|Yesterday 12:47 PM|
I removed the last piece of junk from behind my shop, for now. This was a large and very dated 1.1 million BTU DeVilbliss air exchange unit that was never hooked up due to the efficiency of the shop and how cost-prohibitive it would have been to run the unit. I stole the motor off of it, just in case, and loaded the rest up. For the short term I took the middle portion of the ducting out and put the cap on what was left. I plan to cut it all off flush at the building, cap it, and side over it eventually. I can't just remove the ducting all together as there is still vent structure inside for booth inlet.
Old unit in its place
Loaded up and ready to head to scrap
The back of the shop now has so much more room for activities!
With all this new useful room I can park all of the trucks, trailers, etc. in a neat area instead of having junk parked all over the place to where some things are blocked in and you need to move three things to get at what you want.
AND for some exciting news: I traded one of my bikes off last night for this 1999 Ram 1500 Sport edition. I am excited about this because my plan is to spin this up as another plow truck and will be able to stop driving the '85 in winter. Ultimately I hope to tear the '85 down to give it some love/resto work, this is the first step in that process.
The body is rusty as hell, but mechanically it has quite a few new parts and low miles (117k). I got it home without incident and threw some new headlight housings at it, replaced a gas tank strap, put in one of my aftermarket radios, deleted the front plate, and chopped the exhaust off. I will add a glasspack to the exhaust and replace the RR wheel cylinder as it is weeping out some fluid (all the brake lines are new, so it should go fairly easy). More to come with this one!
|Yesterday 12:30 PM|
Back to our regularly scheduled hauling! I dropped a new distributor into the truck, half-ass timed it, and set out to drive 45 minutes north to rescue my buddy. He is the one who hauled my ass home when I was broken down. He needed to get back to his shop from where he works. His beater is a Chevy Colorado and the ignition system decided to stop recognizing the key when he got to work that day so he was doa. I had to stop at his shop on the way up and grab his trailer for this since I had mine loaned out for a homecoming float.
Loaded up at his work
Unloading at his shop
With that done and now back into the swing, I loaded up a junk straight truck box that had been sitting and rotting away behind my shop forever.
That same day I borrowed out my trailer and some of my time to another buddy to go pick up a Suburban he bought to use as a plow truck this winter. The 3 hour round trip went off without a hitch. It is a non-runner currently due to rusty fuel lines, thus the need for my trailer and the winch. The rig looks pretty good behind a truck worth 10x what mine is.
|09-27-2019 12:42 PM|
Well a bit of a setback yesterday. Since I had a few extra minutes before work I decided to clean the truck up a bit. Did a quick interior detail, threw some new wiper blades on, replaced the dash LEDs that I installed in a previous post because they were all trash (poor quality) and decided to top it all off with a run through the car wash. All went well but when I exited the car wash the truck decided to stop running- no spark. Water must have gotten into the distributor and fried the pickup. I tried a coil and an ignition module but no dice, still no spark coming from the coil even though I had good power and the module is grounded properly.
So I enlisted the help of my buddy and his fourth gen to pull my trailer. The winch setup I put together early in the thread made quick work of yanking her up on the trailer and we got it all done in time to meet the rest of the guys for dinner.
|09-12-2019 09:10 PM|
Allis Chalmers garden tractor!
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|09-12-2019 02:25 PM|
Used the truck and trailer more the last couple weekends. I ran a straight 6 with the powerglide trans over to my good buddy whitneyj's place. I also trailered my tractor to another friend's house to clean out some trees and old landscaping in his backyard. That led to all the refuse going on the trailer and getting hauled out.
Engine, trans, and dolly in the bed
Tractor on the trailer
Working in the yard
load of tree limbs, brush, and general crap
|08-21-2019 01:51 PM|
|08-16-2019 12:26 PM|
That Subaru doesn't look all that bad from this side from a distance.
