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comingbackdown's new ride: Don't Dodge it, Ram it!

Postby comingbackdown » Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:45 pm

So I picked this up in early June for a steal. 99 Ram 2500 4x4, 148,xxx miles, 360 motor, reman transmission, came with the plow and a hitch and a spare rear door.

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WHERE'S THE THIRD PEDAL?! Unfortunately I couldn't be too picky. It'll work for now.
At some point the transmission will go or I'll have some spare cash and I'll swap a 6MT into it.

So far I have: Replaced the pads and rotors (which he also sent with the truck)... and both brake calipers, one brake hose, several feet of brake line, etc. Worst brake job I've done by far. Had to go buy a bunch of tools since I didn't have a torque wrench rated that high, or a socket big enough for the axle nut, so on and so forth. New headlights since the original owner massively f*cked them up. One was taking on water, the other was busted and held in place with silicone and expanding foam. Idiots...

To come: She needs new plow lights, wiring harness on existing lights is FUBAR. Same story for the aftermarket fog lights. Rear passenger door won't open. Gonna fix that. Stereo. MY GOD it needs a stereo! CD player doesn't work and the volume control is possessed. Already have the unit, just need the wiring and install kits. Down the line I'll upgrade the speakers and add a sub. Body and paint needs done. Amazingly the underside is clean as shit for a well used plow truck. Also needs a tiny bit of interior work, but not too much.

I got it for next to nothing and it's a major upgrade from my old Dakota. Now I just have to get to work on her and keep her in good shape.
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Re: comingbackdown's new ride: Don't Dodge it, Ram it!

Postby Rope-Pusher » Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:01 pm

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WHERE'S THE THIRD PEDAL?

I see it, I see it! It's just West of the brake pedal. And it even has a shift lever sticking up thru the floor, although there apparently has been some shrinkage. Cold water can cause that. Did it ever get driven into a lake?

There are times when someone can afford to purchase something that they can't afford to own, hence your wiring and lighting issues.
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Postby theholycow » Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:35 pm

comingbackdown wrote:At some point the transmission will go or I'll have some spare cash and I'll swap a 6MT into it.


If you do much plowing there's a good chance that it will happen sooner rather than later.

Ah, Meyer plows, the red-headed stepchild of the plow world for no good reason.
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Postby watkins » Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:42 pm

Pretty sure anything not Fisher is red-headed.

Id be more worried about the frame folding in half than the transmission letting go
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Postby tankinbeans » Mon Aug 10, 2015 9:36 pm

I've only ever driven a 1500 briefly to help my brother move IIRC it pulled an easy 25 mpg.
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Postby IMBoring25 » Mon Aug 10, 2015 10:47 pm

This one probably doesn't do too much better than half that.

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Postby comingbackdown » Tue Aug 11, 2015 4:46 am

theholycow wrote:
comingbackdown wrote:At some point the transmission will go or I'll have some spare cash and I'll swap a 6MT into it.


If you do much plowing there's a good chance that it will happen sooner rather than later.


That would be why it has a reman transmission in it in the first place. Most of its life it was used basically for plowing. Guy I bought it from, that's all he used it for was plowing driveways on his road. He did a lot of fixing and took good care of it. He's a retired Chrysler tech, so he's a bit picky about taking care of them. A lot of the damage was caused by the idiots who had it before him. Whatever hack at the country club worked on it needs to never touch a vehicle again. Instead of properly wiring the plow lights, they snipped off the headlight plugs and wired the plow lamps up instead. Aside from that most of the splicing was done with wire nuts and electrical tape, and not all of them even got that much.


watkins wrote:Pretty sure anything not Fisher is red-headed.

Id be more worried about the frame folding in half than the transmission letting go


Any known issues with the frame on these? There's actually still paint on the bottom of the frame. She's seen some use but has been well taken care of.


tankinbeans wrote:I've only ever driven a 1500 briefly to help my brother move IIRC it pulled an easy 25 mpg.

I'm guessing said 1500 had a 318 or something smaller in it?
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Postby tankinbeans » Tue Aug 11, 2015 4:50 am

I borrowed it from a friend so it's no skin off my ass. Nice enough rig for what it was.
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Postby Squint » Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:54 am

tankinbeans wrote:I borrowed it from a friend so it's no skin off my ass. Nice enough rig for what it was.

The newer ones with smaller engines might be able to pull 20+ mpg...

comingbackdown wrote:So I picked this up in early June for a steal. 99 Ram 2500 4x4, 148,xxx miles, 360 motor, reman transmission, came with the plow and a hitch and a spare rear door.

Nice enough find anyway since you have the time to put in the work to it. What did you have to steal to get the truck??
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Re: comingbackdown's new ride: Don't Dodge it, Ram it!

Postby watkins » Tue Aug 11, 2015 11:29 am

comingbackdown wrote:
watkins wrote:Pretty sure anything not Fisher is red-headed.

Id be more worried about the frame folding in half than the transmission letting go


Any known issues with the frame on these? There's actually still paint on the bottom of the frame. She's seen some use but has been well taken care of.

Yeah. Sometimes they fold in half. Its a riveted frame, not solid.
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Postby AHTOXA » Tue Aug 11, 2015 1:29 pm

I've just realized that I've lived in Texas for quite a bit. I've forgotten that rust can be that bad in Midwest.
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Postby wannabe » Tue Aug 11, 2015 6:39 pm

ermahgerd a truck.

shiny. except for those rust spots. reminds me of my 89 spirit!
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Postby comingbackdown » Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:24 pm

Squint wrote:
comingbackdown wrote:So I picked this up in early June for a steal. 99 Ram 2500 4x4, 148,xxx miles, 360 motor, reman transmission, came with the plow and a hitch and a spare rear door.

Nice enough find anyway since you have the time to put in the work to it. What did you have to steal to get the truck??


Some time from the bank. Picked her up for $1,400 even.
Not too bad. I also managed to get $500 out of my Dakota.
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comingbackdown wrote:
watkins wrote:Pretty sure anything not Fisher is red-headed.

Id be more worried about the frame folding in half than the transmission letting go


Any known issues with the frame on these? There's actually still paint on the bottom of the frame. She's seen some use but has been well taken care of.

Yeah. Sometimes they fold in half. Its a riveted frame, not solid.

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Postby theholycow » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:56 am

$1400 with plow, currently functional drivetrain, and non-rotted frame is pretty decent.
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