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Post by T Hilde on Sat May 10, 2014 4:37 pm

Hi guys! Thought I would start populating the projects area with my 1946 Dodge WF32 on a 1985 Ranger Chassis.

Here is the chassis.


This is the jig I put together to get the cab mounts located.


Putting the cab on with the cherry picker lift.
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Cab on

Post by T Hilde on Sat May 10, 2014 4:44 pm

Cab is on.


Fitting the front sheetmetal.



Working on my own version of prop rods.
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relocated the engine

Post by T Hilde on Sat May 10, 2014 4:48 pm

The water pump pulley would have touched the radiator so it needed to go back.

Here it is 4 3/8 inches back.

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Shifter work

Post by T Hilde on Sat May 10, 2014 4:52 pm

The shifter was a little low for my taste.


I added some tubing in two places to make it feel right.
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Pedals

Post by T Hilde on Sat May 10, 2014 4:58 pm

The rubber was wore off the pedals. I took some scrap pieces of diamond plate to make them better.



They look pretty good hanging there.
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Floor tin

Post by T Hilde on Sat May 10, 2014 5:01 pm

I like the removable floor, so came up with these panels.

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Brake & Clutch mounting

Post by T Hilde on Sat May 10, 2014 5:05 pm

This is for inside the firewall to help stiffen it.


I have more done but need to get pictures...........
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Re: 46 dodge 4X4 custom

Post by rich on Sat May 10, 2014 7:11 pm

Looks good can't wait to see more.

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Re: 46 dodge 4X4 custom

Post by T Hilde on Sun May 11, 2014 12:10 pm

The gauges were fitted with the ranger units except the amp gauge. I don't like them and used more diamond plate to make a bracket for the volt gauge.


I picked up some explorer wheels and modified the center cap for the lock outs.


The beads are rolled on the floor piece, toe board is next.


Got the exhaust hooked back up. Put on a new Smithy muffler.


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Post by T Hilde on Sun May 11, 2014 12:20 pm

Put the alternator and brackets back on. Also fit a new shorter belt.


Power steering pump too.


Got the steering hooked up with new u-joints at the column and steering gear.


Master cylinder is mounted. The clutch location landed on the firewall rib. That may need to be trimmed out.


That is about where I am at in the process. Going to try and fit the Ranger wiring harness back in.

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Post by T Hilde on Mon May 19, 2014 5:16 pm

Been spending alot of time sorting through the ranger wiring harness.  confused 


Got some of the under-hood stuff located.


Forgot to post this one last time.

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Post by T Hilde on Wed May 21, 2014 8:48 pm

Got the wiring harness off the bench and mounted in the truck.




Next up getting it all connected. Still trying to figure out where I'm going to put the battery.

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Post by rich on Thu May 22, 2014 7:20 pm

very cool. looks like you know what your doing  Very Happy 

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Re: 46 dodge 4X4 custom

Post by T Hilde on Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:11 am

Got rid of the stock air cleaner in favor of this Chevy hubcap. Had an old 9" filter base on the shelf and found this new K&N filter on Amazon for $16 shipped.


Made a bracket for the Ranger cigar lighter. Found some nice indicator lights at NAPA.


Mounted the volt gauge, ignition and headlight switches. Can't remember where the ignition switch came from, but it has a GM square key with an IH logo.


Driveshaft is shortened and reinstalled.


Got the windshield to open a little bit.


Took a spare windshield mechanism and got it working again. It needed some teeth filed to work smoothly.


Was hoping the drop down battery box would show up this morning, but UPS has had it in Illinois since Friday.

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Post by T Hilde on Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:22 pm

Welded up the brackets for the running boards today. 1X2 channel steel, idea stolen from someones Plymmie truck build.


They might be an inch long, step stool is the right height for mock up.


Got the stuff from Dodge of Central Michigan to rebuild the cowl lights. All new lenses and innerds, now they will function as turn signals as well as marker lights.

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Re: 46 dodge 4X4 custom

Post by dodgeboy on Sat Jun 07, 2014 3:43 pm

wow this one is different. keep going
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Post by rich on Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:02 pm

still going at....

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Re: 46 dodge 4X4 custom

Post by T Hilde on Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:54 pm

Got some original style mirrors


Picked up an Explorer 8.8 and Dana 35 (way more heavy duty)



Stripped the rear frame, getting new brackets. The old ones were froze solid.

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Post by T Hilde on Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:43 pm

Got the 8.8 installed, mostly. Still need to weld on the shock mounts.


All the brackets were bad. Used the spring pack out of the explorer.


Dana 35 is ready to go in.


Found a place for the ranger horns.

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Post by rich on Sat Jul 12, 2014 1:16 pm

hunting down parts and finding out what works is half the fun. i like your enthusiasm

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Re: 46 dodge 4X4 custom

Post by T Hilde on Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:46 pm

Today was productive. 8 hours of shop time and stripped the Dana 28 out, put in the Dana 35 and added a helper leaf on each of the rear springs.




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Post by T Hilde on Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:17 am

Shop-cation week update

Got a few non-picture things accomplished, welded the shock mounts to the rear axle, put a flange on in place of the yoke on the transfer case and installed an explorer driveshaft (bigger u-joints than the ranger), Found a molded lower radiator hose (waiting on a 3" extension tube from Jeg's to complete).

Decided to make my own headlight relay kit. Probably saved $10 plus shipping. Also added a buss bar on each side, so the fenders can come off easily.


Picked up receiver hitch for an explorer off the local auction site for $1.50. Narrowed it up 8 1/2 inches and fits nice.


Except for bolts this bumper is all from the scrap pile.


This license plate bracket is 1/8" from the scrap pile too. It will be welded under the bumper.


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Post by rich on Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:56 am

very nice. accomplishment means a great deal

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Post by T Hilde on Mon Aug 18, 2014 6:13 pm

I've been working. Dad bought a car trailer to haul his tractors to the farm show and I'm helping get that spruced up and brakes on his WD Allis Chalmers (they're a 8!+ch).

The trailer came in rusty black with beat fenders. After a few weeks its almost done.



Also been doing a little work on the truck, painted some interior trim and the dash. I used rustoleum brown hammer finish.


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Post by rich on Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:13 pm

looks like you keep yourself busy

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