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Wood Storage
1. Wood Storage 
This is what I did to store my firewood inside the barn.
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2021 4 Wheel Jamboree Nationals Indy, IN
2. 2021 4 Wheel Jamboree Nationals Indy, IN 
Drove 110 miles to attend the Largest Meeting of 4x4 in the United States. Great time with awesome people and fantastic trucks.
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John Deere 5420
3. John Deere 5420 
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Car show posters.
4. Car show posters. 
Was at a show and met a girl who is in college that made up a super nice info/Layout poster for her Dad's car. I told her she should start doing them as people would want them so she has started. $65.00 and she sends you the file online so no travel is needed. Just send her the pics and your ideas and you get them printed in your area. Really easy and as you can see, she is good at it. Here is her note:

Car show display posters done by Sarah Fritz. For inquiries please email :  sarah.fritz@artacademy.edu
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Engine Cover Project
5. Engine Cover Project 
Decided to try to make a piece to add to the engine on the truck. Had a few ideas to try and this is my attempt to make it happen. It will take some time and thought but projects always do. Want to incorporate a thanks to the people of our military into as well. Without them, we wouldn't have the freedom to do anything.
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Comfy Creeper
6. Comfy Creeper 
Decided to make a heavy duty creeper that would actually be comfortable to work from. Wanted the back to be adjustable, meaning, when you are working from underneath you would have to do a sit up while your arms are extended. I'll loose some low clearance with my idea but it is for mainly working on higher sitting things like my Truck. For lower stuff I'll use a standard creeper. Will try to keep it low budget but won't sacrifice strength to do so. Lets see what we can come up with.
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Dodge Brake install/adjustment
7. Dodge Brake install/adjustment  
This is a step by step album on how to disassemble, rebuild and adjust the brakes on Dodge M37, 3/4 WC and 1946 - 1968 Power Wagons.
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Local upcoming car shows
8. Local upcoming car shows 
Decided to make an album for local car shows here in southern Ohio so people will know what is going on. I'm near Dayton, Ohio so Most of these are within 2 hrs drive time. These are just flyers I have gotten so it is not a complete list. If anyone wants to add some that are not shown, you can give me a copy or your extras and I'll put them on. You can give them to me at a show or send them snail mail. My email is:


Special thanks to Jason Myers for sending me flyers to add to the list. MUCH appreciated!

Be sure to notice that Weekly Cruise ins and such are at the end of all the flyers. Saves me from having to shuffle them around every week.
++++++++I'd HIGHLY suggest calling or verifying if a show is still on this year. I do not always get word on changes and don't want people to waste time going somewhere when it has been changed. This year has been hard on everyone so PLEASE make sure before heading out.++++++++++++

Here is a great YouTube channel that covers a lot of the local shows as well. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJNL6Nz8jIaDqnW3JYAegvA

Also Miami Valley Novas has show/cruise in listings along with loads of pictures too. Here is a link to their site:

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2015 Car shows
9. 2015 Car shows 
Pics from different car shows I went to in 2015.

Here is a link to online videos on YouTube done By Go4rider. He does a really good job at it. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJNL6Nz8jIaDqnW3JYAegvA/videos
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2016 Car Shows
10. 2016 Car Shows 
Pics from different car shows I went to in 2016.

Here is a link to online videos on YouTube done By Go4rider. He does a really good job at it. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJNL6Nz8jIaDqnW3JYAegvA/videos
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2017 Car Shows
11. 2017 Car Shows 
Pics from different car shows I went to in 2017.

Here is a link to online videos on YouTube done By Go4rider. He does a really good job at it. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJNL6Nz8jIaDqnW3JYAegvA/videos
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2018 Car Shows
12. 2018 Car Shows  
Pics from different car shows I went to in 2018.

Here is a link to online videos on YouTube done By Go4rider. He does a really good job at it. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJNL6Nz8jIaDqnW3JYAegvA/videos
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2019 Car Shows
13. 2019 Car Shows 
Pics from different car shows I went to in 2019.

Here is a link to online videos on YouTube done By Go4rider. He does a really good job at it. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJNL6Nz8jIaDqnW3JYAegvA/videos
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2020 Car Shows
14. 2020 Car Shows 
Pics from different car shows I went to in 2020.

