Re: Superswamper - about that oil burner...
Well, the short version is that yes, I am thinking of getting something new... Why? I loved the V10's power & efficiency (450 lbs/ft @ 14 mpg), but going down the highway the other day, cylinders #7 and #9 melted down... [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
I'm in the process of disassembly to check it out, but I'm pretty sure it's all done. I'm pretty upset though - the engine was completely stock and had only 38K!! [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img] I work for a local (Ford) dealer that also owns a local Chrysler dealer, so I'm hoping to get at least some help from Chrysler on it.
I have decided not to keep the V10, so, depending on what I find and Chrysler's reaction, I will either be fixing it and selling/trading it, swapping in a Hemi (old style), swapping in a Cummins, or trading/buying a new or used diesel. Whatever the case, it'll get hot-rodded and have 38s or better. The new trucks and new diesel is growing on me, but I also like the proven design of the 94-02 trucks, and the fact that they have Dana axles.
As far as the lift goes I may just make my own 8-12". I was in the planning and design phase of lifting mine 12" for 44's, and lifting a new 03 would be almost the same (money and structure).
The diesel thing has got me very intrigued (500 hp at the wheels and 8000 lbs running 13 sec 1/4 mile times!), and an (old) hemi is just universally cool. I'm too spooked to keep a truck out of warranty with an engine that costs 7K and just fails at random like that. No warning signs, no mods, no check engine light, synthetic oil since new and immaculately maintained, and bam - two dead holes. Your thoughts?