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1939 Dodge TF37 1.5 Ton
« on: September 10, 2017, 04:39:05 PM »
Fiiiiinnnnaaaalllllyyyyyy got it home, after over a YEAR of my wife's uncle interfering. Her grandpa finally said he liked my plan and wanted me to take it home, so I just called a friend with a trailer and went to get it.

The plan at the moment is to get it running and driving. The engine part should be easy, but it needs tires and brakes. I'm also probably going to have to weld in a mount for new pedals, as well as anchors for 3 point seat belts. I'm going to look at seats from a 2005ish Silverado EXT cab like mine because the shoulder belt is mounted to the seat... if the seats fit in the cab, sweet. If not, might go for a smaller seat like from a Cherokee or something.

Long term plan is to keep it looking farm fresh and use it as a weekend cruiser/parade queen, as well as the occasional trip to Menards for garden supplies when I'm feeling cheeky. I plan on swapping axles to get some better brakes under it (and a more common bolt pattern), as well as a better turning radius as the current steering is like a 30* lock, lol.

Ultra long term plan is to put the body on a modern chassis. But that's a long way off.

Here's all the photos so far.

First time I saw it, back in 2011.

Getting ready to move it, March 2016.

Gotta dig out all the junk first...

First time in direct sunlight (well, cloud-light) since 1999.

Lined up with the other abandoned trucks we'd been recovering from around the farm.

I made a post about this a while back. This truck was part of FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps. So it has a little bit of unique history tied to it.

Finally loading it up to take it home, September 2017. It sat there for a whole year while "uncle" dicked around and interfered with my plans.

First time on the road in nearly 2 decades... even though it's on a trailer. Still counts.


Started stripping the bed immediately. The wood was just rotten. I'm saving the metal pieces, but they've been cut and welded so they're probably worthless anyway.

That's all for the evening...

Started again first thing this morning. Got the bed completely stripped off.

Cleaned out the cab.

And now she'll sit while I rebuild the carb and soak down rusty bolts.

« Last Edit: September 10, 2017, 04:45:26 PM by 00XJ »


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Re: 1939 Dodge TF37 1.5 Ton
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2017, 10:00:47 PM »
That thing looks super intimidating in your driveway.

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Re: 1939 Dodge TF37 1.5 Ton
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2017, 10:07:42 PM »
Love it, its certainly unique.

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Re: 1939 Dodge TF37 1.5 Ton
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2017, 03:55:09 PM »
Awesome! I am glad to see this truck is getting some love.


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Re: 1939 Dodge TF37 1.5 Ton
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2017, 04:42:01 PM »
Hah awesome! I totally need one of those to park on the street infront of my house to aggravate the neighbors.
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Re: 1939 Dodge TF37 1.5 Ton
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2017, 08:43:54 PM »
Well we've got the '40 Dodge sitting out by the swamp, lol.. it's a total loss. Had fresh paint and brand new tires when "uncle Mike" parked it out there. That's criminal negligence if you ask me.


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Re: 1939 Dodge TF37 1.5 Ton
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2017, 11:21:49 PM »
sounds like uncle mike needs to be cut off from vehicles for the rest of his life
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Re: 1939 Dodge TF37 1.5 Ton
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2017, 11:49:37 PM »
WTF Uncle Mike!

I'm glad you got it home.  Don't forget to get rid of those wheels!  I'll look forward to progress on the thing.
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