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1938 Fargo Pickup. 23 Nov 2020 15:11 #216587

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1938 Fargo Pickup. 23 Nov 2020 16:59 #216592

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Todd

You look to be on top of the game but here are some photos of my original Dodge rear body. Everything is factory including the hook and chain. Of course the rope hooks originally had countersink straight slot screws (not rivets or my modern screws.

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1938 Fargo Pickup. 24 Nov 2020 00:58 #216598

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Great reference photos, thanks Lang. I appreciate you acknowledging the incorrect hardware, LOL.

That marble reflector is very nice as well.
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1938 Fargo Pickup. 25 Dec 2020 08:11 #217393

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While waiting for my wiring to arrive I figured I would deal with some of the sheet metal problem the Fargo has.
I removed all the fenders (one at a time) and cleaned up all the hardware and welded up various cracks and tears,
and managed to push a few dents and bruises while they were off.

I was amazed what just a good cleaning will do.





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1938 Fargo Pickup. 25 Dec 2020 08:19 #217394

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When I removed the front bumper to remedy some bad hardware choices over the years.
I noticed there was a mangled piece of sheetmetal between the body gasket and the bumper bolt.
There was only one on the drivers side. I got it off and realized it was a garnish that covers the
area where the bumper is attached to the frame.

The rubber gaskets were in quite bad condition but I trimmed the ratty outer part of the rubber off
and buffed them smooth. they are totally acceptable now.




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1938 Fargo Pickup. 25 Dec 2020 08:28 #217395

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Seeing as I only had one of the bumper garnishes, I had to make a second one.
I just used two sockets of closely appropriate size on each side of the piece of sheetmetal
and pressed the dimple in with a 6" vice and a small amount of sniping on the vice handle.







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1938 Fargo Pickup. 25 Dec 2020 08:47 #217396

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Love the straight-forward thinking on how to make that garnish.
The repair on the mudguard / fender is also particularly nice.

Great stuff.

Jarrod.

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1938 Fargo Pickup. 25 Dec 2020 21:33 #217403

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Fantastic stuff, thanks for sharing

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1938 Fargo Pickup. 26 Dec 2020 21:49 #217418

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Lovely work on the repairs and duplication of the garnishing cover bracket well done. I have a similar job but a bit bigger comming up soon, the mower deck on the ride on mower. I too will be made in pieces as you have done.
You are making great progress on your restoration.
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1938 Fargo Pickup. 27 Dec 2020 05:52 #217421

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Now that the fenders are nice and solid and 65% rattle free (probably the best I could hope for).

It's time to move on to the wiring. I laid out the harness and labelled everything.
I managed to find all the proper Chrysler wiring for it and ordered all the different gauges and colours.

The truck only came with one tail light and no signals so I added the necessary wiring to accommodate
a second tail light and signal lights.

The steering wheel of my car literally has more wiring than the entire truck. so It shouldn't be too difficult
to replicate the harness at a fraction of what a pre made harness would cost.

The wiring supplier (Harnesses Unlimited) in the US, had all of the correct connectors and terminals needed.


While removing the old tail light wiring, I noticed in the loom that covers the wiring back to the tail light had
this cool little hoop woven into it for what I assume aided pulling the wiring in through the chassis.
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