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1951 Dodge M37

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Offline Wingman

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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2019, 04:52:05 PM »
Logging miles whenever I can. Ironing out little nuisance bugs. Always getting waves, thumbs-up, and the occasional salute.

So much fun.

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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #16 on: November 07, 2019, 07:57:26 PM »
Going under the knife this winter. Goal is to transform it into a solid and dependable 65mph mall crawler with 38-40" tires on a "budget". 78bhp/40mph is only fun for a short time.  ;)

Donor is a 2005 Silverado 2500HD 6.0L/4L80E/NP261/4.11-14bolt/Hydroboost. Keeping the '51 frame instead of doing the sheet metal swap.

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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #17 on: November 11, 2019, 08:26:41 AM »
o boy!
572 single seat race buggy
573 Brolite '97 Ranger, '96 backup ranger
1997 ZJ 35's
2014 Ram 4500 Cummins 6 speed 4x4
48' enclosed trailer

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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2019, 10:11:53 PM »
Parts culling nearly complete


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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #19 on: January 01, 2020, 07:01:49 PM »
Engine cleaned up, new coils/plugs/wires installed, new Hooker manifolds installed for narrow frame clearance, block side engine mounts welded up


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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #20 on: January 01, 2020, 07:06:10 PM »
Pulled the rear axle


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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #21 on: January 01, 2020, 07:07:58 PM »
Found a sheared center pin


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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #22 on: January 01, 2020, 07:10:20 PM »
...and back to roller status with 14 bolt


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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #23 on: January 03, 2020, 06:58:22 PM »
Pulled into the shop and situated for maximum room



Dropped (literally) the NP200 t-case out



...and pulled the old flathead and NP420 out


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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #24 on: February 11, 2020, 08:13:08 PM »
Out of curiosity, I weighed each combo

230ci/NP420/NP200 = 905#

6.0L/4L80E/NP261 = 910#

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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #25 on: February 11, 2020, 08:22:14 PM »
Still puttering away...

After a few in/out battles, cutting away old mounts, cleaning up decades of grease and dirt, it found a happy spot.

Engine mounts done


Swung into place for the last time(?)

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Re: 1951 Dodge M37
« Reply #26 on: February 19, 2020, 07:17:32 PM »
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