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Title: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on September 25, 2012, 07:27:47 pm
You never really finish working on these trucks so I figured I'd make a spot to show what's the latest news. 

I spent today installing the winch I purchased before Ram Jam 2012.  I had already extended the front bumper in preparation for this project.  I had purchased a SuperWinch 8500 with their matching winch mount.  I also purchased a roller fair lead to go with it.  Caught a really good deal on Amazon.com.  Never had a chance to install and it's been sitting on the sidelines while I spend most of my time with the RamCharger lately.  Well, to install means I needed to cut some more bumper.   :laughing7:

I measured and notched the bumper with my handy dandy don't wanna die Harbor Freight tools cutting wheel.  Best $20 bucks ever.  I had to re-wire it a couple of times but no biggie.  After setting it up in the new little cubbie hole, and bolting the winch and roller fair lead to the mounting plate, I discovered that I would not be able to drill some of the holes into the frame without removing the bumper.  After debating whether to remove the bumper (way too hot outside) or cutting the top lip off the bumper (faster), the cutting wheel won. I also had to notch where the license plate mounts so I had to drill a couple of holes to lower it a hair and a half.

It came out nice with the top lip gone.  Makes the bumper look flat.  Wired it up and drilled some holes for the mount plate and it was done.  I replaced the black bolts with some HD grade 8.8 stainless steel bolts that came with the kit.

Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on September 25, 2012, 07:34:53 pm
very nice. I can't wait till my projects are closer to that "finished" stage  :laughing7:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: taz_man440 on September 26, 2012, 01:55:20 pm
Looks sharp....
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on September 28, 2012, 02:20:14 pm
that thing is looking good :13:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: workgoats on September 30, 2012, 01:27:15 pm
I've been busy and not on the net much lately.  Internet at home is down as a result of "IMPROVEMENTS".  Hopefully the cable company can get it back up soon.

Looks good.  We may not have to pull you out at all... ;D (http://;D)

I'm still on track to head to Hidden Falls.  I plan to take off the 19th and actually planto get there early on Friday.  If you guys don't come early I might get a chance to break the Willyreplica before you get there.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on October 24, 2012, 11:28:41 pm
 :great:  Had a great time with Ron and Ryan at Hidden Falls.  Tested the limits a little more and had to use the winch on a couple of occasions.  The winch mount is from SuperWinch to match the 8500.  Completely bolted onto the frame with 6 HD bolts.  It held up well and didn't seem to shift as I was worried not being welded in.  Ryan got some experience using it. LOL  At one point he tried to give me a weggie.   :nono: 

Also removed the spare from under the bed and located it behind the cab using the j-bolt from spare carrier.  Just hooked it on bed and it held real good.  Bought a hook for the receiver hitch.  Didn't need it thankfully and it didn't drag on any steep climbs or drops.  Rjtx has a TBI 318 that we talked about swapping in but there are concerns about the k member and motor mounts.  To be determined...
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on October 25, 2012, 07:58:52 am
Quote from: SixGun on October 24, 2012, 11:28:41 pm
  Ryan got some experience using it. LOL  At one point he tried to give me a weggie.   :nono: 


I did not, but I did help push you up the hill... or at least thats what I will claim  :laughing7: you could not make it up the hill without my super strength  :lol_hitting:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on October 30, 2012, 06:08:09 pm
 :017:  Take a good look at this picture again.

:tongue3:   The proof is in the pudding. 

:nono:  Good thing I'm 6ft tall or there could have been some real damage done. 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on October 30, 2012, 06:24:15 pm
On a different note, I was able to pick up those motor mount brackets today to swap the 91 318 in place of the V6.  Found a 91 D150 and used a scissor jack from a car to lift the motor since they don't allow you to take any jacks into this pic-n-pull.  Checked it against my cross member and it will fit.  All 3 pieces for $25.  Good call on that adapter Wolfie. Thanks
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on October 30, 2012, 06:45:09 pm
your welcome. i am glad you were able to find them so easily. $25 is a steal if you think about how much it would have cost to make something that would do the same job as that bracket.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on October 30, 2012, 07:03:01 pm
I wish I could find some big block brackets for that price for the RC.  They are over a $100 online.  Anyone got some??
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on October 30, 2012, 07:15:02 pm
i think if you keep looking you will find what your looking for and get a smoking good deal on them. maybe you can even buy some with an engine attached. no one wants a big block with the price of gas now a day.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: mopar_daddy on October 30, 2012, 07:57:18 pm
I've got a set. I'll pull em and get a shipping quote. Been quite busy. I will get you a quote on those springs as soon as I can ;D
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on October 31, 2012, 12:06:53 am
 :crybaby2:  I forgot to mention that I found an 82 RC in that yard with untorn blue vinyl buckets and back seat with matching console.  It was killing me to pass it up.  When I got home I called back and asked a price and the seats were  $40 a piece.  Very tempting to go back.  It was a 2X  so may not have anything exciting but the hood cable was undone so it wouldn't unlatch.  I wanted to pry that sucker open but there was an unmolested brush guard blocking it.  Somebody must have taken care of this RC by the way the interior looked so I just wanted to see the motor.  It had a heater box with the aftermarket AC on it.  Nice set up!

Dave, I'm off this Thursday if that cool with you. 

Mopar Daddy - did you use that steering block with the 5.5" springs?  That steering block is 3" right?  Will that compensate for that lift?  Also will I need to get new bolts and the cone washers?  No problem - no rush.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on October 31, 2012, 12:09:40 am
Quote from: crazzywolfie on October 30, 2012, 07:15:02 pm
no one wants a big block with the price of gas now a day.


I think Dave's been buying them all up .... LOL   :tongue3:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on October 31, 2012, 02:16:29 am
lol. if you can take the plastic part of the grille out you can manually unlatch the hood. i know that how i use to do it with my 91. stick hand through grill and manually release. saved me from having to get the keys and unlock the truck just to pop the hood. i also think there only held in by plastic rivets or a couple screws. nothing to hard to deal with.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: trailduster.dave on October 31, 2012, 04:36:03 am
who ??? me??? big block?? what is this thing you speak of? :laughing4:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on October 31, 2012, 09:24:52 am
Quote from: SixGun on October 31, 2012, 12:06:53 am
I wanted to pry that sucker open but there was an unmolested brush guard blocking it.


Got a picture of the brush guard? I want something for the new trail rig, probably going to end up doing a custom bumper
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on October 31, 2012, 06:38:25 pm
It is that old style brush guard.  Not too pretty.  It looks to be aluminum cross hatch like the covers for screen doors with 2 vertical bumper guards.   Nice back in the day maybe.   You can't stick your hand through it.  I would have to unbolt the whole thing to pop the hood.  Had matching running boards.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: phillip637 on November 01, 2012, 09:02:58 am
nice ram. looks great  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: mopar_daddy on November 04, 2012, 11:07:15 am
Quote from: SixGun on October 30, 2012, 07:03:01 pm
I wish I could find some big block brackets for that price for the RC.  They are over a $100 online.  Anyone got some??


I've also got the bb truck oilpan and pickup if you are in need of those items as well.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on November 04, 2012, 09:07:01 pm
Thanks Big Daddy, but I already bought the Mopar set with the 6 qt rear sump oil pan, dipstick, pickup and windage tray. Definately appreciate the offer.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: workgoats on November 06, 2012, 08:14:55 am
I found the hubs.  They both work but I ended up short one of the snap rings.  If the original hubs were retained with a snap ring then you don't need anything.  Also, I'll dig back to the bottom of the barrel and see if the snap ring is laying in the bottom.

They are Warn hubs.  I bought them new and there should be no problems.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on November 06, 2012, 08:44:19 pm
Thank you Ron.   :thumbsup:

What is it that you are looking for at Pic-n-pull?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on November 10, 2012, 11:18:10 pm
It was a nice cool day for a 570 mile cruise.  Took the truck up to Dallas to see Ryan about a motor yesterday.  It's a 91 TBI 318 with all accessories, wiring harness and computer.  Ryan even through in some magnum exhaust manifolds and a host of other goodies.  This motor will replace the V6 and turn this lil gem into a tow rig for the 76 RC someday.  Probably looking at January since it will be a slow period at work after Christmas.  In the meantime it will be clean and prep for the swap.  :brushteeth:  Thanks again Ryan!!!

Interesting side note.  On the way home, I came speeding up behind a very clean 67 Barracuda notchback on a trailer.   Later on we pulled off to eat some BBQ but with all the construction going on we couldn't get to the other side  of the freeway and got back on the freeway and continued on.  We pulled off to fill up and lo and behold there was this Barracuda at the gas station.  I had Yolanda snap a few pics and I went to talk with him.  A real nice guy and come to find out this was his first Mopar and he was just coming home from picking it up in Iowa.  It was as beautiful inside as out with only 44K original miles on the odometer.  It was a slant six but in a small bodied coupe it should be a screamer.  Here's a few pics.  Unfortunately, it was just getting dark but you can see it was real nice.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on November 10, 2012, 11:31:16 pm
thats pretty cool. have you ever checked out what trans you have in your truck? only reason i ask is if your 91 was built like mine it will have the weaker 32RH instead of a 36RH(727) or a 46RH. i don't know if it stand up to the power of a v8 towing a beast like you are building.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on November 11, 2012, 10:01:11 am
It has the A999 which is a medium duty transmission.  It has lower 1st and 2nd gears and 5 friction plates.  It also was used on some V8's.

This is from Wikipedia,

""The A999 (later 32RH) was a heavier-duty, wide-ratio version of the small-frame A904 transmission for use with medium-power V8 engines and the 3.9 L V6 engine.

The 999 was equipped with five direct friction plates.

These automatics had lower first and second gear ratios to allow the lower-powered engines to provide better acceleration without sacrificing highway fuel economy."

Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on November 11, 2012, 03:08:15 pm
ya. but i don't know if hauling a ramcharger on a trailer would be medium duty work.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on November 11, 2012, 05:08:02 pm
hmmm...hauling a Dakota = light duty, hauling a RamCharger = medium duty, and hauling a Cummins Dually = heavy duty.   :dontknow:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on November 11, 2012, 09:02:35 pm
It was nice seeing you this weekend Richard, sorry it was a short visit. That traffic is a killer!!

Hope we got you all set up. I thought of 2 other things I wanted to give you... the hood light off the 91 (since you have the wire harness for it) and the cable that goes to the starter.... I found the starter and all while cleaning today. Guess I can mail those down to you sometime.

I don't know if your starter would turn the 318 or not, but I would guess it would. The cable is probably the same as well.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on November 11, 2012, 09:40:52 pm
i guess time will tell.

rock auto shows the same starter for the 3.9, 5.2 and 5.9.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on November 12, 2012, 10:42:38 pm
Quote from: rjtx667 on November 11, 2012, 09:02:35 pm
It was nice seeing you this weekend Richard, sorry it was a short visit. That traffic is a killer!!


For you guys just tuning in, the wife and I drove from San Antonio to Grand Prairie (near Dallas)on Saturday.  We had to drive through Austin which has terrible traffic on weekdays but there was bumper to bumper stop and go on a Saturday.  Really weird but as soon as we drove by the stadium, we discovered that the Long Horns were playing.   :character0029:

Later on between Temple and Waco was a 10 mile traffic jam due to construction.  Luckily it was shut down by the time we drove home that evening.  It was all worth it with our new toys in the trailer.    :headbang:

Yeah, I would have loved to spend some more time wrenching with you.  Our wives didn't seem to have the same enthusiasm though this time around.   :dontknow:

Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 11, 2013, 11:13:14 pm
 :icon_scratch:

Started prepping for the V8 install and ran into a few stumbling blocks.  I have the 91 318 motor but have 93 318 exhaust manifolds.  In 91 there are the small holes under the exhaust ports.  In 93 there must not be any because the 93 manifolds don't cover them.  No problem, I've seen it many times about tapping the holes with 1/4-20.  I did 6 of them but the 2 rear most holes are smaller and don't seem to go all the way through or else they are extremely clogged.  I had to dig the larger 6 holes however the smaller ones at the back of the motor I haven't been able to dig them out - except for the first inch that my mini screwdriver could reach.  I tried blasting it with carb cleaner and nothing.  I can see the hole on the inside of the combustion chamber.  Does anyone know for a fact if it goes all the way through.  If it does, what size tap is for this size hole? 

I know the obvious solution would be to buy manifolds that cover them.  But, these supposedly flow better and I would need to tap them if I ever went with headers anyway.

The other problem is that the 91 had long exhaust manifold bolts on the center port and small studs on the outer ones.  On the 93 it is reversed with long bolts on the outers and small studs on the center ports.  So I have to double nut the studs off and install them, if they survive, on the centers and buy some long bolts for the outers.

I also need to tap the hole on the 93 passenger exhaust manifold for the air tube.  Fortunately, it is only on the passenger side unlike the 91.  I used small expansion plugs on my 91 when I deleted the air pump.  Maybe that will work in this case as well.


The down pipe will be in the wrong location and angle so exhaust work will be needed.

All in the search for more power.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: workgoats on January 12, 2013, 06:30:41 am
I used 90 manifolds from a 360 (TBI) on my carbed 318.  Some previous owner (before Nick) had already drilled and tapped the holes...

I have the 90 360 in storage and will look at it if I can today and see what it looks like.  Might get some insight.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 12, 2013, 12:09:45 pm
 :tard:  Sorry Ron, let it soak all night with carb cleaner and added some hammering on it this morning.  Whaddaya know it shit the lil soot briquet out.  Looked like a hard ass lizard turd.  Back in business....  :icon_salut:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: workgoats on January 13, 2013, 07:53:14 am
Quote from: SixGun on January 12, 2013, 12:09:45 pm
:tard:  Sorry Ron, let it soak all night with carb cleaner and added some hammering on it this morning.  Whaddaya know it shit the lil soot briquet out.  Looked like a hard ass lizard turd.  Back in business....  :icon_salut:


When I worked at the gas plant we had a carbon plug in an oil line that lubed the compressor rings.  We put about 20,000 psi on it with a high pressure oil gun and still had to drill it out to get the compressor back on line.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 13, 2013, 11:30:47 am
Oh yeah, that was the easy side.  I did the other side after I posted and I had to use a concrete nail and BFH to get it out.  If I had known, I could have left this ready made plug.   :violent1:

All holes are tapped and plugged, new gaskets purchased for exhaust manifolds, moved the studs from outer to inner ports and longer bolts bought for the 93 Magnum manifolds.  I need to check out Pic-n-Pull for a Y pipe and kickdown linkage.  The forums mention a possible fitment problem on older trucks with the firewall, tranny dipstick and kickdown linkage.  Hopefully with the years being so close that the firewall won't be a problem.  I can always unbolt the dipstick and swing it away.  These manifolds look so much cleaner without the heat riser mess.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on January 14, 2013, 08:37:59 am
Quote from: SixGun on January 13, 2013, 11:30:47 am
Oh yeah, that was the easy side.  I did the other side after I posted and I had to use a concrete nail and BFH to get it out.  If I had known, I could have left this ready made plug.   :violent1:

All holes are tapped and plugged, new gaskets purchased for exhaust manifolds, moved the studs from outer to inner ports and longer bolts bought for the 93 Magnum manifolds.  I need to check out Pic-n-Pull for a Y pipe and kickdown linkage.  The forums mention a possible fitment problem on older trucks with the firewall, tranny dipstick and kickdown linkage.  Hopefully with the years being so close that the firewall won't be a problem.  I can always unbolt the dipstick and swing it away.  These manifolds look so much cleaner without the heat riser mess.



Sounds like your making a lot of progress!!! I can't wait to see how your truck does with a V8 in it... it may really start putting the 4x4's to shame. :evil6:

just for the record, from the factory they do not have exhaust manifold gaskets
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 15, 2013, 02:59:09 am
Quote from: rjtx667 on January 14, 2013, 08:37:59 am
just for the record, from the factory they do not have exhaust manifold gaskets


I was talking about the manifold to head gaskets.  I was gonna go to JY on Monday morning to look for a Y pipe but it was too cold.  I really wanted to get the swap done this week since I'm on a mini vacation but it's gonna be cold all week - in fact freezing with a chance of sleet/snow on Wed.

So I ended up putting my gauges back in and fixing a few things.  The heater blower switch was not working.  After tracing wires and tearing apart the switch, I discovered that a 3 prong plug came undone when I put in the stereo last spring.  Without AC, I haven't noticed it till it got cold here. 

On the gauges, I pulled the PRND21 indicator off your set and the gas gauge and put them on my set.  I also pulled out the little blue caps off the lights.  Looks so much better and brighter.  The gas gauge still didn't work.  Was it working when you had it on yours?  Maybe it's the wiring.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on January 15, 2013, 08:39:41 am
Quote from: SixGun on January 15, 2013, 02:59:09 am
I was talking about the manifold to head gaskets.  I was gonna go to JY on Monday morning to look for a Y pipe but it was too cold.  I really wanted to get the swap done this week since I'm on a mini vacation but it's gonna be cold all week - in fact freezing with a chance of sleet/snow on Wed.

So I ended up putting my gauges back in and fixing a few things.  The heater blower switch was not working.  After tracing wires and tearing apart the switch, I discovered that a 3 prong plug came undone when I put in the stereo last spring.  Without AC, I haven't noticed it till it got cold here. 

On the gauges, I pulled the PRND21 indicator off your set and the gas gauge and put them on my set.  I also pulled out the little blue caps off the lights.  Looks so much better and brighter.  The gas gauge still didn't work.  Was it working when you had it on yours?  Maybe it's the wiring.



Thats the gagues from the 91 if I recall, it worked, maybe not greatly accurate but it worked. I will have to dig in my book to get you the testing procedure, but there is a way to test the wires and the sending unit. Lets pray its the wires as sending units are not cheap.

Are you going to add A/C to your rig when you put the 318 in there?


Yeah I understand wanting to get the swap done, but man I have to agree it is very cold out. I worked on the 2000 a little last night, in the garage and it was cold. I need a space heater or something lol. Do you even have a garage/"indoor space" to work or are you all outside with the swap?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 15, 2013, 08:12:23 pm
My 1.5 car garage is FULL.  Outside all the way.  My driveway has a pretty good slant to it so I was planning on making the swap at the inlaws.  Flat and lots of room but it's outside as well.  A week ago it was sunny and 70*.  What happened??   :dontknow:

I was able to do some other stuff so not a biggie.  Still lots of time before RJ 2013.  My in tank fuel pump is a new Carter so the sending unit should be good.  Before and after the fuel pump install, the fuel gauge would only read up to 1/2 tank.  Suddenly it went to empty and that's all it shows now.  The plastic on these gauge housings is so fragile that it's ridiculous.  Really struggled to piece a mostly good one together.  LOL
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on January 15, 2013, 09:02:52 pm
Quote from: SixGun on January 15, 2013, 08:12:23 pm
My 1.5 car garage is FULL.  Outside all the way.  My driveway has a pretty good slant to it so I was planning on making the swap at the inlaws.  Flat and lots of room but it's outside as well.  A week ago it was sunny and 70*.  What happened??   :dontknow:

I was able to do some other stuff so not a biggie.  Still lots of time before RJ 2013.  My in tank fuel pump is a new Carter so the sending unit should be good.  Before and after the fuel pump install, the fuel gauge would only read up to 1/2 tank.  Suddenly it went to empty and that's all it shows now.  The plastic on these gauge housings is so fragile that it's ridiculous.  Really struggled to piece a mostly good one together.  LOL


Suppose to be 60+ this weekend  :icon_scratch:  33 right now.


not to be ugly, but you know what happens with assumptions? Makes an ass of me and you  :laughing7:  I have seen too many new parts be bad or go bad really quickly. Just saying, never hurts to test it out too. :13:

Well I thought I would be lazy and not scan the book until I started reading the book... lazy was to scan the book  :evil6:

see if that helps you any?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 15, 2013, 09:53:01 pm
Ass/ U/ Me  is so true.   :laughing4:  but I was hoping it was the gauge.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on January 18, 2013, 08:24:30 pm
you get anything figured out on the gas gauge?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 19, 2013, 12:13:27 am
Not yet.  I've got a 91 FSM so I can use that.  Before I drop the tank, I will have to use up some of the gas.  A new problem came up though.  I smelled something burning and checked the rear axle.  It smelled like brakes.  Looking at the FSM, it might be  the e-brake or maybe some of that mud from Hidden Falls may have crudded up in the rear drums.  Should have some time in the morning before work to check it out.  Sometimes vacation sucks - I had to do a 7 day stretch before and a 7 day stretch after.  Oh well.    :disgust:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 19, 2013, 10:54:51 am
Well that seemed too easy.  I pulled drums off and found that a return spring was bent where it went through the brake shoe.  This allowed the cable guide and adjuster cable to slip down.  The adjuster lever wasn't even close to the teeth on the adjuster screw.  So basically the shoes were too tight on that side.  A new return spring hopefully will fix this.  Won't have time to do that today but hopefully tommorrow.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: workgoats on January 20, 2013, 03:27:08 am
I don't think I have ever bought a used Dodge truck that some previous owner had not put the rear brakes together wrong.  And that also goes for the two Cherokees that I have dealt with lately.  (They both have a Dodge 8 1/4 rear axle.)

The drive and stop so much better when all the brakes are functional.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 20, 2013, 11:23:20 am
Picked up a hardware kit for $6.99 and replaced the spring .  The cable guide was bent on the lip.  It looked like someone forceably pried the cable around the lip.  Silly cause you only need to tilt the cable adjuster to get it on.  Unfortunately this piece was not included so I had to reshape it.  BFH to the rescue. 

After installing the spring, I noticed that the adjuster lever doesn't catch the adjuster screw teeth.  Trying to remember if it should have a folded lip to catch the adjuster screw teeth.  After messing with it and not finding anything apparent, I decided to bend it to catch.  Seemed to hold but if not I will replace it.  Just need an assistant (Yolanda) to help bleed the brakes.  Won't happen today since she's off at 3pm and I go in at 2pm.  Oh well, maybe tomorrow.  It's a shame because it's a beautiful day outside for a cruise.   :steeringwheel:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on January 20, 2013, 01:59:14 pm
best thing (or one of) I ever bought was the pneumatic brake bleeder... no assistant needed lol  :headbang:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on January 20, 2013, 03:06:23 pm
did you make sure the adjuster was seated properly?

i think you need to get a poor mans brake bleeding friend. i know mine has come in handy even though it does the job slowly it gets the job done.
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Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 20, 2013, 11:31:57 pm
Is that to beat on the truck or my wife?    :evil6: 

I like to feel like Mr. Miagi when I yell out "Brake on -  Brake off  Yolanda-san".  :laughing7:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on January 20, 2013, 11:38:34 pm
 :laughing4: lol. i find it pretty hard to find reliable people to help me so i usually find ways to get thing done by myself. i usually pump the brakes and then stick the 2x4 between the seat and brake pedal. it has worked so far.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on January 21, 2013, 08:07:40 am
if you have an air compressor...

http://www.harborfreight.com/brake-fluid-bleeder-92924.html


best $24 bux spent when dealing with brakes.

otherwise this may work:

http://www.harborfreight.com/one-man-brake-bleeder-kit-37201.html

I bought the pneumatic one, and man it goes so much faster than having someone pump the brakes. I had issues on the 2000 getting all the air out until I got that, then it was done in no time. :13:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 22, 2013, 12:53:05 am
How much was the pneumatic one?  That 2nd link looks like it would still need some way to pump the brakes.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on January 22, 2013, 12:58:21 am
pneumatic one looks like it costs $24.99. if only we had a place that sold cheap tools like that up here.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 22, 2013, 01:15:00 am
 :icon_scratch:  Oops, no air compressor - oh well.  Yeah, HF has some good prices but you have to shop around, quality sometimes isn't there.  I've had pretty good luck with them but had to return a few.  They have an online store too.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on January 22, 2013, 01:34:33 am
lol. i got a compressor attached to a 60 gallon tank :13:. i know places like that occasionally have some crappy tools. i know it is hard to tell if it is a good or bad tool without trying them.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on January 22, 2013, 09:04:16 am
no compressor? :tard:

Man we got to start collecting tools for you  :laughing7:

so did you keep that heater box I gave you?

http://ramchargercentral.com/vehicle-help/ac-in-a-non-ac-w150/?topicseen

sounds like you need it for your truck if you want a/c in there with the 5.2.

