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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-26-2007, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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New Towrig...

After selling the Mule ('92 F250 RC/LB 4x4 7.3L NA ZF5spd)... it took a while to find the "right" truck. I must have looked at 50... either too light (Chevy's "2500" = 1/2ton w/ mild axle upgrade) or the owner had just been on the pipe when pricing.

Anyways, about a week ago a truck came up on local board. Said it was a friends and could be had "cheap". Figuring it was too good to be true (but NOT wanting to read of others good fortune at my expense), I took of after work to see it (200mile roundtrip) and return last Friday to haul it home.

1993 Dodge D350 Club Cab LE
CTD, Auto, & D70 (3.54) @ 154K
PL, PW, Tilt, CC, & tinted windows
Recently repainted
Interior VERY nice for the age (except falling headliner)
Goose neck, rec'r. hitch, & controller
Headache rack, 80 gal aux tank (stock 30gal still in place) & 6" stack

Has a few small things I need to work on (fixed the d.seat slider & the pass. seat hold down latch tonight), a few dents & dings, but overall in pretty good shape. Got a set of SS simulators on the way and have started researching gauges & small mods (gotta keep the auto alive!). Planning a trip to a bud this weekend to see what kind of mileage she'll get unloaded and hopefully a short trip to URE next month draggin the Moss.
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looks like a good tough pulling truck






too bad its a dodge

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If you can figure out what model auto it has that will tell you somewhat how well it will hold up. Most of the dodge auto's I have seen after they retired the TF727 (if it had one of those then I wouldn't worry about it tough as nails) had two numbers that rated the tranny. The first # was the gears (4) and the second was a duty rating and I don't know what they based it on as far as gross weight. I didn't do a huge amount of research on dodge autos but I looked into puting one in my TJ when I swapped in the 5.2. I finally decided that the NV4500 was simpler and didn't require any more comp work. The higher the second # is on that tranny the more heavy duty it should be (according to dodge anyhow). I have heard that the auto dodge used was the weak link in an otherwise bulletproof drive train.

Gratz on the pick up

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looking good dave!!! and i dig the stack..

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MPG Update...

After about 500 miles, the numbers aren't too bad!

- The first 100 miles went uncharted...
- The next 210 (70 city & 140 highway) netted 16.5mpg... can you tell I like romping it in town?
- The next 140 (*all* highway) netted slightly over 20mpg!
- Haven't checked the last 200 miles yet...

I haven't even tuned the pig and it already beat the old 7.3L NA by 3mpg! Once the intake breathing is opened up (exhaust is already straight piped), the gauges go in (got a SMOKIN' deal locally), the 3200GSK added and the pump tweaked a bit, I hope to add another 2mpg to the empty figures... *IF* I can keep my foot out of it!

Should have the Moss done in a few weeks and will drag it to URE for a shakedown before Royal Blue in June... hoping for 15mpg or better dragging the flats...

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Nice looking truck Dave, I really like the dually look. This just proves that if a person has patience and willing to look around there are good deals out there. My problem is I'm a spur of the moment kind of a guy so I usually end up paying to much.
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I think you should replace the Ram on the hood with a Pig like in the Porkys movie.

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You know your a redneck when...
you own this truck!

Mine is a 24 valve, but it gets about 16 towing and 20 empty if I keep it near 60. Across the country towing I averaged 17.5 all freeway.

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Personally I like the pre-94 body better than the later.

Beautiful neighborhood also.

Good purchase.

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Nice find. I like those years for the Dodge pickups. They're fuel injected and almost bullet proof!

I was just out on Craig's list lusting after a 1984 F-250 diesel.
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