Here is a link to online videos on YouTube done By Go4rider. He does a really good job at it. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJNL6Nz8jIaDqnW3JYAegvA/videos
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2021 Car Shows
15. 2021 Car Shows 
Pics from different car shows I went to in 2021.

I apologize for all of them being mixed up and some Lost. Image Event refuses to restore them or respond to any inquires. They constantly have internal issues and their customer service has been very disappointing.

Here is a link to online videos on YouTube done By Go4rider. He does a really good job at it. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJNL6Nz8jIaDqnW3JYAegvA/videos
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2022 Car Shows
16. 2022 Car Shows 
Pics from different car shows I went to in 2022.

Here is a link to online videos on YouTube done By Go4rider. He does a really good job at it. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJNL6Nz8jIaDqnW3JYAegvA/videos
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1942 WC52 3/4 ton
17. 1942 WC52 3/4 ton 
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GMC S-15
18. GMC S-15 
Out of High school I wanted a mini 4x4 truck. Had my heart set on a Toyota till I tried to sit in one. Didn't fit so plan B. A family friend rebuilt totals and I ask him to keep his eyes open and let me know if he found anything. He called a while later and said he found a 1985 s 15 4x4 shortbed and we went back to look. Decided to get it so here it is.
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House redo, garage & furnace house
19. House redo, garage & furnace house 
This is an album of redoing the house and heating system install, adding an attached garage and building a furnace house to put the wood and stove in. Lots of tile and groundwork had to be done so follow along.
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2007 Iowa Rally
20. 2007 Iowa Rally 
These are a few pics of the Power Wagon Rally I attended in 2007 in Fairfield, Iowa. If you see a truck whom you know the owner of, let me know and I'll add it. Either email me or add it in a comment and I'll put it in. If you wish to remain nameless, let me know and I'll remove the information. If mistakes are made please inform me.
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Mid 90's Four wheel Indy Jamboree
21. Mid 90's Four wheel Indy Jamboree 
Can't remember the exact year of this Indy show. First national I attended and was blown away.
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Misc Truck pics.
22. Misc Truck pics. 
An album of trucks I've taken pics or gotten pics of.
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2001 Iowa Rally
23. 2001 Iowa Rally 
These are a few pics of the Power Wagon Rally I attended in 2001 in Fairfield, Iowa. If you see a truck whom you know the owner of, let me know and I'll add it. Either email me or add it in a comment and I'll put it in. If you wish to remain nameless, let me know and I'll remove the information. If mistakes are made please inform me.
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1999 Iowa Power Wagon Rally
24. 1999 Iowa Power Wagon Rally 
These are a few pics of the first Rally I attended in 1999 in Fairfield, Iowa. If you see a truck whom you know the owner of, let me know and I'll add it. Either email me or add it in a comment and I'll put it in. If you wish to remain nameless, let me know and I'll remove the information. If mistakes are made please inform me.
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Building the Shop
25. Building the Shop 
This is an album of the building of my shop and doing the fence and driveway. Follow along on process.
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Joe Giraud's 1941 1/2 ton WC
26. Joe Giraud's 1941 1/2 ton WC 
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27. shoulder 
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Our Family cabin in the woods.
28. Our Family cabin in the woods. 
This is an album about our family cabin. It was out by the road, behind the newer home and was in pretty bad disrepair when dad got ownership from his Father. The cabin was the original house and when they decided they wanted a newer, bigger home, they just built in front of it. They left the cabin there and used it as a wash house first, then as a storage for coal. Dad decided he wanted to move it back into the woods and repair it for family get togethers and such. Dad and I worked to clear the small brush and junk trees from a section of woods. Let me be clear on this. Dad did most of the work himself. I helped when I could along with our longtime neighbor who put a good bit of time in as well. He was Dad and I's wood cutting partner early on as he had a truck. Other friends pitched in for a few things as well but the credit goes to Dad. He was retired and enjoyed the process so here are some pics along the way and the finished result. Some of the pics may not be the best quality but they are scans and all we have of it. This was over a span of a few years and you'll see the seasons change as progress was made.
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Don Benedicts Power Wagon Pics
29. Don Benedicts Power Wagon Pics 
Hosting pics for another Ohio Guy.
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Axes and Hatchets
30. Axes and Hatchets 
Just an album of old stuff.
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Wood lifter
31. Wood lifter 
A family friend gave me this jack and decided to use it to make a log lifter for the stove. Normally not a big deal as if I can pick it up, I'll burn it. This year I'm going to have shoulder surgery and be one armed through most of the heating season so I needed to come up with something before then. I had loaded the furnace house prior to all this and have 15 cord in there. Didn't want to bother family and friends to load so this is why I'm doing this. Don't want to modify the jack that it can't be put back and used normally so we'll see what we can come up with.
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57 Chevy
32. 57 Chevy 
This is the first car I bought. I started looking when I was 11 years old. Watched the ads and saved my money. Dad took me to look at several but everything in my price range was bad rust wise. Ohio is really hard on cars. When I was 13 I found this one for $750.00. It had been side swiped in front of the guys house and the driver never stopped. owner had no insurance so decided to sell it.
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2016 4WD Jamboreee at Indianapolis
33. 2016 4WD Jamboreee at Indianapolis 
Got invited to go to the 4-WHEEL JAMBOREE NATIONALS in Indianapolis, Indiana by Fram Filters. They ask me to be in their booth and had a lot of people all day stopping by. Loads of trucks there and something to see if you are into trucks..
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Fence spinner
34. Fence spinner 
Here is the build of the making of a wire spinner. It can be used to wind up other things as well but I have high tensile wire fence. When you build it or repair you need something that will allow you to unspool the wire. I never cared for the ones they sell so lets get to making it.
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Small projects
35. Small projects 
This is an album of little projects and fixes for problems that arise. Always try to come up with something that will last and will make things easier to do.
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Asphalt Outlaws trophy
36. Asphalt Outlaws trophy 
Went to a Car show that was put on by a local club. Super nice people and one of the better shows I have ever attended. I ended up winning best of show and the rule is that if you win that award, the next year you have to make the trophy for the next years show. No real rules but they want it to be made by the winner and incorporate the vehicle theme. Here is the build of what I did.
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Surface grinder
37. Surface grinder 
This is my Reid Surface grinder I got from an Ebay auction years ago. I put a prayer bid on it and ended up winning as no else bid. They had quite a few of them and they were going pretty high but for some reason no bid and I got VERY lucky. Thye weren't real thrilled when I came to pick it up as it was complete with spindle. It was dirty and I tore it completely down and was REAL surprised. All the ways and Gibs still had all the original scrapping in very good shape. Basically no wear at all. Fixed a few broken oil springs and lube everything up. Painted it and has been a nice piece for me. I added a suction system and digital readout. Didn't have a chuck or dresser but I added those too
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38. Saws 
All the saws in the stable
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Depth Gauge/Raker Grinding Fixture
39. Depth Gauge/Raker Grinding Fixture 
This is the making of the Fixture to grind Depth Gauge or Rakers on chainsaw chain to equal depths and easier. I've done it by hand for years bur wanted something that would make this job easier and better at the same time. I have a surface grinder here at home and will use that as the way to grind. the fixture will just hold the chain and be adjustable for any chain out there.
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Century Farm sign build
40. Century Farm sign build 
Our homeplace has been in our family for over 100 years now. Ohio has a program that recognizes farms that have a 100 year tradition and make available signs stating that. Wanted to make something that would last with no maintenance and look nice at the same time. Here is what I came up with.
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Saw keeper and length guide
41. Saw keeper and length guide 
This is a little project that has turned out to be very simple to do and very handy. keeps the saws from sliding around in the back of the bed and holding folds up and stores in minimal space. Less than $30.00 and a few hours to do.

