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1951 Dodge M37Asking$9,300

This Dodge M37 was once a fire truck and then used on a farm in Missouri.  It had fire equipment, and later a hay pick installed in the bed which saved the bed from abuse. It has always kept it garaged. The winch has been removed.

This truck would make an outstanding start to a full restoration, or jump in and drive it in a parade as it is.

S/N 80007211. Date of Mfg 4/2/1951. ~46,000 showing on the odometer. Runs fine as-is.

In late 2014 the following was done: New military waterproof plugs and wires, new distributor cap, new 24V Pertronix electronic ignition, rebuilt carb, two new batteries, all fluids changed; (oil, antifreeze, transmission, transfer case, both differentials), brakes bled, gas tank flushed and an NOS ignition switch installed.

~11 years ago: New canvas seat covers and vinyl soft top (all from Beachwood canvas) still in very good condition, home built wiring harness with turn signals installed, new light switch, Super Winch manual hubs installed (have original flanges), 5ea 37″ Buckshot Mudders installed on 5 original split rims (with matching 1951 date codes), rims were bead-blasted and painted.  Lock Right rear diff locker, motor pool paint job and a ton of other maintenance.

It has all the troop seat and cargo bow hardware (needs wood), pioneer tool rack, lots of extra parts including spare brake drums, wheel hub, NOS long rear axle, new and NOS miscellaneous seals, filters and bearings as well as a few manuals.

The good:

  • Runs great!  The engine has always run strong and, since the tune-up, it will do 45mph here at 5200′ above sea level.
  • Brakes work as they should including the emergency brake.
  • This truck is not cut up or modified.
  • No rust through anywhere, typical rust bubbles under the headlights (not rusted though), surface rust on the inside of the bed.
  • Bed and tailgate are in fantastic shape.
  • Windows go up and down and doors close as they should, with no hinge drop.
  • No major fluid leaks; ~quarter sized drops, after three weeks from the differentials, transmission and engine rear main.  Mainly due to original leather seals and not being driven enough.

The not-so-good:

  • Paint looks good from a distance, but there is some trail pin-striping down both sides (this was my trail truck).
  • Red paint still shows in front wheel wells, cab floor and inside the bed.  I had intended to get the bed and the floor boards finished with bed liner material, but never got around to it.
  • Will vapor lock if it sits.  I had cured this issue by installing a 24V electric in-line fuel pump near the tank, but it quit working during my last trip.  Replacement pump is available through Vintage Power Wagons.
  • The rear fenders and running boards have some trail damage in them.
  • All gauges work except the temp gauge, it worked up till last summer, and I think it just needs a sending unit.
  • Passenger side windshield has a crack in it, but not in the field of view.  The rest of the glass is in decent shape.

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