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1951 Dodge M37
« on: May 30, 2019, 07:59:18 PM »
In a moment of weakness, I purchased a basket case...

1951 Dodge M37, 3/4 ton, 4x4 (NP420, NP200, 5.83s)

I'm not sure what the end goal is yet. It really isn't nice enough to restore. I know there will be some purist push-back but I'm leaning toward LS, auto, D60/14b, and 40s for "cheap" drivability. The more proper option would be 4BT, NV4500 but that gets pricey quickly.

What to do, what to do...

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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2019, 08:05:13 PM »









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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2019, 08:12:41 PM »
Appears not to suck!

what are the tires that are on it? 37s? I might want to talk to you about those for my kei truck silliness that I want more and more badly to work on. I need a barn!
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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2019, 08:16:00 PM »
36" Buckshot Mudders on non-split 16" wheels. They hold air but are pretty cracked.

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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2019, 08:17:44 PM »
DMV nonsense taken care of.

Tear down has begun. Plow frame and hydraulics returned to previous owner per agreement. Bazillion pound PTO winch and bumper removed to the "sell" pile. Most of the wiring removed.

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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2019, 08:42:49 PM »
That was quick for reggo!
Michael Maskalans
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High Miler: 07.5 Ram 6.7 6sp 4x2, ARB, 19.5s
98 TDI beater
Road Block: 98 Dakota Lockright HP 60/Welded 10.25, 5.38s, 203/205 triple stick, 42" SXs
Dumpbus: 97 Ram 24v P-pumped, RoadRanger 13sp
'87 AMC Eagle Wagon

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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2019, 07:59:51 AM »
Awesome!  Not going to keep the winch?
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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2019, 08:42:05 AM »
Winch is about 400# of weight hanging way out in front. Truck is already a pig.

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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2019, 08:01:20 PM »
Fired and ran for the first time in 11 years. On to details to make it move: carb, battery, 12v alternator and starter, cooling...

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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2019, 02:50:32 PM »
awesome!
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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2019, 05:37:50 PM »
By Tuesday, rebuilt the carb, flushed out the fuel system, swapped in a 12v starter, and wired up the 12v fuel pump. All 24v stuff purged. Put some fresh fuel in the tank, squirted some ether, and it fired, ran, and even IDLED!!!

By Saturday, had the 12v one-wire alternator brackets fabbed, radiator mounted and plumbed, temp gauge installed, and accelerator pedal/throttle linkages worked out.

Nothing left to prohibit a test-drive...  ;)

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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2019, 05:40:03 PM »



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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2019, 05:17:58 PM »
Brakes brought back to acceptable function. On to lighting...

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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2019, 12:58:51 PM »
Now has LED headlights, functional turn signals and parking lights, even dash lights and high beam indicator. Also got the heater converted to 12v. NYSI completed too.

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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2019, 07:58:27 AM »
this thing is COOL
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High Miler: 07.5 Ram 6.7 6sp 4x2, ARB, 19.5s
98 TDI beater
Road Block: 98 Dakota Lockright HP 60/Welded 10.25, 5.38s, 203/205 triple stick, 42" SXs
Dumpbus: 97 Ram 24v P-pumped, RoadRanger 13sp
'87 AMC Eagle Wagon