Also made up a length guide that attaches to any saws bar. This keeps them uniform in length when doing large rounds. Some times my eye gets off when you start cutting 3 ft plus diameter logs.
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42. conveyor 
This is an album of the build up for a wood conveyor. Bought the conveyor itself from a Kmart that was going out of business. I want to use it to make loading and unloading a little easier. Want to put some other features into it that will make it more versatile to use it for more things too so here we go!
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EAB cleanup
43. EAB cleanup 
Here is an album of the clean up project at my place. EAB (European Ash Bore) has or will kill all the ash trees around here. The small woods behind my home was mainly ash so it is devastated. It had also been overgrown with honeysuckle which we had not been taking care of. I will now get rid of the stuff and clean up all the dead ash on the ground. That way I can leave the standing dead till I have room for them here. I will seed grass and when the dead are out I will replant some trees so there is something up there. If I plant now I'm afraid of smashing them when felling what's left.
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Wood Cart
44. Wood Cart 
Here's an album on how I rebuilt my little woodcart to stand up to the weight it hauls. Put about a 1/4 of a cord on it at a time  so it can be around 1000 lbs.
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Wood Gathering, hauling and such
45. Wood Gathering, hauling and such 
This is just a place to store pics of the wood gathering. Whether it be cutting, splitting, chipping, hauling ,loading, oddities or what have you.
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2014 Iowa Rally
46. 2014 Iowa Rally 
Pics of the rally. A great time and if you never have been to one you need to attend. They are addictive though!
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Ron in Indiana 2014 rally
47. Ron in Indiana 2014 rally 
Ron hosted a get together and had quite a few trucks of various Dodge lineage. Great to see old friends and faces to catch up. Made some new ones as well!

