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DrFate77 last won the day on January 8

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    '54 Dodge C-1-C


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    Kansas City
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  1. Here's what I ended up doing with the gas tank, let me know what you think. I did some looking around online and as far as I can tell there's no single right way to accomplish this. Most of the rear truck gas tank mods that I was seeing are somewhere between over-engineered and visibly dangerous, hopefully this lands somewhere between the two. The tank is a Liland Global IF28D for a 1970 Mustang. Mustang tanks are cheap, flat, and square, I understand why folks use them on trucks like this. I did some measuring and drew super crude plans for a gas tank cradle subframe
  2. I noticed a bad grind at a certain spot in the steering action, so I took the steering gear box apart and cleaned everything. The parts diagram makes it look intimidating, but there's only one way it can go together and is actually pretty easy to figure out. I omitted the gaskets, but RTV seems to be doing the job. FOR POSTERITY - On this Gemmer steering box, casting numbers 348 / 3DCO3: The pitman arm / side oil seal is a National 240356. The steering shaft / top oil seal can be a National 470954 - It's not quite as thick, but it's a perfect OD/ID fit and will ke
  3. Here's the clutch and brake pedal parts disassembled, cleaned up and powdercoated, and then put back together. After the fact I realized the clutch spring is probably supposed to have hooks on both ends, so that part is on order haha. I did a lot of reading on here and saw that a '94 Camry master cylinder might be compatible. I ordered one and sure enough, the bolt pattern basically matches the stock mounting holes exactly. It is a little taller than the frame, hopefully it will work with the cab but I haven't had a chance to check that yet.
  4. The shop said the engine was ready, and with the truck sitting on tires again we could drop it right back in. While installing we realized how bad the original front and rear rubber mounts were. I ordered replacements from oldmoparts and got them swapped out.
  5. The front disc conversion is the Rusty Hope #2 kit, since I saw other folks were having success with it for this model. We used a drill press to get the steering arms and spindles drilled, and then tapped threads on the spindles by hand. I bet a machine shop could've done it quicker and more precisely, but the parts all bolted together without much struggle. Shopping for the rest of the parts used with the kit is kind of a scavenger hunt of multiple years makes and models, but the prices weren't bad via Rock Auto and everything fits up nicely. O
  6. It's been brutal cold here in KC, so I've just been hunkering down and chipping away at this thing when I'm not at work. My garage is in my basement and heated, so I've got that going for me. Here's a few updates - I picked up a set of 15" wheels from pick-n-pull last fall, and already had them wire wheeled and powder coated. We upgraded our oven a few years ago, and the old one got reassigned to the garage for powdercoating duties. It's quick and easy to drag the oven into the driveway, shoot on some powder with a cheap harbor freight gun, and bake it onto parts. The f
  7. I've been getting occasional updates about the engine rebuild from the folks at the shop. Last week they got it fired up for the first time, which was awesome to see. They were even nice enough to send me a video. Not sure what's left for this to be complete, but I'm hoping to put it directly on the frame whenever we get it back.
  8. Thanks for the lead on the gaskets, those are pretty reasonable. Did you put the full set on? It's always a slippery slope taking things apart but I suppose it's never going to be easier to get at than it is right now. Great that your kids got to benefit from the experience too!
  9. Hey thanks. I could use some pro tips on the transmission. I scrubbed the outside and rinsed the sludge out of the inside with mineral spirits, now just trying to figure out what else ought to be done. The bearings spin smooth and seem to be in good shape. Are repro cork gaskets the way to go or can I get away with gasket paper and RTV? I'm going to use the Grand Cherokee parking brake, can the transmission brake drum be safely omitted? Appreciate any advice, transmissions aren't my specialty.
  10. Definitely, appreciate the concern. The frame was on sawhorses and we needed some temporary reach getting the axle in. We're back on solid ground with jack stands now.
  11. Just wrapped up the rear axle, getting that figured out has taken up most of this winter so far. The original plan was to reuse the stock rear axle and drum brakes, but when we tried to pull off the drums we managed to crack one of them straight through. At that point, getting a newer axle with disc brakes started to make more sense dollar wise than replacing and rebuilding drums. Pick-N-Pull had a few '90s Grand Cherokees, this '96 Laredo had the least amount of rust on it. The number plate is illegible but it would have had a Dana D44A axle, with a 3.73 ratio? Took two trips fo
  12. Scope creep set in shortly after getting the engine sent off. The goal was to get the frame cleaned up and painted while it was relatively easy to get to. So the cab, bed, and running boards came off, along with steering column, pedal linkages, brake lines, and what was left of the wiring after the field mice got through with it. Then we realized the spring u-bolts and shackles were in bad shape so we went ahead and took the axles and springs off too. The gas tank and radiator are beyond repair. Not sure what to do about the radiator yet, but I g
  13. Thanks for the tip about the headlights. I dropped the doghouse off with a friend to get some bad cracks welded but as soon as I get it back I can start thinking about what to do with that part.
  14. Hey all, thanks for the comments. There probably was an easier way we could have loaded it, lol. I remember we had a hard time getting it to track straight up the ramps and on to the trailer. With the tires in shreds it took a lot of rewinding and fussing to get pulled up squarely. We were all working on it well after dark with the cold wind howling, which made it feel sort of like grave robbery. I think the patina's great even though it's not very even. The side facing the field got stripped mostly bare over the years while the shed side of the truck is actually pretty nicely preserved.
  15. I'd been meaning to get a thread started for our project, this site has truly been a huge resource for me so far. We're about a year in working on grandpa's '54 Dodge pickup - I think the VIN has it as a C-1-C 3/4 ton. He was the second owner, the first being the local mailman. Grandpa bought it from him in '56 and used it as a farm truck on his western Kansas farm, partly to haul sheep to the sale barn. He quit driving it after he got a new truck in the '70s sometime, and it had been parked out behind a shed ever since. I don't think the truck has ever moved under its own power in
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