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1938 Fargo Pickup. 04 Feb 2019 11:08 #198618

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I managed to remove the knobs, but I had to destroy one to get it off. It was ok to destroy it because I noticed that it had been soldered on with some lead and was pretty haggard looking and would have been replaced.

Basically all that holds the knobs on the shaft is one of those stamped metal push on nuts hidden inside the knob. The little slot on the side of the knob is to allow you to get an o-ring tool or alike in there to sort of disengage the nut off off the switch shaft.

Both knobs were pretty bad and a few places have reasonable reproduction of them, so I'm ok with the carnage.
At least I learned something about them. I appreciate all the suggestions guys!

I also pulled all of the wiring harness out and had a good survey of all the back side of the dash. The wiring is a disaster and will need to be replaced. While I was under there I found that the stamped steel steering column support was broken in half so I repaired that as well. And so on, and so on.

Oh well it beats shovelling snow. :P
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1938 Fargo Pickup. 04 Feb 2019 13:48 #198620

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Pity the poor guy married to the woman in the video.

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1938 Fargo Pickup. 09 Apr 2019 09:24 #199877

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Hi Guys,

While I was in the front wheel well repairing more broken bracketry :S . I just couldn't stand to leave the crusty shocks in there untouched. The shop manual manual states that they are rebuildable. I did a little looking around and was unable to find any type of seal or seal kit out there. anybody here have any insight as to where a feller could procure some? They are the bigger gland looking part that is in the bottom right of the row of small inner parts in the photo/s. There is also a sealing ring much like pump packing that seals the gland to the shock tube.

They are Canadian made Delco shocks



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1938 Fargo Pickup. 09 Apr 2019 09:55 #199878

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Possibly a shop that specialises in hydraulic rams and seals, the ones here have a great range.
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1938 Fargo Pickup. 09 Apr 2019 10:35 #199879

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I can understand rebuilding arm type shock absorbers which are "unique" and very hard to find at a decent price but those telescopic shocks can be purchased in almost identical shape very cheaply at any parts place. Yours are most likely single action, by putting standard double action modern shocks on it improves the ride and safety very noticeably.

Then again you might just want the fun of restoring them.

Here is the page out of Vintage Power Wagons catalog. Looks like yours halfway down the page complete (I bet they have modern internals and are two way). You can get the same thing from Pedders, REPCO, SuperCheap for much less here.
drive.google.com/file/d/0BxzO_Oy1EMLIZXZyaTcxSUxNTjQ/view
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1938 Fargo Pickup. 09 Apr 2019 12:28 #199880

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Hi,

Leslie S G & Sons PTY LTD in Heidelberg, Victoria would be my first port of call.

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1938 Fargo Pickup. 09 Apr 2019 12:54 #199881

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Thats great info thanks guys! I'll have a little look around with the places you guy suggested and see what I can find.

I made a packing wrench for the shock out of some flat bar and keystock. Worked really well. I'll dig up a pic of the factory wrench and the fairly crude one I fashioned.

And you are right Lang, its mostly just for the fun of it. Sometimes I get a little weird about making it the same as it was. :)
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1938 Fargo Pickup. 14 May 2019 15:03 #200582

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I managed to find seals for the shock from an industrial supplier that I deal with at work. They found me a modern Timken dual lip seal. I also found some shock eye bushings from energy suspension.

Hers a pic of the gland tool I made for relatively free instead of buying an original tool (which was readily available-surprisingly) .

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1938 Fargo Pickup. 09 Feb 2020 06:23 #206410

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Hi All,

Well Christmas break let me do the one job I wasn't looking forward to, the rotten windshield frame.
All 4 corners were rusted through and a mere patch job wouldn't suffice.

This was easily the hardest job yet, I put a solid 40 hours of tig welding filing and grinding.
it turned out really well and now I can finally put a windshield back in the truck.

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1938 Fargo Pickup. 09 Feb 2020 06:26 #206411

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A few more shots, when the windshield goes in I will have a few shots of the install and how it turned out.
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