Speaking of, when is the swap now?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 23, 2013, 01:45:29 am
The truck is originally an AC equipped truck and I did not chop anything because I always intended to get it running.  Too many priorities right now it seems.  In any case, the AC/heater box on this truck is exactly like the one you gave me.  Completely different bolt pattern from the RC.  It would have required a lot of cutting and fab.

I have Thursday / Friday off this week.  So if the weather stays clear and the creek don't flood, I'll give it another shot.  Thursday will need to hit the JY for the down pipes on Magnum manifolds and take the truck for a test drive on the brake fix.

I had the kids and wife get me gift cards to Home Depot for Christmas.  I was intending to get a welder and play Ron Jr but I may get an Air Compressor instead.  I know that sanding has a specific requirement from a compressor but I can't seem to figure out how to know if a sander will work on certain models.   What number or rating am I looking for to be able to sand well.  The salesmen don't know crap about them.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on January 23, 2013, 08:47:53 am
its all about CFM's

Don't look at HP or the 120PSI.

Look for the 3.4 CFM @ 90 PSI or whatever.

To know what you need find the sander you want and see what it requires.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200353722_200353722

this sander is 5 cfm @ load @ 90 PSI.

Sanders, or any tool that use a lot of air will take a bigger compressor. My little 5hp 20 gallon compressor can't hardly keep up with them, it is running as fast as it can just to barley keep up. Now Crazywolfie's 60 gal? That sucker should run about anything he can find :laughing7:


Sadly to get something that can push 5 cfm is not cheap

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200518764_200518764

and if you want 10+ ccm its worse. Well I say that then I found this on sale:

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200455341_200455341

that seems like a good deal, wish I had not just bought an engine (and truck) and parts otherwise I might try to get it  :crybaby2:


I am glad to hear you have the right AC box, though if the evaporator is bad then you have to pull it out to replace that, but I believe you can do that without taking the dash out? :dontknow: I would have to look in my FSM.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 23, 2013, 07:30:35 pm
Here's a pic of the bent spring.  The top one is the bad one.  You have to expand the pic. It's on the RH side.

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After putting it back together, the e-brake no workie.  No tension on it and the foot pedal doesn't kick up.  I look under the truck and see the front cable is just hanging there limp with no tension.  The ratio lever, which is the pivot that swings back and forth to keep tension on the front cable to the 2 back cables, is stuck.  I used some PB blaster and a BFH to loosen it.  After a brief discussion with the heavy end of my hammer, the pivot gave us the ghost and tension was restored.  I think that the water and dirt from HF water excursion crudded it up.  This may have kept some tension causing the shoes to heat up and thus the burning smell.  Hard to tell which one or both was the problem.  Going for a cruise tonight and hope for the best.

On a sidenote, I had Yolanda in the driver's seat and she had to ask which one is the brake.   Errrr..... you wanna know why she doesn't drive.   :nono:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on January 23, 2013, 09:03:53 pm
yeah that spring looks bad.

Good luck on the test drive.

and that just means you need to teach her how to drive more often. What better place than out on the trails  :evil6:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 23, 2013, 11:23:22 pm
Well the test drive went good.  No burnt smell anymore.  Yee haw
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 24, 2013, 06:00:48 pm
Went to pic-n-pull today for the Y pipe and found one from a 96 Ram 1500.  I really had to search quite a few trucks for this one but got lucky.  The pipes were all cut before the Y if they even had exhaust pipes or motors for that matter.  The one exception was this one and fortunately someone had torched it after the 02 sensor.  4 bolts and it was done and they were not even rusted on.  Unfortunately,  I came out from under the truck too fast and whacked my head on a sharp corner of the body.  Really deep gouge and blood just came oozing down the side of my head.  Yolanda was there and jumped into action stopping the bleeding.  She swears I need stitches but naaaaa...  it stopped bleeding anyways.  I figure how deep can it be?  My skull is just beneath the skin.   :laughing7:  It gave me one mean headache though.   :crybaby2: 

Anyways, here's the y pipe I picked up.  Good thing is that I only paid $18.   :thumbsup:  I don't expect I'll have any clearance problems with the cab with the body lift.

 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on January 24, 2013, 06:08:42 pm
not bad for $18 but still think you need to keep your eyes open for a stock y-pipe off a 92 or 93. i think it would flow a bit better than that especially with the 3"pipe.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 24, 2013, 06:35:00 pm
You know, I didn't even think about that.  There were no 92/93 Mag motors though.  My exhaust is only 2" for the 3.9 and after measuring the Y pipe it is the same.  This was from a 96 5.2 motor.  Well I'll keep an eye open for a set in case I ever go duals.  My exhaust is new from the cat back so I don't want to get rid of it.  It has the high flow Magnaflow cat and Thrush welded muffler.

http://www.thrushexhaust.com/sounds/madhot.html
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on January 24, 2013, 06:51:25 pm
i know but i still think the 92/93 would flow better even if you had to use an adapter. i really need to slide under my ram charger to get a picture. they pretty much use the 3" pipe as a collector instead of just Teeing the one pipe into the other.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on January 24, 2013, 07:44:31 pm
I had one on my 92, I don't remember 3" pipes  :icon_scratch: :dontknow:

I cut it up and threw it away  :-\
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 24, 2013, 07:52:27 pm
Y oh Y did you do that.   :laughing4:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on January 24, 2013, 07:53:11 pm
 :icon_scratch: maybe it is a Canadian thing. lol. mine is 3" from the y to just after the cat. then it shrinks down to 2" or 2 1/2". from what i see on summit they have 1 cat for a 92/93 ramcharger that has 3" in and out. i think you could possibly even find the y-pipe on 92/93 dakota's
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/mpe-39009/all/year/1993/make/dodge/model/ramcharger
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 30, 2013, 04:43:13 pm
I pulled the V6 today.   :crybaby2:

I had to drop the Ram down to pull the motor.  The wind was blowing like crazy and gave me hell taking the hood off by myself.  I tried to pull the motor uphill by myself and it was tough.  The hoist kept rolling forward.  Luckily my son came home and helped me pull it out and put it in the garage.  The V6 looks small compared to the 5.2 but the pics don't really show it.  I planned to leave the 5.2 black like the factory but the wife wants me to paint it.  Hmmmm..... :dontknow:

I'm gonna clean up the engine compartment some and the 5.2 before putting it in.  There's a lot of hardened mud from HF and hard water stains in the engine compartment.  I used Comet spray before on the underside of the hood with good results.  Anyone use anything else that works good.  I'm just worried that Comet may be too caustic.   clean clean clean ... :brushteeth:

Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on January 30, 2013, 05:49:42 pm
removing a hood by yourself sucks. glad you got as far as you have. should have pressure washed under the hood and chose what color you wanted to paint new engine before you removed the old engine. then you could have had the engine all painted and ready to install.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on January 30, 2013, 08:17:04 pm
Simple Green!  :13:

enough said... about the best cleaner there is. Get a bottle and a scrub brush and it works good.

Its what I have cleaned most of the 91 with.  :laughing7:

Good progress on it though. When are you aiming to get it re-installed?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 30, 2013, 08:20:49 pm
Yep, that would have been a nice plan but oh well.

I took the wiring harness off the motor to better clean the engine and found a couple of broken vacuum Tees. 

I also put the adapter plate for the 5.2 motor mounts.  It's looks noticably offset with the other side.  Mat can you check yours and compare for me.  On the driver's side, there is the adapter and it puts the mount in front of the crossmember.  On the passenger side, it puts the mount on the crossmember and towards the rear.  I did notice that the brackets that attach to the motor have different holes that the top insulator bolt goes through.  On the driver's side it is offset with the hole towards the front and the passenger side is centered.  I noticed the bracket on the driver's side has LR insribed.  Left - Right  :icon_scratch:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on January 30, 2013, 09:04:51 pm
my memory is not so fresh but is there a metal bracket on the passenger side similar to the one you would have removed from the drivers side? if there is i think you might have to remove it to find where the motor mount bolts in.

i also think the radiator for the v6 should be the same size as the v8 radiator. 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 30, 2013, 11:50:45 pm
Quote from: crazzywolfie on January 30, 2013, 09:04:51 pm
i also think the radiator for the v6 should be the same size as the v8 radiator.


That's good to know.  I have a new radiator that I bought for the V6 that works really well.  Ryan gave me the radiator for it just in case.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on January 30, 2013, 11:56:30 pm
i know i saw you mention it over on DF so i figure i would mention it. i know rockauto show the same radiator for both engines. i also learned this when i stuck the v6 rad support from my 91 on my 81 and the radiator bolt right up.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on January 31, 2013, 09:33:34 am
I thought the radiator I gave you was for the 383? :icon_scratch:

LOL either way at least you have parts that will work  :13:


I did notice a difference between the V6 and V8 as well. I sure hope you like the power difference once your done.

I think I forgot to give you the spare injector I bought for it too. Once I find it I can mail it down maybe. It all currently work but never hurts to have spares.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 01, 2013, 12:36:57 am
In any event, I will use the radiator for the 383. Should work fine.  The only AC on that vehicle will be the removable top.   :thumbsup:

Scrubbed the engine bay this morning before work but the motor will have to wait a few days or end of cleaning it in the dark.   :nono:

I'm gonna try Super Clean product on the motor.  It is displayed next to Simple Green and is a little stronger.  It's biodegradeable like Simple Green but you need to wear gloves.  It's about half the price.  If it cleans really well, I might shoot some black on the motor again and either aluminum or steel on the valve covers.   I thought about doing red on the valves covers but might look a little cheesy.  It's amazing what accumulates under all the wiring.  There was a lot of leaves.   ???  Were you growing a garden under the hood Ryan?  :laughing7:



Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on February 01, 2013, 09:30:45 am
Quote from: SixGun on February 01, 2013, 12:36:57 am
  It's amazing what accumulates under all the wiring.  There was a lot of leaves.   ???  Were you growing a garden under the hood Ryan?  :laughing7:


That was the PO.... and maybe a little from RJ.

When I got the truck there was mud from the kid wheeling it EVERYWHERE. It took me a long time to get it all cleaned out.

Clean/ degrease and paint the engine, it should look good. Not sure why red would look bad? Its the color of your truck!
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 02, 2013, 11:41:59 pm
Wow, that Super Clean does a real good job and a lot cheaper than Simple Green.  The TBI looks like brand new again.  I covered the TBI and distributer, removed the alternator and taped off some areas.  Gonna let it dry over night and hopefully have enough daylight tommorrow for paint.  Decided to go ahead with the black and red.  Thanks Ryan. 

So tempted to paint the engine compartment but don't want to create a giant project.  The body color is red but if I go with black, I won't have to remove so much.  I can just paint right over the wire looms, wiper motor, heater blower and save a heck of a lot of time.  It's no show truck so won't hurt it's looks but may help a little.  What do you think guys.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on February 03, 2013, 04:11:45 pm
well since you got the engine out it would be a great time to do some painting. i think black would be good under the hood. don't want too much red. plus it should look good for a while with new paint. i don't know if you saw sls001 thread on RCC but you might get a few painting idea's if  you browse through it. he has done a lot of paint to everything on his truck.
http://ramchargercentral.com/projects/my-1988-w-150-to-w-350-more-project/
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on February 03, 2013, 05:14:49 pm
The 2000 Ramcharger was factory black, and we left the engine compartment that color, same with the 91 which was white and the engine bay is now black.

we need pics of the engine now  :laughing7:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 03, 2013, 08:27:49 pm
I worked most of today and just had time to scrub the valve covers with steel wool before it got dark.  There are still a few tough areas that will need to be wire wheeled. 

So black it is for the engine compartment.  I think it will look a lot better that way.  I need to make some splash guards for the engine compartment.  That would really tidy it up and keep all the mud out.

I don't know how it went bad ( ha ha...) but I need to change out the upper ball joint on the driver's side.  I figured I would just do some preventative maintenance and both uppers and both lowers at the same time.  I had a ball joint socket from when I did the front end on my GTX but I noticed that the socket isn't big enough for the truck.  I'm pretty sure I bought it from Snap On tools then and it was $50 or so.  Anyone know where to get one cheaper?  :icon_scratch:  I might just check out Autozone and see if they have a loaner.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on February 03, 2013, 09:12:51 pm
loaner tool or harbor freight  :laughing7:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 04, 2013, 08:27:49 pm
 :happy3:  paint paint paint....

Still need to paint the valve covers red and maybe the air cleaner too.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on February 04, 2013, 08:38:46 pm
progress  :13:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on February 04, 2013, 09:53:18 pm
might have gone a bit overboard with the black :laughing7:. can't wait to see it with the red valve cover. also what type of paint did you use. i know i want to try painting my exhaust manifolds again because the paint i used failed pretty quick. i am thinking about trying the same engine enamel that i used on my valve covers. it has lasted pretty good.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 04, 2013, 10:20:36 pm
I bought some gloss black Rustoleum engine enamel from Home Depot.  Says it's gas and oil resistant up to 500*.  I'm sure the exhaust manifolds will burn off eventually or turn white.  I saw some VHT extreme high temp paint for the exhaust manifolds at Advance Auto Parts good to I think it was 1200*.  Thought about it but saw the price at $10 a can and said YEOWCH!  I kinda like the shiny black.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on February 04, 2013, 10:29:02 pm
i have slowly learned that the bit extra money is worth it sometimes. i used high heat BBQ paint on my manifolds and it did not last very long and it was rated for 1200°F. i think the better paint with ceramic is what would make the paint last longer.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on February 05, 2013, 07:52:43 am
they have header and exhaust manifold paint.... thats what I bought for mine. :13:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 05, 2013, 07:32:18 pm
Yeah, I used that BBQ paint before and it sucks.  I don't like flat black and it's not gas and oil resistant. 

Well the black came out good and today I took off the valve covers to spray them red.  The red engine paint was by Duplicolor with the ceramic technology.  After I sprayed them, I started noticing that the paint underneath was crinkled up.  What a waste of some good paint and time to fix it.    :angry5:  I really don't know what happened or why.   :dontknow: 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on February 05, 2013, 07:45:54 pm
that is why i like taking things down to bear metal. it took 1 whole day for me to clean and paint my valve covers. it also took me another full day to clean and paint my exhaust manifold. i am still happy with the duplicolor engine enamel that i used on the valve covers. 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 07, 2013, 01:04:17 pm
 :035:
Okay, so I took the valve covers down to the bare metal again.  I scrubbed them real good with some cleaner and steel wool.  To take the 2 layers of paint off I used some laquer thinner and a gasket scraper and wire brush.  That top coat of red was still rubbery so I made sure to really shake up the can real well.  I also put a coat of etching primer.  So far the paint is looking good and smooth.

I replaced the broken vacuum tee with the one from the 3.9 motor and capped the unneeded ports on the TBI for the air pump and air cleaner.  I also reused the dist. rotor from the 3.9 to replace the broken one.  Cap was still good but needed one wire from the old motor.

I figured out the motor mount issue.  Those triangle brackets need to be removed from both sides.  Using a measuring tape I figured out the new attachment point on the passenger side.  You can see in the pics the new motor mount location on both sides and the bracket I had to remove.  Both sides are now even with each other.

Productive morning but have to head in to work.

Happy days...
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on February 07, 2013, 01:26:39 pm
that looks exactly like on my ramcharger now. i knew i removed a bracket from the passenger side when i installed the v8. so is the bracket from the passenger side identical to the one from the drivers side? sure looks like it.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 07, 2013, 01:36:54 pm
They had the same part number on them so they are interchangeable.  I added some script to the pics for clarification.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on February 07, 2013, 01:53:13 pm
looks good. glad it is coming together so easy for you.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on February 07, 2013, 02:41:45 pm
looking good, you should be going back together soon  :13:

I am waiting for word from the machine shop on my short block, they were to start on it yesterday and let me know the condition.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on February 07, 2013, 02:43:08 pm
That reminds me... you need the start that was on that sucker? I saw it up in the attic the other day along with the battery wire.  :laughing7:

does you a lot of good there.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on February 07, 2013, 02:51:51 pm
the starter for the 3.9 should be identical to the 5.2 starter anyway or at least that is what rockauto says. 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 08, 2013, 12:52:13 am
You figure that the starter is bolted to the transmission and turns the converter/ flywheel and I'm using the same tranny and converter.  Hmmmm....yep it should work.  Thanks for the concern though. 

While I have the motor out, I am gonna move the radiator down 3" to match the body lift.  I don't foresee any problems yet.  I still need to swap out the computer also. 

I haven't been able to paint the engine bay since it has been raining off and on for the last two days.  I'll be off this weekend so hopefully I can wrap this swap up and get some drive time before I bust.  I'm dreaming about this swap and driving my wife crazy.  Kinda like before Ram Jam - tossing and turning in my sleep.  She said even my snoring is starting to sound like VROOOOOM  VROOOOOM....     :steeringwheel:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on February 08, 2013, 12:50:11 pm
glad to see someone making good progress... its suppose to rain here tomorrow so hope we have it instead of you.

Let us know how it goes.

I am sure my wife would complain, but I am stuck in the guest room while my eyes heal up... she has to have her fan on  :laughing7:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 09, 2013, 01:07:14 pm
Well it's sprinkling here enough to keep the paint on hold but light enough to get some stuff done.  I started removing stuff I didn't want to paint and before you know it I went ahead and took the wiring harness off.  Cut alot of tie straps.  I also removed the computer.  It's amazing how much sand was inside the connection.  I need to get some large diameter wire loom.   Found some thinner ones at a good price at Lowes when I did the KC's but need bigger for that main harness.  I wonder how some bed liner spray paint would look in the engine compartment since the wiring is out of the way.  Hopefully, it clears this afternoon.  It really sucks being a slave to the weather.

On a side note CW, how is the weather up north in your neck of the woods?  I see a major blizzard is hitting NYC and all over the news.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on February 09, 2013, 01:16:24 pm
sounds like your getting a lot done.

the weather up hear was miserable yesterday but beautiful today. it was almost too dangerous out be out driving yesterday. apparently the plows gave up around 4pm just as the snow was starting to quit but there was still a crap load of snow on the road.   
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 10, 2013, 06:00:01 pm
Here's a few more pics with the engine bay painted.  I used the Rustoleum truck bed paint.  Came out pretty good if I say so myself.  Barely 70* today hopefully the paint dries overnight.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on February 10, 2013, 06:41:35 pm
looks good with all that paint. makes me want to tear apart my truck and paint everything up.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: workgoats on February 10, 2013, 09:40:22 pm
Quote from: crazzywolfie on February 10, 2013, 06:41:35 pm
looks good with all that paint. makes me want to tear apart my truck and paint everything up.


That's a problem I can't figure out how to solve.  After going to so much work to make all the odd and fabricated parts work on my project, there is no way I can make myself take anything off to do any painting. 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 11, 2013, 12:11:50 am
Tell me about it.  I kept having 2nd thoughts about pulling the V6.  It's basically new and drives really well.  Then afterwards I didn't want to put it back in all dirty so I just made more work for myself.  Feels like it's getting close now.

Truck looks funny with the nose so high in the air because there is no engine.  I really need to fab some gap guards to cover the body lift.  Check out my neighbor's grass.  With all the motor, parts and engine bay washing there is a noticeable green belt around my truck.  I have never seen my neighbor water his grass in 8 years. LOL
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on February 12, 2013, 08:17:33 am
whens your next day off? looks like you should be installing the new power soon  :steeringwheel:


I heard rumors of a little event going on at hidden falls in March.  :icon_scratch:  Thinking I might try to make that, been saying we need a spring get together.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 13, 2013, 01:35:37 am
Looking at Friday for the next day off.  Weather should be cold.  Hopefully not too cold.

Did the post about HF just come out today?  I just got home a little while ago and this was my first stop.  I'll hit you up for some details if I don't see anything on RCC. Is yours ready to go?  Did you fix the tranny problems?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on February 13, 2013, 08:44:06 am
this is not a RCC thing, just something I heard from a friend about people going down there in March. He knows people who work out at HF, and they told him.

I wanted to get out and play soon anyways, so sounded like a good time to me.

The tranny is "sort of fixed" The TV cable is fixed and adjusted, the level now looks good. But something is clogged (or something) and the 1st gear solenoid is not putting it down to 1st unless you move it to first. So when driving, its like driving a stick, throw it in 1st at a stop once going throw it to drive and your fine.  :laughing7:

I still need to work on the driver door and the heater core. A few other minor things, but its road worthy (more or less) and running. So I am ready to see what it can do. I have been keeping an eye out for bumpers and winches, but right now it seems all my $$ is going into the 2000 RC.

Hopefully you get a good day on Friday to work. Its been cold up here the last few days.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on February 13, 2013, 10:19:23 am
I just noticed... your sig is wrong... its not a V6 anymore... technically right now its a No power  :laughing7:

but soon to be a V8 or maybe you can say V6+2? :headbang:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 13, 2013, 02:16:19 pm
Fixed it - thanks   :laughing7:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 15, 2013, 08:35:17 pm
 :13:  I didn't get as far as I would have liked but the motor is in and bell housing bolts and motor mounts are all tightened up.  Had a hard time stabbing the torque converter into the flex plate and lining up the passenger side motor mount.  All of a sudden it got dark on me not to mention a front started blowing in and it was real cold in a heartbeat.  Too dark to take any pics so hopefully tomorrow.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on February 15, 2013, 08:48:39 pm
Bolted up and motor mounts in is a lot of progress.  :13:

I had a heck of a time on the passenger mounts on the magnum when I put it back in too  :icon_scratch: 

wonder what we are doing wrong lol
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 15, 2013, 09:20:18 pm
Well I took a step back and redid it with the passenger side 1st and that helped.  The reason I think is the small hole on the pass side and then let it swing down onto the driver's side with it's elongated hole.  I had to use a long pipe to leverage it.  Also, when I did it the second time, I removed the tilt adjuster I was using.  I added longer slack on the chain to give it some swing.  Once I had the motor mounts on loose I hooked up just the back and pivoted it until it lined up using a pry bar and a jack under the tranny.  Should have a little time in the afternoon tomorrow to get a little more done.

Also, the bell housing bolts are so much easier with the body lift.  Gives me lots of room to put tools and see everything.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 16, 2013, 08:11:06 pm
Figured I would get a pic before it got dark and too cluttered with hoses and wiring harness.  Too bad it won't stay that pretty.   :evil6:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on February 16, 2013, 08:45:28 pm
that red valve cover looks good with all the black. definitely need to find something to go between the wheel well and frame to keep all that mud off the nice looking engine.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 16, 2013, 09:30:35 pm
How about some chicken wire?   :tard:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on February 16, 2013, 09:46:21 pm
from the factory is some plastic that connects to the frame and the wheel well.

might be able to make some new parts. I have old ones I saved I plan to do that with
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 16, 2013, 09:59:23 pm
I have the old ones but they don't fit anymore since the body lift.  Need a material similar - durable but flexible to cut some out using the originals as templates stretched 3".
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on February 16, 2013, 10:13:58 pm
maybe you can find a truck shop and see if they got any old big rig trailer mud flaps lying around that they might be willing to get rid of for free or cheap. i think the mud flaps off a trailer might be big enough. i know they should be heavy enough.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: workgoats on February 17, 2013, 09:11:00 am
You should find an old factory type air cleaner that will fit and store it somewhere.  If you ever decide to run and play in the mud the one on your engine will be a problem, allowing water into the engine.  You can put the good looking one back on after you wash the mud off the engine. :sunny:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 17, 2013, 09:57:22 pm
Ron, it's funny that you mention that because I was thinking about using the old air cleaner from a 68 383 motor.  It covers the sides and breathes from straight down so mud or water wouldn't hit the filter.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on February 17, 2013, 10:29:53 pm
i think if you ditched the mechanical fan for some electric fans so you would not have to worry about it as much. the mechanical fan is the thing that seems to do all the splashing and getting the mud everywhere. 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: workgoats on February 17, 2013, 10:36:28 pm
Quote from: crazzywolfie on February 17, 2013, 10:29:53 pm
i think if you ditched the mechanical fan for some electric fans so you would not have to worry about it as much. the mechanical fan is the thing that seems to do all the splashing and getting the mud everywhere.


