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Merle Coggins

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    Merle Coggins got a reaction from ChrisMinelli in 6v Positive Charging System Troubleshooting   
    Larger stud is usually the Armature, smaller stud is Field.
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    Merle Coggins reacted to Todd B in What's the Most Useful Item You Found at the Side of the Road?   
    Found a girl along the road once. Picked her up and she was very useful until the next morning.   
     
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    Merle Coggins got a reaction from John Rogers in Lug centric or hub centric   
    The original wheels from your truck are NOT hub centric. They are lug centric. 
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    Merle Coggins got a reaction from John Rogers in Lug centric or hub centric   
    The original wheels from your truck are NOT hub centric. They are lug centric. 
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    Merle Coggins got a reaction from John Rogers in Lug centric or hub centric   
    The original wheels from your truck are NOT hub centric. They are lug centric. 
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    Merle Coggins reacted to Frank Elder in Todd Build Thread   
    Awesome work on the floors.....this picture makes me smile, but I'm sick....lol.
    the t shirt is pulled up, the pants pulled out and the underwear [towel around shifter] is pulled up into a wedgie....lol. As if someone under the floor board had been victimized.

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    Merle Coggins reacted to rkldesign in Lets see pic of your trucks   
    Updated pics of the van and its progress. Two weeks ago I attended the Sonoma Raceway Laps for Charity.  It was fun, got my own pace car and after one lap I had a fan crowd in the stands cheering me on.  Looking forward to upgrading the suspension to help it corner better.  Look out Herbie!!!! 



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    Merle Coggins got a reaction from JBNeal in Measurement of rear end on 1/2   
    I tried to find some pictures of 8 3/4 axles for comparison, but this is all I could find.

    Here are some pics of an original axle in my 3/4 ton truck. (1/2 ton axles are the same) Not an 8 3/4" Axle.



    A dead give away between the two, besides their size, would be the wheel hub. An 8 3/4 would have a flanged axle shaft which would contain the wheel studs. The original axle would have a tapered axle to which the brake drum fits and is held on with a castle nut.
    Merle
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    Merle Coggins got a reaction from Brent B3B in "Farmer fixes"   
    I remember the old farm truck we had (55 Ford F200) back in the day had a simple hook and eye latch to keep the door closed. Apparently the latch didn't work and it was too troublesome to repair.
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    Merle Coggins got a reaction from Todd B in Go Niners!   
    I'll let you talk smack now, based on how they played earlier in the season out in the Bay Area. This game will be different though. Looking forward to a good game.
    Go Pack Go!!!

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    Merle Coggins got a reaction from bkahler in Leaf spring problems   
    Sometimes you do what you gotta do to add a little weight to a bare frame. When I swapped in my 3.73 diff I was still in the overall building stage, with no body work on the chassis yet. The driveshaft was tight to get off the yolk at the diff, but I couldn't get it back in to save my live. Since I was working in our heavy equipment shop, I looked around the shop and spotted an excavator bucket. BINGO!! Set it on the frame with the overhead crane enough to squat the springs and give me the necessary clearance for the driveshaft to slip in place. (sorry, my camera didn't focus too well on this one)

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    Merle Coggins got a reaction from Radarsonwheels in 512 cid C series on Dakota chassis- build thread   
    I've caulked up my windshield gasket, glass side and body side, to stop the flooding when driving in the rain. Now I'm down a a couple little trickles when driving in heavy rain. I guess I can live with that for now.
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    Merle Coggins got a reaction from bkahler in Leaf spring problems   
    Sometimes you do what you gotta do to add a little weight to a bare frame. When I swapped in my 3.73 diff I was still in the overall building stage, with no body work on the chassis yet. The driveshaft was tight to get off the yolk at the diff, but I couldn't get it back in to save my live. Since I was working in our heavy equipment shop, I looked around the shop and spotted an excavator bucket. BINGO!! Set it on the frame with the overhead crane enough to squat the springs and give me the necessary clearance for the driveshaft to slip in place. (sorry, my camera didn't focus too well on this one)

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    Merle Coggins reacted to Todd B in Go Niners!   
    My money is on the Pack. I was hoping the Vikings would have won and then we had home field advantage. And we all know the Vikings were easy to beat.  
     
     
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    Merle Coggins got a reaction from Todd B in Go Niners!   
    I'll let you talk smack now, based on how they played earlier in the season out in the Bay Area. This game will be different though. Looking forward to a good game.
    Go Pack Go!!!

