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ggdad1951 last won the day on April 29

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About ggdad1951

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    Oak Grove, MN
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    woodworking, playing hockey, skydiving, landscaping, college hockey (GOPHERS), Vikings, Dodge trucks!
  • My Project Cars
    1951 B3D "FEF", 1948-NOW Street rod truck "TODD", 1951 COE "PUMA", 1953 1.5 ton tip bed "ART", 1951 1 ton flat bed "PARTS"

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    restored great grand dad's 1951 1 ton (FEF) now onto TODD!
  • Occupation
    Engineering Manager/Mechanical Engineer


  • Location
    Eagan MN
  • Interests
    wood working, landscaping, skydiving

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  1. Welcome. Please review the posting rules about requesting parts on the general forum. I have edited that info out of your post. Site mod.
  2. After getting my 90° down fitting decided I needed a tich more room for potential heat issues....and the results:
  3. Most mirrors have a roll formed edge to hold the glass...VERY tricky to try and pry away and then even trickier to put back w/o the right tooling. Best of luck!
  4. I had found a company in the past that refurbishes old mirrors. found my old post here: quick check on the link tho shows a deadend. Maybe try the email address to see if still in business and report back?
  5. 51 B3D: "FEF" combination of initals of all the family owners (ggdad's first, father's middle, my last) "51" project custom truck: "TODD" from an inside joke with my friend I got the engine from and original working name of PHTD (Pilot House Turbo Diesel) 51 1.5 ton: "ART" since he sits by the fire pit as yard art 51 B3D flatbed: "PARTS" because his primary role is parts 51 COE: "PUMA" shop cat took ownership as a napping spot 51 Farmall: (trails and property mower) "MAC" from McCormick Farmall 01 GMC Sonoma: "Big Blue" since he is a small blue truck 01 Polaris 4 wheeler: "CAM" since he's camoflage finish 2019 Buick Encore: wife's vehicle "WASH" from the Serenity pilot's name in the TV show "Firefly" since he could pilot so well
  6. Better a hipster coffee house then a parking lot or high rise apartment
  7. I participated in the insanity that everyone seemed to be doing this last weekend. I got some pics, sadly mostly blurry trying to hold the phone still enough for the light capture. I was hoping for a cool pic with the truck in foreground, but alas...blurry. But here ya go, post what you may have gotten!
  8. Yes HUGE coronal mass ejections....seems to be a 20 or year cycle. I'll post a thread for the north side.
  9. No offering/trading/selling/giving of parts on the open forums. Either take this to PM or "classifieds".
  10. Ran across this guy on Ebay....he's a "local" guy (1.5 hours away) and I drove up and looked thru his stuff to get what I needed. He definetly has a huge supply. If you are looking for things, check out his Ebay store and see if you can find what ya need. Super nice guy. https://www.ebay.com/usr/dsiceman
  11. Welcome! Post some pics! And as 46Bulldog said, make sure when you talk about the rims you say split RING rims not split RIMS. The later is WAY more dangerous and hardly anyone will touch, lock ring rims are safer and you can still find shops to work on them.
  12. Mark, I need HELP!!

    I sent this message to Brent already.  The only thing I can think of is using the shotgun approach and contact as many friends and experts I know.


    Sorry for being so dramatic but I have run out of all the options I know about and my patience has abandoned me as well.

    Quickly as I can, here is my truck life since I last saw you guys at Tim's annual BBQ in California 2022.

    I hope you remember my promise of bringing my 1954 Dodge C1-C V8 poly.

         The truck had set for about 30 years but wasn't a total loss.

    (2019-2022)To help me, I contracted with a local repair shop.  They dug in and sent the engine out to a local machinist; the trany to a local transmission shop; the body to a local paint shop.  They tried to work on the brakes & electrical.


    THE machinist finished his work in just a few months; fully restored as close to standard as he could get it.  He turned it over by hand, no drag or noise and each cylinder built compression. 

    THE trany was returned to me in a cardboard box saying they could not find parts or knew how to rebuild a transmission that old (I learned where to find the parts and how to rebuild the NP 420 4 speed on the floor)  It worked great on a test bench I built.

