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#31 DavidGraves

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 02:57 PM

Great progress !

 

It will be great to have all that storage ready to hand in otherwise "lost" space.

 

If you folks wish to get over to the north Oregon coast for a portion of your trip I am glad to host or at least suggest alternate routing north from here that is a very satisfactory change from I5.

 

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#32 ri-f

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 04:30 PM

Other preps underway for our return to Alaska in August 2021.

Nicely done ck. I like that you found a way to maximize your exterior storage on your classic old Ram and slide-in camper. Clever, utilitarian  mods, while keeping the lines of your bed in tact. Do you have the old, wildly simply12-valve diesel or is it a gasser? Alaska or bust. Where you heading?

 

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#33 ckent323

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 04:58 PM

Rich,

 

It is a 6 cyl, 12 valve Cummins clubcab..   The truck has 400,000 miles on it and still fires and starts with 3/4 turn of the starter.  I bought it used with 125,000 miles on it in 1999. It had an ISSPRO Tacjhometer,  banks 4" exhaust kit, Borgeson steering shaft, K&N Filter and an exhaust brake installed. It also came with a matching cargo bed cap.   Over the years the rear differential has been rebuilt, the 5-speed manual Getrag transmission has been rebuilt, I replaced the radiator twice, the A/C compressor and lines have been replaced, the A/C condenser has been replaced, the intercooler, has been replaced, the alternator has been replaced twice, the injector pump was rebuilt last about 300,000 miles, I have replaced the water pump twice and teh belt tensioner pulley twice.  I recall replacing or rebuilding the starter (I think it was replaced).

This truck has been the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned.

I already added a four gauge dash pod which has ISSPRO EGT, Fuel Pressure and Boost gauges. Now adding new Deaver custom leaf springs front and rear and I am replacing the factory bucket seats with Scheel-Mann Vario seats (Passenger seat already installed).  I will probably add an ISSPRO Oil Pressure gauge and fill the empty fourth pod bay.

These first gen Dodge Rams, especially the 4 wheel drive W250 and W350 models are commanding premium prices these days on the used market.  I have seen several low mileage (less than 150,000 miles) 1993 W250's listed for close to the price they went for new and well above what I paid for mine in 1999.  They seem to be selling too.  Amazing.

 

Craig


Edited by ckent323, 10 May 2021 - 07:39 PM.

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1993 Dodge Cummins W-250 Club Cab long bed, 2007 FWC Keystone


#34 ri-f

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 05:17 PM

Yes, that's a sweet old 1st gen and before all the electronics. Will run over all our graves. Everything will be rebuilt, eventually, around that old workhorse Cummins. It was just broken in when you got it at 125K. Very cool!


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