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Title: Abandoned 1948 Dodge Pickup Truck
Archive: Michael Witzel Roadside America Collection
Copyright: © 2019 Michael Karl Witzel, All Rights Reserved
Rusting in peace, I discovered this classic American service vehicle parked near the Great Salt Lake on Antelope Island, Utah.
The Dodge B-Series pickup truck replaced prewar models and sold between 1948 and 1953. Variants of the Dodge pickup started with the B1-B workhorse, a one-half ton standard model, powered by a 95 hp (71 kW) flathead-straight-six engine. Features of the B-Series included a high visibility “pilot-house” cab. Rear quarter panel windows were optional.
Planners shifted the engine forward for better weight distribution and shorter wheelbase (from 116″ (2,900 mm) to 108″ (2,700 mm). Engineers positioned the front axle further back on the frame, too. The cab height gained an extra 2.5″ and was a full 6″ wider, allowing for three abreast seating.
To improve the ride, the 1948 model featured a cab mounted on rubber isolation mounts. To increase hauling capacity by 40%, designers made the cargo bed sides higher and offered overload springs as an optional feature. An innovative cross-steering arrangement that provided a 37° turning radius.