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Old 05-06-2010, 12:23 AM
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Default My 1941 Dodge Truck Build

Yes, it's finally my turn to get a build thread!

I bought a 1941 Dodge truck a few months ago.



I tore it down and only used the cab and title. I also started collecting parts, which include the power train, front axle, brakes, suspension, etc....

I started designing the truck in Solidworks. I came up with something like this:


The exposed parts of the frame are water jetted, and the part on which the cab sits is just regular 2x4 tubing. I sent the CAD filed to the water jetter and began fabricating the 2x4 section of the frame.



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Old 05-06-2010, 12:24 AM
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In the mean while, I picked up another Caddy engine. It's a 1970 Cadillac 500 with the transmission that I picked up for $150. It'll need some refreshing, but it was cheaper than even a core.

The engine made my cherry picker cry:


My other engine in the back ground. It's a 1973 Cadillac 500 that I got in trade for a few hours of aluminum welding.


I also moved the cab around, for fun, LOL.
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I got the parts from the water jetter a few weeks ago, but it got so hot that I had to do something to improve my working conditions. My house didn't have a garage. It only had a carport, so I decided to buy some lumber and build a garage.

Picked up some lumber:


I bought some 20 footer 2x6's and brought them home like this:




Framed the carport:
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Old 05-06-2010, 12:25 AM
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Added some siding sheets:


Finally brought all my tools in that were in the back yard, lol.


No "hot rod" garage is complete without a reference to The World's Fastest Indian:


I set up my work space and stereo. It is very important to listen to your favorite tunes when you're working on your rod.
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I rebuilt my front king pins:


Then I cut all the brackets from the rear axle (31 spline Ford 8.8") to get it ready for 4-link:


You can kind of see how the frame will end up looking like:


I cut up some tubing for the "lightening holes":


I also had time to mock up the front frame rails tonight:


That's all I have for now. I think I'll be able to make pretty good progress now that I have a decent work space. My goal is to finish it before the Good Guys Fall Nationals, which is a week before Thanksgiving. I hope I can make it!
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Sweet build, I do love job rated dodges. Keep us posted and Good Luck!
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Old 05-06-2010, 01:01 AM
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Very nice, I'm loving your frame design. Looking forward to seeing your progress.
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I like the frame design, good idea! Garage looks good also....CR
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Can't wait till we can see th frame mocked up. Looks good just the way it is! Never seen a garage in the "builds" section either!
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