Many thanks to Ron and the "crew" for the time invested and all the great food. Special thanks to Rons son and grandkids for helping me out with a wiring problem I had.

One highlight for me was to see Michael Verst's 4 door Power Wagon in person. Top notch in every detail and such an awesome thing to see in living color.
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61 chevy
48. 61 chevy 
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49. Storm 
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wood chipper
50. wood chipper 
Decided it was time to a medium size chipper to smaller jobs around the farms. We need something that will chip up the smaller limbs as we cut and use most everything over 2 inches in diameter. When we clean fencerows and such we'll burn those. When a single tree or large branch falls in a field it will be a lot nicer to chip it and blow it in the fencerow where a bush hog will spread it out. A plus will also be with other cleanups I can simply blow in the back of a truck to save hours of limb dragging or multible  brush loads with the truck.

 I wanted a PTO powered version with a power infeed system. Did some comparing of different ones and decided on a WoodMaxx. It will handle up to 8 inch material, which is more than I need but it's nice to have the option! Should be a strong unit that will last. Here is a  review and how it is working for us.
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Redoing barns
51. Redoing barns 
Some pics of fixing up the barns and such at the house.
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52. Interior 
The interior is the only thing I'm not tackling myself. I wanted leather and do not have a sewing machine so I left it to someone else. I'll never make that mistake again.
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53. 5500 
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wood splitter
54. wood splitter 
This is a log (pun intended) of my wood splitter build. Yes, Wood (pun intended) have been easier to just buy one but I wanted one that fits the way we work our wood and no one currently offers anything like it. Me and my dad use wood as our total heat sources and have done so for over 30 years now.

We currently have a self contained, fixed, horizontal homemade that Dad made and has been strengthened over the years. The other splitter is 3 point that someone else made that has been rebuilt so I've learned from these what I want. the 3 point is nice as you can lay it on the ground for the big ones.

With this splitter I want to get rid of the straining and a lot of the bending over. If you split a lot you day dream a lot about, "hey, it would be better if....." That's where a lot of these ideas came from.

Not saying this is the way everyone should do it, it just suits our needs and I'll try to give some tips along the way to help others. Here we go!
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For Sale
55. For Sale 
This album is for stuff I have for sale. All the items do NOT include the shipping. It will be actual but if you see something you want, send me your zip code so I can get a quote for you. Also let me know if you want insurance, I can't be responsible for Post office damage or loosing it. I've never had a problem in the past but it is up to you.

Things go out in order of emails. You can reach me at kjfoust@juno.com If you have questions or would like close up pics, let me know and I'll get it done.  Thanks, Kevin
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1941 Dodge WC40 Truck Build
56. 1941 Dodge WC40 Truck Build 
This is an album showing how things were made and assembled during the rough build of this truck. First off, I'm not a pro builder and worked on this project in my spare time. It took over 13 years and somewhere close to 3000 hours to do. I may be slow but I don't give up!

I got into working with stainless steel out of my frustration with chrome. Paying what it costs and having it last a short time were the main problems. In making copies of parts I can control the quality and it WILL last. I've always liked figuring out how to make things and most would be surprised about how some of the things were made. It's the end product that matters!

When I started the planning of this project I wanted to use all Dodge. My wish list was to have V8 power and upgraded axles to handle bigger tires. Power steering and brakes to stop the thing were important as well. I spent over 1 month taking measurements from over 12 different trucks, 8 Dodges, 3 Chevys and one Ford. My Goal was to have as little of the frame hanging down when looking from the side. I wanted to make it look like it was made to be together and not some cobbled afterthought.

