folks to help me figure out what's missing from it and where to get a rebuild kit if I can't find anything from a forum search. Its got a 5 speed with the strange shift pattern but I don't believe its any sort of overdrive, top speed is around 50mph (with iPhone gps) downhill. Thats all about the history I know on it but I'll be lurking around and asking questions as I fix up the truck that has been fitfully named "Clifford" because its a big red dog!
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