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Projects 1937 Dodge Pickup

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by The Rezerend, May 21, 2013.

  1. The Rezerend
    Joined: May 21, 2013
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    The Rezerend
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    from MT

    Ya if ya look in my first pics I have the remnants of one that came with the pickup, its in the bed. Not sure if I'll be able to salvage it.
    Thanks Joel, that may be a weekend project with the old man since he's got a press and a torch.
     
  2. Poor Boys Garage
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    My bad on the delay in response. Yeah, the cab is moved back about 5 inches, the frame is bare bone, all the mounts have been shaved off for the cab is channeled 6 inches over the frame with a new fabricated floor. Each to their own but parrellel leaf springs set up isn't worth it in my opinion, sure there might be a tad bit of better ride quality, which ain't much, we're talking 40's technology, nothing of the period is going to ride like a Cadillac but is a hair better ride quality worth running the absolute ugliness of the parrallel springs, I don't think so, plus you'll never get the truck half as low as a mono leaf setup can achieve. Sure if your going to run a full fendered truck it wouldn't be a problem cause it could be hidden but a fenderless truck should be clean and neat. Heres a couple more pictures of the 37 Plymouth to show where the cab is sitting and how much its channelled. How the truck is sitting in the picture should be about the ride height of the finished truck. I like em low but not ground scraping low that will make it barely drivable.
     

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  3. Poor Boys Garage
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    As for the grill, heres what a 37 Plymouth/Dodge grill looks like bare bone. We're going to run it on our truck but with extensive modifing. The top will be filled in and brought to a point like the bottom and the 20 holes filled in, it will be running a frabricated grill insert of tiny metal dowel rods, oh and a drastic chop.
     

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  4. The Rezerend
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    Thanks Poor Boy, The front frame horns look quite a bit different from mine (mine are fully boxed and come to more of a point with little bolt boss for the bumper) as well with the extra bracket behind the front crossmember (mine just has the engine mounts behind the crossmemeber). Maybe difference between plymouth and dodge?????? Anyways everything else look pretty similar to mine. Plan to make some more headway this weekend.
     
  5. nhmikel
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    I have an extra grill shell in good shape
    pm if your interested
     
  6. Poor Boys Garage
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    Its the same exact frame, we've just cut the front of it off right behind the original cross member, then put a 28/29 AA Ford cross member in place.
     
  7. bbbbbb9
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    If the price is right, I'll buy the spring mounts, the shocks and rods and shock mounts.
     
  8. Not to piss anyone off or poopoo your project, but I have a thought you may consider...get the TITLE stuff squared away BEFORE going any farther on the truck. I would hate to see you pour your heart, soul and cash into something that you really have no proof of ownership on. I have seen that happen where the "real" owner comes across their re-done vehicle after some guy fixes it up and they reclaim it.
     
  9. dinokruzordinance
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    I agree on getting it titled. A local guy did an OT vdub he git off an abandon vehicle farmers property deal. And posted his restoration with a performance engine on facebook. The weekend he was to set the engine he didnt. Fortunately. The following monday the PO showed up witj sheriff and a roll back for his now hot rodded rig.

    Fyi
     
  10. JerryLee
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    I agree on '37-'38. Just curious, did Mopar make a PU in '36?


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  11. Jen......
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    yes I have one here

    Jen
     
  12. The Rezerend
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    Nope those won't be for sale I'm keeping all that stuff around in the case that I want to return it back to a parallel leaf. The shocks are shot anyways.

    As it relates to the title that is a very good idea. Here in MT its usually not too tough to get one but better to have a hang up now before too much gets done. Thanks, maybe that will be the next battle before I go too much farther.
     
  13. mcmopar
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    If you are going to drop the cab over the frame, I would be interested in the front cab mounts. Nice truck, and good luck.
     
  14. The Rezerend
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    Long time since any updates and its been slow going, work and family sometimes gets the priority. Getting closer to getting a title though so it'll be full steam ahead once thats in my hands.
     
  15. The Rezerend
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    Still no title but working on getting the bill of sale. Just a thought for those out there that dislike the transverse spring on the dodge. What about flipping the axle on top of the springs, pulling out a couple leaves, and maybe flipping a leaf to the top side. Any ideas, warnings, or other? I think this will give me the height that I'm looking for but not sure on the strength or feasability of this on these old I beams.
     
  16. 36DodgeRam
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    I put a hemi in mine, that lowered the front 2"! Removed two leaves from each back stack, it rides much better now.
     
  17. jfreakofkorn
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    hope that the paperwork works out ....

    it can be tough sometimes ....
     
  18. Westco48
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    Cool truck...do you happen to know how wide the frame is right about where the engine sets?
     
  19. nhmikel
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  20. mcmopar
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    mcmopar
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  21. jonrbrt
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  22. jonrbrt
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    jonrbrt
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  23. jonrbrt
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    jonrbrt
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    from Indiana

    Here is detail for serial number you provided:
    Serial Number
    8179755
    Year 1937
    Make Dodge
    Model MC
    Engine 218.06 Flathead Six
    Wheelbase 116
    Rating 1/2 Ton
    Engineering Code T38A
    Plant Hamtramck, Michigan
    Build Number 23055
     

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