I don't think you understand how they drive down here in Texas.  At RamJam 2009 I spent hours helping get the water out of engines and mud off the air cleaners of the other guys.  I didn't drive that way because, "Hold my beer and watch this!" doesn't work when you have to drive home what you brung.

I saw one 318 completely full of water.  We pulled the plugs and when he cranked it over it looked like a football field irrigation system.  We put a dry ballast resistor back on it, replaced the plugs and he drove it in all the events we had.  Even won the timed trail race.  He did go the a hardware store and bought tin to wrap the air cleaner though.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 17, 2013, 10:43:09 pm
True to a degree Mat.  As you can see in the pic, the shroud protected a lot of the blowing mud.  The tires spinning the mud up into the gaps did most of the mud painting.  All under the truck looked that way.  Heck the outside of the fenders were covered and the fan didn't do that.  LOL   :laughing7:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on February 17, 2013, 11:04:13 pm
ya. i guess a electric fan would only help so much. definitely need an enclosed filter and something between the wheel well and frame to keep the mud out. i know with all the snow we had i was having to dig it out from under the hood since i have the one piece missing. 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: trailduster.dave on February 18, 2013, 08:48:37 pm
Quote from: workgoats on February 17, 2013, 10:36:28 pm
I don't think you understand how they drive down here in Texas.  At RamJam 2009 I spent hours helping get the water out of engines and mud off the air cleaners of the other guys.  I didn't drive that way because, "Hold my beer and watch this!" doesn't work when you have to drive home what you brung.

I saw one 318 completely full of water.  We pulled the plugs and when he cranked it over it looked like a football field irrigation system.  We put a dry ballast resistor back on it, replaced the plugs and he drove it in all the events we had.  Even won the timed trail race.  He did go the a hardware store and bought tin to wrap the air cleaner though.


and just what do you mean "the way they drive in Texas???" haha
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on February 19, 2013, 07:56:11 am
Quote from: trailduster.dave on February 18, 2013, 08:48:37 pm
and just what do you mean "the way they drive in Texas???" haha


He explained that earlier... it was the "Hold my beer and watch this!"

its a bit vague but does describe a good bit of what goes on.  :laughing7:  :victory:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 20, 2013, 01:17:00 am
Hit a few snags.   :(  The V6 bracket for the kickdown linkage does not fit the V8 so it's off to the boneyard for one.  The exhaust manifolds are too big for the Y pipe inlet cones so I am taking one to a muffler shop to see if they can replace them with larger ones.   Had to replace some broken vacuum lines and repair the busted ground strap. ON the other hand, wiring seems to be going well.   Still need to drill the radiator support 3" lower for the body lift and change the O2 sensor.

Should be raining all day tomorrow.  So back at it on Thursday hopefully.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on February 20, 2013, 02:20:01 pm
Quote from: SixGun on February 20, 2013, 01:17:00 am
Hit a few snags.   :(  The V6 bracket for the kickdown linkage does not fit the V8 so it's off to the boneyard for one.  The exhaust manifolds are too big for the Y pipe inlet cones so I am taking one to a muffler shop to see if they can replace them with larger ones.   Had to replace some broken vacuum lines and repair the busted ground strap.



have no doubt I busted a vacuum line or two  :evil6: did not think I messed up a ground strap  :icon_scratch:

And I thought I gave you the kickdown linkage for it, or are you talking about on the tranny?  Maybe its still in my garage someone  :dontknow:

Gald your making progress.  :13:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 21, 2013, 01:01:01 am
I'll double check my box of goodies but it is the bracket that bolts to the last 2 bolts on the intake manifold on the driver's side.

The ground strap was no biggie but I was worried about the vacuum lines.  I pulled the 3 into 1 line that was broken and replaced it from my motor. 

I should have known better about the Y-pipe.  Sucks but I'll check for a correct one when I'm looking for bracket.  There's a 2nd Pick-n-Pull that I may check out if the one I frequent doesn't have it.  I just don't like it cause it's not organized by make.  Just all trucks in this big area so you have to walk them all.  Needle in a haystack so to speak.

It's gonna happen, just working through it bit by bit.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on February 21, 2013, 08:51:16 am
well let me look through my piles again and let you know if I find anything.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 22, 2013, 10:09:23 pm
Well the trip to pick-n-pull was a success.   :13:

I picked up the correct kickdown linkage, heat insulator tubes for the plug boots, a longer transmission cooler line to fit around the larger oil pan, a second horn, and a Y-pipe with the correct diameter collector. 

The V8 kickdown linkage is a 1 pc rod that pivots at the plate that bolts to the driver's side of the TBI.  The V6 kickdown is a 2 pc rod set that pivots at a bracket that bolts to the intake manifold and a plate that bolts to the driver's side of the tranny. 

The Y-pipe was off a 93 Dakota with a V8.  It fit a little more snug and connected more traditionally in a Y rather than the over and under design of the Ram 1500 Y-pipe.  Probably because of the tighter clearance of a Dakota.  It did have a clearance issue with the column shift linkage but a 3ft cheater bar and some elbow grease gave me about a good inch to spare.

Here's some pics:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on February 22, 2013, 10:11:56 pm
looks like good progress, you get to turn the key yet?  :headbang:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on February 22, 2013, 10:13:01 pm
someone mentioned using magnum manifold and a dakota y-pipe but i didn't understand till now. is that 3" pipe? almost looks like the y-pipe on my 93.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 23, 2013, 12:00:07 am
Quote from: rjtx667 on February 22, 2013, 10:11:56 pm
looks like good progress, you get to turn the key yet?  :headbang:
  Not yet   :'(  I just put the Y-pipe on as it got dark today.  Need to drill the new radiator mounts 3" lower still.  Still brainstorming how to since bolt heads for the condensor are in the way.   I probably will drill from the front side of the radiator support all the way through the radiator flanges while mounted in place for the condensor since it can't be lowered.   The new Y-pipe will allow me to put the deep pan on the tranny that I've been wanting to install. While the pan is off I'll put the new longer trans cooler line.   Then of course fill the fluids and have a connecting pipe welded on exhaust.  Oh yeah, once the radiator is in place, I can put the grille and front bumper back on.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on February 23, 2013, 12:16:16 am
Glad I am not the only one that suffers from scope creep  :laughing7:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 23, 2013, 09:42:09 pm
With a little finagling I was able to use the condensor bolts and holes to mount the radiator.  This puts the radiator only 2.5" lower instead of 3" so with a trial fit tomorrow hopefully the half inch won't create any interference with the shroud to fan clearance.  Maybe some  minimal trimming at the most - I hope. 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on February 23, 2013, 09:47:24 pm
if you had electric fans you wouldn't have to worry about that.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 23, 2013, 10:42:56 pm
Someday Mat... someday in the not so distant future.  But with the way I research new items, it means more time and more money.  I spend hours upon hours reading about something before I actually decide which one to go with.  Too many variables pullers, pushers, cfm, single, dual .....   :confused2:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on February 23, 2013, 11:00:14 pm
i just got a dual fan setup out of a 2000 caravan in my 81 almost looks like it came from the factory with them. picked it up with a power distribution center at the local junk yard for $40. at the time $40 was worth the gamble especially when you compare it to some of those $200+ setups some people buy. 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 23, 2013, 11:25:14 pm
Now see, I live in a very hot climate and how do I know if a fan setup for a V6 minivan will work on a hard working fullsize truck with a V8.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on February 24, 2013, 12:03:02 am
i think one day you might have to take the gamble. 77440Wagon on RCC got a dual electric fan setup off a 2005 caravan and he said they cool his 440 better than the 3000cfm fan he had before.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 24, 2013, 12:07:20 am
I also found this:

http://ramchargercentral.com/vehicle-help/e-fan-conversion/msg1555106/#msg1555106
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on February 24, 2013, 02:29:47 pm
i don't think i would want to run those ford fans. they don't cover enough area and there is only one of them. if it fails you may be left with  no fan. with the dual fan setup you always have at least one fan that can pull air. plus i think those ford fans draw a crap load of power. i don't know exactly how much power the caravan fan draws but i guessed they draw about 20 together while running. i know i have not burned up any relays yet with it yet.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on February 28, 2013, 08:51:23 pm
I don't see an update here?  :icon_scratch:

I know he got it started but had issues with the v8 computer. He started it on the V6 computer and was going to look into the v8 computer.

It worked when I pulled it so I have no clue  :dontknow:

hope you get it working, but at least it started one way or another
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: workgoats on March 01, 2013, 05:50:15 am
I have a couple of 1990 computers.  One came off of a D150 and the other came off of a D 350.  As far as I can tell they are the same.  Both were on 360s. 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 02, 2013, 01:57:44 am
Well, like Ryan said, the computer that he gave me shit the bed.  I looked up the part number and it was for a 91 318/ 4spd auto/ federal emissions.  My truck is running the 3spd auto and is the only difference.  There was no click or anything electronic working with the exception of the hazards.  I checked grounds, all the wiring and the fuse block but nothing seemed out of place.  I got a wild hair and changed out the computer and put the V6 back in and wa-la it started up right away.  Really loud without the exhaust hooked up.  Purred smoothly at 1000 rpm.  I want to take it to the exhaust shop in the morning hopefully.

I talked to a few parts houses and they said that BWD and A-1 Cardone don't make my application of computer anymore even though they show part numbers for it.  Don't know if there is any truth to that yet. 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 02, 2013, 02:12:11 am
Forgot to mention that I found out my step bars had apparently hit the underside of the cab right behind the front tires on both sides from the last outing.  I discovered this from all the crawling under the truck with this swap.  I might remove them for the next play date.  Yolanda is gonna hate that.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 02, 2013, 01:03:11 pm
Okay, so this bitch is freaking me out.   :017:  I have the computer dangling out onto the inner fender to easily swap computers.  I figured I would give it once more chance before mounting it back in it's cubby.  I put the V8 ecu back on just because it was bothering the shit outta me.  What the hell, it starts now.  Don't know why or what was different but happy none the less.  Swabbed some dialectic grease on it and slapped it back on. 

Hopefully, this is not the start of something freaky.  Oh oh.... did I say that out loud??   :sign0137:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on March 02, 2013, 01:08:37 pm
glad it is working, I was wondering if it was not making good contact. been unplugged for a while.

when you going to the exhaust shop?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 02, 2013, 01:31:04 pm
Just came inside to grab a bite to eat.  Been working on coffee all morning.   :035:

Figured I better update before everyone starts shipping me computers from all over. LOL  Glad I didn't buy one yet - funny how that worked out.  Hopefully the 3spd vs 4spd auto doesn't create an issue.  Doubt it though. 

Before I tried the ecu, I actually had mounted the front bumper with Yolanda's muscles to help me out.  It had the winch mounted on it so it was HEAVY.  If I had waited about 15 minutes later, my brother-in-law showed up to invite us for BBQ this afternoon and he could've helped me.  I was invited to go to a car show by Medina Lake with Danger Dave.  It is from 2-5pm.    What to do??  Grille, lights, last of the wiring all done except for the tranny line.  Got more fluid but need to get a gasket.  Forgot that I used the one in the kit already.  The old line reaches the radiator but goes underneath the oil pan instead of around it.  Details details....
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: workgoats on March 02, 2013, 06:27:34 pm
Do you want the computers that I have.  One came on a 518 and the other came on a 435.  Both should run a on an engine with a 727.  The price is right...
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: ernestgonzales78@gmail.com on March 02, 2013, 08:03:12 pm
Glade everything is going good now Richard. Computers sometimes have there troubling moments. it might have just been a bad connection like Ryan was saying.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 02, 2013, 10:54:19 pm
Decided to drive out to the country and see Dave and the car show in the afternoon.  Then we drove back in for BBQ dinner at the inlaws.  Some pics of the car show in another thread on "Other Outings".

http://ramcharger.net/index.php/topic,125.0.html
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on March 02, 2013, 10:55:39 pm
Quote from: SixGun on March 02, 2013, 10:54:19 pm
Decided to drive out to the country and see Dave and the car show in the afternoon.  Then we drove back in for BBQ dinner at the inlaws.  Some pics of the car show in another thread.


you drive the 91? without exhaust everyone could hear you coming  :evil6:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 09, 2013, 02:49:06 pm
Well let me tell you a little story.  I had driven it to the exhaust shop about a week ago (?) that I went to for my original exhaust because he did such a nice job on it and it is really pretty close.  I didn't want to drive too far without exhaust.  You never know if a Sheriff deputy will let that go or not.  Rather spend the money on the truck instead of a ticket.  So anyways, I was told that the guy doesn't work there anymore and no one was there to do some exhaust work.  Funny because it is "ANTS Muffler and Tire Shop".  So I guess it is just a tire shop now.  LOL   It is a family business and the lady that runs it referred me to another exhaust shop across the freeway about 5 miles away. 

However, there is a Midas on the same side of the freeway as I was but I had to cut through some back neighborhoods to get there.  I've done some really nice custom work at another Midas before and reasonable too.  Well this dick wanted $90 to connect a foot of pipe.  I told him that I had the whole exhaust done for $100.  He said that the pipe comes in 8ft lengths and he would have to cut one and so he would have to charge me for the whole length.  What a load of BS.  I told him never mind and off I went for the long trip to the other place.

I pull out on the access road and accelerate and all of a sudden it started to sputter and I thought that maybe I was running out of gas.  Remember, my gas gauge doesn't work.  Real quick like I pull into the next gas station and as I start to go around the pump it dies out.  Oh crap I ran out of gas.  I tried to push it the 5ft to the pump but it started rolling in the wrong direction.  I sat in the truck for a minute and thought maybe I could restart it on fumes. VAROOM ... I pulled forward and cut it off. Phew, that was close. 

I kept thinking about the possibility of it not being gas.  I figured I better not chance it and get stranded farther from home.  I thought about going the back roads again but figured it would be faster on the access road.  I gave it a little test on the back roads first and it would cut out at the stop signs.  That's it, I'm going for broke and pull out on the access road and it sputtered all the way home.  Sounded like vroo - vroo- vroo as I gave it gas.  I was jerking and sputtering all the way.  I finally got home and let it sit for a few days stumped. 

A couple of things came to mind.  O2 sensor was right at the end of the Y-pipe and may be causing it or dirty injector or air in the line from being disconnected.   Did some measuring and discovered that I need to go from a 3" collector down to a 2.5" pipe at the CAT.  Just needed 10" to connect but at a curve left and down.  Found a 3" exhaust turn down tip with a 45* angle and a reducer connection from 3" to 2.5" with a gradual slope and 2 each 3" clamps.  All for $16.  A cutoff wheel is my favorite tool.  I actually had to shorten it.  Lop ... chop and away we go.  Here's some pics of the finished product.  It will still need some welding specifically at the connection to the CAT but it is quiet and saved a lot of money.  I also bought some Restore fuel injection system cleaner.  Hopefully this will fix it.  I had my injectors professionally cleaned on the other TBI so I could swap them out if needed.  Anyone know if O2 sensors for V6 vs V8 are different.  I'm also concerned that I may have crunched the sensor when I cheater bar straightened the Y-pipe.  Will find out for sure with test drive.   :steeringwheel:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on March 09, 2013, 04:13:33 pm
man nothing is ever easy.

I have one new injector if you need that. you might also check the wires on the passenger side. I had an issue where one grounds out after it got hot and it was for an injector... would not run on 1 injector for me.

hope it starts behaving for you soon
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 09, 2013, 06:27:55 pm
Funny cause I looked inside the TBI while running and both injectors seem to be spraying but the pass side seemed to be stronger than the driver's side.  When you are talking about grounded wire, are you specifically talking about the wire to the injector or harness on the pass side?  Did you ever find the short?  I noticed on the harness that there was a melted spot on the pass side tubing before I installed it.  This was on the back of the motor.  May need to check there first. 

I tried going on a drive a little while ago and before I even got to the end of the street it was acting up.  So it didn't have to get hot this time.  I pulled all the plugs and gap and they are good.  I also checked the timing and it was good also.  Some of the wires looked chewed up so I may replace them with 8mm since I am using the MSD blaster coil anyways.  I have the 8mm wires on the V6 but I will need 2 extra wires.  I wonder if they sell just 2. 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: workgoats on March 09, 2013, 07:22:19 pm
You do know that you can get a much better idea on what the injectors are doing by looking at them with a timing light.  You should be able to see an identifiable pattern with the strobe of the timing light.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 09, 2013, 07:58:31 pm
Thanks Ron, I had heard that you should be able to look at the spray patterns with a light.   I tried a flashlight, 60 watt and flourescent lights but could only see where it hit the throttle plates.

Ryan, come to think of it.  I remember the harness to the O2 was freshly wrapped.  Any problems there?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on March 09, 2013, 08:17:16 pm
do you have any codes? Ron has my red brick that could help a bit maybe too.

yes that little melted area was my issue... it touched my header lol
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 10, 2013, 08:46:25 pm
So I checked codes and came up with 12/ 45/ 22/ 21/ 55.

12=> memory standby power lost
45=> overdrive circuit fault
22=> coolant temp sensor circuit fault
21=> oxygen sensor circuit fault
55=> end

12 from disconnected battery and 45 from running a 3spd tranny without overdrive

Concerns are the oxygen sensor and surprisingly the coolant temp sensor circuits.  I took the known good temp sensor from the V6.  As far as the O2 sensor, I don't have another to replace with.  I really feel that the O2 is at fault either with the wiring or the sensor itself.  I had already installed the sensor in the Y-pipe and was using a 3 ft cheater bar to bend the pipe into shape and may have inadvertantly damaged it.  BUT I noticed that the wiring harness to the O2 has been re-wrapped and lengthened considerably.  Going to take it apart tommorrow in the daylight (gotta love daylight savings) and fix any damaged sections.  It should drop down behind the motor but it runs all the way to the front driver's side and across alt and down the frame rail to the O2 on the pass side currently.  So may just shorten it.  If that doesn't fix it then I will pick up a new one.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on March 10, 2013, 09:08:29 pm
Quote from: SixGun on March 10, 2013, 08:46:25 pm
So I checked codes and came up with 12/ 45/ 22/ 21/ 55.

12=> memory standby power lost
45=> overdrive circuit fault
22=> coolant temp sensor circuit fault
21=> oxygen sensor circuit fault
55=> end

12 from disconnected battery and 45 from running a 3spd tranny without overdrive

Concerns are the oxygen sensor and surprisingly the coolant temp sensor circuits.  I took the known good temp sensor from the V6.  As far as the O2 sensor, I don't have another to replace with.  I really feel that the O2 is at fault either with the wiring or the sensor itself.  I had already installed the sensor in the Y-pipe and was using a 3 ft cheater bar to bend the pipe into shape and may have inadvertantly damaged it.  BUT I noticed that the wiring harness to the O2 has been re-wrapped and lengthened considerably.  Going to take it apart tommorrow in the daylight (gotta love daylight savings) and fix any damaged sections.  It should drop down behind the motor but it runs all the way to the front driver's side and across alt and down the frame rail to the O2 on the pass side currently.  So may just shorten it.  If that doesn't fix it then I will pick up a new one.


that section is not "damaged" but was me working out a fix. when I removed the old exhaust manifolds the O2 was on the driver side manifold. My exhaust I used with it was from the magnum, which puts it just in front of the cat, so I extended the wires to put it there. Might be worth checking to make sure it is good and getting singles etc etc, but I can tell you for a FACT that the 5.2 you have runs like CRAP and surges like crazy without a good O2 sensor  :evil6:

Ask me how I know

See if Ron can mail you the red brick, I can give him my fedex account to do it, and you can use it to test and see what you find. Once your done you can mail it on back to me.

Also I think I found something you had been looking for?


The other pic is just of some smoked bacon I just finished... it is GOOOOOOOOOD  :laughing7:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: ernestgonzales78@gmail.com on March 10, 2013, 09:19:35 pm
 :13: :dance: :13:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 10, 2013, 09:21:26 pm
mmmmmmmm.......bacon.  Mail me some of that.   :laughing7:

Yeah, that kickdown linkage.  I found one at Pic-n-pull already.  After I brought it home, I found one sitting on top of the big block pile-o-parts.  Oh well - too late.

So does the truck ride like a camel trotting with the O2 bad?  Never had a camel ride but I bet it's pretty close.   :dontknow:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: ernestgonzales78@gmail.com on March 10, 2013, 09:23:34 pm
hey sixgun check ur email.  :happy7: :happy7:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 12, 2013, 01:05:50 pm
Fixing one thing at a time but definately progress.   :victory:

You can see in the 1st pic the O2 sensor that I crushed.  :disgust:   Pretty obvious but unfortuntely, it was not the problem.  The  rough cruising rpm was still apparent.  On a side note, I bought a BWD replacement and the harness was definately shorter.  About half the length.  Not a problem with the extra long harness that Ryan built me.   :great:  NOTE: If anyone ever needs to replace the O2 sensor, use a pipe wrench and a long cheater bar.  It snapped free like nothing.  I've read about alot of guys heating them up and juicing them with WD40 but this method was way easier.  Used this method to remove stubborn exhaust manifold bolts also.

2nd pic has one of the injectors.  At first glance, it looks pretty clean with a squirt of carb cleaner.  However, the screens are dirty and though it's hard to see in the pic, there is a definate shadowing.  May have cleaned out with the fuel injector cleaner in the tank working on it but I didn't want to wait.  I used a Fuel Injection Specialties in the past and cost me about $75 to sonically clean both with a few days turn around.  Unfortunately, they are all the way across town.  New ones are over a $100 each and remanufactered about half that.  At best, quality is debateable for most cheaper brands on the net. For now, the V6 injectors are in and working fine.  The 5.2 and 5.9 injectors are the same part number but the 3.9 is different. Took a test drive and it didn't surge or die out.  I took the chance to fill up with gas but I didn't really put it to the test yet.  The stiff springs up front feel a bit softer with the heavier weight of the V8. 

The 3rd pic is of the covered air cleaner from the 383 repainted.  It fits the TBI perfectly so I just need to fit a filter to it. Used some the left over bed liner paint.

Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on March 12, 2013, 01:21:41 pm
good to hear, let me dig out the injector I got off rock auto to send to you, then maybe you can get another from there? it was 40-50 I think?

glad it's running better
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on March 12, 2013, 01:57:33 pm
you know your not suppose to crank those o2 sensors in there tight? the instructions that came with my o2 sensor said something about finger tight. also if you have problems with it in the future you may want to replace it with a NTK which according to rockauto is the OE Mfg. can't beat using OE parts when they are not too expensive.

also glad to here it is running and getting closer to being done.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 13, 2013, 12:39:39 am
Wolfie, I didn't crank mine down like a wrestler from hell but snug.  That was for removing the O2 sensor.  I've always heard guys complaining that they can't get the O2 sensors out.  Some even drilling them out and welding a new bung.  The pipe wrench gets a good bite and  the long pipe did all the work.

I remember you mentioning the NTK's before but no one had them in stock locally and BWD is considered premium product so I went with them.  I guess time will tell.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on March 14, 2013, 11:15:18 pm
PM me your address and this can be on its way to your place soon.

