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About Jocko_51_B3B

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    Minooka Illinois
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    In process of doing a restoration on a 1951 B-3-B.
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    1951 B-3-B
    1950 Ford F-1 V8


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    Minooka IL
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    Classic Cars, Softball, Theology, Science

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  1. DCM Classics has something similar as well... https://dcmclassics.com/dust-and-air-seals/222-rw-186-door-windlace-black-or-brown-kit.html?search_query=186&results=3 Here's a photo from DCM's site:
  2. I found it. Roberts has it. The round core is solid and the rubber-coated flange material is very similar in texture to the original Dodge material. This is the same stuff that came with my b3B when I bought the truck. https://www.robertsmotorparts.com/black-windlace-2-doors-dodge-trucks-plymouth-trucks-fargo-trucks-1928-1947-chrysler-dodge-desoto-plymouth-cars-1948-and-older-when-used-1-1 Here's a picture of it from Robert's website:
  3. McMaster-Carr has a solid round seal with a flange that might work, but it's not really like the original. https://www.mcmaster.com/rubber-seals/flange-mount-rubber-seals/
  4. Here's what the repro material looks like. The pieces I have came with my B3B. The PO didn't tell me where he got them. Maybe someone on this site knows where to get it.
  5. I took a rusty old splash shield extension from a '52 B3B parts truck and I noticed something interesting. The old extension has a piece of the original gasket material still split-riveted to it. It is hard to tell what this material is actually like from the picture in the parts manual, but here is a real life original sample. It has a loli-pop cross section. The round part is solid. The flange is a rough rubber coated material. There is a close reproduction material made. I have a couple pieces of it, enough to do the splash shield extensions.
  6. A fresh air shroud was included with my Model 65. It looks like it fits perfectly between the heater and the firewall. The holes match up with the holes in the firewall. The shroud I have is falling apart but I kept it as a reference piece in case I can somehow fabricate one in the future. It appears to be made of a very flimsy cardboard material stapled together. There's no way this type of thing could last more than a few years IMO. If I had all the pieces needed for the kit, I might try fabricating a new shroud out of 18 or 20 gage sheet metal along with a spongey edge of some kind to
  7. It looks like you've got a nice solid truck. I hope you keep it close to original. The fact that it runs is great. The old style turn signals on the front fenders are another plus. Of course the front bumper is not original nor are the wheels from what I can see. If you're a purist, original wheels do come up on eBay sometimes. Most of the Pilothouse trucks do not have rear bumpers because they were optional. Your engine might be original based on the appearance of the thermostat housing. Your engine has the internal bypass cooling system, an improvement that was introduced in 1951. Your bed s
  8. I was able to do mine myself after a couple of failed attempts. What worked for me was to install both pieces of glass into the rubber molding on a table making it a single assembly. Then I positioned the whole thing into the truck from the inside. The assembly tended to fall back inside the truck so I took a piece of packaging tape and strung it across from the left to the right side window pillars just to keep it from falling back into the cab. From there I was simply able to monkey the rubber molding into position little by little mostly just using my fingers and then installed the steel mo
  9. I agree, I was almost certain the first is a 3-speed and the second a 4-speed but I wanted a few other informed opinions. For kicks, I measured the lengths of both transmissions from the rear of the cast iron cases to the ends of the pinion shaft. The 3-speed measured 15 3/4 inches. The-4 speed measured 17 1/4. The reason I started this thread is because I'm pulling the engine on my B3B and I had a somewhat difficult time pulling the 4-speed transmission back far enough to be able to get the throwout bearing out of the way in order to drop the clutch and flywheel down and out. (I did finally s
  10. The Dodge Truck Shop Manual talks about three speed, four speed, and five speed transmissions. Can someone identify the two transmissions I have? Are they 3,4, or 5 speed? Also, is reverse considered to be a "speed" or does "speed" always refer only to the number of forward gears? (I'm supposing it only refers to the forward gears.) Here's the first transmission which came from a '52 B3B with column shift. Here's the second one which came from a '50 B2B with floor shift.
  11. I'm sorry to hear about the situation with your former wife. I can't think of anything more hurtful and dishonest. Best wishes to you in the future! But thank you for responding even though this thread is as old as it is. It would be nice if a comprehensive list could be compiled of every Pilothouse spring including dimensions, material thicknesses, etc. That way in the future it would be possible to reproduce them once again or at least make it easier to find similar replacements. From quickly going through the other posts, I gathered the following: 1. Gas Tank Spacer: 1.25 inches
  12. I came across this nine year old thread today for the first time and it helped me realize that I had mounted the back end of my gas tank incorrectly. (The rear flange of my tank was below the mounting bracket instead of on top.) I'll fix that mistake later. But what became of the SS spring project? If all that good information about spring and spacer sizes, dimensions, and materials hasn't disappeared into the dustbin of history, it would be great to collect it into one place for future reference. Maybe then it could be added to the technical section of the site? Does anyone still have this da
  13. If my B3B had been in better shape when I bought it I might have kept it in a "patina" state of existence, but my truck was too far gone. It's been a five year rescue operation to be honest. The previous owner had painted it over with some gray stuff, the toe boards were missing, large holes were chopped in the rear fenders, the front fender brackets were rusted through (of course), original gauges were gone, brakes were totally non-functional, horn ring was gone, wiring was shot and needed total replacement, bed floor was trash, etc, etc. I had no choice but to take it back to factory origina
  14. Jeff, Thanks, good answer. I should have realized it's a diverter. I'm trying to put together a fresh air setup too. So far I only have the intake assembly so I keep checking eBay looking for a good valve, shroud, and hose support. As a side note I took my Model 65 to DCM Classics to have it disassembled and to have the parts blasted and repainted. I'm putting it back together at home in my garage. DCM not only supplies parts, but they also do very nice restoration work including sheet metal fabrication and paint. I really like their facility. It's clean, spacious, and well-organized. The
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