Felt like keeping a log/journal of my progress on this project, the misc seemed like the perfect place to do so. There will be some narrative, but I'm not gonna post cliffs. Read it or don't.
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The story goes:
I was browsing craigslist for a new project to keep me busy in the spring semester. Being the Mopar nut that I am, I naturally searched for 1940's-1950's Dodge/Plymouth/Desoto/Chrysler cars and trucks. I decided to search beyond my locale and ventured onto the Phoenix craigslist, where I found what seemed too good to be true; what I had been looking for for he past 7 years. It was a 1950 Dodge B2B. It was listed at 1800, and from the pictures and description I knew it would be snatched up quick. I quickly got on my phone and called the man, and we arranged for me to come check it out the following weekend.
I decided, if I'm driving this far to check it out, I'm not going to drive back at a later time to pick it up, so I decided to bite the bullet and bring a trailer with me. I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived. The truck was in just the right condition I was looking for; not too much of a basket case, but still needed a lot of work to get it to where I wanted it to be. After shooting the **** with the old man for a while, I forked over the cash and received a title in return. Success.
Some things I learned in the convo:
-The truck had been on craigslist for WEEKS, and he didn't get any hits! He said after I called him though, he received several calls that day!
-I am the third owner.
-56,000 original miles
We loaded up the truck, along with an entire bed full of extra parts, and I started on my way back home.
Here she is, being towed behind my 2003 Ram
Got her home, and into the back yard. As of right now, I live in student apartments, so the truck is at my old house where my old room mates still live. We have a full garage, and there's usually several projects going on at once, lol.
As it sits now, the truck runs beautifully! The motor has already been gone over, and it looks great. Previous owner also mounted a modern GM alternator. I will be adding some after market performance upgrades in the future. It's a 218ci flathead straight six. It's not a high revving, high performance motor. However, it is reliable, tourquey, and original! Anyone who goes to car shows knows that EVERYONE puts a Chevy 350 in their rod, and while thats cool and all, it does get kind of old.
Here's a quick video I shot:
It has a 4 speed, non-synchronized transmission in it right now. Only downside, is its practically a 3-speed because the first gear is a granny gear that is useless on the street. I also received a legit 3 speed transmission for this truck, but I'm not going to use it. The plan is to adapt a T5 transmission out of a Chevy S10 truck. The gear ratios are much more street friendly, and with the 5th gear overdrive I can cruise at highway speeds. Right now, this thing can barely get to 50 mph, and the poor engine is SCREAMIN'!
The rear axle has also been restored; new seals, painted, etc. However, this truck came with two tail gear options: 4.78:1 and 4.1:1. If its a 4.1, I'll probably keep it. If its a 4.78, I'll probably swap it out for a newer axle. Reason is, 4.78 is way too shallow, and will have my engine running too high RPM's at highway speed. There are several axles that fit into this application that can be had for cheap, and an added benefit is upgraded brakes.
Rear Axle/Chassis, lookin' nice.
The frame has been repainted and looks good. Only thing that will be happening here is a pipe-notch in the rear for when I lower it. I'm also going to do a drop-beam axle in the front, and take out leaves from all four corners.
The interior is excellent! The seat has no rips/tears, the steering wheel has been refurbished, and the speedometer has been reworked as well. At first I thought it was still the original paint, but upon further inspection it looks like its been repainted. Oh well! Only downside, there was a slight bit of rusting through on the passenger floor panel, but its since been taken care of. I'm going to put a nice floor mat down and install a stereo, and that's about it! Only gauge that is not operable is the temp gauge, so I need to diagnose that problem.
The entire wiring harness will be replaced. It's actually not too daunting of a task, as the circuits in these old cars are very basic! Also, the system is currently 6 volt, and I'll be converting to 12 volt. Also, the system is positive-ground, and I'll be converting to negative-ground.
The body has ZERO cancer! Only minor surface rust and a couple dents. Should only take a me a few afternoons to get it all straight. I have all the rear windows; the door windows and windshield need to be replaced. Along with ALL the rubber, $$$.
The drivers side hood is bent in a few places, which cause it to close improperly. This is going to be the most difficult problem to fix, but is definitely doable. Also, the bed wood is gone and needs to be replaced. I do have all the bed sides, but the tailgate is dented beyond reasonable repair :/
Still haven't settled on a paint scheme, and I'm OPEN TO ANY SUGGESTIONS!
As of right now I'm leaning toward something like this:
I'm going to run the stock wheels. As of right now, they're at the sandblaster getting stripped, them I'm going to repaint them gloss black. I received the tires in the mail today, Coker Classic 6.50x16 radial whitewalls. The radials were way more expensive than the bias ply tires, but are well worth it.
This is where shes at now.