:dance:

I got it from rock auto though the box says its a Napa part

ECHLIN Part # 218042  on rock auto and goes for $57.79... they have cheaper ones on there, but not sure how it would work not having a "matching set" so to speak.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 15, 2013, 12:14:58 am
Looks like a pretty lil bumble bee.   :happy7:

Thanks  Ryan... PM sent.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 16, 2013, 01:36:43 am
Quote from: rjtx667 on March 14, 2013, 11:15:18 pm
I got it from rock auto though the box says its a Napa part

ECHLIN Part # 218042  on rock auto and goes for $57.79... they have cheaper ones on there, but not sure how it would work not having a "matching set" so to speak.


http://www.napaechlin.com/Featured+Products-Fuel+Injectors/Content.aspx#
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on March 18, 2013, 04:00:46 pm
fedex says delivered so your 50% there  :13:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 19, 2013, 12:35:49 am
Arrived today, opened it and took the yellow protective cap off and it is sparkling clean.  I can see each jet on the bottom.  The plastic cap where the prongs are didn't look promising but I noticed the backwards Holley logo on it. 

Does anyone have a RockAuto coupon code I can use?  I placed a small order on a gas tank filler tube grommet and hopefully the discount coupon will be emailed to me and I can use it on the injector.  Both were different warehouses anyways.

Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on March 19, 2013, 03:41:41 am
1283663810490443. this code is suppose to be good till march 24th. hopefully someone on dodge forum will post a new code.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 19, 2013, 08:38:14 pm
Thanks Mat   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on March 19, 2013, 11:02:01 pm
you been driving it with the v6 injectors?

Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 19, 2013, 11:27:49 pm
It's funny, drives okay one time and the next it stutters and sputters.  I checked the codes and it just has 12/ 45/ 55.  Should have 12 for a while since the battery was disconnected, 45 is for the OD unit sensor, and 55 is the end of codes.  I did put the deep trans pan on already, changed filter and fluid, and changed the cooler line too.  I took the wiring harness off the V6 and cleaned and rewrapped it.  Only problem is there is no TB temp sensor for V6 and I don't know if that would affect it.  I ordered the other injector with the code from Mat.  Should be in by Saturday.  Also ordered lower ball joints too. 

Three things I want to try:
1)  First the new injectors since it's the easiest.
2)  Second is swapping the whole TBI with the V6 one. 
3) Change out the wiring harness with the V6 harness.
The reason for swapping out with the V6 items is to eliminate problems with known working items.  If it's the issue then I can deal with it.

I am really getting worried that it won't be resolved by end of April.   :(

Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on March 19, 2013, 11:52:50 pm
I think it's just pissed its not in a 4wd anymore  :laughing7:

you just need to show it who's boss and that this 2wd rig can be a lot of fun

otherwise we will have to tow it down to hidden falls to work on it there over the weekend  :steeringwheel:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 20, 2013, 12:20:37 pm
Just getting a little down.  Once it's up and running good, I won't even remember all the hassles.  I just can't seem to isolate the problem.  Really frustrating.   :confused2:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on March 20, 2013, 12:23:09 pm
need to get Ron to ship you the red brick... as long as you bring it in April we are all good. It gives lots of good info and will show you whats going on while its acting up... just be careful looking at the scree and driving at the same time. :tard:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 20, 2013, 12:25:58 pm
If I can't get it resolved this weekend, I'll give him a holler.   :hello:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: workgoats on March 20, 2013, 06:40:17 pm
Quote from: SixGun on March 20, 2013, 12:25:58 pm
If I can't get it resolved this weekend, I'll give him a holler.   :hello:


I don't have anything to use it on any more.  My father in law is pretty sick so I might be out of pocket.  I'll see if I can't get it boxed up and on the way tomorrow.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 21, 2013, 01:47:26 am
You guys are the best   :notworthy:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: workgoats on March 21, 2013, 09:40:56 am
It is on the way by Fed Ex.  They were the first by the office today.  Sent by regular freight.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 21, 2013, 04:48:21 pm
Changed the rotor and cap today.  The old one was cracked on the side prolly from chain on the swap.  The high revs sounded really good and promising but still had the surging with part throttle steady revs.  I wanted to change the wires too since some look gouged and torn.  All I could find around town in 8mm was Accel.  I've used them before and they are junk.  Not liking the gay yellow either.  Guess I'll be ordering some online.  Really want the 8mm to take advantage of the MSD Blaster Coil. Also checked vacuum and it's solid steady at 25 inches.  Heading back outside to change the harness and put some old 7mm's on to see if it changes anything.  Determined to succeed   :035:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on March 21, 2013, 11:35:08 pm
sure you have seen this, but I just saw it and wanted to pass it along:

http://ramchargercentral.com/vehicle-help/confirmed-fixes-cheat-sheet/

a few idea's there. wonder if the v6 diet and hall effect sensor can be swapped? maybe just the sensor and not the dist to avoid timing issues?

Also check that wire connection:

most 1988 to 91 running problems can be traced to wiring [ the connectors at the back of the right valve cover or the connector on the pcm its self ] or a bad PCM

worth a try maybe?

how did your test today go?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on March 22, 2013, 12:39:28 am
could try checking the old spark plug wires with a digital multi meter. i think there is suppose to be about 12ohm's or less of resistance.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 22, 2013, 01:32:35 am
Swapped out known good wires and still surges at a steady part throttle.  Full throttle blasts sound great.  Gas tank filler neck seal came in today and changed that out and put a new longer filler tube hose. 

Edit: Thanks for the link.  I took a gander at it and there was a guy with a similar issue with the hesitating at part throttle and good at WOT.  He tried changing the hall effect and made no difference but ended up swapping out the distributor and fixed it.  Gives me 2 more ideas.  Another thing was mentioned though.  He had the original injectors that had the pins on the bottom with 2 O-rings and another set from a van that had the spray holes with only 1 O-ring.  That injector you sent had the holes and the original has the pin.  At a glance, they look the same and both have 2 O-rings.  Guess I'll find out soon enough if it fits or not.

On another note, the FSM mentions the hesitation/ surging while driving and lists possible problems as distributor or injectors.  Could go either way.  Will that fancy doo-dad your sending figure out which way to go?  :icon_scratch:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: workgoats on March 22, 2013, 05:51:39 am
I don't think a faulty throttle position sensor will always throw a code. That might cause the problem. I think it can be tested with a meter.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on March 22, 2013, 09:00:44 am
Quote from: SixGun on March 22, 2013, 01:32:35 am
Swapped out known good wires and still surges at a steady part throttle.  Full throttle blasts sound great.  Gas tank filler neck seal came in today and changed that out and put a new longer filler tube hose. 

Edit: Thanks for the link.  I took a gander at it and there was a guy with a similar issue with the hesitating at part throttle and good at WOT.  He tried changing the hall effect and made no difference but ended up swapping out the distributor and fixed it.  Gives me 2 more ideas.  Another thing was mentioned though.  He had the original injectors that had the pins on the bottom with 2 O-rings and another set from a van that had the spray holes with only 1 O-ring.  That injector you sent had the holes and the original has the pin.  At a glance, they look the same and both have 2 O-rings.  Guess I'll find out soon enough if it fits or not.

On another note, the FSM mentions the hesitation/ surging while driving and lists possible problems as distributor or injectors.  Could go either way.  Will that fancy doo-dad your sending figure out which way to go?  :icon_scratch:


it should show you the readings... and if you reeve it up and one of the readings goes whacky then you will know. It will show you what readings the sensors are giving to the computer... RPM etc etc.


Rock auto shows different part numbers for the v6 and v8 distributors... they look similar, but I am sure the Hal ring is different between them. Hopefully its ok It looks like the hal sensor off the v6 might be interchangeable to the v8, worth a try?

I also see the v6 and v8 fuel injectors are not the same part number, so it could be starving and anything but WOT?

Did you order the other injector? You could maybe try a combo of the new injector I sent and 1 of the old ones, maybe 1 was better than the other?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 22, 2013, 07:15:40 pm
This link from the confirmed fixes cheat sheet post sure sounds like my problem.
http://ramchargercentral.com/vehicle-help/continuing-my-battle-with-red-(90'-w-150)-(fixed!!!)/
Could be hall effect or distributor.  However, a distributor from Pick-n-Pull only runs $35 with a $5 core all included.  May just get the warranty on it for a few pesos more if I can return it if it no workie.  Peace of mind at least and helluva lot cheaper than new. I wanted to go get one today but they are still closing early instead of summer hours.  jerks....  :angry5:  Off tomorrow so JY here I come... AGAIN. 

Man I hope this does it.  My lead foot is getting ancy.  Not to mention that I've got 3 major cobwebs growing in the bed of the truck.  Yaaaaaah.... :disgust:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on March 22, 2013, 07:33:09 pm
rock auto says the 3.9 and 5.2 use the same hall effects sensor. could maybe try swapping the good one from your 3.9 into the 5.2. could also check the hall effects while you have the sensor out.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 22, 2013, 09:25:21 pm
Okay so the more I look into hall effect pickup, the more it sounds like my problem from DodgeForum, RCC, and others.  I try looking for this part on websites but no one seems to carry them.  I find an ignition pickup and there it is.  So I do my searches all over again but they all say to call them for availability.  Yuck, but I do anyway and ordered one from Oreilly to arrive at 8am tomorrow morning.  Yaaaah..... :dance:  It has a lifetime warranty and they have a no hassle return policy.  Good to go.  A little cheaper than the used dizzy and I won't even break a sweat driving to the parts store which is across the street from wife's work.  Here it is:  http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/detail/BWD0/ME60/02802.oap?year=1991&make=Dodge&model=D150&vi=1084856&ck=Search_ignition+pickup%21s%21stator_1084856_2382&keyword=ignition+pickup%21s%21stator
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on March 22, 2013, 09:58:31 pm
don't you still have the v6 kicking around? if it was running good the Distributor Ignition Pickup out of it should be fine. only 2 or 3 screws holding it in the distributor.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 22, 2013, 10:05:11 pm
Yep but I keep stripping items off that motor.  With their warranty, if it doesn't work, I just take it back. I've taken electrical items back before and had no problems there.  Also, it was dark already here and this one arrives first thing in the morning anyway.  Hoping to do this without removing the distributor.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on March 22, 2013, 10:11:27 pm
i just figure swapping Distributor Ignition Pickup with a known good sensor could possibly save you some headache of installing the brand new parts and wondering if it is possibly bad out of the box if it doesn't solve your problem. it is also free to swap parts. i am not sure if you will be able to get at all the screws in the side of the distributor without removing it. it is not too hard to remove anyway. just mark the distributor so you can put it back in the exact same spot.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on March 23, 2013, 11:07:59 am
so???? it's 11 am now.... what's the verdict? lol  :dontknow:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 23, 2013, 11:59:20 am
Well 8am turned to 9am and the driver finally showed up at Oreilly's.  Gave me a chance to grab some breakfast with the wifey tho. 

Sooooooo, drum roll please,

it's fixed.  LOL  The hall effect was easy to swap out.  I used a short Z shaped screwdriver to loosen the 2 screws and then turn them by hand the rest of the way.  I had to remove the air cleaner and stay hunched over under the hood standing on the frame rails.  Not easy when your 6 feet tall. Back and thighs were hurting.

I took it on a LONG drive to let it warm up.  Slow, fast, steady and it all drives good.  The only thing I noticed is that the 2-3 upshift is early and has overlap that I never noticed before.  Maybe the 4spd auto computer settings are doing this.  It does kickdown but not at freeway speeds. 

Almost forgot to mention that the 2nd injector came in yesterday by US mail.  I didn't check the mail till 9pm so I put them in also this morning.  Fit like a glove and man they really smoothed the idle out dramatically. 

Ahhh... Fedex truck just arrived with ball joints.  Hmmm... day isn't over yet.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on March 23, 2013, 01:02:06 pm
glad to hear its back in action. the computer on these don't talk with the tranny unless its over drive or lockup torque converter so that is not the issue. you prob need to adjust the kickdown linkage some more.

does it have a bit more power now? I am also curious how your gas mileage changes
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 23, 2013, 02:33:26 pm
I do have the lockup converter.  Going down the freeway at 70mph it still pulls 3 grand on the tach.  I guess the computer should be shifting into 4th but it isn't there to shift into.  When I initially was looking up computers for it, 3spd auto vs 4 spd auto were different PN's.  When I pull out from a stop it shifts into 2nd and almost immediately rolls into 3rd.  I had adjusted the bands before and I believe it is the same for V6 vs V8. 

Picks up speed real good but is still a barn door going against the wind.  Smooth acceleration.  Haven't done any thing crazy yet.  At a stop, I just tap it and it jumps.
Hey that V6 wasn't a slouch but the V8 sounds good - real good.  Duals would be cool but I'm content for now at least. 

I just went and had the exhaust welded up a little while ago but I still need to fab something for the air tube hole in the exh manifold.  Kinda noisy till I get up to about 25-30mph then it mellows out.  I put a bolt with washers and a nut to plug it but it still is noisy on that side.  Luckily the magnum manifolds only have one side to plug.  I picked up small steel freeze plugs at Advance before to plug the V6 but the guy said they don't carry them that small anymore.  Hmmm...  I checked at few places and same thing.  The guy at Oreilly's even checked the Dorman website for me with no luck.  It's a 5/8" hole.

As far as gas mileage goes, I still need to fix the odometer plastic gears.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on March 23, 2013, 03:03:38 pm
glad you got it running good. i think the shift early is also related to how you have the kick down adjusted.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 23, 2013, 05:45:42 pm
Ahhhh... now that good sir could stand to be adjusted.  Thanks   :great:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: ernestgonzales78@gmail.com on March 24, 2013, 07:56:00 pm
awesome!! I finally put my furd in the carport and tore it down. hope to stay on top of it now.  :13:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on March 24, 2013, 09:39:45 pm
Quote from: SixGun on March 23, 2013, 02:33:26 pm
I do have the lockup converter.  Going down the freeway at 70mph it still pulls 3 grand on the tach.  I guess the computer should be shifting into 4th but it isn't there to shift into.  When I initially was looking up computers for it, 3spd auto vs 4 spd auto were different PN's.  When I pull out from a stop it shifts into 2nd and almost immediately rolls into 3rd.  I had adjusted the bands before and I believe it is the same for V6 vs V8. 

Picks up speed real good but is still a barn door going against the wind.  Smooth acceleration.  Haven't done any thing crazy yet.  At a stop, I just tap it and it jumps.
Hey that V6 wasn't a slouch but the V8 sounds good - real good.  Duals would be cool but I'm content for now at least. 

I just went and had the exhaust welded up a little while ago but I still need to fab something for the air tube hole in the exh manifold.  Kinda noisy till I get up to about 25-30mph then it mellows out.  I put a bolt with washers and a nut to plug it but it still is noisy on that side.  Luckily the magnum manifolds only have one side to plug.  I picked up small steel freeze plugs at Advance before to plug the V6 but the guy said they don't carry them that small anymore.  Hmmm...  I checked at few places and same thing.  The guy at Oreilly's even checked the Dorman website for me with no luck.  It's a 5/8" hole.

As far as gas mileage goes, I still need to fix the odometer plastic gears.



I am not sure if the computer can/ will hit the lockup converter before OD. You may have to hard wire a manual switch for that. Might be worth checking in the FSM.

The Red Brick may or may not be able to let you force it, but it should be able to tell you if its trying to engage it.

adjust the kickdown per the FSM, I don't have the guide for that as the magnums have cables.


http://www.odometergears.com/products/Chrysler-Dodge/All+except+Monaco/125

if I recall, you need 1 of each. Pretty easy stuff to do. Get the gears and we can do it in April if you want help.  :13:

Also you said it was turning 3k @ 70? Is that what it used to turn? What size tires/ gears you doing that with? Might be worth your next project to find a 518... that OD can save a lot of gas when it drops it down to 2k or so. The OD is a ratio of .69 vs a 3rd of prob 1.0x or somewhere close to that.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on March 25, 2013, 01:54:36 am
+1 on the overdrive transmission. you should be able to pick up 2-4mpg if you do lots of highway driving. i know i have seen as high as 18mpg with my 93 ramcharger. i know for every 1mpg you gain you save at least $5.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 25, 2013, 01:15:14 pm
All good thoughts.  I had to order a ball joint socket from Summit.  No one locally had one in stock.  I tried to use my infamous pipe wrench but couldn't get a grip with the lip around the control arm in the way.  Should be here in a few days.  I really do need those gears for the speedo for sure.  Too many questions and afraid mostly of running outta gas.  That's why I keep it loaded with burritos.  LOL

The gears are 3.55 and tires I am using right now are 31's.  I was thinking that the early 2-3 upshift was keeping the power band lower.  I'll play with it on Tuesday and hopefully get some good results. 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on March 25, 2013, 01:31:40 pm
if your afraid of running out of gas shouldn't you fix the gas gauge? :icon_scratch:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on March 25, 2013, 01:35:27 pm
1-2.74
2-1.54
3-1.00

that should be the gears (or close to it, I will try to verify tonight).

You will need to measure your tires as being "31's" does not mean much my BFG 31's are actually 29.5 give or take.

Soooo going with a guestimate of 29.5" tall tires, 3.55 final ratio (with a 518a its .69 * 3.55 instead of 1.00 * 3.55) and you doing 3k RPM that means your doing 74 MPH.

At 70 you should be doing 2830 RPM.

If you replaced it with a 518a you would be doing 1953 RPM at 70 and 2065 at 74. The issue is the 3.55 gears will then become inadequate with overdrive (ask how I know) but 3.92 gears.. now those are nice with the 518a/ 46RH/E

Just for reference with 3.92 gears instead of 3.55 gears you are doing 2153 at 70 and 2276 at 74.  :steeringwheel: :13:

it does not change the RPM's all that much, but oh man how it makes a difference
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: taz_man440 on March 25, 2013, 01:47:19 pm
How many teeth do you need for the spedo gear? I have a few gears if thats all you need..
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 26, 2013, 02:09:40 am
My bad, not the speedo but the odometer.  Must have been a lil sleepy.   :sleepy:  I've been afraid pulling that thing apart to replace the plastic gears.   

As for the gas gauge, I pulled an extra harness from the JY to try to bypass my wiring and see if I can get the gauge to work.  Hoping that's the case.  Really don't want to pull the gas tank back out.  The first time was a bitch.  I may just remove the bed instead if it comes to that.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 26, 2013, 09:06:38 pm
 :thumbsup:  2-3 upshift is working now.  Thanks Mat!!

The secretiveRED BRICK  arrived this afternoon. 

I had to go get a 9v to run it and it turned into a shopping spree for Yolanda.  Didn't get back until dark but did get my info put in.  Do you have to hold the button down to use it?  I'm gonna search the net for some instructions. 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on March 26, 2013, 09:13:28 pm
your welcome but you should be thanking Ryan. he mentioned it first. i just re mentioned it in agreement with him.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 26, 2013, 09:25:10 pm
As always thanks EVERYONE for your help.  Especially you Ryan!   :notworthy:

I did measure the height of the tires while out there in the cold this morning -  29.5" front and 30" back.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on March 26, 2013, 09:31:06 pm
if its not connected to the truck battery, yes you have to press and hold the button.

There should be a power plug that goes into the side of the wire harness plug, and that connects to the battery (it does not seem to care which side is pos or neg). When you connect that it will stay on.

I usually opened the vent window and ran the cable through there so I could close the door and drive around.

I was shocked what all data these "primitive computers" have at their disposal, really makes you wonder what the ones have lol.

Have fun with it. I will give you my fedex account when your done and you can ship it back up here  so I can play with it on the 2000 when the 408 arrives. The magnum's you have to have one of these little suckers to set the dizzy. The dizzy does not control time but fuel sync, and it can really mess with you if you don't have a computer to help you out. The dodge house is like $100 to set it :tard:  this thing cost me $300 and I have already set 1 dizzy with it, will set 2 more this year and have used it multiple times on trouble shooting. Well worth it.  :13:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on April 04, 2013, 11:26:57 pm
Alright, it is running good.  Red Brick is showing all is well.  Did you want me to ship it back or take it to the meet?

It will do a smokey burnout now.  Definately can't complain about that.  I think that larger diameter pipe at least or duals are gonna be in the future. WOT is compromised right now at higher rpms.  Maybe a 180* t-stat also.  Right now it is a 195*.  Otherwise, she's ready to go as is.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on April 05, 2013, 11:28:07 am
Glad to hear its doing better... had me worried for a while.

Also nice to know it can burn out, it was not able to do that with the weight of the ramchager in the back.

Wonder if the extra power is going to help or hurt you on the hills  :icon_scratch:  we will find out soon

How is it doing on gas so far?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on April 05, 2013, 09:00:03 pm
I've only gone through about 1/4 tank but it's safe to say it's a bit thirsty.   :laughing7:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on April 05, 2013, 10:35:29 pm
well if you have a heavy foot of course it is  :laughing7:

now we need to get your cruise and ac working, then you will really be set
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on April 09, 2013, 09:55:54 pm
Got the red brick in today.

Thanks for getting it back up here... Glad it was able to help everyone, or some as I think it was.

Once I get the 2000 and the dakota back in shape I will be happy to lend it out again to whoever needs. Amazing enough it even works on ferds  :tard:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on April 10, 2013, 09:03:00 pm
 :035:  Finally bought myself an air compressor.  Hope I didn't overkill it but it had some really good reviews and I trust the brand.  I still need to shop around for accessories though.  I'm considering the impact and air hose from Summit.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/100497924?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100497924&R=100497924

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/gns-25821

Yolanda wants to get a sander and spray gun for painting the RC this summer.  Hmmm... I've seen her use crayons and can't stay in the lines.  But if she wants to buy them, I'll give her a shot.  Looks like I'll have to mask it though.   :laughing7:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on April 10, 2013, 09:32:31 pm
that looks like a pretty good little compressor. i know it is a pretty good brand name. have you possibly looked at air tool sets? i know my friend gave me a cheap set of coleman air tools and i haven't had anything break yet. mine has impact gun with some impact socket, air ratchet, die grinder, air chisel, couple different air blower things and other bits and pieces for use with the tools. 
this is what the kit that was given to me looks like. i think i have used all the tools at one time or another.
http://www.samsclub.com/sams/coleman-powermate-air-tool-value-pack-62-pc/136854.ip
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on April 10, 2013, 10:03:43 pm
5cfm @90 psi is pretty good  :13:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on April 14, 2013, 10:13:13 pm
Has anyone used speed bleeder valves before??  I just got a set of four in.  Sounds too good to be true.

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/rus-639590
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on April 15, 2013, 08:01:08 am
never used them, but for what those cost you can buy the pneumatic brake bleeder from harbor freight and use it on multiple cars... it does work good.  :13:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on April 15, 2013, 12:05:05 pm
If I'm reading it correctly, all I need to do it loosen them, pump the brake and then tighten them up.  It's a one-way valve.  Heck, for less than $20 I got all 4 speed bleeder valves and they are name brand.  Russel and Earl's both carry them.  Cost less than a good bleeder tool.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on April 15, 2013, 12:35:20 pm
but you could use the bleeder tool on all your vehicles including your ramcharger whenever you get around to doing the brakes on it.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on April 15, 2013, 12:41:46 pm
Quote from: SixGun on April 15, 2013, 12:05:05 pm
If I'm reading it correctly, all I need to do it loosen them, pump the brake and then tighten them up.  It's a one-way valve.  Heck, for less than $20 I got all 4 speed bleeder valves and they are name brand.  Russel and Earl's both carry them.  Cost less than a good bleeder tool.



http://www.harborfreight.com/brake-fluid-bleeder-92924.html

what 5 buxs less?  :tongue3:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on April 21, 2013, 11:30:38 pm
 :thumbsup:  Upper and lower ball joints installed today.  Used the new compressor and impact gun.  Love it and saved a lot of time.  No way those upper ball joints were gonna come out without it.  Used Moog Problem Solver upper ball joints with gusher bearings and AC Delco Advantage lowers.  The Moog's really look HD in comparison to the stock units and they better @ $100 for the pair.  I don't want to have to change them again ever.  LOL

I actually had bought some McQuay uppers on clearance from RockAuto but the bolt was too big and didn't fit the hole on the knuckle.  They were supposed to fit 3300lb axles like mine but nope.  Thought about getting them opened up by a machine shop but changed my mind.  So if anyone needs the 1ton upper ball joints let me know.  Pay shipping and they are yours.

So now, just about all the front suspension is new.  New inner and outer tie rods, new center link, new idler arm, new upper and lower ball joints and new sway bar bushings and endlinks, new shocks, and new coils.   

