Re: Thanks Joe. Repost from last Forum

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Posted by Clint Dixon [] on Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 08:27:20 :

In Reply to: Thanks Joe. Repost from last Forum posted by Clint Dixon [] on Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 08:10:11 :

Chassis and Body Models

The 1951 Dodge Truck Sales Manual begins by picturing four different body models (configurations) of the Power-Wagon: An 8 foot Express Body with full cab, a Chassis And Cab (full cab with bare frame from cab rearward), Chassis With Windshield Cowl (bare frame from windshield rearward), and Chassis With Flat-Face Cowl (bare frame from dashboard rearward).

The four different body configurations had no impact upon G.V.W. ratings. The only effect was upon road weights "as built" before additional aftermarket bodies were added. The 1951 Manual shows only the Express Body model as equipped with full length running boards. The three Chassis models are pictured with front half running boards only.

Spare tire carriers are listed and shown as being "off the body" mounted for the Express Model (an early 1951 change) and "off the frame" mounted for the three Chassis models. The 1955 Manual agrees with the spare tire mounting methods but illustrates only the Express and Chassis And Cab model versions of the truck.

The 1955 Manual goes on to make a point that the Chassis And Cab model is equipped with full length running boards and rear fenders as standard equipment. The 1956 Manual illustrates three models – the express (now known as the Pick-UP Model), the Chassis Cab, and the Chassis Cowl. The Chassis Cab is illustrated with full length running boards and rear fenders while the Chassis Cowl has full length running boards without rear fenders. The 1961 Manual agrees with the aforementioned information in the 1955 edition as far as running boards and fenders. It does however go into greater detail as far as body and payload allowances in lbs. for the two chassis models (a heavier added body equaled less payload).

The 1951 Sales Manual lists the front bumper as painted in black enamel. A December 1952, Bulletin No. F25, states, "We will furnish the Power Wagon with radiator shell, hood, cowl, cab and/or body painted in the selected optional color. The front and rear fenders will be painted Black." The 1955 Manual states, "When ordered in a standard truck color, the radiator shell, hood, cowl, cab, and body will be painted that color. The front and rear fenders, bumpers, and wheels are painted BLACK. The front and rear fenders may be painted to match cab, at extra cost." "Running-boards on all models will be painted BLACK." "Bumper on all models, except school bus chassis, may be painted to match cab color at extra cost."

So it appears that for at least these years, running boards were painted black regardless of whether the truck was custom ordered with fenders matching body color or not. I also found it interesting that no mention is made of the grill. From reading the Manuals, one can assume that in their mention "radiator shell" that they are referring to the complete cowling, sides, grill, and support that makes up one complete assembly, and that was completely painted as such after assembly. This theory is reinforced by the previous dismantling of radiator shells that contained very little (if any) paint inside the upper cowling and/or between mating parts.

Note that there is also no mention made concerning paint colors on headlight and/or parking light buckets.

A February 1957 addendum to the October 1956 Manual shows chrome grab handles (pair) available for the W300 (presumably on the sides of the cab). I will be searching through the parts lists to see if any information exists on these.

More to follow.

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