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1938 Fargo Pickup. 02 Feb 2018 00:53 #190844

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Thanks Lang, the photos and info is much appreciated.
The numbers seem to raise more questions about the engine
in my truck. I may have to ask my uncles some more questions.
Maybe there was an engine failure early in its life?.?
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1938 Fargo Pickup. 02 Feb 2018 13:27 #190866

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installed the mystery engine on the weekend. The rear engine mounts were toast and I couldn't find the same ones for sale anywhere that I looked. I found a polyurethane mount rebuild kit from suspension.com. I used the 60A durometer (softest) and they turned out really nice and it was very reasonably priced.


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1938 Fargo Pickup. 31 Jan 2019 12:13 #198535

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Hello all, I have finally done some more to the Fargo. Front end is on, rebuilt radiator is in, cleaned up and resealed the tranny, cleaned up and redid the drive shaft, cleaned up and resealed the steering box.

As you can see in the photos (camera lens on my phone was scratched up causing the hazy photos), I am still finding mouse nests and dead animals. the last photo shows how back in the day somebody used a Singer sewing machine oil can to thoughtfully craft a new defroster vent. I guess you have to do what you can in Rural Saskatchewan haha.

Every time I take a bracket out of the truck it seems they are either cracked or broken so there has been much sandblasting and welding as well. Ive stopped predicting a time line for it running so I'll just say sooner or later.

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1938 Fargo Pickup. 03 Feb 2019 14:13 #198592

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I have a question about how to remove the headlight switch knob off of the switch? Is this a stupid question?
I'd hate to damage it.

I doesn't look overly obvious and I can't seem to find any info about it. Not even in the old shop manual for it.
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1938 Fargo Pickup. 03 Feb 2019 14:30 #198593

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I have the same switches. There should either be a tiny little grub screw on the bottom of the plastic knob or the knob is threaded.

Here are replacement knobs for $3 each upward depending on type.
drive.google.com/file/d/0BxzO_Oy1EMLISW9IS09ZTF9ZcDA/view

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1938 Fargo Pickup. 03 Feb 2019 15:59 #198596

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Hi Someguy This is how mind came off the Bedford The hole in mind was full of gunk witch made it hard to see the hole. Hope this helps. Cheers Fill
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1938 Fargo Pickup. 03 Feb 2019 18:40 #198600

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On my Dodge there is a little button on the light switch near the terminals push it and knob will pull out with shaft. Unscrew the faceplate and viola! I suggest you carefully note wiring positions before disconnecting anything. From memory the contacts are live so disconnect the battery or you have sparks.
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1938 Fargo Pickup. 03 Feb 2019 20:41 #198602

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Dodgeydude is correct. To reinstall, just push shaft and knob in and it will lock in place.
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1938 Fargo Pickup. 03 Feb 2019 21:15 #198603

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I think this is the style Dodgy and Overnight are talking about. I do not think this release method came in until much later than the 38 truck.



I suspect one of these is the style on the 38 ute. They are listed for the 37-46 period Dodge, Plymouth De Soto both cars and truck.

Type 1 is a push on with a grub screw inside the slot.

Type 2 is a screw on with a grub screw holder. This is a modern repro but the old one is the same except the screw is a straight slot not an Allen screw.






Here is a genuine 1938 Dodge truck switch. Looks like the push on with the grub screw in the slot is the one.

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1938 Fargo Pickup. 04 Feb 2019 04:14 #198608

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Thanks for all the info guys! Its about -25 C here today with a good wind, so the couch or the garage are the only places I care to be, I pick the garage. :)
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