Serial Number 82044020 Year 1948 Make Dodge Model B-1-B Engine 217.76 Flathead Six Wheelbase 108 Rating 1/2 Ton Engineering Code T142 Plant Detroit, Michigan Build Number 20 The 1948 Series B models replaced the pre-war Dodge trucks and therefore represented a milestone for the company. In fact, many recognize the Dodge series B trucks as being the most advanced for it’s era. It should be noted that Dodge introduced their Series B trucks at about the same time that Chevrolet and Ford were doing likewise. The 1948 Dodge series B Pick-Up like the one shown here featured many changes from it’s predecessor. One big change was that the engine was moved forward and the front axle moved back which simply meant better weight distribution and it also shortened the vehicle’s wheelbase. The cab was built with what they say was the “pilot house” design which gave the driver much better visibility. The cab was also often referred to as the Pilot House Safety Cab. Regarding visibility, Dodge offered optional rear cab quarter windows that took away the blind spots. The “cross-steering” arrangement introduced with Dodge Series B Trucks was innovative. The cross steering allowed for a 37 degree turn either right or left. What was designed allowed the drag link to be just about parallel with the front axle meaning, for example, that the drag link didn’t interfere with the front left tire when making a left turn. This was a major engineering element that did help allow the Dodge Series B Pickups stand out from the competition. There were 229,000 Dodge Series B-1 half and one ton pickups manufactured in the years 1948 and 1949. Beginning for the 1954 model year, Dodge would come out with their C Series trucks. While the C Series Dodge Trucks had several new changes, it did not have the Pilot House cab. The 1953 model year was the last for the Pilot House.
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