Hmmmm... brakes next.  I did notice that one front caliper is different than the other.  But that's another story.  :sleepy:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on April 22, 2013, 09:39:46 am
sounds like lots of work. You going to get to come down and test of any it?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on April 23, 2013, 06:24:12 pm
Friday is out of the question but Saturday is a possibility and may just be for that day and drive back that night.  At what time do they lock us in on Saturday?

On a side note, I broke the door handle button on the driver's side.  I won't have any time to get another this week.  Sucks.... I have to go through the passenger side.

Bigger issue right now is the passenger side rear brake adjuster is not cooperating.  When I return the ball joint remover/ installer in a few minutes to Autozone, hopefully I can get some replacement parts.  I'm just gonna switch out all the related parts like the adjuster screw, lever, cable, lever spring and guide.  When I put the bigger tires back on, I checked the brakes again and the cable was off the guide.  It gave me no tension on the parking brake.  Drum brakes are a pain in the butt.   :disgust:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on April 24, 2013, 08:09:54 am
I have a spare door handle (if your talking about the outside one) that if I can remember I will bring down.

If its the inside I think I have a spare one of those too, just have to track them down in the mess  :laughing7:

Good news (maybe) is that I got the permit for my storage building... bad news is I now have to build it then organize lol
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on April 24, 2013, 11:53:35 pm
Are you talking about a permit from the HOA for a storage building?  I had built mine and somehow they found out about it and wanted me to tear it down and then apply for a permit.  Hell no... did the application and it was approved thankfully.  Way too many screws and labor went into it to take it down.   :nono:

I got after the rear brakes tonight after work and adjuster looks good.  Bled the brakes and lubed the truck.  Still had a little daylight so I figured on taking out the door handle (outer) and rigging something up until I could replace it.  However, as I was removing the inside nuts through the vent in the door jamb, I dropped the rachet with socket.  I tried to use a pick up tool and dropped that inside.  Arrrrrg... said to heck with it and removed the whole door panel.  What a PITA that was but on the good side I found that I just needed to drill out a small broken screw.  Threaded it and yeehaw I fixed it.  Now I have all the door panel junk all over the cab but that is another day there.  It got cold and dark on me.  The one thing I didn't get to do that I really wanted was skirting the engine compartment to keep out the mud.  Bought some aluminum rolls but it's just getting too close. 

Looked at my schedule and I'm closing on Friday night which means getting off about 930pm.  Gonna do our best to be there Saturday as early as possible.  Shouldn't have to pack much since we will be heading back that night unfortunately.  Got to work on Sunday.  :crybaby2:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on April 25, 2013, 08:19:02 am
yeah I had to get a permit from my HOA and then from the City  :icon_scratch:  :dontknow:

everyone wants $$ I guess

I still have yet to pack, and have more work to do on the 93... don't feel bad my door panel is off on the driver side still  :laughing7:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on May 02, 2013, 12:08:56 pm
Out on the trails, I discovered some clunking noises like something was loose.  Wasn't anything visible but I still need to change the control arm bushings from my long list of to do items.  I can see the uppers are dry rotted.  This project is going to the top of the list now.  I had a bad experience with polyurethane bushings squeaking in the past.  Moog offers a silent version.  Gonna give them a try.  I can't see them but I just have a feeling that the lowers are gonna be minus all the rubber.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on May 18, 2013, 09:59:04 am
Been working on changing out the control arm bushings upper and lowers. WHEW.... spent most of the day yesterday in the heat.  I went to harbor freight for a ball joint removal tool $20 that won't damage the grease caps like a pickle fork.  The temp gauge in the car said 102*.  Last trip to harbor freight, I picked up a 1 ton arbor press for this job on sale for $49. I was quoted $200 per side at a shop just for labor.  With parts and tools I'm in a little over $100.  Pretty good savings.  It was hard work and I'm not done yet since it got dark on me and the skeeters came out to feed. Heading out in a few to get it finished up hopefully.  The first side is usually the hardest.  I did have to use a cheater bar on the press handle and finding an item to press into and was strong enough to handle the pressure was a challenge.  I crushed a few items before finding something suitable.  The heavy plate provided with the arbor press did not have an opening large enough.  I just hope this cures the clunking noise I had at HF a few weeks ago.  Needed it anyways, these 22 year old rubber bushings were brittle and crumbling as I pressed them out.

Well, off I go.... to infinity and beyond.   ???
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on May 18, 2013, 10:25:43 am
some say you can burn them out too, but I have never tried that.

I cut out the ones in the durango when I did it.... next time I want to buy the whole control arm if it does not cost too much  :laughing7:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on May 18, 2013, 07:31:28 pm
Well the arbor press shit the bed.   :angry4:

It was useless on the lower control arms anyway but I was able to pound them out with a BFH fairly easy.  Luckily, I was just finishing the last upper control arm when it bit the dust.  I broke that puppy all the way across the support arm where connects to the base.  However the little ball joint separator worked like a charm.  Nifty lil gadget.

When I took off the shock boots a whole bunch of water came out.  Now I wonder how that got in there????    :dontknow:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on May 19, 2013, 01:52:19 pm
Even though the Harbor Freight arbor press looks HD and feels HD it is junk.  Check out these pics showing it's massive failure.  In addition, the collar to hold the gear snapped when tightening the allen set screw and I bent the handle.  Some of you guys might say that I should have used a hydralic shop press but the FSM said to use an arbor press so that's what I did.  Figured it was mobile and could take it to do u-joints in the field if needed.  Lesson learned LOL.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: The War Wagon on May 19, 2013, 05:51:34 pm
Harbor Freight?!?!  :tard:

Isn't that, the English translation for "CRAP-O-LA" from Chinese? (http://www.websmileys.com/sm/crazy/1271.gif)
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on May 19, 2013, 06:38:04 pm
It's hit and miss with their stuff.  I've had an engine hoist and engine stand that I still use from them for 20 years now.  3 ton floor jack and angle grinder have worked flawlessly for a couple of years now.  We have a Northern tools here also and they seem to have some of the same tools.  On a budget, you do what you can afford.  On the good side, I finished the control arms and returned it for a full refund.   :evil6:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: ernestgonzales78@gmail.com on May 19, 2013, 10:40:10 pm
Glade to hear u finished with out blowing a gasket. Now u are learning what a mechanic goes through. And now u know why some charge so much.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on May 20, 2013, 08:47:59 am
cheap tools made 20 years are a lot better quality then the cheap garbage made today.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on May 20, 2013, 11:31:57 am
Quote from: chicken-little78 on May 19, 2013, 10:40:10 pm
Glade to hear u finished with out blowing a gasket. Now u are learning what a mechanic goes through. And now u know why some charge so much.


I understand why they charge so much.  It's their bread and butter and my time is free since it's not my primary vehicle.  The problem is paying them for their time is taking away from my bread and butter.   :violent1:

LOL  I didn't even mention that I struck a glancing blow with the sledge and smacked my left hand.  Luckily it was the muscle in between my thumb and fore finger.  Swelled up pretty good though. 

On another note, the compressor and especially the impact wrench really cut my time on the take down and install.    :headbang:  And no, those weren't harbor freight items.   :tongue3:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: ernestgonzales78@gmail.com on May 20, 2013, 09:52:40 pm
Shit at least it was u hitting ur self. I get beat up by Ron everytime we help each other... lol
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on May 21, 2013, 12:48:48 am
Right after it happened, I went inside and showed my 24 yr old son my hand twitching and all swollen.  I told him that I couldn't hold anything with my hand now if he could come out and hold it down for me.  At first, he said sure and started to head for the door and then it hit him.... duh... I don't think so.  LOL I almost had him.   :violent1:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on May 21, 2013, 08:10:28 am
Nice to know you can still get your kids, at least for a bit, even at that age  :13:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on June 22, 2013, 06:06:00 pm
After all the forward momentum last year, it's been one shot after another from Murphy.  He's been an unwelcome guest this year.  Starting with the 5.2 install and the random stalling issues.  Well, a few weeks back I went to meet up with Eric (Project M880) and Ernest (chicken-little).   Couple hour's drive there without issue.  Just left Eric's ranch and the fuel pump went kaput.  Spent 10 hours in the sun and on into the night trying anything to get it home.  Finally called for a tow.  Daughter-in-law had to pick up Grandpa's truck to pick up the trailer we were hauling since no one would tow both 2 hours back home.  After dropping everything off we eventually got home about 4am.  Don't want to make light of it but need to mention that Eric really tried to get me up and running with the help of Ernest over the phone.  Some of the best redneck fuel injection I've ever attempted but in the end, it no workie.  Eric helped me get a tow and pulled me down the road to a well lit and easy to find truck stop. 

Okay, so I pull the tank and find some debris inside the pump but nothing outrageous.  Bought a new pump and thought I would do an upgrade I've been contemplating.  I've been toying with the idea of a "skid plate" for the gas tank.  I had some "scrap" sheet metal about 1/16" thick.  It's not real thick but can easily resist branches and some rock scrapes.  Some degree of protection vs. bare plastic.  I've been noticing some evidence of rash on the underside and especially the front nose of the tank.  Just by chance, this sheet was nearly as long as the tank and just a little wider.  I just needed to make notches for the tank straps. It sits inside the straps and is sandwiched against the tank.  The gas tank is located on the drivers side, the sides are protected by the frame on one side and the driveshaft on the other.  The rear is protected by the axle.  So far, the belly piece has been done and I still need to fab the nose piece using an extra gas tank frame bracket from the JY.

Before I put the tank back in, I noticed that both vents on the old pump were crammed with crud.  I put some gas line on them for the new pump and pointed them down the side of the tank.  I did notice that my gas gauge is reading again but I haven't put anything over half a tank which is where it would not go past when it did read.  Soon after putting in the new fuel pump last time, a couple of years back, the gas gauge stopped working all together.  I've got my fingers crossed that it is "completely" working now.

On my first try, the battery was dead.  Hours on the side of the road with hazards on all day and all the way home killed it.  I have a charger and set it for a slow charge overnight and it worked.  Phew... it was an Optima, so I didn't want to replace that one.  On the next try, if fired right up but ran rough.   I pulled the plugs and they were fouled out and smelled of gas.  Probably from the overload of fuel from installing an electric fuel pump with higher volume flooding the TBI on our redneck fuel injection.  Checked the sticker under the hood and grabbed some plugs - RN12YC.  When I painted the motor I only masked the electrodes so the size could not be read.  When I went to put the new plugs in I noticed they were a different socket size. Thought "Oh Crap", I used the sticker for the V6 plug size.  I checked the FSM and found the plug size for a 5.2 should also be RN12YC.  Hmmm... what's in there? - RC12YC.  Changed the plugs and fired it up.  Still rough... so  I pulled the TBI and used up a can of Berryman's cleaning it up.  There was a lot of buildup in the vacuum ports.  Funny thing is that last spring, I cleaned it up before installing it.  I pulled the injectors and they were brand new looking still.  Better be, only a few months old.  When I went to put the caps back on the injector I noticed the pin terminal in the cap was askew.  Probably from taking it apart in the dark on the vehicle when it broke down. Corrected it and gave it another shot.  Quiet smooth idle.  Did some revs and the full throttle blasts were smooth but part throttle a little rough.  Maybe bad gas or dirty fuel filter?  Filled a water bottle with just the pump running and it was clean of debris but bright orange.  Hmmm.... new gas can maybe since it was all new gas and tank was cleaned when it was out.  Bought and installed another fuel filter and while checking for leaks it suddenly started dumping fuel from on top of tank.  It was coming from the quick connect to fuel pump going to the filter.  Nice big spray where the clip goes in- maybe the seal is worn or gone.  Gonna buy another one - this one is plastic so I'll pick up a metal one.

Here's some pics of the "skid plate".  BTW anyone want to babysit Murphy for a while?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on June 22, 2013, 06:41:40 pm
you can keep murphy there. i can't afford his shenanigans right now :laughing7:.

that looks like a pretty nice skid plate.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: ProjectM880 on June 22, 2013, 09:26:03 pm
My redneck engineering skills can only go so far. Wish I could of helped further.

Glad to see your back on track and making progress on the D150.

Seem like when ever a group of Dodge guys get together its always a adventure!
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on June 23, 2013, 08:20:26 pm
Forgot to mention that I figured out what was making that loud clunking on the driver's side.  The rubber bumper under the upper control had split and was allowing the control arm to strike the shock tower.  $10 for 2 new polyurethane bumpers from Manny Moe and Jack did the trick. :)

Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on June 24, 2013, 10:29:08 am
Man I hate when that happens.

I have been there on the 2000, I still have lots of "little" issues that are going to be a pain to fix

Its real painful when its .5 steps forward and 10 steps backwards  :angry5:

be patient and you can work through it, your making progress
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on June 25, 2013, 12:18:42 am
Not as easy as I thought to find that quick disconnect.  The ones at the parts stores have the line attached and want big bucks for them.  I did see some viton o-ring kits though.  Hmmm... seems like a lot of work with those lil boogers and a pick.  Gonna try NAPA but they are closed more than open here.  They make banker's hours look like a long day.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on June 25, 2013, 07:44:05 am
you looking for the hose or the chip?

I think I have a spare hose but not sure on the clips... but those should be a dealer item as they were used on all magnum's and TBI's
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on June 25, 2013, 07:33:52 pm
I have 2 different types of connectors on the top of the fuel pump.  The "in" line (return) uses the steel connector in the 1st pic.  The "out" line to the fuel pump is the problem one and it is plastic with a C-clip to hold it in place.  It looks line a Ford connector in the 2nd pic with a female side of 3/8" and male side of 5/16" connects to a rubber fuel line about 6" long . It looks okay but the only thing that I can think it may be is the very small O-rings on the inside with a spacer like in the 3rd pic.  I'm not even sure if they are supposed to be different and someone changed them at some time.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on June 27, 2013, 08:11:09 am
let me try to look tonight, I might have that little plastic hose... the clips ?  :dontknow:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on June 27, 2013, 02:26:12 pm
I went to NAPA and we searched a catalog but could not find what I needed so I opted for the viton seals.  Took a little while but got them out and replaced them.  Just for comparison purposes only,  LOL, the 2 seals I removed looked like a pair of underwear that had been worn all day - real loose compared to the new fresh ones.  I've had company all week and through the weekend as well as work,  so I'll put it on first chance I get.  My wife has been trying to keep me clean for company.  Guess she doesn't appreciate the smell of gasoline like I do.  :)
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on June 27, 2013, 02:47:16 pm
what it is with them and not liking that smell?  :dontknow:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on June 27, 2013, 03:19:28 pm
i prefer the smell of gas mixed with 2 stroke motor oil. not a big fan of the smell of straight gas but then again that could be because i leak bit every time i fill up the ramcharger.

glad you should hopefully be getting the adapter thing fixed. i know i would have probably lost all patience by now and tried using rubber line and hose clamps.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on June 27, 2013, 11:40:25 pm
3/8" to 5/16" probably could have but rather do it right.  It was only $8 for 4 seals, 2 each 5/16" and 2 each 3/8".  Hopefully this will last another 20 years.

Random question but "IF" the charcoal cannister is letting crud through to the TBI could that stuff get sucked back into the gas tank via the return line or does it go through the idle bleed holes right down the butterflys into the manifold?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on June 27, 2013, 11:45:55 pm
thats a question I am not sure on. My FSM would say for the magnum, but not sure how it would work on TBI.  :dontknow: :icon_scratch:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on June 28, 2013, 08:01:36 am
i am not sure how the how the charcoal canister failing would effect a TBI system. i am not even sure how the heck charcoal get in the float bowl of a carb when they fail. if you think yours is failing you could buy one of those clear fuel filter and install it in the charcoal canister line.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on June 28, 2013, 11:00:20 am
Yeah, I was reading the confirmed fixes on RCC and saw about the crud getting sucked into the Carbs and/or TBI's.  I saw about the filters installed inline to stop it from reaching the carb/tbi and it would be easier to clean and change out.  I had cleaned out the TBI that came with the 5.2 motor before installing it.  It has crud in the front vacuum diaphram.  The only 2 lines not plugged were the cannister purge and map sensor hose.  I have the air pump diverter and heated air inlet capped.  This was full of junk with about 3 months driving.  I've got to sneak in some time today to do the fuel line and check out the cannister.  The proof is in the pudding.  If it's clean then that's not it.  Question is if the filter is replaceable or just remove it?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on June 28, 2013, 03:25:25 pm
i am not sure if the filter is replaceable :icon_scratch:? rockauto lists a Vapor Canister Filter but not sure how you would change it. i have been thinking about spending the $5 on a clear fuel filter to put on my charcoal canister line just to be safe. it would be the same as putting a air filter on my pcv line just to keep the amount of oil my ramcharger burns down to a minimum.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on June 28, 2013, 06:27:39 pm
Well, I tried to push the "old" connector with the new viton seals onto the fuel pump and it would not go on.  Tried to spin it a little to twist it on and it no workie.  Hmmm.... I looked inside the connector and it was torn.   Crappy little boogers.  So I took the old pump to test fit anything I bought, a pick, tweezers, a ruler, the rubber fuel line and connector, package and receipt all back to NAPA.  I figured that I'm not leaving without a working fit. 

There was a new lady working today, kinda butch, super knowledgeable and helpful.  Told me that no plastic connector should go on the pump.  Had to be metal and even test fit a 3/8" connector.  Fit like a glove but, "How do I get it connected to a 5/16" line?", says me.  She told me to let it sit in hot water but make sure it's completely dry or just let it sit in the hot sun for awhile.  The 3/8" connector is a little different than the 5/16 in that it is stepped.  I left it in the hot sun for an hour, it's only at 100* today, and was able to squeeze it past the first step and clamped it down just past the flared tip.  Seems to hold and doesn't leak.  Still runs a little rough so hope some fresh gas and running for a while clears it up.  BTW, got the money back on the torn viton seals too and didn't get covered in gasoline. 

Now to try and figure out the charcoal cannister issue.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on July 04, 2013, 07:43:28 pm
Well, I played with the vapor cannister a bit.  Took it out and it is just like a giant pepper shaker.  Little nuggets of charcoal crumbs.  I wasn't able to remove the screw on lid on the bottom but I did shake out quite a bit.  Man does that crap stink - kinda sour & sweet like death.  Left about half of it and changed my mind about emptying the whole thing.  I put my used fuel filter to good use by running it inline and tucked behind the cannister.  Hopefully this will filter the line to the TBI. 

I also removed the O2 sensor and cleaned the carbon buildup on it with carb cleaner and wire brush.  Remember it is very new.  I rechecked the spark plugs outta curiousity and they are fouled again.  I used an old trick that my Dad's mechanic used to tell me to clean out the cylinders.  He sprinkled water into the carb and supposedly the steam would clean the combustion chamber.  Sent a bit of black smoke out so if it was working or not, I don't know for sure.  However, my new plugs need some cleaning. All sooted up. Gotta get another can of carb cleaner.

I feel like the dog chasing his tail....  :(
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on July 04, 2013, 10:21:03 pm
have you really given the thing a real good drive lately? if you are not driving it plugs will get fouled up during those short runs where it don't get up to operating temp. i also run premium gas. that seems to keep things fairly clean.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: workgoats on July 05, 2013, 07:54:34 pm
If I remember right, Nick and I heated the plastic line with a butane torch and slipped it on but I think a better device would be one of the plastic welding devices that blow hot air.  We were never able to get it to work using hot water.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on July 20, 2013, 01:41:17 pm
Well I went to the JY yesterday and picked up a few things.  I found a lil gem that I wanted to share.  I have a console for the RC already but it's in rough shape.  I have found quite a few before but usually in bad shape or odd colors like red or blue.  This time it was a neutral color and complete.  It also has a couple of drink holders mounted - one in front and one in back.  Pretty neat idea I think.  The console already has the deep cupholders which is a plus.

This truck also had a PowerTrax sticker on the back glass.  So I decide to check out the 9 1/4 rear but the yoke was already pulled and the axle wouldn't turn.  Oh well...


Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on July 20, 2013, 07:40:05 pm
looks like a pretty nice console but the cup holders bolted to the front and back look a bit out of place.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on July 20, 2013, 09:25:51 pm
The 2 extra front cupholders are overkill but the rear set is great for rear passengers. They are held on by 2 screws so the extra front one could easily be removed.  Or you could look at it as holding a 6 pack with a spare 6 pack cooling in the console - yeah.  :)


The main reason I went to the JY was for a front gas tank support bracket.  I also was looking for ideas to protect the nose piece of the gas tank.  I found a heat shield for an RC gas tank located on the passenger side that bolts to the frame.  Nearly a perfect fit that forms an L around the front of the gas tank on mine and even protects the exposed side by the driveshaft.  The extra L shaped bracket bolts to the frame and will support the heat shield directly in front of the tank.  The side of the heat shield will tie in with the original tank strap bolt that goes through the original L bracket.  All I had to do was bend it a little and make a small notch for a mounting tab.  Here's some pics:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on July 20, 2013, 09:28:12 pm
Ha ha .... just realised that I posted the console in the D150 build instead of the RC build.  Oh well...  :)
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on July 20, 2013, 09:45:56 pm
lol. maybe you could mount one of those cup holder in your truck. i know some days i could use one.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on July 20, 2013, 11:13:57 pm
Tell me about it, especially in the Texas heat , you need a cold drink when you have no AC.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on July 21, 2013, 11:35:03 am
Its your own fault for not having A/C I gave you a working compressor  :laughing7:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on July 21, 2013, 05:48:24 pm
Hey one problem at a time.  I've got this overly rich condition to deal with and any extra money going towards the RC.  In due time. 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on July 21, 2013, 06:41:52 pm
a/c is for sissies or women and children which is why i lent my RC to my sister. lol. i don't mind driving my truck with the windows open.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on July 21, 2013, 06:52:40 pm
Ha ha... what do you consider hot over there ... uhh 85*??  That's a cold front here.  Triple digits baby - now that's some heat.  :)
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on July 21, 2013, 08:48:47 pm
i think it was in the triple digits here on Tuesday and Wednesday. was hot but i could live with it as long as i am driving my truck or my ramcharger. you need the sliding rear window or vent to let the air flow. i know i was driving my dads ford on tuesday and it was pretty hot without the sliding rear window to let the air flow but it did get 20.2mpg.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on July 21, 2013, 09:47:15 pm
I understand limited funds, its never any fun.

and you can call me what you want, but my trail rig has A/C was the first thing I fixed on it lol. Granted all it took was a new seal kit and freon. Now getting the seals tight enough so it did not leak... that was a pita. I was very happy I could borrow my friends nitrogen to charge the system and check for leaks with that, otherwise it would have been too costly to leak check with freon lol
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on August 09, 2013, 08:17:52 pm
Well I drained the oil today and smelled real strong of gasoline.  I hope this is the culprit I'm looking for.  My plugs and O2 have been fouling out and a steady rev sounds real rough.  Idle and WOT seems okay though.  May have to get another O2 sensor.  I asked on RCC but never got an answer but can starting fluid ruin an O2 sensor?  The one I have on right is a few months old so I'd hate to buy another.  May just pick one up from JY to test with.

