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About Dodgefran

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    Member, been hanging around a while...
  • Birthday 12/17/1942

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    South Carver, MA
  • Interests
    Old cars/trucks, Martial Arts, Track and Field, Local Access T.V., Dachshund Rescue.
  • My Project Cars
    1936 Dodge D2; 1938 Dodge Humpback Panel 1/2 ton

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  • Biography
    Martial Artist; Produce shows at local access TV; Member of Dachshund Rescue
  • Occupation
    Retired Physical EducationTeacher, Martial artist


  • Location
    South Carver, MA
  • Interests
    1936 Dodge D2; 1938 Dodge Humpback Panel Truck rebuild

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  1. Thanks for your info. It will be a while before I can get pictures of my engine. It's still at the machine shop, but I'll get them as soon as I can. Everyone has just a little bit differenr experience in their build. That info can get others through their's. Thanks so much. and keep the ideas coming. "Later"
  2. Are there any listings of the bolt sizes used on our flathead sixes? Oil pan bolts, motor mount bolts used on the front plate, etc. I looked in my manuals and just couldn't come up with an answer. When I bought my truck, everything was stripped and I have no examples to judge by. Thanks in advance. Fran
  3. Hi all, a friend gave me a timing chain and gears kit. Are there any available stats to make sure they will fit my 1938 DeSoto 25" engine? Thanks Fran
  4. Yes, Yes, Yes,...…………………. That's why I love the people in this forum. When I research, I have gotten in the habit of reading all sides of the story. Then as was suggested, I do what I feel comfortable with. I am NOT an experienced car restorer, But, so far, the pieces of metal fabrication are going "fine". Next is the welding. There is a great talent in this forum. Ideas that you all come up with are what gives us the nerve to go ahead with the work. I am always looking for a variety to choose from. Then if I get into trouble I have another option and don't panic or quit. Keep up the great work on your advice. Options are "where it's at" for me. Thank you all. Have a great New Year.
  5. Hello, I have a 1938 DeSoto 25" flathead six engine that is being remanufactured for me. Can I use an oil pump or fuel pump used on an early 50's 25" engines? I read where the same block was used from 1938-the early 1950's. Are there any other interchangeable parts that have been tried? Thanks
  6. I'm having my Desoto 25 inch flathead rebuilt. I've found a new oil pump (part number is M-37). I'm just trying to find out if anyone else has used this before I buy it. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks Fran
  7. I just can't come up with a viable word combination for searching. I'm interested in finding out what carbs will work well on my 1938 Desoto 25" L6 . I've been reading about the Stromberg “97”and Holley “94” but can't find info on carter, etc. Will a two barrel do the job? Or should I stick with athe one barrel? I'll be using the truck for a daily driver on the highway. The engine is being completely rebuilt., and I'll have a 93 Dakota 3.55 rear end on it. Thank you
  8. I'm in the process of swapping a 93 Dakota 1/2 ton rear end onto my 38 Dodge Humpback Panel. The overall width is 2 inches wider than my original rear end. So I'll have to move the perches and replace them with a less wide perch. I went to Tractor Supply and found some perches that are used on trailers. They'll fit fine. Go for it.
  9. I'm trying to determine what shape and measurements of the splash guards on my 38 humpback rc truck. They are among the missing. Can anyone help? Thanks
  10. My truck is up on blocks and I want to take measurements to see if the frame is square before I start the body work. What points do you use to start? What techniques do you use to do the job? This is a 1/2 ton Dodge RC Humpback Panel Truck. Thanks
  11. I want to get new nuts and bolts to rebuild my 38 DeSoto 25'' engine How do I check the size and thread count of the bolts/nuts that are needed to rebuild my flathead six? Are these bolts any different than the bolts made now days? Obviously I'm new this, but I have many sizes of bolts etc. from the tear down of my truck. and I don't really want to use the old ones. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you. Fran
  12. Thank you all for your information. I am doing my research before I tangle with my project. I'm on a limited budget, being retired. I have also bought the Rusty Hope kit about 5 years ago. I have not used it due to pauses in time to do the work. Sometimes life gets in the way. I want to stay as close to original but able to keep up with traffic speeds. I am not a hot rodder, so I won't be getting too wild on this build. At this point I'm researching others experience with the many choices out there. Info like "I did the ‘rusty hope’ disc kit but my steering box was super thrashed and even after new kingpins and tie rods it was not great over 35mph. Other folks on here with tight stock setups swap in lower gears and take long highway trips no problem." from Radarsonwheels and all of you that took the time to help me with my problem. I'm also looking into a strong sway bar, but I need to know if someone else has tried it and what were the results. This forum has been the most valuable information that anyone could get. So keep up the good work. Thank you all.
  13. I am I plan on using the original steering to do the patch panels on you 38 Dodge Humpback Panel truck (RC). I will be using this as my daily driver for as long as I last. I plan on using the original steering that it came with. I will be using the original 25" Desoto flathead six with a gm T5 tranny to a 93 Dakota rear end. I will be saving the original rear end as well as the 3 speed tranny that came with it. My question is about using a Mustang 2 front set up. Has anyone done this using the flathead six? I've been searching for info but have come up short. I'm setting this build up so the truck can safely keep up with highway speed. I would appreciate pros and cons on the subject. Thank you all. Fran
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