As much as I didn't want to, a 1978 Chevy 1 ton was by FAR the clear cut winner. To me, it looks more factory than the original frame as all the curves and lines lend themselves to just plain working better.

In the future I'm going to do 2 more trucks and they will be basically stock. I have another 1941 WC 1/2 ton closed cab 4x4 and a 1961 WM300 Power Wagon waiting in the wings.
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Hood Latches and Hood Work
57. Hood Latches and Hood Work 
I decided to make a set of hood latches. The originals were all rusty and worn so something was going to needed to be done. I wanted them to operate smoothly so I used poly washers on the shafts to help with that
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Windshield Wiper Hardware
58. Windshield Wiper Hardware 
My original wiper hardware was all pitted out. Hard to find good ones  and chroming would be $$ so I'll make them too.
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Windshield Frame Hardware.
59. Windshield Frame Hardware. 
I decided to try and make all the slide hardware for the windshield frame. I say try as this would take some pretty serious tooling to get done. Some of this stuff was uncharted territory for me as I had never tried what I guess is  called draw forming. All the sheet stainless shown here is 1/8 inch thick and takes some serious force to get it to move around.

Learned a lot here as well and mirror polishing these small pieces wasn't fun.
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Headlight Ring Retainers.
60. Headlight Ring Retainers. 
These are the parts Dodge should have made. They made stainless headlight rings as an option for the 2WD trucks and Power Wagons but the retainers were all mild steel. Quickly rusted and always look out of place painted. I decided to make some dedicated tooling to make/sell these as I thought others might want them. To make them exactly like originals takes quite a few steps and jigs so follow along as I take you through it. I'm currently selling them for $40.00 a set(enough for one truck)
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The Grill
61. The Grill 
This was the largest stainless project I did for the truck. Lots of bending here and lots of different methods were used. I thought if I could get the main curve bent I could do the rest of it so I started there. I went to a local fab shop and ask if they could bend 1/4" X 2"  stainless on edge for me in a curve. They said they had a $150.00 set up fee and labor would go from there. They also stated the didn't know if they could even do it so I opted to try it myself. I would modify a roll bender I had bought.
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The Back Window Screen
62. The Back Window Screen 
Up next was the back window screen. These were only on the military trucks and if you have four, recessed, threaded holes around your back window, you definitely have a military cab. Originals had the wire wrapped around the edges and I wanted a cleaner look. I decided to try to drill on a 45 degree angle and weld them flush like the grill headlight guards. follow along as I show how I got it done.
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Inside Handles
63. Inside Handles 
This section is about how I made the inside door handles and window cranks. I liked the simple design of the door handles I had but the window cranks didn't seem to fit with them I don't know if they were stock or not but I don't believe so as they were chromed. Stock door handles were OD green and I'd assume the window cranks should have been the same.
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Outside Mirrors
64. Outside Mirrors 
For this project I decided to copy the original mirrors that came on the truck. Really a slick design as the same pieces can be reversed to be used on either side. They are also fully adjustable so that makes it nice as well. I knew I couldn't stamp the arms like original so the were turned on a lathe from bar stock. Heavier for sure but no lines from being halved either.
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Small Stainless Projects
65. Small Stainless Projects 
Thought I'd throw some of the smaller stuff in an album. I've always liked figuring out how to make things like the original pieces.

You learn from everything you do and pull from past experiences to do the more complicated stuff. Some things work while others take a few tries. I normally do test pieces in mild steel then go to the stainless.

People ask what I do for a living and when I tell them I work in a manufacturing plant they say, "Oh, that is why you can do this. You have all those machines you can use" I always tell them that most all this stuff was made at home with some pretty basic tools. What I DO have is the DESIRE to try and see it through. I have bought some machinery while doing this project which makes it easier but it CAN be done without them, just a little harder to do.

My lathe is from the 1800's and was originally driven by an overhead line shaft. I still do not have a mill at home but will sometiime in my lifetime. All I can say if you don't try, you'll never get anything done.
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Cab Rotisserie and Mover
66. Cab Rotisserie and Mover 
This section is to show the Cab Rotisserie and mover I made. This made it a lot easier in doing this project and was well worth the effort as I'm sure it saved me  a lot of grief.

