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I just got back 260 slides from 1987-1988 (roughly) that were digitized, so I can start my build thread.

 

First, Sherman, set the WABAC machine to 1987, Omo Ranch (Mount Aukum), CA

This is where my sister and brother-in-law were care taking a ranch owned by his dad.

I am yet to determine the exact location, but eventually may find that, basically we are here.....

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.....and I spy a truck, not just any truck, this thing has a 'hell-of-a' long bed, bubble fenders, bullet holes, a birdbath for a roof and potential!

I have never been one to find a project that had a ding here or there, or an engine with a miss, no I go into full rescue mode.

So after long negotiations over several, and I mean SEVERAL rum and cokes, for $25 I am the proud owner of a 1948 Dodge 1 Ton (B-1-D 126).....

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.....Whatever That Is, What the hell did I just do, At least it is not a tattoo!

 

 

Well this is her, in all her Original Glory.....

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After the engine removal, even the hood ornament has bullet holes!

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TO BE CONTINUED.....

 

 

 

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This thread makes me happy, I thought I was the only one over the 30yr mark on my truck build. 

Go Bill go

 

BTW, I have that same gas cap on one of my trucks.  😁

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22 hours ago, Brent B3B said:

This thread makes me happy, I thought I was the only one over the 30yr mark on my truck build. 

Go Bill go

 

BTW, I have that same gas cap on one of my trucks.  😁

 

And I thought my current 24 years was absurd, you guys are making me feel almost normal..... :)

 

 

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3 hours ago, JBNeal said:

that dot matrix bill of sale is divine...that's right up there with a carbon copy typed pink slip...kudos for persevering 👌

 

Haha, can you say

Okidata Microline,

Those were the days dial up and DM printers.

 

BTW, this is the last vehicle I own

that I actually have a 'pink slip' for.

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YEP, She's toast.....

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Pulling the engine, love those old Oak Trees.....

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Good old tar top battery, minus a few caps, Still have it, not sure why, If it was in the engine compartment might restore it.....

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Gauges have seen better days, as has most of this truck, 80 MPH on the Speedo? Downhill with a tailwind?.....

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Dismantled and repainted gauge housings.

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NOS gauges also, Reset the odometer to 0000.0, I am sure some bureaucrat will just love that!.....

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Grabbed some black cardboard and re-did a new glove box.....

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An original headliner (not from my truck) in 'decent' shape

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MORE TO COME.....

 

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I bought that same Allstate battery new when I was 16 for my 51 Plymouth.

I sure was proud of it.

Love the pictures of pulling the drive train using the "OLD OAK TREE"..

Lucky L&I wasn't around😁

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Or OSHA (had to Google L&I) 🙄

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8 hours ago, Brent B3B said:

This thread makes me happy, I thought I was the only one over the 30yr mark on my truck build. 

Go Bill go

 

BTW, I have that same gas cap on one of my trucks.  😁

@Brent B3B I don't care how long you take I would be proud to own any of your projects.👍

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  • billrigsby changed the title to FINALLY - My 1948 B-1-D Build Thread, 33 Years Later

Original wiring harness removed..... Recreated, using the correct cloth covered, color coded wire, but with a modern plastic sleeve.....

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Front axle repair, original spindles showed cracks when magnafluxed, so found another pair, checked out good.....

 

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Primered and painted.....

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All the other bits primered and painted, new king pins, bushings, seals, etc.....

(still missing one of the correct U-bolts!)

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New wheel cylinders.....

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Front axle reassembled.....

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Steering box and mount primered and painted.....

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Rear axle repair, disassembled.....

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All the bits primered and painted, some of the new seals.....

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Ready to go back together.....

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New brake cylinders.....

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Steering wheel restoration, as you can imagine or may have seen,

a forty year old steering wheel is usually in no shape for use, pits and cracks.

This was an invaluable resource to guide me through this process.....

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Here, all the bad areas have been filed down to the metal steering wheel band.....

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Next, filled with PC-7® Paste Epoxy.....00000138_img_0058_1600x1066.JPG.fd5272631684187fb4726e33cc4bcd10.JPG

 

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After LOTS of sanding, refilling, sanding, did I mention LOTS of sanding, you have something worthy of primer.....

