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  • 6x6 looks fantastic
    Andy

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    • Thanks Pismo. It's starting to get fun again.
      Greg Coffin
      Unrepentant Dodge Enthusiast

      1951 Dodge M37 - Bone Stock
      1958 Dodge M37 - Ex-Forest Service Brush Truck
      1962 M37-B1 - Work in Progress
      1962 Dodge WM300 Power Wagon - Factory 251, 4.89s
      1944/1957 Dodge WM500 6x6 Power Wagon - LA318-3, NP435, 5.83s, Power Steering, Undercab Power Brakes
      1974 Dodge W200 - 360/727, Factory Sno-Fighter Package

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      • That's a nice looking rig! Good job! I dig the horns.

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        • The horns sound amazing! Much better than the weenie beep-beep horn it came with. Modern day people will be able to hear them too.
          Greg Coffin
          Unrepentant Dodge Enthusiast

          1951 Dodge M37 - Bone Stock
          1958 Dodge M37 - Ex-Forest Service Brush Truck
          1962 M37-B1 - Work in Progress
          1962 Dodge WM300 Power Wagon - Factory 251, 4.89s
          1944/1957 Dodge WM500 6x6 Power Wagon - LA318-3, NP435, 5.83s, Power Steering, Undercab Power Brakes
          1974 Dodge W200 - 360/727, Factory Sno-Fighter Package

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          • Horn Slip Ring Details

            I finished the slip ring circuit for the horns on the 6x6. It went together a little differently than I expected. The horn button wire fit nicely through the U-joint, and I was hoping to simply solder the wire to the edge of the slip ring. But the copper ring was too much of a heat sink for my soldering gun and I wasn't able to get the solder to melt.

            After a little head scratching I decided to remove the slip ring so I could solder on a tab for a spade connector. I'm actually happier with the results now, since I can disassemble the horn button without having to unsolder any connections.
            Attached Files
            Greg Coffin
            Unrepentant Dodge Enthusiast

            1951 Dodge M37 - Bone Stock
            1958 Dodge M37 - Ex-Forest Service Brush Truck
            1962 M37-B1 - Work in Progress
            1962 Dodge WM300 Power Wagon - Factory 251, 4.89s
            1944/1957 Dodge WM500 6x6 Power Wagon - LA318-3, NP435, 5.83s, Power Steering, Undercab Power Brakes
            1974 Dodge W200 - 360/727, Factory Sno-Fighter Package

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            • Cool build. Green is my favorite.

              The WC-63 I found in a wrecking yard has called to me, though not as loudly as others.

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              • I resisted the siren song of this 6x6 for 25 years, but in the end she won.
                Greg Coffin
                Unrepentant Dodge Enthusiast

                1951 Dodge M37 - Bone Stock
                1958 Dodge M37 - Ex-Forest Service Brush Truck
                1962 M37-B1 - Work in Progress
                1962 Dodge WM300 Power Wagon - Factory 251, 4.89s
                1944/1957 Dodge WM500 6x6 Power Wagon - LA318-3, NP435, 5.83s, Power Steering, Undercab Power Brakes
                1974 Dodge W200 - 360/727, Factory Sno-Fighter Package

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                • I acquired my 1980 W400 about 2.5 years ago now...last full size for a bit.

                  Cheers

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                  • I've made a little progress on the 6x6. The dash gauges are in and working, and the front turn signals are mounted.

                    One minor miracle - The original gearshift that came with the NP435 was way too long, so the plan was to modify it to match one from a Power Wagon NP420. I had one in storage, and when I compared them they were exactly the same. So out came the old shift lever, and in went the Power Wagon lever. Done!
                    Attached Files
                    Greg Coffin
                    Unrepentant Dodge Enthusiast

                    1951 Dodge M37 - Bone Stock
                    1958 Dodge M37 - Ex-Forest Service Brush Truck
                    1962 M37-B1 - Work in Progress
                    1962 Dodge WM300 Power Wagon - Factory 251, 4.89s
                    1944/1957 Dodge WM500 6x6 Power Wagon - LA318-3, NP435, 5.83s, Power Steering, Undercab Power Brakes
                    1974 Dodge W200 - 360/727, Factory Sno-Fighter Package

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                    • So nice and clean looking
                      Andy

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                      • Very nice Greg! I like the color.

                        Frank

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                        • Great work and attention to detail on the truck.

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                          • On the design of your horn slip ring, This is something that I know you and Alex have both figured out how to do. I have spoke to dozens of Power Wagon and M-37 builders that have worked and scratched there heads for hours, days even trying to figure this out. Could we see an individual write up possibly on how you mastered this? Thank you.
                            1967 W200.aka.Hank
                            1946 WDX.aka.Shorty
                            2012 Ram 2500 PowerWagon.aka Ollie

                            Life is easier in a lower gear.

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                            • Sure Matt. It won't be right away, but I think I have enough pictures to write up a decent tutorial. I don't remember what Alex did on his, I'll have to look it up. I'm sure his is sexier than mine :)
                              Greg Coffin
                              Unrepentant Dodge Enthusiast

                              1951 Dodge M37 - Bone Stock
                              1958 Dodge M37 - Ex-Forest Service Brush Truck
                              1962 M37-B1 - Work in Progress
                              1962 Dodge WM300 Power Wagon - Factory 251, 4.89s
                              1944/1957 Dodge WM500 6x6 Power Wagon - LA318-3, NP435, 5.83s, Power Steering, Undercab Power Brakes
                              1974 Dodge W200 - 360/727, Factory Sno-Fighter Package

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                              • PTO Shift Lever

                                Here's a few pictures of the installation of the PTO lever for Chelsea PTO on the NP435 transmission. It was much easier to do than I expected. The hardest part was finding clevis ends that were short enough to keep the lever centered in the slot of the transmission hump. Thank you McMaster-Carr!

                                I traced a simple template onto a piece of 1/4" steel plate, cut it out, and bolted the finished plate onto the back of the PTO bearing cover. The forged clevises have 7/16" shanks on them, which were pretty easy to cut threads onto. The threaded end gave me some adjustment for the pivot location, and a jamb nut locks it into place.
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                                Greg Coffin
                                Unrepentant Dodge Enthusiast

                                1951 Dodge M37 - Bone Stock
                                1958 Dodge M37 - Ex-Forest Service Brush Truck
                                1962 M37-B1 - Work in Progress
                                1962 Dodge WM300 Power Wagon - Factory 251, 4.89s
                                1944/1957 Dodge WM500 6x6 Power Wagon - LA318-3, NP435, 5.83s, Power Steering, Undercab Power Brakes
                                1974 Dodge W200 - 360/727, Factory Sno-Fighter Package

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