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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1949 Dodge B1B

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Single-family 1949 Dodge B1B for sale on From the seller’s description:

new by my Dad on Jan. 26, 1949. Serial number
(82084794) indicates a chassis built in Detroit in 1948.
It was shipped to Campbell Body Works in Waterloo,
New York and the wooden body installed. It was sold in
New Jersey in Jan. 1949, and was titled 1949. It was used as a daily driver until
given to me in 1986. It was then placed in dry storage. In Nov. 2011, I began the
process of returning it to drivable condition .

The original engine had been replace with a correct type flathead 6 cyl in 1976.

The following work was preformed to make it road
worthy. The wooden body was completely disassembled and
any rotted wood was replaced during reassembly.
Engine was serviced, a new head gasket installed, and
a valve job completed.
Full brake service, – new wheel & master cylinders; flex
lines, and shoes.
New wheel bearings on front
complete carburetor rebuild.
New heater core, and fan motor
New fuel pump, and water pump
New speedometer cable
Alternator conversion (6-volt system retained)
Complete rewiring including a fuse block added
Additional tail/brake lights installed, with turn signals
Battery relocated from under floor to firewall for
All new spring shackles & hardware with original leaves
New fuel gauge sending unit
New outer rear axle seals
New oil filter housing and filter
New tie rod ends
New Shocks
New Coker Classic 600-16 tires and tubes (4) A
spare is present, but not new.
Front-end alignment

It now starts and runs well, maintains good oil
pressure, and has good compression.
Gauges are all present and all work, except the
temperature gauge. There is an added modern under
dash temperature gauge. The odometer mileage reading is not
correct, as the speedometer cable was broken when I got it. It is
now working correctly, but not accurate. A few trim parts are missing,
including two window cranks and an interior door handle. The front seat frame has been replaced. The cargo area floor is ¾” plywood. Only a single bench front seat is in place, (originally there were also two rear seats.

One of the hubcaps is from a Desoto. (I am in the process of getting a correct cap.)
Other notable issues, include poor window sealing due
to incorrect felt/rubber window seals. The main issue
is some rust present in the sheet metal. Paint is not
An official copy of the original title and title folder are included
Some original parts are included, such as the
generator & bracket, jack & handle, and the original
(rusty) running boards.

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Rome, Georgia
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