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I am restoring a 28 Dodge Bros. Mine is the 3/4 ton "E" series Screenside. I have choosen to enclose the cab.

All wood is white oak.

Model: Sceenside, 120in, ¾ ton, DE

Year Sold 1929

Motor # H79864

Frame # S114139 (frame was destroyed)

Vehicle registration plate was found under driver’s side door. It showed model as DE and 120in wheelbase. The frame is noted as S114139. All other information on the plate is rusted out.


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Model: Unknown, 120in, ¾ ton

Year Sold 11/17/1931

Motor # H88314

Frame # S115179 (frame salvaged)

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Fantastic job! Another crazy bugger putting a piece of history back on the road. Not many people want to put the time and effort into one these virtual hand built wooden wonders. Mine was on the way to the dump or wrecking yard when I detoured it to my shop 20 years ago. Though I had 4 years of metal shop,drafting and wood shop in high school, and my life's avocation had always been automotive, I found I still had a lot to learn and what I had to learn had not been used in the construction of vehicles for maybe 50 years or more. I'm finally permantely retired so I'm in the final stages of finshing it. Please keep us informed as you finish it.

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Stakeside- what a nice job! Pretty impressive woodwork. I'll bet you didn't have all that much old wood to pattern off of. Curious that the top slats weren't T&G. I assume you are routing out all of the detail in the slats we see in your top pictures?

There has been some on going questions re: 1929 Dodge truck motors here on the forum. Perhaps you could post some detailed pictures of your motors esp. passenger side block.

Thanks, Joe

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I believe that they are not T&G. They are only 1/4 inch thick, which would be hard to T&G. The photos I have seen show only a slight space between slats about that of a tumb tack.

There are 30 slats of 1 3/4 inch width. I used 1/8 round router on edges and 1/8 round plunge router for center grooves. The picture shows another roof for a 27 Graham panel.

I believe the engine is complete in these photos. The water jacket cover is fabricated. This is the H88XX block. This had a pot metal carb and older engine H79XX had bronze Stewart Carb.




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I have an original top very much like the long one you show. Same grooves in the slats. All original including top material and side curtains. I have long believed it is for a 28 or 29 DB/GB with a 96" bed. Page 64 of The Dodge Story shows one that looks like mine. Mine is roughly 11 1/2 ft long. Must be someone out there that needs this. The pics I have are not very good. I took them 7 years ago. It is now tucked away in the rafters of my shop.










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The rear loading floor slats in my van were originally done in 'ship joint' by the Toronto body builder. This is where a square cut is made in the edge on one piece to a depth of 1/2 the thickness of the wood and the the opposing piece is cut in the same way to 1/2 it's thickness. The 2 pieces then slip together in an overlap. They can then be either glued or screwed (I screwed mine but it appears nothing was used originally) or wood pegged.

This was how the decks in Columbus's ships were,hence the term 'ship joint', and he used wood pegs. Which I assume were kept wet with 'swabbing the deck' and the rain of course and that kept them swollen and the deck tight.

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