There is water leaking from a couple of locations and seems to be getting worse.  Behind the block and out the converter cover plate and there seems to be a leak where the water pump housing meets the block.  Weird also is some wetness on the power steering v-belt itself.  The only place I can think of to leak on the v-belt would be the water pump relief hole under the pump itself but I'm not sure.  I wonder if the coolant could have gotten some fuel in it as well.  Thinking of changing that also to do some new gaskets on the water pump housing and possibly a new pump.  So tempting to pull the motor and change out all the gasket since I'm changing all the fluids anyway.  Just such a hassle so I don't know.  This 100*+ weather is helping either.  Some mean heat.  Just sux not having a garage to work in.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on August 09, 2013, 08:30:55 pm
i don't think starting fluid would hurt anything. have you given the truck a good run lately or have you just been idling it in the driveway? could possibly be the reason most people recommend going with oem ntk brand o2 sensor.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on August 09, 2013, 08:58:52 pm
I remember you mentioning the NTK's but when I look them up at Advance Auto they list about 25 different styles that are not necessarily a direct fit and they would have to be ordered so I wouldn't be able to verify the plug style.  I don't want to cut and splice. 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on August 09, 2013, 09:04:10 pm
NTK Part # 23023. that is the part number on rock auto and they only show the 1. too bad you didn't live closer. i still got the old one from my RC and it seemed to run fine with it. i also think depending on what brand you order effects how long the wires are.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on August 09, 2013, 09:07:05 pm
Thanks again Mat   :icon_salut:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on August 09, 2013, 09:17:50 pm
i wonder how so much fuel got into the oil? usually the fuel would have to sit a bit to seep past the rings.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on August 09, 2013, 09:36:04 pm
It's been sitting since June.  Here's the thread:
http://ramchargercentral.com/vehicle-help/running-rich-need-fresh-ideas/
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on August 09, 2013, 09:43:49 pm
That O2 from Rock Auto is $28 and when I looked it up at Advance Auto it was $70 - YIKES  :sign0135:  It was a 5 star item but too much dinero for me.  Back to the JY idea first.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on August 09, 2013, 10:00:26 pm
maybe after you change the oil you should take it for a good drive and see if it is still running rich. maybe the gas got in the oil when you where having that fuel pump issue. gas in the oil might cause it to run rich. i think i remember my exhaust smelling a bit richer when there was more gas in the oil than there should be. i also found the plugs use to turn black when i use to just let the truck idle in the driveway and not driving it.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on August 09, 2013, 10:19:42 pm
The way it was running, I didn't want to take it too far from home.  Around the neighborhood and within a mile from home was it.  Kept wanting to take it the 5 mile trip to the gas station as a test drive but more than anything, I was scared of it breaking down again.  Kinda lost faith since it's never left me stranded anywhere before even though I've had some precarious moments.  A 5 gal can only goes so far but I did notice that my gas gauge seems to be working.  I haven't filled it past a half tank though which will be the true test of it working correctly or not.

Now I have the water leak issue to deal with too.  Hopefully it's not the water pump.  I noticed it leaking from the front of the engine along the oil pan and down the back of the block to the ground.  Lots to check tomorrow.  I almost finished up the gas tank shield today also.  Drill 2 more holes and it's done.  I cleaned and painted it the other day.  Today I mocked it up and drilled frame holes.  I'll take some pics tomorrow.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on August 10, 2013, 01:14:56 pm
I finished up the gas tank shield today.  The nose of the tank was closed in using an extra gas tank front bracket, a scrap piece of sheet metal that was used on the belly of the tank and a reformed RC exhaust heat shield. 

1) I took the heat shield and reformed it into an L shape and trimmed one of the bolt tabs to fit into the front gas tank bracket.  This tab was bolted down using the existing bolt for the gas tank strap.

2) I used a couple of left over torx screws to hold the piece of sheet metal in place screwed through the extra tank bracket picked up at the local pick-n-pull.  The sheet metal is tucked into the gap of the original gas tank bracket's recessed lip.

3) The other 2 bolts were bolted through the new bracket.  The heat shield has a long tab with 2 bolt holes already that bolted to the frame.  Re-used the bolts and drilled holes in the bracket.  The bracket already has a recessed lip that it fit perfectly.  I made sure to put the bolts/ screws face up so they don't snag anything or get bent.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on August 16, 2013, 08:55:17 pm
So I finished pulling the damper, crank pulley, and timing cover off and found that the chain is pretty much stretched and loose.  Ordered one from Oreilly auto parts today.  Cloyes roller chain C3028X  http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/detail/CLO0/C3028X/02388.oap?year=1998&make=Dodge&model=Durango&vi=1314463&ck=Search_C0422_1314463_-1&pt=C0422&ppt=C0141 (http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/detail/CLO0/C3028X/02388.oap?year=1998&make=Dodge&model=Durango&vi=1314463&ck=Search_C0422_1314463_-1&pt=C0422&ppt=C0141)

I don't know if you guys ever use Advance Auto but if you order online with the code at the top of the page and pick it up at the store you get 15% off the order.  I've done this on quite a few occasions.  Picked up the Felpro gasket set for the timing cover and it was only $15 that way. 

It was fairly cool this morning and a few minutes after pulling the timing cover off it started pouring down rain.  Need the rain but just not today... oh well.  Nice and steamy later when temp went over 100* again. 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on August 24, 2013, 11:29:28 pm
can't say I am surprised the chain was sloppy, its 22 years old and 16xk miles or more?

I am sad to see you fighting so many issues on the engine. It ran good for me, but then again I think you have ran it more than I did at this point.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on August 25, 2013, 12:17:16 am
Well to be honest, I am fighting the heat more than the truck.  I'm sure it's licked just been too tired after working all day to get out in the heat.  It's crunch time and need to just do it.  I didn't realize the motor had that many miles.  Looked pretty clean for the most part.  If I had known that, I would have done a gasket overhaul before putting it in.  Oh well, when I first bought the truck, it took a good couple of years to work out all the bugs.  It's only been 7 months.  I did find the leak BTW.  It was a hidden cut in the bypass hose on the water pump.  Dripped over the top of the timing cover and then ran along the edge of the oil pan and onto the converter access plate and then to the ground. Picked up the coolant and hose today.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on August 25, 2013, 10:07:48 am
yeah those bypass hoses can be a real pita

hope you got time to get it all back together for next weekend  :headbang:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on August 25, 2013, 06:06:14 pm
I start vacation Tuesday so plenty of time.  I want to get some work done on the Ramcharger too this week.  I've had this Rough Country 4" lift staring at me in the living room.  I don't even want to put it away.  Out of sight - out of mind you know.  I want to use the truck to take my compressor to the inlaws with all my junk and new toys. I've got faith that it's fixed but like I said - I just need to button it all up and fill fluids.  Probably charge the battery too.  It's gonna be HOT but wouldn't miss Ram Jam unless it was an emergency.  Be nice if it rained again like our last outing.  That was something else.   :steeringwheel:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on August 26, 2013, 10:53:41 am
Glad to hear you got time. Hopefully you get it back together and working with time to spare so you can work on the ramcharger.

You can check out my rough country springs I put in back when we get to RJ... Granted I did the opposite of you, I got whole new rear springs from them and got different springs on the front but it works good.

Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on August 27, 2013, 10:56:03 pm
Just a few setbacks. I was putting the belts back on today and noticed they were dry rotted so I had to pick up 3 new ones. Even my back up set from the V6 were cracked as well. 

When I was putting the fan and clutch back on, I noticed fluid leaking on the fan clutch stem.  Last thing I need is the fan clutch to go out and tear up the new radiator.  So I dug out the old one in my storage shed from the V6.

When I pulled the timing chain cover, I blew the water out with compressed air, quite a bit leaked into the oil pan.  Luckily, I checked it first and drained the water out and then blew it out with compressed air.

I also pulled the overflow tank to clean it out.  Tried to work in the dark but the mosquitoes from the recent rain were eating me alive so I gave up.  Tomorrow just tighten the crank bolt, trans to engine brackets, starter and transmission shield.  Then fill fluids and wa-la ... I'm done hopefully.   :035:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on August 28, 2013, 12:08:57 am
well I was going for a fingers crossed smilie but could not find one, so just go with  :steeringwheel: instead.

keep us updated.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on August 29, 2013, 11:36:01 am
and?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on August 29, 2013, 01:46:21 pm
Seems to be running fine.  No leaks. Had to adjust timing a couple of degrees and get more fluids yesterday.  Packing up some stuff today and true test will be this trip.  Got my fingers crossed.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on August 29, 2013, 02:25:05 pm
 :headbang: :steeringwheel:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on September 15, 2013, 01:54:00 pm
Well, I just noticed that I never mentioned how the truck ran going to RJ.  On the 2 hour trip there we had to fill up twice.  Seriously drinking gas running real rich still.  We made it there on our own power but obviously not ideal.  When we arrived, out of three trucks in our group there 2 were already broken down getting worked on.  I figured I better start on mine as well with super mechanic, Ernest, to confer with.  LOL

On the way, I stopped at AutoZone to pick up some extra spark plugs and a tester.  It felt like it was missing at cruising speed.    Took some time to get to speed and full throttle and cruising at 70 it seemed fine.  Picked up some throttle body cleaner also.  So at Hidden Falls I got started.  Changed all the new plugs again and they were fouled out.  Pulled the O2 sensor and it was fouled out.  Since I didn't pick up an extra sensor - it's fairly new, I figured on cleaning it.  TB cleaner and wire brush and I noticed carbon coming out of the slits in the sensor.  Then I started noticing white flecks of porcelin.  It was shot obviously.  Ernest was going to town for some adult refreshments and we tagged along.  Stopped at O'Reilly and picked up another O2, the same brand was all they had in stock and it was $57 - ugggh.  Got back and put it in and it started right up. Pulled over to the cabin and it wouldn't restart.  Didn't get a chance for Ernest to mess with it until next morning.  With some starting fluid it restarted and went for a test drive.  Seemed okay and went the rest of the weekend without a hitch and on the way home it only took a half tank.  Not bad. 

Well the best part of the story was that I was able to take the "old" O2 back to O'Reilly and get my money back with the "new" receipt.  Now that's good customer service.    :13:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on September 15, 2013, 04:51:22 pm
lol. i have been told it is impossible to clean an o2 sensor. it also sounds like you might have found out why but then again it sounds like your o2 sensor was bad before you left.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on September 20, 2013, 10:27:41 pm
Well we have been unindated with rain for the last 2 weeks or so.  Today there was a sudden burst of heavy rain that literally flooded the street in front of the house.  We have a storm drainage ditch next to our house and it was flooded out.  I grabbed the keys and took the Ram for a swim.  Did a water burnout and down to the end of the street and back through it again.  My son was out front this time after hearing the first one.  Held the brake and spun the tires in the driveway.  I shut it down and got out.  My son and I were laughing our heads off and I turn around to see a Sheriff SUV drive on by.  Whew that was a close one.... dodged that bullet.  No pun intended .... ;)
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on September 20, 2013, 11:23:01 pm
i guess one of your neighbors does not like the fact that you are able to do burnouts on flooded streets and they can't. lol. we have had similar weather up here today and i have been doing similar things. every time i have fired up my truck and left the drive way i would usually spin the tires on the nice wet pavement. nothing to big but just enough to make a bit of noise.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on September 21, 2013, 12:32:50 pm
sounds like you had a lot of fun... and that its still running good.  :13:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on October 03, 2013, 06:14:16 pm
Here's some posts from another forum when I did the 2" lift back in 2011.
Unfortunately, the pics didn't come out as I copied it.  Oh well...

2WD 2" Lift

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1991 Dodge D150 2WD 2" Lift on front and back.

I purchased the Rancho add-a-leaf for the back. Advertised a 1-2" lift. Came with nice rubber pads on the leaf ends. Install was pretty straight forward without any hitches. Corrosion was present and had to use Blaster PB Penetrating Catalyst which is way better than WD-40 IMHO. Started soaking about 2 days prior. Kit recommends new U-bolts which I purchased from ATS. You really need to since the factory U-bolt is not long enough. Direct fit no problems. Hardest part was removing the spring eye bolt on the gas tank side. It was butted up against the tank. Hard to push out and push in. I dabbed in between the leaves and pads with grease. I should have taken before measurements but forgot to. Afterwards, the gap between the top of the tire and the lip of the fender was 8". Running Uniroyal Liberator A/T P235/75R-15's .

Here's some links:

http://www.streetsideauto.com/c/add-...p-39l-239-cid/

http://www.autoandtrucksprings.com/c..._Kits-2-1.html


The front was done with Coil Spring Specialties 2" lift coils. I called and talked with a tech and he recommended 15% articulation (flexibility) in the springs and I guestimated at adding 300 lbs to the front for extended bumper, light bar and lights, plus a front 2" hitch mount. All future projects. Custom springs took about a month to arrive. I used AutoZone's free rental for a coil spring compresser. Just left a deposit. I re-used the original insulator pads. A little tough getting in the first spring until I tried compressing the spring first about 2" (original size) and placing a bar to keep the lower control arm extended down. Second one was a breeze. The hardest part by far which would have been easier with a second person was reconnecting the strut arm brace. Getting it to line back up was a job for a contorsionist esp. since I was doing it alone. I took a spare longer thinner bolt to get it close and a crow bar against a pipe used as a lever. Popped my knuckles and my face a few times. Definately use gloves and safety goggles. That was where a second set of hands would have helped so I wouldn't have to let one hand off the crow bar to place the bolt. Once again, Blaster PB was a must! I had to remove shocks, strut brace, lower ball joint, brake caliper, and sway bar endlinks. Really not too bad overall compared to the end result. Before the lift, spacing between the top of the tire and fender lip was 4" and after was 7.5".

Heres some links:

http://www.coilsprings.com/

If money is an issue, here's a cheaper place that I have heard good reviews on also.

http://www.eatonsprings.com/coil.htm

The stance looks a lot better and it def. looks taller esp. next to my Toyota. LOL
My wife and I took it for a little ride in the dirt for some pics and help settle the springs before getting a front end alignment done.

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Man that makes a huge difference in the way the truck looks! I like how it leveled it out and gave it a more aggressive stance.
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09-02-2011, 02:15 PM    #3 
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Man that turned out awesome!!!
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09-02-2011, 06:59 PM    #4 
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looks good but man that is one heck of a hole above the windshield. looks identical to my 91. it must be a 91 thing.
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09-02-2011, 11:43 PM    #5 
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Thanks everyone!!

Wolfie, thats 2 holes!! Twin air ducts for the jet engine. Yaaa right!!

I've got some real good pics of those holes waiting for the UTOM competition. My holes are bigger than your holes! Holy rust bucket Bat-Man. Okay, yes it needs some body work. When I bought it, there was a thick slab of Bondo all across the top of the windshield that wasn't even sanded down. Looked like a big thick tan uni-brow. LOL

Thinking about just cutting the top front piece off another RAM. Lots of em here. Or I could just fab something up.
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09-03-2011, 08:18 PM    #6 
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Maybe a convertible Ram !
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09-03-2011, 11:33 PM    #7 
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Maybe a convertible Ram !

Heck yeah I saw a convertible 89 cherokee once, well actually it had no body panels at all Just a redneck roll bar Ive got a whole bunch of pre runner 1st gens if you want me to post em for ideas. Looks pretty cool!
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Yeah, post em up!

I actually considered the convertible type top with the back window in place and connected to the the front windshield with a roll-bar. Figured I could use a bikini type top tied off on it but the interior is not like a Jeep where it is more waterproof. I had also considered grafting a Jeep Liberty style top-mounted driving lights. They are too thin and angled down differently. It would have taken a lot of fabrication. Then I priced some used ones and they are a pretty penny and so I had second thoughts.

More recently bought a simple headache rack made of box tubing that follows the roof line real well but needs 2 mounting brackets welded on to line up right with the box sides. I cut the ugly torch job flat bar mounts off. I really want to use it as a light bar and so I bought 4 metal brackets to mount the lights. A little sanding and painting and then it's done. It only cost me $30.
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09-04-2011, 03:42 PM    #9 
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Ok here are some 1st gen prerunner rams






Here is the rest of them, i dont wanna fill your thread with pics. lol

http://s857.photobucket.com/albums/a...ross17/dodges/

I think when im done with my 82 my next project will be a prerunner or a 4x4
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09-04-2011, 03:47 PM    #10 
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making one of these trucks into a convertible would be cool and might be in my 91's future. the ram charger that i am hoping to take parts off of is a convertible and i was planning on taking the whole roof and the metal around the windshield.
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09-04-2011, 04:00 PM    #11 
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Those desert pics look like the Mojave Desert where I was stationed from 1989-92. Could also be Baja California.

I like those light bars and massive control arms. Any idea who builds those control arms?
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i read an article on the one. ill try and find some details.
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The first truck is Walker Evans, the second is Rod Halls. I cant find any specs. Evans sells shocks and wheels. Rod has a website that might be of some help

http://www.rodhallseriesdodge.com/home%20page.htm

His sight doesnt show anything for dodges. Looks like hes racing hummers and GM's now But here are a whole bunch of pics in the racing arcive section of his site.

http://www.rodhallracing.com/multimedia.html
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I wouldn't be surprised if the control arms on those trucks are simply beefed up stock arms from our trucks. That White truck with the black hood does give a great idea as to where Sixguns truck and my truck could end up looking like in the end.
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09-04-2011, 08:39 PM    #15 
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I think rod halls truck is about the same height as sixguns. At least close. I do like the baja fenders on walker evans ram in the last pic of the blue and white ram.
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09-04-2011, 11:51 PM    #16 
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On that Walker Evans (Blu/wht ) jump shot, you can see the lower control arms and they are long and kinda wishbone shaped. Looks like something Fabtech would sell (but doesn't). Ya those fenders are way wider cause the control arms really extend far out there. Can you imagine the lift on those springs. Looks some kinda trailing arms also. That sucker has got to be all glass to make those big jumps.

Those are some nice pics - Thanks!!
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I wouldn't be surprised if the control arms on those trucks are simply beefed up stock arms from our trucks. That White truck with the black hood does give a great idea as to where Sixguns truck and my truck could end up looking like in the end.

Did you notice he has no front bumper? Just a light bar. Lots of neat ideas.

Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on October 04, 2013, 12:06:48 pm
Here's some of the pics that were missing.

First is the original coil spring next to the Coil Spring Specialty one and then the Rancho add-a-leaf.


The next pics are of the truck before and after the lift was done.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on October 04, 2013, 12:10:07 pm
Here's the pics of the Rod Hall and Walker Evans prerunners.  Nice.... :headbang:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: fal308 on November 01, 2013, 05:23:53 pm
Remembered this thread after finding Rod Hall's FB page. A guy just bought his old '76 car. There are two pics of it https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rod-Hall-Racing/398841456878817?group_id=0

edited to add photos
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on November 01, 2013, 09:07:29 pm
That's one awesome truck.  It's a shame that the aftermarket didn't make front end kits to convert 2WD trucks.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on November 15, 2013, 05:35:28 pm
Well my inspection has lapsed and I had 2 issues to fix.  First was my reverse light.  I guess when I smacked the truck pretty hard at Ram Jam I must have busted it.  The bulb was completely broken off from the socket part and the filament was still good.  Simple fix.

Then I had to deal with the horns.  Both horns  had gotten water and mud in them.  Don't know how that happened - yeah right.   :laughing7:  I took them off and shot high pressure water in them and blew the water out with compressed air and nothing changed.  No sound.  After some searches on the web, I thought I would try banging on them with a hammer.  The first worked real easy but the other took a couple doses of precision hammering.   :lol_hitting:  Horns work again.  Nothing came falling out so I don't know how it fixed it.  Important lesson here is that a hammer is a serious repair tool.  Good thing cause I was about to cut it open and see what it looked like inside.  Then I would have had to use the duct tape to repair that. 

So anyways, tomorrow it is off to the inspection station.   :sunny:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: The War Wagon on November 15, 2013, 08:13:19 pm
Quote from: SixGun on November 15, 2013, 05:35:28 pm
Important lesson here is that a hammer is a serious repair tool.


ONLY on DEE-troit iron.  Hit a 'yota with a hammer, and you'll have an aluminum jigsaw puzzle on your hands!   :tongue3:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on November 15, 2013, 10:17:25 pm
lmao. that is funny. you could try tuning the horns. there is a tiny bolt on the back that adjust them.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 26, 2014, 09:57:09 pm
Got a call from my daughter today that she got her boyfriend's car stuck in the mud.  Went out there and winched her out.  It rained all night and day.  I don't know how she got it so far out.  It couldn't get traction in the grass or 3 feet from the curb.  Had to back up and pull her over the curb.  No where to hook her up under the front end without damage so I hooked up her rim.  :lol_hitting:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHLNcB8grLA
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on February 26, 2014, 10:08:57 pm
those new cars usually have spots in the frame to hook into but they are usually hard to spot with how low the cars are. your daughter is lucky to have her own personal tow truck to pull her out of the mud.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 26, 2014, 10:20:07 pm
A little adventure in a otherwise dull day.   :laughing7:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on February 26, 2014, 10:32:55 pm
i am still a bit confused on how she got stuck. for some reason it don't look like she should have parked where she was. i know if it is wet out and i am not 100% sure i can get out i wont park there.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 26, 2014, 10:51:31 pm
She was on her lunch break and hurried to get back to work.  She was late but made it.  Later tonight she called to thank me again and we had some time to talk.  Apparently, there was a security guard at the entrance to keep non-employees from parking there.  Well, she is an employee but not at that location.  There was a big company meeting at this place and the guest parking was all full.  She tried to turn around by backing into the mud.  The more it spun, the more it slipped back down the hill.  Lucky she didn't hit the tree.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on February 26, 2014, 11:03:07 pm
ah. makes a lot more sense now :13:. ya. it is a good thing that she didn't touch a tree. them new cars damage so easily. i know i am glad my truck is old and has steel bumpers. it took me a while but i eventually put a dent in my one bumper but the light post also got a good crack put in it at the same time. 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 26, 2014, 12:10:56 am
Picked up a Flowmaster 40 at the JY a few weeks back. I ordered a FM high flow Cat from Jegs.  I went ahead and put them on today.  That sucker is loud but ooooh it sounds good. :headbang:  single in dual out 2.5" pipe.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on March 26, 2014, 01:34:39 am
sweet. should have tried out the muffler before replacing the cat. the cat might have been worn out enough to sound as loud and good as the high flow cat. i know my muffler has started leaking lately and it is pretty loud and not too bad sounding and it looks like i might have a stock cat. i have no plans of replacing my cat unless i have to which should be never.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: The War Wagon on March 26, 2014, 07:14:35 am
For a single muffler, I'm impressed with the Flowmaster Super 44 I put on my Jeep Commander.  287 Magnum, but it has a nice growl now.


http://s212.photobucket.com/user/The_War_Wagon/media/Scouting/Muffler2.mp4.html (http://s212.photobucket.com/user/The_War_Wagon/media/Scouting/Muffler2.mp4.html)
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 26, 2014, 10:04:41 am
The reason I replaced the cat was to keep the 2.5" pipes from front to back.  It was only $60 @  Jegs surprisingly. I didn't even know that FM made cats.I swear that thing is see through.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: The War Wagon on March 26, 2014, 10:34:39 am
Quote from: SixGun on March 26, 2014, 10:04:41 am
The reason I replaced the cat was to keep the 2.5" pipes from front to back.  It was only $60 @  Jegs surprisingly. I didn't even know that FM made cats.I swear that thing is see through.


Because we have mandatory exhaust testing here in Pittsburgh, and because the exhaust work was being done AT a state approved testing station (local Monro Muffler), I had to put cats on it.  And since I was going true duals, I had to go with TWO cats.  ::)   Same here though - JEGS hi-flow/hi-po cats.

(http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc305/The_War_Wagon/Ramcharger/P5211347_zpsfdd8c9ee.jpg)

DARNDEST thing is, ANY vehicle with less than 5,000 miles a year on it, is emission exempt!  This thing had ONE mile on it in 6 years, before Monro got it, but it still NEEDED cats, to visually pass an inspection, that it was immediately EXEMPT from!  :confused2:

Moreover, since it's my off-road toy, I doubt it'll EVER see 2,000 miles a year, the rest of it's life!

I LOVE bureacracy...   :violent1:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 26, 2014, 11:50:21 am
The emission testing is not mandatory here yet but the visual test for inspection is.  Some places are a little tougher than others here.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on June 03, 2014, 02:07:15 pm
Been toying with the idea of fabbing some gap guards for the body lift.  I finished up one side of the rear today.  A little undercoating and wahlah.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: The War Wagon on June 03, 2014, 03:45:12 pm
Nice!  :thumbsup: 


Are they welded in, or...???  What gauge steel? 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on June 03, 2014, 05:01:59 pm
Used a roll of some thin flashing for roofing.  Used some small bolts and lock washers that way its removable.  Initially, I was gonna use it for the engine compartment so I needed it thin so it can be flexible. They are only gap guards which are usually rubber kinda like mud flaps.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on June 04, 2014, 08:07:48 pm
was the gap between the body and frame that annoying?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: The War Wagon on June 04, 2014, 08:39:44 pm
Quote from: crazzywolfie on June 04, 2014, 08:07:48 pm
was the gap between the body and frame that annoying?