    The paint shop did not finish their job, could not be reached so I negotiated with the owner of the shop and took the body back and finished up the painting as well as I could.  Not the greatest but it looks good (from a few steps back).

    (2022 to present)  Covid being over the repair shop started getting busier and didn't have time to finish up the work on my truck.  They refused to let me help them when they first started, sighting liability issues, but as they got busy they reconsidered and let me come to their shop and start finishing up what the had not completed.  * They said they had installed the engine and hooked everything up but it immediately got hot so they shut it down until they had more time to figure it out.

    Yep, you are right.  They forgot to put oil in it when they got it back from the machinist.  Engine seized and could not be repaired.  Another repair shop found me a 241 V8 HEMI.  More on that in a moment.

    I finished up all the electrical, brakes, and found all the parts to finish up the "cosmetic repairs" to the rest of the truck.

    Now to the new shop that found me the 241 HEMI.  They checked it out and called me in to see it bench tested.  Everything looked and sounded fantastic.

    NOTE:  my original was a 241 Poly and I assumed the repair shop knew the HEMI 241 would fit my 54 truck.  In 1954 Dodge did put a 259 V8 HEMI in their 3/4 ton pick up.  (Casting no. C8.  They also had engines; VT-342, 344, 346 (these were 270 ci)  I am guessing if there was a factory HEMI 241 V8 it was a limited experiment.  And not well documented in the public information.

    Sorry I digress.  This new shop finished installing the HEMI, they called me to pick it up.  I was overjoyed!  My baby was coming home.  I could get it licensed, final beauty fixups and drive it over to Tim's BBQ on April 1st 2024!

    That is when my hopes and dreams began their nose dive and I haven't found any way to pull it out.

    Current condition:

    1) 241 V8 HEMI is from a car NOT a truck.  Casting no. D502 110990.

         I am not sure the total problems with this little oops.

    2) In putting in this HEMI they re-routed the exhaust pipes.  This caused them to re-configure the clutch linkage.  And apparently re-route some of the engine compartment wiring.

    Result; the transmission does not work.  The fuel gauge does not work.  The turn signals do not work.  They also 'misplaced' various springs and bolt connections on several other components.  They also said they couldn't find all the old parts they took off.  I had clearly told them that all parts were to be saved and returned to me!


    I hope you have not tired of reading this tail of woe.  Thanks for listening this far.  

    Taking a deep breath and trying for a positive outlook, this is what I am seeking help with.

    A)  My repair manual for the 241 V8 HEMI in the 1954 3/4 T truck says the driver side exhaust manifold has a discharge pipe that is directed downwards in the center of the collection tube.  That matches the 241 Poly.  My old exhaust pipe that has a crossover pipe in front of the oil pan would then fit.  The one that came with the car 241 has the discharge exits out the rear of the collection tube.  That appears to be why they thought they had to re-configure the clutch linkage.


    ** Do you or one of the other MOPAR experts know where I can acquire the 'correct' exhaust manifold?


    If I am correct?  This exhaust manifold will "solve?" all my problems.

    I already have re-fabricated the needed parts from the clutch pedal through the Z-bar & stabilizer swivel ball joint bracket to the turnbuckle connection to the clutch.

    I have the new exhaust piping sections.  The passenger exhaust manifold does exit vertical like the old one so the Exhaust Temperature Control Valve and Pipe Y-section should all fit normally.


    Hope you can help and thanks for your time.


    1. ggdad1951


      Well, to be honest, I have no idea, Tim would be a good source IMO, if it;s not a B series I don't have much knowledge.

    2. 54Dodgeguy


      Thanks for the response.  I was just hopeful that someone either had an answer or knew of someone else I could try to contact.

      Hope you are doing well and having fun with your 'hobby'.


  13. not near totality.....but I got so see this!
  14. Likely not a "factory" accesory, more likely a mass produced catalog or dealer option, these aren't listed in the Accesories section of the manuals.
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