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Old 10-09-2008, 03:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1953 M38A build

What do you get when you combine a 1953 M38A...



With a 1958 Dodge Power Giant?



This...anyone care to see the build?

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Old 10-09-2008, 03:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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sure tho i loved the power giant
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Old 10-09-2008, 06:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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post it up!
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I would def. like to see that build!! I like the Power Giant as well, but think this will be an awesome build!!
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Old 10-11-2008, 11:47 AM   #5 (permalink)
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that's an M38-A1.

if it were in better shape I'd beg you to restore it, but since it looks like it's seen better days, I'd say just make it something worthy of it's heritage.
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Anyone wanna' see the build?

Yes!!
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Old 10-11-2008, 02:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The Dodge was a good truck and worked pretty good, but it was real heavy
and hard to see out of. Rather than try to sell it, and lose a bunch of money,
I decided to rebuild it. The answer came when I inherited the M38A1. It was missing the engine, had no title, and had some rust issues in the tub. I started the build in late June of this year. Here's how it went:



The box weighed 1,050 lbs...



The five ton bridge crane came in real handy.



The cab weighed 1,250 lbs. We're well over a ton in weight savings now.
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Old 10-12-2008, 08:51 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Wow, what a cool build idea! I'm definitely interested in following this one.
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Old 10-12-2008, 09:01 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 10-13-2008, 11:18 AM   #10 (permalink)
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The stripped down chassis weighed exactly 5,000 lbs. I was hoping to get it lighter than that. Better strip some more off of it.



Here's a couple hundred more pounds I found.



Moved the power train back sixteen inches and down four inches.



Try on the new body. Sets a little tall, for my liking. Better do something about that.

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Back halving the frame.



That shed some more weight.





Mockup of the rear steering axle.



The cage is being made with 2" DOM. It's not real easy to bend the stuff.
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Old 10-14-2008, 03:55 PM   #12 (permalink)
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This will be interesting
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Old 10-14-2008, 07:45 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I envy your garage...
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Old 10-15-2008, 10:54 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I liked the Dodge better... But that doesn't matter, it's your rig.

More pics of the snowcat please.

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Bending this stuff is a real workout. I got my son to help me push on the
six foot cheater pipe to do the bends. If I was doing this more often,
I'd look into making it hydraulic.



I found these slightly used 18" Sway aways for a fraction of the cost of new.
A friend of mine is parting out his buggy. I also got his air bumps and sway
bars.






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What is your wheel base going to be ???????????????
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121" now. As the rig gets lowered, it will push out the axles. At that point,
if I want to retain that wheelbase, I'll need to shorten the links.
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121" now. As the rig gets lowered, it will push out the axles. At that point,
if I want to retain that wheelbase, I'll need to shorten the links.
I forgot to ask what size tires are you going to run? build looks sweet....
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Old 10-16-2008, 11:49 AM   #20 (permalink)
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For now, I'll run those 46" MT's. If I go bigger, I'll need to go to a bigger
wheel and that's a big expense.
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:51 AM   #21 (permalink)
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My friend made me these gussets with a plasma CNC.
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Got the seats and floor in.



Went with 18 ga. steel for the body panels.



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Old 10-21-2008, 10:10 AM   #23 (permalink)
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WOW! Very nice! I'm watching!
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Old 10-21-2008, 10:32 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Nice build!!!

Plans for the old Dodge cab?


Do you work for Schweitzer?
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Old 10-21-2008, 01:30 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I traded the Dodge cab. It was fairly well thrashed. I run the Schweitzer shop.
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