I work mainly by myself and don't like bothering others for help. Did some planning and kept in my mind things I wanted to do with this and ways I could use it for other projects so some adjustability would be in order. Taking the cab off and on before and after paint was the key. I didn't want to scratch it all up and wanted it to be a SAFE way to do it. Enough weight here to put some hurt on you if things go wrong.

I'm not saying this is the best thing going, it's just what I came up with based on my needs and they have served me well. In looking back I wouldn't change anything in the design.
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Frame Work and Springs
67. Frame Work and Springs 
The frame is going to be very visible on this truck so all unused holes will be welded shut and smoothed. It was shortened and both ends modified as well so that will all be worked out so you won't be able to see that anything was ever done.

I'm going to completely take it apart and paint everything piece by piece and then bolt it all together once painted. All brackets will be rounded and smoothed And bolted back together with polished, stainless fasteners.
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Front  and rear axle work
68. Front  and rear axle work 
With this truck being as high as it is I knew the undercarriage would be easy to see. During planning of this project I decided to fully detail the chassis/running gear.

With everything smoothed and painted I decided to do the same to the axles. Major undertaking as these are cast pieces and very rough. Lots of curves, recesses and pieces make it pretty involved so here we go.
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Tie down hooks
69. Tie down hooks 
I debated on whether to even put these on the truck at all. My first plan was to use originals so I smoothed out a set and got them ready for paint. After painting the bedsides i could see it would be too much red with the hooks painted the same so I decided to try to make them out of stainless steel.

It would be pretty involved to turn these all out on my 1800's era metal lathe so I said if I could get the blanks all turned the same I'd give it a try.

I did some searching and was able to find someone willing to do it for me. I gave a friend my measurements and he drew up a CNC print which I gave to another operator who turned them up. Without them I would not have been able to do this so thanks goes out to Tom. Jimmy and Lynne for helping me on this one.
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Chrome pieces
70. Chrome pieces 
This album is of the few chrome pieces I have on the truck. Chroming is the reason I got into making/using stainless steel parts in the first place. I like the look of chrome but got so disappointed with the quality of a lot of it and how it just doesn't last anymore. Let alone the price you have to pay to have it done.

I have used several different shops on this. I always take the extra step to mirror polish my stuff so that part of the quality equation is taken care of. If something is wrong there I know who to blame. It's basically a dip and go for the chromer and they like that.

The last shop I used I asked if they would give a discount if I mirror polished everything. He said he doesn't like doing that as sometimes people mess things up but he said go ahead and try a couple pieces and we'd go from there. I took a couple pieces in for my "trial" and I guess I passed his test as he said, "You can polish out anything you want." He has offered me a job everytime I have gone in since so I took that as a compliment.

I start by sandblasting the piece if rusty. Then grind it out if it's a sand cast piece. Hard to reach areas I'll use a Dynafile, Dremel, die grinder or modied soft backed sanding pads. Start with 80 grit and sometimes I'll go clear to 2000 grit before polishing.This part is VERY labor intensive and this is where a lot of labor charges normally come in on a rough piece. The parts basically look chromed before I take them in.
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71. Taillights  
For taillights i wanted them tucked under the truck as opposed to on the fenders. I wanted the turn signals not to be so obvious so I'm using Visibolts. I wanted to hide all the wiring too as I never liked seeing wires coming out. It just looks unfinished to me. Went to the drawing board and this is what I cam up with.
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Rear fender rework
72. Rear fender rework  (July 19, 2011)
This was a hard decision. The rear fenders for these truck are pretty hard to find. The passenger side has a large recess for clearance  for the spare tire. I knew I'd never mount a spare there so I deleted the cast holder. To have the dent there just wouldn't look right so I decided to take it out to look like the other side.

I have never claimed or profess to be a bodyman. My plan was to tap it out with as little filler as possible. In the hands of an experienced guy this probably would have been easy but it proved to be harder than I ever thought. As with all the stuff shown here, I'm NOT saying this is the best way to do this. It is just A way to get it done.
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73. Cab  
The cab on this truck is what makes it pretty rare. Only 275 WC40 closed cabs were made and even less WC41's. The giveaway to them is the round, standardized gauges instead of Dodges normally odd rectangular ones.  

