All-original B1-C Series Truck
218 CID Flathead six-cylinder engine
Three-speed manual transmission
Red and black exterior and red interior
116-inch wheelbase, 5500-pound GVWR and 7.5-foot-long cargo bed
This two-tone Dodge B-series ¾-ton truck is a solid driver, which the next owner could choose to restore or use it as is. This is a solid old truck and runs and drives as it should.
This Job-Rated truck was made in Chrysler’s Warren, Michigan factory. These were popular and well-thought-out, stylish small trucks. Even the big jobs looked good.
Currently finished in a red cab with a black cargo bed, the truck’s patina shows well and the paint and trim are in overall good order. The truck’s black bumpers fit tightly to the body while the engine bay is in decent order. A split windshield offers a divided view from the driver’s seat.
This truck rolls on Primewell PS850 radials, size P205/75R15, mounted on red steel wheels. The wheels and tires are in good order. This truck rides a 116-inch wheelbase, has a 5500-pound GVWR and a 7.5-foot-long cargo bed.
Under the hood is Chrysler’s 218 CID Flathead six-cylinder engine. Backing this motor is a three-speed manual transmission.
Inside is a spartan red cab. No carpeting, minimal instrumentation (just a speedometer and a coolant gauge), a red metal dashboard and a bench seat. A floor-mounted gearshift completes the interior. The B-series trucks featured a high-visibility “pilot-house” cab with optional rear quarter windows.
Dodge’s B-series pickup trucks were sold from 1948 to 1953. They replaced the pre-war Dodge truck and were replaced by the Dodge C-series in 1954. The B-series trucks came in several different variants. B1-Bs were ½-ton trucks standard with a 95-horsepower flathead-straight-six engine while the B1-C were ¾-ton trucks with a standard 108-horsepower flathead-straight six-cylinder engine.
The engine was shifted forward and the front axle moved back on the frame for better weight distribution as well as a shorter wheelbase, moving from 116 inches to 108 inches on ½-ton models. The cargo bed sides were made higher to increase capacity by 40%. The redesigned cab could seat three people, with 2.5 inches more height, six inches more width and three inches additional in length.
The cab was mounted on rubber mounts for an improved ride. Another innovation for the time was the use of cross-steering arrangement, giving the trucks a 37° turning radius. The cargo box space was increased over previous models and overload springs made optional on all variants to increase hauling capacity.
Competition to this B-series truck in 1949 included Chevrolet’s 3600, Ford’s F-2, GMC’s 150, International’s K2 and Willys Jeep’s ¾-ton truck.
If you’re a classic Mopar truck fan, you shouldn’t miss out on this 1949 Dodge B1-C. It could be your next restoration project. Come to Mission Classics and see it for yourself.
This truck is currently located at our facility in Brooksville, Florida. Current mileage on the odometer shows 35,783 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title.
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Location: Brooksville, Florida, United States