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1950 B-1-PW
My first Power Wagon.  Former US Forest Service truck from Idaho.  The wooden cab mounts were charred from use in fighting brush fires.  Restored to original condition.  Sold!
Date(s): August 15, 2005. Album by dave horvath. 1 - 24 of 52 Total. 3973 Visits.
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Photo of truck in Idaho where it was used on a ranch.  My truck is the red one on the left.  It was originally Dodge Truck Dark Green.  I purchased it from Herb Hobi of Oregon.

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Truck being delivered.  That's my dad, Don Horvath, on the right.  He was somewhat skeptical at first but I think he likes the trucks now.

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A happy day!  Truck was stored and disassembled in this old barn on the farm.  No electricity or running water and I was working five hours away in Virginia at the time.

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Nick likes it too!  Hard to believe he was only five years old at the time.  He is 22 now!

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Original wooden floor boards in the express body.  First series beds had five skid strips as opposed to seven in the second and third series beds.

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Bed removed from frame.  1950 was the last year for the first series (4 stake pocket) express bed.  Fenders were removed for repair due to damage from tire chains.

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Down to the frame!  After removing everything I drug the frame out in the parking lot for sandblasting.  Note rebuilt axle assembly with new tires in the background.

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Close-up shot of front axle assembly during rebuild.

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Here's a photo of the chassis painted with self-etching primer and Martin Senour chassis black.  Wheels are painted with Dupont Centari acrylic enamel in Ponchartrain (Pine) Green.

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"Before" picture of flathead six cylinder engine.

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"After" picture of engine professionally rebuilt.  The valves weren't adjusted properly so we had to reset the clearances.

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Crashbox, non-synchromesh transmission.  Also rebuilt.

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Here's the belhousing with new pedal shafts and bushings.

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Flywheel professionally resurfaced!

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My friend Randall Kennedy and his son help me get the engine and transmission ready for installation in the chassis.

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Another milestone!  Engine and transmission safely installed.  Braden MU-2 winch also installed.

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View of engine and chassis.

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This is the transfer case.  It worked fine so I just cleaned and painted it.  I did have the emergency brake band relined.

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Somebody call a cab?  The bullet hole and stress cracks are welded and major dents removed.  Ready for sandblasting and painting.

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Cab in primer.  I love the small back window.

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Cab meets chassis.  Note steering column in place, but not the steering wheel yet.  Wish I still had access to this garage!

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Cab at local body shop for finish coat.  I painted the underside of the cab before mounting.  Note the "Reflectix" insulation mounted inside cab.

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Cab and chassis back in the garage.

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The bed.  Right rear stake pocket and section of top rail replaced.  Lots of straightening and filling to be done.

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I really like the power wagon, would love to own one some day. great pictures!
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Jed McDonald, Fri, 15 Sep 2006 3:21PM
Dave, Good top speak with you. I enjoyed the picture tour of your 1950 PW. It's a beauty. I hope to see you in October. Ted
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Ted Bullard, Sat, 26 Aug 2006 1:03PM
awesome
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case | www.mcpacific.net, Fri, 25 Aug 2006 1:06PM
Great job on the truck. Thanks for posting the pics, they are a great reference for parts suppliers.
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Jake | www.timberstar.ca, Fri, 25 Aug 2006 8:23AM
Nice looking truck - what a lot of work you have done.  Can't wait to see it.
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Frances, Sat, 27 Aug 2005 3:13PM
 
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