Why did it go to scrap?
|08-15-2019 07:49 AM|
A couple more updates! I've been using the truck as much as possible and even with the little quirks shes still been damn reliable. The alternator shit out pulling a woodchipper home to chip up debris from a fallen tree but she still made it home before the battery was totally dead! I tossed an alternator and voltage regulator in for good measure and shes been trouble free since. I also just pulled a blown up Subie in to scrap for the SIL. I love this truck.
Pulling the uncle's dump trailer to get rid of the big limbs from the aforementioned tree
Busted the trailer out to scrap the SIL's Subaru
I used the winch setup from earlier to load the car up. By myself I was still able to have the thing loaded, strapped, and ready to roll in under 20 mins. That 5k HF Badlands winch doesn't owe me a thing, it's been super reliable and saved my ass more than a few times.
And if you remember the lift I picked up a while back and had started working on: it's finished and working well! Right now our 35 is up on it while we get the car driving again.
|08-15-2019 07:16 AM|
|06-18-2019 03:58 AM|
|Elwenil||There is nothing wrong with either style starting circuit, they are basically the same, just the relay is changed. If you are getting resistance, check for voltage drop, check all the connections, replace any suspect wires and make sure the grounds are in place. At the minimum there should be the main ground cable from the battery to the engine block, the smaller, usually 10Ga, wire from the ground on the battery to the core support and another ground from the back of the intake to the firewall. Also pay particular attention to the fusible links and any repairs that have been made there over the years. The biggest improvement you can make is using the '88-'93 starter which is a huge leap over the old Chrysler gear reduction starters.|
|06-18-2019 03:06 AM|
|FleshEater||I'm not really a Dodge guy, but I love this truck!|
|05-28-2019 09:35 AM|
Updates! I've been getting my use out of the old girl lately. I picked up a Decked storage box for the bed, which will be a nice alternative to the cap in winter. I also used her to take a couple loads of branches from the shop to the dump from trimming a couple tress in back of the shop.
Decked box installed
After- my plan is to restructure the parking situation back here so everything is a little less cluttered.
|05-06-2019 09:45 AM|
One odd thing that I now need to address is the starter circuit. When the starter was going out I believe that it was drawing more amperage than normal through the exciter wire at the starter relay. Once I installed the new starter the relay smoked out the next day. With work I've really only been in town on weekends so I didn't have time to rip the harness apart and swap out the harness and relay, but the place where the failure occurred just happened to be the parking lot of a junkyard that has an identical truck. For the long term fix I scavenged a replacement relay and harness (to the tune of $5) but for the short term I rigged a momentary toggle to the exciter wire since I was short on time. I tossed the toggle in the ash tray so it's out of sight, can't be bumped by accident, and I can just replace the ash tray when I fix it right.
When I harvested the new relay and harness I compared it to a newer truck and found the newer one used a waterproof Bosch relay instead of this stamped steel one. Has anyone had issues with these old relays? Does anyone have anything good to say about them? I grabbed the original style relay and harness in the heat of the moment but now I can't really think of a reason to install it as opposed to upgrading to a newer Bosch sealed relay with waterproof base. Any thoughts? The wiring will be really easy, all I should need to do is supply fused standby power from the battery, supply ground, pull the start signal from the key to latch the relay, and send signal from 87 to the ignition system and the starter exciter wire with a diode on the exciter wire to protect it from backfeed when the key is in the "run" position.
Pulling the harness and relay
Cracked jacket of power supply wire on original style harness (possible high resistance point)
|05-06-2019 09:23 AM|
I've been incredibly busy with work and life again so I haven't been doing a whole lot to the truck and trailer but I have been doing plenty with them.
The day I mounted up my newly fixed tire it snowed so I tested out the repair that way
After this I moved a buddy's XJ to scrap. I brought the tires/wheels from it back to his house and when I went to start the truck to leave the starter was toast! fortunately the local parts house had one in stock so him and I threw that bad boy into the truck in about 20 minutes in the snowy, muddy, windy driveway. It was a joy, huge props to whitneyj for helping me out with that! If he hadn't I wouldn't have been able to use the truck and trailer that night to run and pick up a G300 for a different friend.
