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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-10-2002, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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\'54 M-37

I am getting ready to pull the engine on the ol dodge.
Any tips for removal?
This is my first engine to pull from a vehicle.
I have already removed the grille and radiator.
The manual says take the front left fender off too, but I think I can get it out without doing that.
If there is a cross member holding the tranny in do I need to remove the tranny too?
Thanks for the help.

Here is a pic before it became sick.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 10-10-2002, 08:19 PM
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Seeing that pic is not helping me avoid trying to buy the 3 M-37's that are sitting within 10 miles of my house. They are just to damn cool. What happened to the engine in yours?
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First of all, we haven't been driving it much, because it hasn't been running too well.
On one short outing, it started knocking pretty bad, so we got it home and parked it.
I finally got around to dropping the oil pan and as I was cleaning the sludge out of the pan I noticed some metal pieces.
At first I thought they were part of the pan, but the further down in the sludge I got, the more evident it was that they were part of something else.
It turns out that part of the piston skirt of the #6 piston had broken off, and the rod bearing of the same piston was gone.
We pulled that piston, asked around on some things, and figured we would just pull the engine and do it all at once.
This is where I am right now on it, but it will probably sit for a while before it gets pulled.
I'm going hunting this weekend, and wheeling the next, so you can see why it might be a while! [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Man those old military trucks are cool.[img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img] Whatcha doing with the engine? Rebuild or replace with something bigger/newer?

Jeez, I forget the address, but there's a website with a forum devoted to those old Dodge military trucks. No clue what the address is, at all. Sorry.[img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
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We are going to rebuild the engine. Probably just new rings, pistons, rod bearings, crank bearings, and have the crank ground a bit to smooth it out.
The carb is new, I rebuilt the fuel pump about six months ago, and the rest will stay pretty much the same.
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Cool.[img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img] One day I'd like to get an old military truck, something like a M35 or a M715. Definately a deuce and a half for those big towing jobs..........or however else I can justify it......[img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]............
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m715 kaiser, mmmmmmmmm [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
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