Probably helps keep it OFF the engine too, & that's never a bad thing!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on June 04, 2014, 10:42:45 pm
i get trying to keep the engine bay cleaner with it but i could see it making it hard to remove all the mud from on top of the frame toward the back.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on June 05, 2014, 02:04:05 pm
Its a catch 22. Less mud will get thrown in there but the mud that does will be harder to spray out.  As for the motor, that mud gets burned on like a dirty film. Visually just the rear gap at a distance when you can see daylight out the other end.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: Dracen on June 06, 2014, 09:58:05 am
Good use of an off the shelve item in an out of the box method  i was looking at a roll of the same stuff in my shop thinking i should use it for a project on the truck.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on June 06, 2014, 12:48:32 pm
Guess that kinda sums it up. Bored & Cheap :sleepytime:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: ProjectM880 on September 18, 2014, 12:24:17 pm
Will you be putting the Ole Ram through its paces at hidden falls this time around??

I promise not to try and help you with any fuel issue and simple direct you to a professional like Noah  ::)
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on September 18, 2014, 04:22:31 pm
 :laughing4:   okay funny guy. 

I'll be taking her out again. 

That time that I "broke down", it turned out that I was out of gas.  Gas gauge was inop at that time. A defective O2 sensor caused me to run super rich and ran me out of gas. That 5 gallon can you gave me only got me to the freeway to give you an idea.  I changed the fuel pump and suddenly the gauge worked.  On the next trip to HF it took 2 tanks of gas to get there and that's only a 2.5 hour drive.  Changed the O2 sensor and drove like a charm. So if I had filled up at that gas station you towed me to, I could have taken it on home. :violent1:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: ProjectM880 on September 18, 2014, 04:37:36 pm
DAMN That is one thirsty truck!
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on October 27, 2014, 01:59:19 pm
Few pics from Hidden Falls Oct 2014
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on November 11, 2014, 02:33:29 pm
Test
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on November 11, 2014, 02:36:35 pm
Hmmm....converted Danger Dave's pics on FB to Picasa and now they load.

Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on November 11, 2014, 02:45:12 pm
Ok well that didn't work.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on November 15, 2014, 03:40:28 am
I've felt a sensor situation coming on for a while now and have been putting it off.  Driveability has turned kinda 2-footed until warmed up.  Been getting worse and days getting colder so I thought I better tackle this now.  Checked codes and surprised to see 3 that stand out. Map, temp, and O2.  Hopefully O2 is the result of the others since it is really pretty new. I know better than to chemical clean it NOW after the last failure.  So I'll concentrate on the other two.  I didn't realize that Map sensors were so pricey. Thanks to Rockauto, I was able to pick one up at a 1/3 the cost. Temp code says its too hot/cold out of range. Those are fairly cheap so no problem.  Also, noticed my upper molded hose leaking at the thermostat cover.  I have had the factory pinch clamps on there, so swapped them to screw clamps.  The more I look at it , I should go get a new hose. Its getting ballooned where it clamps. Its getting soft and deformed. No Ernest, the hose. Lol, gonna have to make a trip to the parts store tomorrow.

Tell you what, it was fricking cold at 50* and windy.  :confused2:  brrrrrr.....
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on November 15, 2014, 09:48:09 am
so first question... what were you doing up at 3:30 am?

2nd - the factory clamp is what you want to leave on there... it does better at expanding and contracting with the house. the screw clamps don't give any.

Dodge's can be picky about after market sensors too.. they seem to normally like only OEM for some reason, so if you replace them and notice there are still issues or new issues.. that could be it.

Hopefully it all works out for ya
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on November 15, 2014, 10:56:17 am
Ha ha .... I've been going to work at 4am lately so I usually get up at 3am.

I was also contacted by my nephew this morning who is in the French Foreign Legion. He just finished up their version of basic training and wanted to let me know where he was getting stationed.

The map sensor was Standard Motor Parts and the coolant sensor is from NAPA.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on November 15, 2014, 04:14:39 pm
And again Napa is disappointing.  So I check online for prices and in stock. Napa supposedly has it and I can reserve it online. I tried 3 times and their login page freezes up. So I drive down there about 11am. They don't have the coolant sensor in stock. Typical Napa but it will take 3 days to get it in from across town. WTF, it is only 11am. For this inconvenience they are gonna charge me an extra dollar to deliver it from across town to this location. Not only that but the price is higher at the store than online.  It was a $3 difference.  I would have to reserve it online to get that price on their nonworking system.  Heck, I should have ordered online and had it shipped to my house. Would have cost about the same and saved me two trips to the store.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on November 15, 2014, 05:51:51 pm
wow that is a huge pain

hopefully it fixes all your issues
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on November 15, 2014, 07:49:28 pm
don't you still got that 3.9 kicking around? wont it have the temp sensor you need sitting in it? also wouldn't it have a map sensor you could swap over to test? no need to spend all that money if you got spare parts sitting around.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on November 15, 2014, 11:31:22 pm
I think he has already done that a little, but mostly he wants to keep that engine whole
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on November 16, 2014, 03:27:53 am
i look at it as if it will get the truck running properly it is worth it. they are only sensors. it is not like it is push rods or connecting rods that you are pulling out of the engine.  if it don't get the truck running properly you know you need to look else ware for the issue.   
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on November 16, 2014, 02:54:19 pm
I've robbed quite a bit in the past usually for testing, also stole some vacuum lines and tee's that were broken when I did the install. In fact I just took the hose clamps off it. Ended up getting a BWD coolant sensor for $5 online. Napa wanted $13 local +$1deliver to store and 3 day wait.

Ryan is right, I've been trying to keep the 3.9 complete but .... :laughing7:.

Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on November 16, 2014, 05:18:29 pm
i know your tying to keep it complete since you have said it in the past but i don't see a point in just sitting on a engine if you can't take parts off it. whats the chances of you putting a 3.9 back in anything? i know it would probably make a great go kart engine but where would you park it? your driveways has got to be getting pretty full. i would also figure your plate is pretty full with 3 projects on the go.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on November 16, 2014, 10:11:22 pm
Go-cart????  :laughing7:

Hey, just got back home from watching the WWII flick "Fury" with Brad Pitt. Pretty awesome.  A little gory and definately intense. 
Two thumbs up  :13:

FURY - Official Trailer - In Theaters NOW!: http://youtu.be/q94n3eWOWXM
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on November 16, 2014, 10:48:18 pm
what else is a old v6 good for? :dontknow: :evil6:

when i originally saw the commercials for that movie i thought they were making an inglorious bastards 2.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on November 17, 2014, 07:23:29 am
You can tell that they were trying to show the horror of war. It reminded me of watching the opening scene of "Saving Private Ryan". I was surprised that Yolanda really liked it , even with all the gore.

There is an opportunity for a catch phrase in the movie. When times get scketchy, Brad Pitt, the old Sgt. blurts out, " I love this job!" And the others chime in with, "Best job I ever had!" 

It reminded me of my Sgt when he would randomly say, "Pray for war.". :PDT_Armataz_01_37:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on November 18, 2014, 10:44:11 am
So I put on a new map sensor a few days back
Yesterday I put on the new upper radiator hose and coolant sensor. I took it for a test drive and was not impressed.  So this morning I reset the computer and let it warm up.

I just got back from a test drive and wha-bam! Success!!! She idled smooth and no more 2 footed driving.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on November 18, 2014, 11:07:08 am
glad to hear  :headbang:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: ProjectM880 on January 11, 2015, 02:25:34 pm
Did you ever get a chance to Install the cab visor?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 11, 2015, 03:44:18 pm
Nope  :nono:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: ProjectM880 on January 12, 2015, 08:16:54 pm
Quote from: SixGun on January 11, 2015, 03:44:18 pm
Nope  :nono:


Will look good when you get it installed. Hopefully the weather will improve soon.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 13, 2015, 07:15:24 pm
Decided to get a truck box. Makes traveling and securing stuff a little easier. I like this design because it is hidden in the bed and doesn't change the appearance of the pickup.

So, after looking around I talked with the owner of Uresti truck accessories.  He recommended a good compromise of quality and reasonable price.  He deals directly withthis vendor so he was able to cut $100 off the retail price and installation is free.  They get deliveries every day so he was able to get it the next day. Now that's service.

http://www.uwsta.com/p/60-chest-wedge-blk
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: ProjectM880 on January 13, 2015, 07:50:44 pm
Quote from: SixGun on January 13, 2015, 07:15:24 pm
Decided to get a truck box. Makes traveling and securing stuff a little easier. I like this design because it is hidden in the bed and doesn't change the appearance of the pickup.

So, after looking around I talked with the owner of Uresti truck accessories.  He recommended a good compromise of quality and reasonable price.  He deals directly withthis vendor so he was able to cut $100 off the retail price and installation is free.  They get deliveries every day so he was able to get it the next day. Now that's service.

http://www.uwsta.com/p/60-chest-wedge-blk


Good Looking Box!
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 13, 2015, 08:02:46 pm
Hey, he might be able to suggest some storage options for the RC or your new Dodge. They are running a special on some new style bed covers that folds up in sections and installs with no drilling.  You can fold it up to use the bed unlike a one piece tonneau cover.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: ProjectM880 on January 13, 2015, 08:25:44 pm
Quote from: SixGun on January 13, 2015, 08:02:46 pm
Hey, he might be able to suggest some storage options for the RC or your new Dodge. They are running a special on some new style bed covers that folds up in sections and installs with no drilling.  You can fold it up to use the bed unlike a one piece tonneau cover.


Good Point! Damn I forgot the inner measurement that I took between the wheel wells on the RC. I may have to check them out.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 13, 2015, 09:47:32 pm
Ike Uresti is the guy I talked to. His brother runs the one on 35 north.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: ProjectM880 on January 13, 2015, 10:04:45 pm
Awesome, I like the draw slide tool boxes. Gives me ideas. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 14, 2015, 05:04:13 pm
Got the box installed today - me happy.   :035:

Lots of to inside too.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: ProjectM880 on January 14, 2015, 05:47:41 pm
Damn good looking box  :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: ProjectPW on January 15, 2015, 09:14:22 am
Very nice  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on January 15, 2015, 10:05:25 am
 :13:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: ProjectM880 on January 15, 2015, 12:44:29 pm
How well constructed is the latch? Seem like the lid seals nice?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 15, 2015, 03:19:40 pm
Steel scissor latch on both sides.   Does seal nice even without slamming it.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: ProjectM880 on January 15, 2015, 04:02:02 pm
Quote from: SixGun on January 15, 2015, 03:19:40 pm
Steel scissor latch on both sides.   Does seal nice even without slamming it.

Sounds like a good quality box1  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 25, 2015, 08:48:11 pm
Guess where we are and what happened?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: ProjectPW on January 26, 2015, 06:57:53 am
King of the hammers practice at Big Bend  :035:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on January 26, 2015, 08:15:53 am
Looks like fun... far more fun than I had this weekend.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 26, 2015, 08:55:54 am
Took 8 hours to get here from San Antonio.  Granted that we made 7 stops lol.  We kept it 60-65mph even with 70-75mph speed limit.  Once you hit the national park its 45mph for about at least 50 miles to the lodge up in the mountains.  Gas was reasonable, paid $ 2.39 for premium in Del Rio and that was the highest.

Now for the bumper.   :laughing7:

Outside of Sanderson, we saw a big buck and doe feeding along the highway.  Never give them a second thought. Kinda had a premonition of sorts.  Just kept thinking about it.  Well, an hour later one runs right in front of me and i ran right over him without skipping a beat.  I look in the rearview and see it in the middle of the road flailing its legs in the air still alive.   I pull over to assess damage but I see is this bumper damage and a tuft of hair stuck in the hook for a souvenir. For you deer hunters, I recognized the smell of a gutted deer.  Wish I would have had my pistol to dispatch him.  Had to be badly hurt.  Oh well, we pressed on.  Good thing we brought the truck instead of the car. Could have been a lot worse. 

So I guess a Ram can kick a deer's ass.  Proven fact I'd say.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 26, 2015, 07:02:36 pm
Well when I swapped tires today, I noticed quite a bit of blood and deer shit under the truck. Looked like a CSI crime scene.

Went down some long bumpy roads today. Juggled both recovery hooks loose. One hook was just hanging on the clevis. We back tracked a ways and found one hook and pin but never found the other pin. Hopefully, I can fit a bolt through there.

This morning as we drove out of the mountains, we noticed snow that still hasn't melted from a week ago. Who says it doesnt snow in the desert.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on January 27, 2015, 09:42:00 pm
sounds like lots of fun... take some pics with the new camera.  :13:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 27, 2015, 10:12:23 pm
We used the GearPro.  :thumbsup:

Yolanda figured it all out on her own. I just hope she aimed it well. She's kinda known for sky shots.  :laughing7:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on January 28, 2015, 08:11:54 am
can't wait to see some video  :13:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 28, 2015, 11:45:33 pm
Just got in ... Had a Lil run in with the Border Patrol.  Driving along minding my own business and they pull me over. Apparently its very suspicious to have an extra set of tires chained up in the back of your truck.  I says to him that we are along the border and tires are expensive. Why do I need them he says.  Gee, I'm still in the national park that condones offroading, in a truck obviously set up for offroad, with offroad stickers.  He decides to toss and turn my vehicle looking for drugs and accuses Yolanda of throwing something out of the truck when she opened the door. She told him that a butterfly just flew out.  She was coughing and he accused her of swallowing something.  I told him that she's sick. There's Dayquil in the truck, just look.  Kept asking me if we were heading backto San Antonio right now. Kept asking and wanted confirmation that we were going through the checkpoint up the road. After he finally let us go, I told Yolanda that they will probably have a dog go through our stuff at the checkpoint. I bet he calls ahead. Sure as shit. Felt like we were on a bad episode of Border Wars.  Had a more detailed search with a dog. 3 officers tag teaming asking the same questions over and over. Maybe they thought they could trip me up. I dunno but they finally let us go. We passed 3 checkpoints going there and 3 back. Never said a word until Super Cop pulled us over. In fact at the Del Rio cp the 2 officers tried to talk me into selling the truck. Really put a sour note at the end of the trip. 

BTW, we took the Old Ore Road this morning and it was awesome. Unfortunately, the GearPro camera kept shutting off after about a mile. Think we might have maxxed the 32 gb memory out. Its a shame because it had a lot of cool stuff on that trail.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on January 29, 2015, 12:40:27 am
sucks that you had a bad run in with border patrol. you got law enforcement officers everywhere that can be dicks. we had a driver on the weekend complain about a cop up here who gave him 9 tickets for various thing and from the sounds of it the company got some tickets out of it so they are going to have to pay a lawyer to take care of things. apparently this is not the first time this cop has been a dick and given our drivers a whole bunch of bs tickets.

i don't know about the go pro but i think my dash camera with a 32gb card maxes out at 24 hours of record time with the 1 camera and it goes down a bit if i hook up the second camera. i would guess the go pro has higher specs and would use up the 32gb's a lot quicker than that.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 29, 2015, 11:17:58 am
We noticed that if not fully charged, it would act the same way and keep turning off. So this time it was fully charged.  Seems that we might have about 8 hours max over 2 days.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on January 29, 2015, 04:50:23 pm
sounds like you need to charge it after every use just to make sure you got a full charge for the next time you want to use it. 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on January 29, 2015, 10:33:10 pm
sounds like you need more than 1 card too  :laughing7:

glad you made it back safe and had fun.

it does stink that the BP ruined your day, but at least it was the end and not the beginning.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 01, 2015, 10:09:19 pm
Forgot about these pics from our trip:

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Post by: SixGun on March 01, 2015, 10:13:02 pm
Few more:

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Post by: SixGun on March 01, 2015, 10:17:50 pm
Mariscal Mine warning sign, ruins and blocked mineshaft entrances with warning about bats.


Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on March 01, 2015, 10:19:58 pm
very cool  :13:
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Post by: SixGun on March 04, 2015, 06:48:39 pm
More pics from the Big Bend trip. These are from the Glen Springs Road.

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Post by: SixGun on March 04, 2015, 06:49:20 pm
More Glen Springs Road.

Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 04, 2015, 06:55:25 pm
On the Old Ore Road there is a stop called Ernst Tinaja. It is freaking cool as heck there.  In one of the water "basins" there was found a saber tooth tiger among other animals.  Got washed in and couldn't get out.



Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: ProjectM880 on March 09, 2015, 11:52:58 pm
I can't wait to go to Big Bend! Though Pictures Look amazing  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 10, 2015, 04:33:59 pm
Junkyard today  :dance:

Some matching bucket seats for the Ram out of a 2000 Ram Van 2500. Not sure the seat bases will work (89 RC) but they were in real good condition and included in the price. The van bases were way too tall, the RC bases are 5" tall and the D150 bench base is just 3" tall. The bench seat (no base) in the D150 is only 30" tall and the new buckets are 35" tall which is the same as RC seats.  The bases are not an exact match but I can make them work.

I already picked up a nice matching grey console. Also found some deep cup holders that pop out. I know Carter could use the deep holders. Good job for the new dremel kit.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: ProjectM880 on March 10, 2015, 04:57:00 pm
I really need a set of buckets for the Death Charger,

The ones I got from Will work, but i have a ton of Academy sport foam pads shoved in them
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on March 10, 2015, 05:05:03 pm
well help me weld up a frame for my bench seat for the trail rig and you can have those buckets  :13:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 18, 2015, 05:19:37 pm
Yeehaa....bucket seats.  Feels like a stack of pillows.  :13:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on March 18, 2015, 08:20:27 pm
 :13:

very nice
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Post by: SixGun on March 18, 2015, 08:28:23 pm
Thank you sir :toothy9:
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Post by: taz_man440 on March 18, 2015, 09:09:06 pm
yes, very nice....
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 19, 2015, 10:46:30 pm
Our mountain laurels are in full bloom.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 31, 2015, 12:19:06 pm
When I rebuilt Carter's front end I used the sway bar from the Ram.  Well I saw another sway bar at the JY recently and couldn't resist.  Before I mounted it this time, i built a spacer to offset the body lift. Its a 3" body lift and a 2" spacer.  With a 3" spacer it was a tad bit close to the stabilizer bar for my liking. I also had some extra end link bushings and washers laying around. The square tubing was scrap 3/8" wall. It was a bitch to drill and cut out the elongated hole to go over the frame rivits like the factory bracket but the end result was worth it.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on April 14, 2015, 11:29:10 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVq3kN-8SD0

EDIT: I thought I had it fixed before I posted. When I look at this video on my home computer using chrome it has all the Script and titling. When I look at it on my phone, none of it shows up. Weird, when you edit on YouTube, it should be shown all the time, I thought.

In case, you have the unimproved version so to speak, here is what happened. Yolanda was the video master so she gets all the blame lol. The plastic cover to protect against the elements shuts out most of the sound. Apparently, you can mount it without we've learned. Any way it wasn't tight and the bumpy road caused it to turn on us unwittingly. Modern apes in their natural habitat. I pointed out a mountain that looked like a man laying against it with a hard on. Yolanda almost chokes on her fruit.  You can clearly see it a little later after she turns the camera around. To the right is erection mountain. As it goes in and out of frame it is hard not to notice it. Suddenly, Yolanda notices the tailgate down and we stop. We lost bottled water and later we noticed that we were missing 2 D-rings. When we back tracked, we found the 2 D-rings but not one of the pins. One thing you can see is the beautiful scenery.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on May 31, 2015, 06:59:12 pm
I needed to pick up some 10ft decking so....

Redneck bed extension    :wtf:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on May 31, 2015, 11:50:43 pm
hey it works... I picked up some 16' quarter round, opened the rear window and slid it through to rest on the dash... still hung over the tailgate a bit  :laughing7:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on June 01, 2015, 04:14:38 am
I just used some stuff laying around. I was still mocking it up and had a few chuckles to share.   :laughing7:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: ProjectPW on June 01, 2015, 08:34:17 am
you should make it transform into a rear spoiler/wing when the tailgate is closed  :headbang:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on June 01, 2015, 12:29:39 pm
Hey now, I do have an extra bird bath hood I could make a tonneau cover out of.  :lol_hitting:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on June 07, 2015, 09:27:59 pm
It worked.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on June 08, 2015, 06:29:02 pm
By the 3rd load, I decided to seriously trim the trees so the truck could squeeze between them. That way I could back all the way up to the gate. Walking them from the driveway in the hot sun got old fast.  Yolanda came outside and said, "Babe, what happened to my beautiful trees??" I hid the saw behind my back and answered, "Umm... I think the last storm broke them."  :dontknow:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on June 11, 2015, 07:45:43 pm
Coming along pretty good. Just need to add some railing, gates and one step in the taller side.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on June 13, 2015, 06:05:55 pm
Someone stole my idea  :tongue3:

This Jeep looked like it was salvaged from Iwo Jima with all that rust.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on July 07, 2015, 07:25:45 pm
So I took crazzywolfie's idea and put a diesel motor mount in. It is significantly larger. Hopefully it is tougher. I believe I busted this one at Hidden Falls when i slammed into a hole at the top of north pole trail.  The reason I believe this is that I've busted one before the same way.  The only reason I saw it was chasing down a coolant leak.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on July 07, 2015, 08:36:13 pm
ouch. i can't believe you didn't feel that driving down the road or backing up. usually when i have had a bad motor mount i could hear it banging around or feel it sometimes. as far as the diesel mounts go. so far so good. they still look and perform pretty good but then again i guess i might have wait about 3 years or about 12,000 miles to see how well they hold up because that is approximately what the stock style ones lasted on me before 1 completely failed and the other just looked like crap.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on July 07, 2015, 10:32:51 pm
I don't know if you remember Mat, the first time was right after I put the lift. I took it for a test drive in the dirt and slammed into a hole. It busted the fan shroud.  So I guess it could've been worse.

As bad as it looked, it didn't separate. It looked crushed. Heres a couple of pics. Drivers side still looked good.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on July 08, 2015, 10:35:58 pm
i don't remember but i would not be surprised. the stock type mounts for the gas engines just seem so weak. i figure they should have easily lasted more than 3 year but apparently not. hopefully the diesel mounts hold up a lot better tho. for the small increase in price they seem worth it to me.

when i had to change mine the 1 motor mount came out in 2 pieces. the 1 looks like it pretty much collapsed under the weight of the engine and i think it was the passenger side also. makes you really think there must be something that causes them to fail prematurely. 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on July 09, 2015, 10:13:28 am
Its odd that side is heavier.  When you try to lift motor, the driver side always comes out easily and lifts higher for some reason. I usually lift it under the crank pulley which should center it. Hmmmm...
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on August 27, 2015, 02:22:53 pm
Hows the A/C doing?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on August 27, 2015, 07:22:57 pm
Shhhh...its a secret.   :)
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on August 27, 2015, 07:42:39 pm
I will pick up a resistor like you suggested along with some PAG46. 

