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History of the 1948-1953 Dodge B-series 1/2-ton Pickup
Like Ford, Dodge’s first all-new post-WWII vehicle was a truck. Dubbed the B-Series, the new pickup design was very clean, with a more squared-off profile than its competition. Along with Studebaker, Dodge began the trend of integrating the front fenders as a whole concise component of the truck in lieu of just hanging them off the side.
Dodge carried this general design though to 1951, at which point the company enacted a light restyling centered primarily on a new double bar grille theme. These “Job Rated” pickups continued with only modest trim tweaks through 1953. While not as zippy as Ford’s or Chevy’s truck offerings, the rock-solid durability and economy of Chrysler’s flathead sixes—which were in all Dodge pickups of this era—made the B-Series a popular work rig.
Wildly popular then and now was Dodge’s five-window “Pilot House” cab. While GM pickups of this era also offered a five-window design, the B1-B ½ ton model’s execution was more necessary due to the standard cab having such a small center rear window. Dodge trucks were also unique at this time for offering both a “low-side” and a “high-side” pickup box. Today, generally speaking, the “low-side” box has the most interest.
1949 dodge b-1-b-108 1/2 ton Info
2dr Chassis & Cab
Chassis & Cowl
Chassis & W/S
2dr Panel Truck
6-cyl. 218cid/95hp 1bbl
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