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    Fayetteville, AR 72704
  • Interests
    Old cars, grand kids, water skiing, sailing, scuba diving, more things than I can afford.
  • My Project Cars
    1949 Dodge 3/4 ton P.U.<br />1938 Buick Special 40

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  • Biography
    69 years old. One month older than my Dodge P.U.
  • Occupation
    Mechanical Engineering consultant, vehicle dynamics, and vehicle design, now retired.


  • Location
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Interests
    History, water skiing, old cars,

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  1. I love the comment about marking their territory. Mine leaks small around the rear, but it sprung a leak around the oil pan plug boss. I welded it up and will reinstall tomorrow.
  2. I will check the shim and the balance. Right now I am working on coils and condensers in the ignition.
  3. Thank you all for your help. Front end completely overhauled, wheels aligned, tires are balanced ad did not require too much weight, but I have not checked for true. Will do that.
  4. I am having the same problem. Did you ever get this fixed?
  5. I have replaced everything in the front end of my 1949 Dodge B1B PU. Wheels are balanced and aligned. Runs smooth up to 60 then it starts to vibrate/wobble/shimmy. I am thinking of installing steering dampers. Does anybody ever drive these things above 60? Mine is running smooth and great up to that point. I know that a solid axle can have that problem. That was why Maurice Olley of GM came up with the independent front suspension in the 30's. He just couldn't really get rid of that wobble. Anybody else have that problem? If you used a steering damper, what brand and type did you get?
  6. Is there a good aftermarket clutch and pressure plate for the Dodge PU 1949 B1B? This is 10" Dia. 10 spline clutch. I have seen plenty of "Precision Clutch" advertisements but no way to search for compatibility with my truck.
  7. That would seem like an awful lot of trucks. I never see them in Hemmings Motors magazine for sale or maybe only 1 when there are 30 or 40 chevys and Fords of the 1940 vintage. My truck was saved from a pasture in Arkansas.
  8. I would certainly have a professional install it. I got the rubber from Roberts Motors and had new glass cut using the old glass as patterns and then had them install it. I tried but it takes some skill to do that without breaking the glass and they charged me $50 to install. Not bad.
  9. I couldn't afford the fancy tool, so I measured the inside diameter of the drum with a caliper then used an outside caliper to measure to the outside surface of the brake shoe. From the drum diameter you have to divide by 2 then add 1/2 the diameter of the axle shaft. Using the caliper I would go around the shoe adjusting the heel and toe until it just barely rubbed. On the tapered axle I used a bearing slipped over the shaft to maintain a constant surface for me to measure with my caliper. In that case the caliper was set to 1/2 of the drum diameter + 1/2 of the bearing diameter. Worked well.
  10. Project restoration of a old beat up truck rescued from the top of a mountain in Winslow, Arkansas.
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