R O X A N N E
Gary & Kathleen Thompson posted a Craigslist ad for their 1950 Dodge B2B Pilothouse pickup truck. It had just the right amount of rust, ah er; “patina”. Not so much that it freaked me out, if you know what I mean. I drove the five hours out to Montrose and took her for a test drive. Wow, she runs and drives! The brakes were a little wonky – soft and pulled hard to the left, but I had already made up my mind.
I was a little concerned what Jan Baby was going to think when she learned I had spent our new kitchen countertop money on a 67 year old rusty pickup truck. After a ride around the block she just smiled, and a big smile to boot. You have to admit, I have the best wife ever. Molly, our faithful canine companion was pretty freaked out riding up in the cab. The rattling and engine noise wasn’t making here too comfortable. Still, she jumps right in when I open the door.
We’re not sure what the future holds for Roxanne. We don’t have the budget for a full restoration. For the time being we plan on keeping her safely running. Any work done I’ll be doing my best to git ‘er done – try each time to make her just a little better than she was before.
Follow my progress on Roxanne’s P15-D24 Thread 🙂
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April Update – Not Foolishness
Decided against the hand forged wrought iron hooks from Garrett Wade (India). Steve over at VPW hooked me up with the hooks I’ve only dreamed of.
Door Glass Removal on your 1950-ish Dodge B Series Trucks
I’ve seen this topic discussed on various message boards, facebook groups and forums. The trouble is nobody really knows or can show you what you need to know to get the job done. I’m not sure I’m the guy to solve that riddle but …
Vintage Dodge DIY Disc Brakes Conversion
While I haven't bitten the bullet yet I have been sorely tempted. Recently I ran across this post on the Facebook Dodge Pilot House page. DIY Disc Brakes for yer 'ol Dodge by Derrick Laukaitis Don Incoll came up with a great setup for converting the drums on his...
Removing the thick coat of rust from the backside took some elbow grease. I let ’em soak in vinegar for a few days then scrubbed them with steel wool and green meanines (Scotch Pads). The front sides I cleaned up with rubbing compound then applied a degreaser before I started the masking and painting.
Many Moe & Jack
Over on the P15-D24.com and Pilot-house.com I was looking at @ggdad1951's FEF truck and see Mark is using what appears to be the original "yellow". I recall him discussing it here and there. I think he referred to it as Armour Yellow. When I learned that...
On a recent trip to the local salvage yard, I met an attractive young woman while encouraging my son to keep trying as he struggled with the '48 radio removal. Her husband was off in search of old Chevy pickups so she hung with us and we had a nice chat....
1950 Colorful Colorado TT License Plates
Roxanne deserves proper badging, starting with period correct license plates. When we first met she was showing off a 1970’s Colorado Collector Series license plates, which is nice and they do have just the right amount of wear for a truck of this age. When I drove her down to get her registered in my name, they wouldn’t let me use the plates she came with. I ended up …
Old Town Car Show First Place
Drove Roxanne to the Old Town Car Show here in Northern Fort Collins – 2018 edition. If your new to my blog here, Roxanne is my new girlfriend; 1950 Dodge B-2-B-108 Pickup Truck. Spent some time earlier in the week cleaning her up – got out the pressure washer and …
Junk in the Trunk
I've been trying to figure out the best way to carry all the odds and ends one needs given the limited cab storage space of a Dodge B2B half ton pickup. Many of the Guys on the P15-D24 Forum have come u p with some good ideas. Paul Flaming for example has a home built...
Brakes Done – Almost
Getting the right brake cylinders turned out to be an interesting pursuit. Prices ranging all over the place and no guarantee that the high price part isn't the same exact thing as the low priced part. I purchased a $58 cylinder and a $9.95 cylinder and they were the...