I have a short day tomorrow at work. I might swing by Noahs to take him the Esther oil and a set of Magnum big bore exhaust manifolds I picked up.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on August 28, 2015, 10:24:42 am
don't forget the y pipe too lol
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on August 28, 2015, 07:22:09 pm
Y-pipe had a tweak on it and figured Noah would be running duals so I cut about a foot of down pipes. No charge at JY for these but complete y-pipes are $25. Picked up the dipstick too.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on September 12, 2015, 12:39:07 pm
I've been noticing a cat taking a siesta under the truck lately.  About a week ago I noticed a smell like a dead animal in the front yard that we couldn't track down. Well I found it today. What a mess  :disgust:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on September 12, 2015, 08:53:25 pm
that sucks. i guess you better hose that cat down next time you see him as pay back for leaving you a mess to clean up.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on September 30, 2015, 08:16:28 pm
So the battery was dying out steadily for awhile now.  Damn Red Top AGM only lasted 4 years.  So I ordered an 800 cca  Interstate.  Cranks nice and a very good price through Firestone.  It was disconnected for a couple weeks. After I installed it, maiden voyage was bad. All of a sudden about a mile from home it starts running rough and then dies at a stop sign.  Flooded out of all things.  Rough drive home and had a hell of a time getting it started and stay running.  Checked codes and the one that stands out is for the coolant sensor.   This is the 3rd one for this truck.  Ordered one from NAPA this time in the midrange instead of the cheapo depot.  Anyone ever run across this?  It was working one day and dead the next. Really weird.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: ProjectPW on September 30, 2015, 08:57:55 pm
suspect a bad connection on the sensor connector...
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on September 30, 2015, 08:59:58 pm
have you checked what your voltage output is? i have heard interstate batteries are not as good as they use to be. also did you have the old battery tested? i have heard they can sometime play dead but actually just need a charge with one of them smart chargers.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on September 30, 2015, 09:10:45 pm
Hmmm...smart charger.  What for that is?  :017:
I've charged that sucker quite a few times and the charge lately wouldn't last a week.

Too late anyhoo.  Bye bye battery.  :039:

Is there a test for the coolant sensor?  I did see a replacement harness connector.

Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on September 30, 2015, 09:14:46 pm
you should maybe google them optima batteries and charging issue. also if your charging the battery and it is not lasting it sounds like truck is probably not charging the battery. best to check it with a voltage gauge to see what it says is going on.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on September 30, 2015, 10:14:47 pm
I will look in my fsm tomorrow for instructions. the sensors should be similar for it and the 92.

I would agree, oreilly charges and test batteries for free...let them test it
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 01, 2016, 01:52:58 pm
Glad the holidays are officially over...for now. Christmas time in retail can be exciting but very tiring. Been working overnights for a couple months.  :sleepy:

Getting back in the groove, I hope. I had been dealing with a dragging brake drum.   I finally nailed down a stuck ebrake cable. Also noticed my clips for both cables were missing to secure to the bracket with ties them to the forward cable and adjuster.  Ordered from Rockauto but with the holiday, it may not be here till Tuesday.  I think this last time it warped the drum.  I swapped one from the 9-1/4 rear which seems to be an exact fit.  I think the issue was compounded by old wheel cylinders. I swapped in the new ones but still had the dragging which caused me to look further. Got my fingers crossed. I miss driving the ole girl.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on January 01, 2016, 03:13:59 pm
work around the holidays sucks. i am glad they are finally over so that i can go back to a somewhat normal work schedule instead of everything being all over the place.

yup both axles use the drums. i learned that a couple years ago when i tossed the drums from my 91 onto my 93. the 91 had the 8.25 and the 93 has the 9.25. one of the drums on my 93 also warped somehow. i don't get why it warped. i have had the rear brake apart multiple times and pretty much gave them a complete overhaul not long after buying the thing because the adjusters were seized and i blew a brake line. i usually pull the brakes apart at least once a year to clean things up and make sure everything is working properly and adjusted like it should be so it never made sense. i have seen drums on trucks in the past that were well past their useful life expectancy but they never warped. i am almost wondering if it is just crappy quality drums?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on January 01, 2016, 07:42:55 pm
I'm pretty sure, in this case, I over heated the shit outta these.  :violent1:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 01, 2016, 08:10:29 am
So I tried to find some Sylvania Silver Stars for the Ram but I couldn't bring myself to pay retail + shipping.  Seems like no one keeps them in stock locally.  Reviews weren't as good for them as the Xtra Vision line. Sounded like short life span was the big issue. So Xtra Vision it was. Mat says he likes his so I'll give it a shot.  I like Advance Auto and they always give me 20% off for ordering online and $5 off coupons for rewards. They let me use them together so it was a good deal. They keep them in stock locally too.

I put them in showing them off to the Wifey and ole eagle eyes quickly noticed that there was a crack in one.  Shit, can't believe I didn't notice that.  This time the clerk had me take them out of the box and check em out. Smart move, why didn't I think of that?   :017:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on March 01, 2016, 09:08:20 am
cool :thumbsup:. i think you will like them. i originally picked the set i put in the truck up because they were the cheap set that the parts store kept in stock. i could have gone over to walmart and bought some lights that would have been $2-3 cheaper but i know they  are not as good. i do enough night driving that i really need some decent lights.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 01, 2016, 10:10:49 pm
The old headlight that was the worst had about an inch of water in it.   :icon_scratch:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 02, 2016, 01:50:42 pm
Well the headlights worked real well. Just like modern vehicles.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on March 02, 2016, 03:45:29 pm
glad you like them. i have seen a bit of moisture in a light but never seen an inch of water in one. usually around here especially this time of year if there is any moisture at all in a headlight it can cause the bulb in the headlight to blow. i had 2 go bad last winter on the RC but they were the used ones that were on the RC when i bought it.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 02, 2016, 05:27:09 pm
Yep, these were on it when I bought it way back when.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on March 02, 2016, 06:42:45 pm
if they were that old them any new bulb may have been better than what was on it.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on April 09, 2016, 01:05:56 pm
Well....shit.  :icon_scratch:
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on April 09, 2016, 07:24:59 pm
oops
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on June 15, 2016, 07:24:58 am
I browse the free section of Craigslist frequently. Went out to pick up some pea gravel out of a guys yard. About 5 wheelbarrow loads and 2 hours of work. Its about $3 or so a bag so not bad over all. We're using it in our cactus garden. That stuff must have some weight as you can see. They were having g a bulky trash collection in that neighborhood and I picked up an old rotted wheelbarrow too.  I bought a little old wheelbarrow and Yolanda and I cleaned and painted it for a planter. It came out nice so we decided to do another one. Maybe give it to her Mom.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on June 15, 2016, 02:26:37 pm
looks good.. that was a load for your truck for sure.

I have squatted the cummins like that... but it was also 2.5 pallets of sod and the bumper pull trailer. Those air bags took it back to ride height.

I figured I was close 15k lbs total weight. Thats a good load. Once I was at speed it did not even care.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on June 15, 2016, 07:07:32 pm
that is why i like the way my 81 sits. the back end is so high that it probably takes about 3-4000lbs to make it sit level and you would probably break a leaf before getting the back end to squat

that is a pretty cool looking wheel barrel.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on June 15, 2016, 10:49:29 pm
I backed into his driveway at an incline so I really didn't notice it till I got home. It drove fine going down the freeway and all. I guess heavier loads should really be on a trailer. I've been thinking about going to a d250 rear leaf pack. It will probably take a couple more loads like this to get the depth like I want it. There a bit of a trench where I buried the retaining wall. I'll post some pics in a few days.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on June 16, 2016, 11:43:06 am
Cactus garden in the works.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on June 22, 2016, 01:30:44 pm
thats looking good.

And you just have to be careful however you carry a load like that. Most single axle trailers only have 3500 lbs axles (if that) under them and then you have to subtract the weight of the axle.

My bumper pull car hauler only has 2 x3500 lbs axles, but it weights 2k so max weight on it is 5k lbs. Where as my gooseneck has 2 7k lbs axles and it weights 4800lbs so it can do 8200lbs.

If you think about it a 3/4 ton truck is only meant to carry 1500lbs of weight. That goes real fast when you haul construction stuff!!
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on July 23, 2016, 10:57:05 am
So they say a picture is worth a 1,000 words

9-1/4 limited slip  3.21

Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on July 23, 2016, 08:06:04 pm
is that for carter since you already have a locker in your current axle?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on July 23, 2016, 10:46:14 pm
Thinking about changing directions with the Ram. HD master cylinder and dual diaphragm booster are waiting to be installed.  HD axle now with a little better highway gears. 3" cummins single exhaust
waiting to go on. Did you see the crane Lol.

The 8-1/4 with locker can go on the 76.  Jeeps use them all the time so you never know.  I figure a few beads on the axle tubes where they meet the housing to keep them from twisting and possibly a truss. Plus I have a spare set of axles from Carter's 8-1/4 if I break one.  The extra open 9-1/4 can be backup.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on July 25, 2016, 04:26:50 pm
keep going... you are going to have as many spare parts as Noah soon. I am sadly not far being him either. lol
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on October 19, 2016, 02:14:32 pm
Starting to get used to my new welder.  I've learned to turn the heat down considerably from the recommended settings to get some cleaner welds.

Working on a 3" exhaust. 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: ProjectPW on October 23, 2016, 09:13:09 am
Lookin good ... new sound coming soon eh?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on October 23, 2016, 11:51:59 am
Just waiting on 3 ft of 3" straight pipe.  O'Reillys should have it in today, fingers crossed.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on October 25, 2016, 10:31:43 am
3" exhaust using Hooker Aerochamber muffler and Magnaflow performance cat, thanks Ryan. Used a Walker 3" diesel tail pipe. Sounds real nice but I had a couple of issues to contend with.  Since this was a driveway job, I had a hell of a time welding up the top of the pipes and the inside of the pipes to a lesser degree.  So I broke down and dropped the exhaust pipe. Minor headache but I found a major leak. There was a triangle shaped hole by the oxygen sensor bung.  Used to be a tab there to line up the pipe going to the cat.  Maybe the exhaust shop last time broke or cut it out... I dunno.  Anyway, I cut a triangle piece of scrap and welded her up.  No more leak. You can see that I was having a hell of a time welding up the pipe on the transmission pan side of the Y pipe compared to the outside. LOL  I still have a leak either at the cone where the Y pipe connects or under the exhaust manifold at the back cylinder.  Burned out gasket maybe?


Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on October 25, 2016, 04:28:25 pm
looks good.  also you could have probably just welded up that triangle hole without the patch . i know sometimes you almost need to see certain welding trick before using them but you can weld back and forth or around small holes like that to cover them.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on October 25, 2016, 08:54:48 pm
I thought about that but a couple of things came to mind. 
First, I'm using some thinner wire this go round, Hobart .030.
Second, I had some scrap triangles laying around. Using my handy dandy bolt cutters, I nipped a little corner off one and it literally fit perfectly on the first shot. 
Third, I thought about the structural integrity and accidentally getting slag in the pipe.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on October 25, 2016, 11:00:47 pm
i wouldn't have worried about it especially with how small the hole was. i have welded up larger holes than that with 0.30 wire on my welder. exhaust pipe is pretty thick. i have chopped and welded my exhaust a few times and the welds always hold up.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on October 26, 2016, 08:25:42 pm
Back rack and cargo rack completed, painted and installed. Cargo rack is hinged on the front to tilt up or can be unbolted completely and removed.  Rear facing utility lights to enhance reverse lights. 

Carr old school light bar that attaches to the drip rails is on the way.

Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on October 27, 2016, 04:42:15 pm
So the Carr light bar came in and I attempted to install it but to my dismay, hear the sadness in my voice, "It no fit".
Ugh, I got a great deal on Amazon for an open box Carr Med-profile model 210701 black light bar.  I wasn't sure if it was the model or the open box that was the issue.  It teeter tottered on top of the Ram's curved roof and didn't reach the drip rails.  Disappointed to say the least.  I emailed Carr and told them the issue and asked about a taller profile one. I mentioned that I have seen Ramchargers online with their light bars. I included my phone number as requested on their form letter.  Didn't expect much if any response.

Wow, to my amazement, within the hour I received a call back from Rhonda, a Customer Service rep. She is going to send me at no charge 2 taller profile end pieces that will fit my bar. All I have to do is send back the ones that don't fit. I'm a Happy Camper to say the least.  Fast and Efficient!! 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on October 27, 2016, 05:09:16 pm
looks good. did you weld that up yourself? also i don't know how you plan on wiring those lights in but i would recommend using a relay if you plan on hooking them up to the reverse lights. it will make them brighter. i actually ended up rewiring all my backup lights to be on the same relay when i added auxiliary backup lights. i also got a switch under the hood where i can turn them on if needed
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on October 27, 2016, 08:04:22 pm
I must admit, I need to learn more about putting in relays. My plan was to wire them together and then drop it down to the reverse lights under the bed.  I do like the idea of a switch to turn it on separately.

As for the back rack, I bought the tubing and cut it up and welded it together. Made it to match the front.
The cargo rack was more of a cut down and repurposed bunk bed then bolt it together. The back rack support braces were welded in. The front headache rack had flat bar spacers and hinges welded on. The other side of the hinges are welded onto a piece of box tubing that matches the cargo rack. It has supports welded on that cradles the rack and allows it to be unbolted.  The tabs for the lights were welded on also.

So yep, I've been busy practicing with my new toy. Lol
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on October 27, 2016, 09:48:17 pm
relays are pretty much just remote switches. you send power to them to turn them on and they send power through to whatever your powering. just adding lights to existing circuits usually works but the more load you the more likely you are to overload a circuit eventually. plus using relays usually makes the lights brighter.

the switch i added turn both backup and auxiliary lights on. i did this so that the stock backup lights would be powered by the relay also

looks like you will be a pro welder in no time
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on October 27, 2016, 11:42:22 pm
Ha ha, thanks Mat.  A lot to learn still but thanks.

I have reading article after article about relays and feel like I've been reading another language. It's just 95% over my head.  Do these relays just get wired inline or is something removed and it takes its place? I even read an article specifically wiring in a relay to aux reverse lights with a switch to turn it on inside. Had to wire in a diode. Wtf are those? So confused now.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on October 28, 2016, 07:41:12 am
you can wire them inline but you still normally need to run a main power wire to it. a diode is like a 1 way valve. keeps power going 1 way. otherwise the power from the switch would also turn on the stock reverse lights on which some people might not want
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: ProjectPW on October 31, 2016, 08:46:33 am
Quote from: SixGun on October 27, 2016, 11:42:22 pm
Ha ha, thanks Mat.  A lot to learn still but thanks.

I have reading article after article about relays and feel like I've been reading another language. It's just 95% over my head.  Do these relays just get wired inline or is something removed and it takes its place? I even read an article specifically wiring in a relay to aux reverse lights with a switch to turn it on inside. Had to wire in a diode. Wtf are those? So confused now.


Next time you are here I can show you how to wire up relays .... super simple and so many uses
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on October 31, 2016, 12:32:25 pm
Cool Beans !!
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 19, 2017, 07:42:05 pm
So as Tony from RCC would say, Murphy came to visit me.

I recently swapped out my 8-1/4 rear for a 9-1/4.  I kept having a bit of spongy brake pedal that I couldn't seem to get rid of using my handy dandy self bleeder tool.  So I had the wife help me out to bleed the brakes. Going for a second try at them when snap goes the bleeder screw.  Of course, it didn't have enough thread to grab it, so off with the wheel and drum.  Then remove the return springs to sneak the wheel cylinders out.  So put it on a vise and after a bit of fussing with it a T10 torx bit saved the day.  I pounded it in and was able to back it out.  Now the bleeder screw got angry and doesn't want to give me back my Torx bit. Anyways, I found an oddball wheel cylinder that I had laying around and it had the bleeder screw I need.  I am real worried that the other matching wheel cylinder has a cheapo bleeder screw too.  I suspect that this one may have been cracked and was leaking air into the line. Dunno for sure but bleeder screws are only a couple of bucks for piece of mind unless you go to my NAPA.  Bleeder screws there are like fairy dust as is most Dodge parts but that's another story.  So I get the wheel cylinder back in and I go to put the return springs back on and snap, I break a freaking spring.  Good thing I took a page outta Noah's Dodge Whisperer handbook and keep all my spare and extra parts from all the brake work I've done lately.  So back in business but something is binding and not allowing me to get the shoes to close up on the anchor pin for the return springs.  WTH is going on here.  So it looks like the parking brake lever has tension on it and preventing the shoes from closing in.  I loosened the parking brake cable but still nothing. Then, I noticed that somehow the parking brake lever is wedged inside the brake shoe frame.  This is beyond nuts so I break it loose and take all tension off the parking brake cables and walaa....success.  But I did notice that cable does not have play like the other side where you can pull it and it returns like its spring loaded.  It is a fairly new cable.  Looks like I'll be playing with this in the daylight tomorrow again.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: bullboy0852 on February 19, 2017, 08:19:08 pm
Looks like a whole lot of work was put in since I last saw your truck. It looks incredible, sorry I flaked on the wiper motor, everything went south for a while but we're back in business now and starting to pull ahead again.

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Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 19, 2017, 08:34:59 pm
No problem, hope you get yours running realsoon.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: bullboy0852 on February 20, 2017, 04:58:44 am
Me too, it's so close but some gremlin is hiding in there and I haven't found him yet...

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Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on February 21, 2017, 06:04:51 pm
So bleeder screw success! Oreillys had to order them 1/4"x28.  Weird because their books were showing it as 5/16" x24.  Needless to say that it took 2 trips but it came in 2 hours later.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on February 23, 2017, 10:25:42 pm
sounds like it would have just been easier and cheaper to just replace the wheel cylinder with a new one. around here i usually don't even mess with bleeder screws. i sometimes even just bleed air where the line connects to the wheel cylinder. i know it is not the proper way but it has worked many times but then again most of the times bleeder screws are only used once up here. i don't think there is any standard bleeder screw size. you just go by what the wheel cylinder has. i know when i was doing the rear brakes on my dads truck i think we had 3 or 4 different sized bleeder screws between the new and old wheel cylinders.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 11, 2017, 02:23:36 pm
Picked up some boulders. Air bags helped a lot and actually rode better with the load.  First pic is fully loaded. Remember the load of gravel last summer. What a big difference!
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: rjtx667 on March 11, 2017, 02:28:01 pm
Air bags are the bomb!!!
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: taz_man440 on March 11, 2017, 06:59:19 pm
I have a set of Firestone air bags on my 06' Dodge ram crew cab. Without them the truck had so much wobble I couldn't get over 55 mph.  With the bags ( which are set up so I adjust individually ) I cant tell there is a trailer behind it.   
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 20, 2017, 03:53:51 pm
Fudge.... I had an airbag failure.  I came out of the hardware store and saw an air line hanging down. The elbow fitting on top of the bag had come apart.  On closer inspection at home, the 2 bolts on top of the airbag had pulled the female end out of the top of the airbag.
I only used 50lbs with the boulders.

Thinking back,  I did remove the spacers I originally used since it seemed real bouncy.   Thought I was hitting the internal rebound bumper. Without the spacer, maybe the gap is too wide.  Any ideas??
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 21, 2017, 08:01:42 pm
Closer inspection today. Luckily the female end to the top bolts dead head. So I put some gorilla glue and hammered them back in. Seems snug enough to bolt into. Elbow fitting was a goner. I measured the distance between the top plate and bottom plate. It was 8" and the instructions specify 5-7" so the spacers are going back in. Unfortunately I trimmed the ubolts too close for the spacers to fit. Looks like I've gotta order parts. Sheesh...
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on July 25, 2017, 09:00:21 pm
Danger Dave gave me a bull bar some time back from an RC that he was gonna scrap.  I planned to use it on the 76 RC but the Warn winch bumper changed that plan and it wouldn't fit any longer.

Plan B was to use it on the Ram. Had to do a little trimming and welding but that's just part of the fun.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: Caison on October 13, 2017, 09:14:07 am
Great stuff SixGun. Nice welding job there.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on October 13, 2017, 09:56:50 pm
Thanks, well I actually took it off and re-engineered it.  The bar was real close to the grille so I cut it and welded on some flat bar to push it away from the grille. So far so good.  I'll post up some pics when I get done.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on October 15, 2017, 07:31:40 pm
Well the extensions are built.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on October 18, 2017, 11:47:57 am
All finished. Now to put on new Superwinch decals.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on October 18, 2017, 03:38:21 pm
New decals on some glossy black paint.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on October 24, 2017, 11:04:30 am
Capped the ends of the bumper extension/ winch plate mount.
Before and after pics.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on November 01, 2017, 02:20:46 pm
Picked up the carb 360 from Brutal Offroad today.
Home safe and sound...Thanks James!
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on November 03, 2017, 10:45:55 pm
the bumper looks good. almost going to have to do something like that for my 89 eventually. the list of work that i need to do seems to be getting longer especially with the addition of a 4th vehicle.

whats the 360 for? don't all your vehicles have good engines in them?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on November 05, 2017, 12:39:18 am
Carter comes and goes.  Low compression high mile motor.  The quick fix would be to drop in the 360 and be done but...
The mind starts dreaming of upping the cubic inches for the Ram and convert to 4x4. I have a harness, intake and TBI to convert it. Not sure how it would work with the cam though.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on November 05, 2017, 07:23:16 am
but with how nice carter was looking i would have probably been looking into a different swap than a normal 360. what about possibly swapping in a new hemi or something cooler?
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on November 05, 2017, 09:38:46 am
Ha ha...I wish. Too much money for me. 
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on November 05, 2017, 07:52:46 pm
they are becoming more affordable since they have been around for a while. plus it would make it more fuel efficient. i know sometimes people look at the short term but in the long term you may get the money back in fuel saved. plus it would make it more daily drive able if you wanted something like that.
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on March 25, 2018, 08:36:38 pm
Put the ole girl to work today picking up some steel fence posts. 
Title: AC cleanout access
Post by: SixGun on August 08, 2018, 08:32:56 pm
Put a new compressor in some time back but even though it was cold from the vents, it never really seemed to blow out very strong.  So I've put it off long enough and decided to tackle it by putting an access panel to clean out the AC box.It cost me nothing but time since I had the tools, screws and a spare sheet of metal. Afterwards it blew signicantly more. A test drive during the heat of the day will let me know if it 100% good to go. I sat in the driveway with it on and windows up for about 20 minutes and it seemed ok.  I still want to run a thicker gauge wire from the blower to the battery.  Noah told me that helps his a lot. Well here's some pics which says it all.
Title: AC cleanout access pg2
Post by: SixGun on August 08, 2018, 08:47:11 pm
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Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on August 09, 2018, 01:39:06 pm
that is a lot of debris getting in there. have you sealed up the air intakes with screen to prevent any more leaves from getting in?

are you wanting to upgrade the blower motor wire? you could possibly install a solid state relay. STANDARD MOTOR PRODUCTS RY330K is a solid state relay used in 96-00 caravans town and countries and voyagers. they should be able to power the fan motor perfectly by just wiring it in like a normal relay. you could also just run the output from the blower motor resister to the blower motor through the firewall right by the resister. should save the power from having to travel through all that wire. the solid state relay is still the best option. takes all the load off the stock a/c heater control components.

if you do decide to try getting the relays used they are on usually on the passenger side of the drivers side frame rail. they can be a bit of a pain to get at but will likely get it way cheaper from a auto recycler than the $20-30 they go for new.
Title: AC cleanout access
Post by: SixGun on August 12, 2018, 12:09:54 am
27 years of leaves in there. Cleaned the fins too with a wire brush and sprayed some bleach cleaner in there.  I park under a tree and so I probably will get a lot of leaves in there.  But with only 4 screws to clean it out, it will just be part of regular maintenance now. I was thinking of rigging a cabin filter like newer vehicles. 

I would like to do the power wire like you described but pictures are worth a 1000 words.  Getting hard to post pics on here. Hit me up on Facebook. Richard Garza. Look for this pic
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: crazzywolfie on August 14, 2018, 02:16:50 pm
i am almost certain i have seen people seal up the holes under the cowl with window screen and silicone or something like that to keep leaves from getting in. it also keeps leaves out of the vent on the driver side. if the a/c intake was that bad the vent on the drivers side is probably full.

either option i suggested is pretty easy. i would probably go for the solid state relay option which is pretty easy. the solid state relay works identical to a normal relay but doesn't mine being used at lower voltages. normal relays generally chatter when they start running below a certain voltage. do you know how many Richard Garza there seem to be in Texas? lol
Title: Re: 91 RAMM'D 150
Post by: SixGun on August 17, 2018, 10:48:34 pm
What do you mean?  There's only one...lol.  I cleaned the driver's side way back when by taking the vent apart.  Lotsa crap on that side too.