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  • The shackles needed new bushings. One of them was so worn that I had to drill the hole a little bit offset just because the groove it had worn was something terrible. I had noticed the wear ahead of time and ordered bushings larger than the factory stuff just to repair this issue. Looks a little funky but the 3/32" difference in shackle length shouldn't really pose a huge issue, and there is plenty of meat left in the hardware for the loads it will see
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    1942 WC53 Carryall in progress.

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    • Also, the WC factory lower saddles were for a tube diameter that was a 1/8" radius larger... easy fix. I have the section of tube left over from when I cut down my front housing. Set it up on the press with a spacer and went to town on making my shims.
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      1942 WC53 Carryall in progress.

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      • Got the rear axle taken out for powder coating, along with some other misc parts.

        Picked up my fuel tank skid plate from a local friend of my wife and I who does awesome free hand pin-striping, lettering, signs, etc. His name is Igor in case you've ever seen his work; he's a magician with a paint brush. This Kilroy is totally free hand on the underside of the skid plate so that when you knuckle heads roll under to scoff at my work, there is something to distract ya! Ha ha!

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        1942 WC53 Carryall in progress.

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        • Looks great! Nice touch on the skid plate too
          2012 mega cab 3500 cummins
          1982 w350 crew cab
          1977 Dodge short box reg. cab powerwagon 4x4
          1967 Dodge W200 440 magnum 4speed
          1949 cummins power wagon

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          • Originally posted by gyman98 View Post
            Looks great! Nice touch on the skid plate too
            Thanks!

            I'm reaching the point of overwhelming frustration after today... Just so many things going on and no real help working on this thing. I don't know if I've alienated friends or just am at a weird point with the project that nobody feels inclined to jump in and help. I had the option of help yesterday morning from a kid that used to hang around the shop but I had to run an errand and that burnt up his available time. Working in the garage alone is fine usually, but now I've reached the point where I could use an extra set of hands to get this thing done. There is an Off-road expo show at a local Dodge/Jeep Dealership that I am trying to get the truck to in a month and a week. I don't think its going to make it.
            1942 WC53 Carryall in progress.

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            • Alx, Too bad I'm not closer to Chesapeake, Va as I'd give you a hand at anything I could.
              I drive a DODGE, not a ram!

              Thanks,
              Will
              WAWII.com

              1946 WDX Power Wagon - "Missouri Mule"
              1953 M37 - "Frankenstein"
              1993 Jeep YJ - "Will Power"
              1994 2500 4WD Regular Cab - "Old Gray"
              2006 3500 DRW 4WD Mega Cab - "Power Wagon Hauler"

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              • All this progress making them feel guilty they're not working on their own projects? I know the number of things I'd like to do and the number of things I have time to do are dramatically different! The fact we're finally getting nice weather doesn't help. I know if it was any other month I'd be more than happy to offer up a few hours of my weekends, but they're all spoken for till the end of the month and then some!
                As always beautiful work and I love the little touches.

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                • Originally posted by Alxj64 View Post

                  Thanks!

                  I'm reaching the point of overwhelming frustration after today... Just so many things going on and no real help working on this thing. I don't know if I've alienated friends or just am at a weird point with the project that nobody feels inclined to jump in and help. I had the option of help yesterday morning from a kid that used to hang around the shop but I had to run an errand and that burnt up his available time. Working in the garage alone is fine usually, but now I've reached the point where I could use an extra set of hands to get this thing done. There is an Off-road expo show at a local Dodge/Jeep Dealership that I am trying to get the truck to in a month and a week. I don't think its going to make it.
                  i hear you, I usually have a list of things I need a hand with when ever some one stops by. Need to be careful though if they are put to work every time they will quit coming around!


                  What I found helps with the frustration and feeling of the never ending project is reading your build thread again. Which lets you know how far you have really come, in your case thatís further then most

                  2012 mega cab 3500 cummins
                  1982 w350 crew cab
                  1977 Dodge short box reg. cab powerwagon 4x4
                  1967 Dodge W200 440 magnum 4speed
                  1949 cummins power wagon

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                  • Thanks for the good words guys. The frustration passes over time but still there is a lot to do. I'm knocking out all the little things bit by bit and its going to one day all add up to a truck that I can finally drive! Its taking more time to build things to where they can be easily worked on too, and I am always into making a backup plan too, so the re-work isn't terrible, just valuable time consuming.

                    I've come to terms with myself that if the truck is just a rolling mess for the off-road show, thats still okay because its a work in progress and might actually be more interesting for people to see it incomplete so that maybe when its done, they will know more about what the skeleton under the completed truck is actually all about.

                    I've also gotten really good at cross referencing part numbers so that I can work around the cliche parts counter mess.. "year, make, Model, engine?" Otherwise they can't help you. However, yesterday was the worst yet. While I had the radiator stuff apart, I noticed the thermostat was a little crusty and the seal was dry so figured just for the sake of things I would buy a replacement and install it, mainly because the thought crossed my mind and so many times I've done that to myself of "it'll be fine" and then its not. So I knew that the t-stat is the same one thats in my Mega Cab 24V truck, but 180 instead of 190. So I called the dealership, and they "can't help you unless you give me the last 8 of the VIN". I told the girl, I didn't have it because the engine wasn't out of a truck I ever owned. So she then says, "well, I can't look up parts without that information" and she hangs up.... seriously.

                    1942 WC53 Carryall in progress.

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                    • Matthew Welcher PWA
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                      Alex, do not get frustrated... Those of us in the Power Wagon world are fantastic at handing out advice and equally poor at taking it at times. In regards to being frustrated. Keep up the good work and keep smiling.

                  • Alx, I've had and continue to have the same issues with parts and crossreferencing, but learned a while back that unless you have the MoPar part number, stay away from the dealer parts departments. They are trained to work one way and one way only, and the staff turn over is so fast, sometimes they never even get completly trained. there are now some decent on-line MoPar parts search tools on-line that I use when looking for and buying Genuine MoPar items.
                    I drive a DODGE, not a ram!

                    Thanks,
                    Will
                    WAWII.com

                    1946 WDX Power Wagon - "Missouri Mule"
                    1953 M37 - "Frankenstein"
                    1993 Jeep YJ - "Will Power"
                    1994 2500 4WD Regular Cab - "Old Gray"
                    2006 3500 DRW 4WD Mega Cab - "Power Wagon Hauler"

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