I went to great pains not to modify this cab and have a total of less than 15 holes that weren't factory. I researched them and filled all the holes that people had added over the years. I did add a passenger side wiper that isn't correct for the Military as they only came with a drivers side. seat belts and seat base are the other holes added. I centered the steering column to the gauges without adding any holes, that took a while to plan out.

I was lucky to find this truck as it was rust free. It came out of Colorado and was amazing to me here in Ohio. Stuff is gone here in less than 10 years sometimes due to salt and humidity. Blew me away to be able to unbolt stuff nearly 70 years old and it not twist off.

I knew I had to do a lot of work because this thing had dents everywhere, Top of cab looked like the hauled telephone poles up there across a plowed field.. I had 12 layers of paint on it and at least 2 were brushed on.

The best thing I've found to strip off paint is Brite Strip wheels from Standard Abrasives. They are plastic and eat it right off with very little heat plus they cut the same from start to finish unlike gumming up sandpaper. Trust me, I tried a lot of different things. I strip the flat surfaces with the discs, then sandblast the nooks and crannies before doing the body work.

I made up a spinning jig that also doubles as a lift to install the cab. It mounts on the door hinges and latch area and is EXTREMELY nice to have when doing this. It enabled me to completely finish the bottom of the cab to the same standard as the outside.

This was another learn as you go thing as I had never done some of this before and was open to others ideas and suggestions. Learned a lot here.
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74. Painting  (July 19, 2011)
I'm pretty much a rookie when it comes to painting so the experts will pick this apart but this is what worked for me. I've painted some tractors and one other truck. Some smaller jobs along the way as well but I do have a willingness to learn and open to ideas. I've never painted base clear before so this was totally new to me.

On the frame I was planning on powder coating at first. After calling/emailing the big name local company they basically blew me off with the questions I had. I can only imagine how I would be treated after they had their money if they were like this BEFORE they had it. Couple that with hauling all the stuff back and forth and some of the horror stories I heard about peeling and repair I decided to look for another option.

I decided to go with Acrylic Urethane in gloss black as I frame would be smoothed and finished like outer sheetmetal. There is a lot more steps to this stuff than I had done before and this is what the supplier said to do for a "keeper" to make it last.

For the black this is my order of work: Sandblast, do all welding/straighting/smoothing, resandblast, filler if needed, block out dry with 80 grit, rage/slicksand, block out dry with 150 grit, 2 coats of epoxy primer(no sand), 2 coats of sandable primer, block out wet with 400, wash and wipe down with tack rags repeatedly, 1 coat of sealer primer(epoxy with no sand), 2-3 coats of black acrylic urethane.

Red is the same up to the sealer. After sealer I put 3 coats of base(no sand), 3 coats of clear. After it cured out I block sand starting with wet 2000 grit and buff out. I waited a month till I started the Block sanding for buffing. Paint was harder to come off but you don't have to worry about shrinking. Like I said, Painting techniques vary from person to person. Find someone with a nice paint job and ask them how they did it and do what works for you. That's what I did.

Lots of work here and that is what makes a good, lasting paint job so expensive. The guys at the store were quick to ask whether this was a "turnover" or a keeper as some of these steps can be avoided. It's just depends on what your plans are and you need to map this out before trying it. I'd never consider this for a working or trailriding truck.
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Final assembly
75. Final assembly  (July 17, 2011)
This album shows the truck being put together and a little fab work that was done while doing so. Follow along as the puzzle comes together.
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Finished Truck
76. Finished Truck 
Included here are pics of the truck completed. It's nice to see this project come together as this is what has been in my head all these years while working towards this goal. When I told people I was working on a military truck while making the parts, they couldn't see what I did. Now that it is done, most can.
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THANKS!!!! Hat's Off to You
77. THANKS!!!! Hat's Off to You 
Over the course of years in doing this project I've had some help and made a lot of new friends. I always like helping others with their "homework" projects and we tend to do favors for each other. I'm going to try to list all who have helped and if you see an omission on my part, let me know and I'll add it in. Thanks to all of you again and Hat's off to all of  you! Kevin
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Recommended Parts Sources and Suppliers
78. Recommended Parts Sources and Suppliers 
This is is a list of vendors and suppliers I used while doing this project that I'd recommend. I'm happy with what I got from them and their service.
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