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    Merle Coggins got a reaction from bkahler in Leaf spring problems   
    Sometimes you do what you gotta do to add a little weight to a bare frame. When I swapped in my 3.73 diff I was still in the overall building stage, with no body work on the chassis yet. The driveshaft was tight to get off the yolk at the diff, but I couldn't get it back in to save my live. Since I was working in our heavy equipment shop, I looked around the shop and spotted an excavator bucket. BINGO!! Set it on the frame with the overhead crane enough to squat the springs and give me the necessary clearance for the driveshaft to slip in place. (sorry, my camera didn't focus too well on this one)

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    Merle Coggins got a reaction from bkahler in Leaf spring problems   
    Sometimes you do what you gotta do to add a little weight to a bare frame. When I swapped in my 3.73 diff I was still in the overall building stage, with no body work on the chassis yet. The driveshaft was tight to get off the yolk at the diff, but I couldn't get it back in to save my live. Since I was working in our heavy equipment shop, I looked around the shop and spotted an excavator bucket. BINGO!! Set it on the frame with the overhead crane enough to squat the springs and give me the necessary clearance for the driveshaft to slip in place. (sorry, my camera didn't focus too well on this one)

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    Merle Coggins got a reaction from bkahler in Leaf spring problems   
    Sometimes you do what you gotta do to add a little weight to a bare frame. When I swapped in my 3.73 diff I was still in the overall building stage, with no body work on the chassis yet. The driveshaft was tight to get off the yolk at the diff, but I couldn't get it back in to save my live. Since I was working in our heavy equipment shop, I looked around the shop and spotted an excavator bucket. BINGO!! Set it on the frame with the overhead crane enough to squat the springs and give me the necessary clearance for the driveshaft to slip in place. (sorry, my camera didn't focus too well on this one)

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    Merle Coggins got a reaction from Radarsonwheels in Fan Blade Pin Removal?   
    Where you see that pin is part of the fan hub that is part of the water pump. Do not mess with that pin unless you wish to disassemble the pump. Rust is probably making the fan tight onto the hub. A bit of penetrating oil and a little wiggling and it should come off. 
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    Merle Coggins got a reaction from bkahler in Leaf spring problems   
    I'm with Jeff on this. I've never had my spring packs apart. I sprayed them down with penetrating oil a couple times early on. Now I'll add a spray down with a dry lube spray every couple of years. I'm always amazed how well it rides for a 70 year old 3/4 ton truck.
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    Merle Coggins reacted to Todd B in Leaf spring problems   
    That’s because your daily work truck is a Ford
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    Merle Coggins got a reaction from bkahler in Leaf spring problems   
    I'm with Jeff on this. I've never had my spring packs apart. I sprayed them down with penetrating oil a couple times early on. Now I'll add a spray down with a dry lube spray every couple of years. I'm always amazed how well it rides for a 70 year old 3/4 ton truck.
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    Merle Coggins got a reaction from JBNeal in Cleveland to Spicer u-joint switchover   
    Another theory on the possible "upgrades" a previous owner made...
    As you state, you see evidence that it may have had column shift, which would indicate it had a 3 speed. With the swap to a 4 speed it would require a different length driveshaft. So they may have just used the driveshaft from the donor truck, and since the rear u-joint wouldn't have matched up they may have just swapped the differential pinion flange with the earlier version. If this is the case your axle and diff may still be original. Or that could be a mix match of components from other donor vehicles. Only time travel would tell the whole story... 😏
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    Merle Coggins got a reaction from bkahler in Cleveland to Spicer u-joint switchover   
    I didn't see anything about a 3.73 diff ratio in the initial post. However... my parts book lists a 3.73 gear set as available for all generations of the B-series, in B and C models, but I've never personally seen a truck with 3.73 gears that hadn't been modified in that respect. In my case I happened across a deal for a diff from a '50 Plymouth that had 3.73 gears. I had to swap the pinion drive flange to keep the truck version, as the car drive flange is quite different, do to their use of ball and trunion joints. Other than that it was a direct swap into my axle. 
     
    There was a change in the axle shaft splines at some point in the early to mid '50's, but I don't know exactly when that took place. And it could have taken place at different points between the product lines. If you happen across a diff with the updated splines I've heard stories from guys that successfully swapped the side gears within the differential so that they could continue to use their existing shafts.
     
    As for the universal joints for your truck. A B3B should have the later Spicer type u-joint. The change was made during the B2 series generation. There is no S/N break as to when they changed, it only designates the "UP TO" as the Lock Plate type and the "AFTER" as the Retainer type. And you need to make the determination by how your u-joint is retained. The fact that your truck has the lock plate, or Cleveland type, u-joints leads me to believe someone swapped in a complete drive train from an earlier truck. Maybe they came across an earlier truck with 3.73 gearing and a 4 speed and decided they wanted that setup in their B3B truck?
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    Merle Coggins got a reaction from bkahler in Cleveland to Spicer u-joint switchover   
    I would venture a guess that a previous owner swapped in a 4 speed from an earlier truck, and rather than modifying the driveshaft to work with different u-joints they swapped in the earlier axle too. 
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