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Managed to keep the part number intact, no cracks there fortunately.....

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Several coats of Gloss Black Imron, and wet sanding down to 1000 grit, you have a 'like new' steering wheel.....

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Horn button installed and finished steering wheel.....

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13 minutes ago, billrigsby said:

Steering wheel restoration, as you can imagine or may have seen,

a forty year old steering wheel is usually in no shape for use, pits and cracks.

This was an invaluable resource to guide me through this process.....

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Here, all the bad areas have been filed down to the metal steering wheel band.....

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After LOTS of sanding, refilling, sanding, did I mention LOTS of sanding, you have something worthy of primer.....

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Managed to keep the part number intact, no cracks there fortunately.....

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Several coats of Gloss Black Imron, and wet sanding down to 1000 grit, you have a 'like new' steering wheel.....

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Horn button installed and finished steering wheel.....

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Great work Bill!  A good looking steering wheel really sets the tone for the cab.  

 

I should mention I don't like sanding so I took the lazy way out and found a NOS wheel :)

 

Brad

 

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I am also restoring a 1948 Dodge truck. My project has been parked in my garage for 25 years, waiting for me to have time and money to come together.  This is finally the year. I live in Southeast Alaska where it rains over 150 inches every year and we're right on the coast, making rust a real problem. Most of the body panels and cab are not painted on the inside and underside. I'm doing a combination mechanical repairs and rustoration, fortunately mine has a remanufactured engine and it runs. The brakes were toast, so I rebuilt with new. I also converted the front brakes to disc breaks and new master cylinder. 

I have torn it down to the frame and drive train. What's left is the stripped down cab and now I'm ready roll it back on the frame so I can get to the underside and frame underneath. I have been repairing the body  panels one at a time to fix the rust and damage , a lot of welding. I only have a oxyacetylene torch for cutting and welding and a whole collection of hammers and grinders. I'm about half done with the metal work.  

Good luck with yours

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YES!, another older project,

some of us thought we were the only ones with 'stalled' projects, Good Luck to you also.

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Time to tackle the frame, borrowed a 'big boy' compressor for the bead blasting, no way our 3.5 HP / 25 Gal Craftsman will be up to the challenge.....

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Frame on it's cart.....

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Frame bead blasted.....

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Frame primered.....

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Frame painted.....

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Just a side note, all primered pieces were shot with Dupont DP40 Epoxy Primer and all gloss black were shot with Dupont Imron polyurethane-based enamel paint.

I know DP40 or 401 is not available anymore due to lead content, not sure if there is a viable alternative? Still have a half gallon, need to be sparing with that.

Not sure about the Imron.

 

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Springs are next, since I have the bead blaster at my disposal.....

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Primered and painted.....

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NOS Spring Bolts for the rear, pretty sure I found them for the front also, but can not find a photo, I think several photos are in limbo somewhere!.....

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NOS Running Boards, not perfect, but 1000 times better than the stock ones, seems someone liked 'dragging' the old ones across trees and rocks.

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I got the NOS 81" Running Boards, T306 Engine, NOS Head, Heater for $300 and $235 Shipping.

 

Time to start the assembly....

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Axles in place (what is that thing on the wall to the left of the chassis?).....

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Brake and Fuel lines installed.....

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We now have a rolling chassis, albeit, with out rubber.

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Turning our attention to the sheet metal now.....

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This was scribbled on the left side of the engine bay, always wondered just what it was, should I duplicate it?

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Towards the end of 1992, Mom and Dad were planning a trip to Arizona, and were nice enough to haul this rusty mess to

Redi-Strip for a non-acid dipping to get it ready for primer. I may have pleaded quite a bit, but what is a small trailer behind that Big-Ol van?

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Saved quite a bit of time with the bead blaster, and clean up of all that media, here she is primered.....

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The rest of the sheet metal was next.....

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A little repair work was needed on this fender, the standard 'rust-out' spot.....

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From a donor basket case fender.....

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Cannot find photos of the end result?

 

A little lead work on the top of the fender.....

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That's my spare front clip, ended up with quite a few spares!

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