I also had to runt the lawn mower down to the self wash to hose the many pounds of mud off after I buried it in the back field at my shop dumping clippings
|04-09-2019 01:11 PM|
Whenever I'm in a hurry to get somewhere I just take my 6.7 anyways
|04-09-2019 11:28 AM|
Keep on with it OP, that's a damn good looking truck in green.
|04-09-2019 09:27 AM|
This morning on the way to work I picked up a piece of metal in my brand new left front tire! The day had started out nice, I had even stopped to take a picture of the truck on the way because it was such a beautiful morning. I have a rope plug in for now but will repair it properly tonight. This is a little frustrating considering I mounted these around 72 hours ago!
This plug kit has saved my butt more times than I'd care to count. As you can see, it's the best $15 I have ever spent.
The culprit. They are demoing an old building near work so I am guessing this is part of something that fell out of a dump truck transporting debris from the site
|04-09-2019 09:19 AM|
As part of hauling all of this stuff I had horse traded for a set of Goodyear Duratracs (265-75 16) that are pretty much new and a set of 16' 8 lug chrome second gen wheels with junk tires. As soon as i finished all of this up I got back to the shop, dismounted the junk tires, cleaned up the wheels, popped some new valve stems in, and mounted up the Duratracs. They look SWEET! I think the chrome wheels and more aggressive tires really work well on the truck and for not really shelling out any money I think they're perfect. I've also had Duratracs on multiple vehicles and absolutely love the performance I've gotten out of them, so all around I'm happy.
After washing up the tires and the truck
So after all this care for the truck the cheap chinese HEI module in the distributor conversion I did decided to take a dump. I swapped it out with an Accel performance HEI module and she runs better than ever. The wiring job isn't super pretty but with the space I had available it was the best I could do.
|04-09-2019 08:06 AM|
I've been working out the truck and trailer a little bit more now that the weather is getting nice. Last week I got it out to move a Rendezvous for a buddy and ended up getting a flat on the trailer from a nail.
PRO TIP- when the jack you keep in the truck for changing tires takes a shit while jacking up the trailer you can take the pipe-style jack off the tongue of the trailer and use it to jack the trailer up without even getting under it, by jamming it under the rub rail. I wouldn't recommend reaching under it in this configuration though.... I think I will build an adapter that will capture one of the stake pockets with the proper mount for the jack on it so I can more safely do this in the future.
I also hauled a well-picked over parts truck, a Ram D250, that I had sold to the same buddy, to the junk yard. Winging the trailer in behind his garage and around the trees was a little bit of a challenge, but totally doable. If you've been paying close attention you'll notice that the trailer was missing the dust caps on the driver side. One came flying off just going down the road (my fault, I must not have tapped it in fully) and the other one I pulled off and ruined trying to make the wrong size dust cap work. However, I had a spark of genius and found that 1989 Ram D250 dust caps are the same size as those on my trailer's hubs. With this I avoided spending $30+ on the right caps.
Rendezvous on the trailer. We had also stacked 40 or so sheets of tin under the car on the trailer so it was a HEAVY load.
Easiest (sketchiest) way to change a tire on a trailer
Loaded and ready to roll
Dust caps swapped
|04-04-2019 05:51 AM|
|04-04-2019 05:40 AM|
There was a time when "winterizing" your car meant taking the doors off. So you could get out fast if it started to go through the ice. Not much fun at -40, but no worse than an open sleigh or (later) a snowmobile.
There was also a custom of parking a junk car on the ice in the spring. Somebody, usually one of the service clubs, would run a pool on when it would disappear. Probably frowned on in these environmentally conscious times.
|04-02-2019 09:10 PM|
|350TacoZilla||Love seeing an old truck like this still being used like made to. I wish all these guys that complain about their 400hp\800ft.lb diesel being too slow while towing could get a chance behind the wheel of a good condition older truck with a load behind it and appreciate it for what it is and get new appreciation for their trucks capability lol.|
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