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About bill.ligon

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  • Birthday 05/19/1951

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    Houston Tx
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    1951 Dodge B3B

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  1. I want to thank all who contributed good suggestions. To summarize the solution whether the patch is made internally or exteriorly best practice would involve 1. Drain the oil 2. Remove the pan 3. Thoroughly clean the seam area 4. Seal the seam area 5. Reinstall pan 6. Refill oil 7. Pray that the repair worked. Sealing the seam with solder or blazing would seem to be the best long term solution for a 69 year old truck to last another 69 years; but heck I will not last that long. For now I think I will keep the drip pan and make regular dipstick checks before driving the B3B until it is time to change oil and filter again in December and make the seam repair at that time. This forum as well as my SSR forum have been a godsend to discuss the odd issues owning an unique vehicle like these wonderful vehicles can have. Bill
  2. I have had an oil leak since owning my 1951 Dodge B3B, I have always assumed that it was from the drain plug. So I changed to a new plug but still the leak continued. So at the last oil change, I changed to a nylon washer in an attempt to stop the leak. But the leak continued. The leak is not catastrophic but is annoying. Of course I have maintained a drip pan on my shop floor to catch the leaks, but I still wanted to secure a solution. So yesterday in part due to current home confinement and the arrival of warm weather, I cleaned the exterior of the oil pan with degreaser and then using body powder, I powdered the pan in order to locate the source of the leak. While the oil primary drips to the ground from the drain plug, that is only because it is the lowest point on the oil pan. It is actually leaking from the dipstick connection on the side of the oil pan running down the side of the pan, and finally across the bottom of the pan to the drain plug. Since this connection point appears to be spot welded or riveted onto the oil pan, the most be a method to reseal the seam between the two pieces. So my question, Has anyone else experienced this issue? Has anybody found a viable solution? or Do I just the drip pan?
  3. dcmclassics.com is one of my favorite sites for parts for my 51 B3B There is also roberts https://www.robertsmotorparts.com/trucks: Hagens https://hagensautoparts.com/1951 For bed parts there is http://www.horkeyswoodandparts.com/ or http://www.mar-k.com/Catalog/index.aspx For seat belts I like https://www.julianos.com/Seat-Belts-s/96.htm Dodge truck parts are not as plentiful as for the same vintage Ford or Chevy. Sometimes you may need a donor vehicle for specific body parts. A lot depends on whether you are trying to do a proper restoration, a functional restoration, or restor-mod. I went for a functional restoration so I have used 1950 taillight brackets to have two tail lights, LED turn signal lights from 32 Ford A, 1950 Dodge wheel covers. But I am still 6V positive ground , flathead six with a 4 speed
  4. Yes this is a 4 speed with what I believe is the original engine & transmission. It has just under 48,000 miles. The only modernization are seat belts, turn signals (LED), 2nd brake light, and west coast(JR) mirrors. These were added so that I felt safe driving it on Houston's streets.
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