1948 Dodge B1B Pilot House
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July 13, 2021 Update – Bidding on this 1948 Dodge B1B “Pilot House” Custom Pickup did not meet the seller’s reserve price, so we’ve moved this truck to our “Rides Still Available” page. Click the blue “Make An Offer” button below and you’ll be guided to the bid page where you have the choice to either select the “Buy Now” option and pay the seller’s reserve price of $12,000 or you can enter a counter-offer in the “Buy Now” box.
GuysWithRides.com is excited to offer this 1948 Dodge B Series pickup for our latest reserve auction lot. Bidding opened Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at Noon Eastern Time and continues through Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at 7:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. This Dodge is currently located in Central New Jersey approximately one hour from Philadelphia International Airport.
Some of you may recognize this truck as Guys With Ride’s very own Lou Seiden’s ride from of our Talkin’ Cars video podcasts we made during the height of the Pandemic. Lou has owned this truck for approximately five years. Unfortunately, he has run out of room at the Garage Mahal, so this truck and his 1940 Chevrolet are going on the auction block to find a new home.
Dodge sold B-Series pickups from 1948 through 1953 before their replacement by the C-Series for 1954. B1-Bs such as the example up for auction were ½-ton trucks equipped with a 95 horsepower flathead-straight-six engine. B-series trucks featured a high-visibility “pilot-house” cab with optional rear quarter windows, which this example does not have. Engineers shifted the engine forward and moved the front axle back on the frame for better weight distribution as well as facilitating an eight-inch shorter wheelbase on ½-ton models. The cargo bedsides were made higher to increase capacity by 40%. The redesigned cab could seat three people, with nearly three inches of increased height, six inches more width, and three inches of additional length. B-Series cabs relied on rubber mounts for an improved ride. Another innovation for the time was the use of a 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.
The first thing you notice about this Pilot House Dodge is the application of custom cedar panels to the original bed. A custom tonneau featuring a padded and sewn “48 Dodge” logo also covers the bed. Another interesting fact about these trucks is that the beds came from the factory with unfinished plywood floors and this example stays true to that. For added safety versus the original single red light, this Dodge now features two sets of taillights: a set of vintage Volkswagen Beetle fender-mounted units are now combined with a pair mounted between the tailgate and the rear bumper were sourced from a Chevrolet Vega.
Inside the Pilot House cab, Cedar accents have been added to compliment the bed wood described earlier. A set of modern gauges was added to keep an eye on the powertrain. An older aftermarket cassette stereo connected to a pair of dash-mounted speakers provides tunes if desired. One modern touch is a removable console containing a pair of cup holders while a neat custom touch designed and installed by Lou is a very rare vintage shift boot; scroll through the pictures above and you will see what we mean. In a nod to its origins, this Dodge retains its original vacuum wipers and its non-synchromesh, three-speed transmission. To extend this truck’s operating season into the spring and fall months, Lou recently installed a Vintage Air heating and defroster system.
The original flathead engine starts right up. If left sitting, like most cars and trucks of this vintage, it will drip minor amounts of oil. The wheels and track of this Dodge have been widened to facilitate mounting modern tires (Lou notes the tires on this Dodge are newer) as well as improve handling. It’s a very subtle modification as it all still fits underneath the truck’s fenders.
To help you make informed bids, we’re providing a link to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales in the past two years. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:
If you have any questions about this 1948 Dodge B1B pickup, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497. Thank you for looking and happy bidding!