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Old 03-02-2013, 12:56 AM
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Hello all. I have been slowly fixing my 2001 Ram 2500 4x4 5speed diesel truck with 210000 miles. It was a former oil field support truck and spent the majority of its mileage with roughnecks using and abusing it. Fixing up a little as I can afford it. Here is the break down.

Purchased the truck from a coworker about a year ago for $3000.

Drove it home but had to hold the transfer case in 4 wheel high to keep it moving. Left front axle shaft was broken at U joint but ran good other than that.

Repaired loose connection at back of AC control head to repair air conditioning.

Replaced front axle shaft and took transfer case apart and replaced the shift fork and input shaft.

Replaced blend door coupler due to broken

Replaced starter motor due to clicking many times before starting.

Performed LOF . Replaced fuel and air filters. All factory MOPAR/Fleet Guard

Replaced hydro boost due to leaking

Replaced heater core due to leaking
Installed stock receiver hitch due to missing

Replaced track bar due to play in ball socket

Replaced Dash top due to broken then nothing left of it after heater core.

Installed snug top camper shell

Replaced weld 16.5 inch 33 inch wheels that were on it with a set of 2006 stock aluminum 17 inch Dodge Ram wheels.

Recovered headliner due to sagging.

Installed new Cobra 29 NW CB and Wilson 1000 antenna.

Replaced cracked Dash Bezel with a super clean junk yard replacement.

Tomorrow, I am installing a clean junk yard sourced grill.

Replacing broken trailer plug with factory 7 pin connector sourced from junk yard.

Replacing steering gear box due to excessive play and side to side movement of steering shaft.

I know it all sounds like a lot. I have done just a little at a time.

It is actually a very comfortable truck to drive and have taken it out of town on several trips. Working mainly on cosmetics now. It could use a bit of body work and paint but I am not too worried about that right now. After everything else is done I will worry about that.

I estimate I have a total of |$5000 dollars into it now and that is including the price of the truck. I will post pics soon. I love my truck.
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:55 AM
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I'm interesting in seeing it. I'm right at the same amount of mileage. 210K...
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:45 PM
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Here is a picture of my tuck shortly after I first got it. Only repairs at this point were the transfer case and front axle[IMG][/IMG]

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Here is the old grill [IMG][/IMG]

and here is the new one

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Here it is with the camper shell and 2006 wheels and tires on it[IMG][/IMG]

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Here is the interior with the new dashboard, junk yard bezel, and CB.[IMG][/IMG]

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Headliner after I recovered it.[IMG][/IMG]

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another picture of the new cluster bezel[IMG][/IMG]

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Picture of my Wilson 1000 CB antenna.[IMG][/IMG]

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Old 03-02-2013, 05:17 PM
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Looks good!
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:26 PM
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Ok I replaced my steering box today. I am little disappointed in the performance of new box.
1st problem is when I hooked up the steering shaft to the box, I had to turn the wheel about 1/4 turn to get the splines to line up.
2nd The box feels a little loose. Not as loose as my old box which had a lot of shaft movement side to side when under load. I just thought it would be a little tighter. There is a about 3 to 4 inches to play at the steering wheel.
3rd It is easier to turn to the right than the left. There is power assist in both directions but is little easier to the right

I turned the box from lock to lock with the linkage connected. It turns about 1 3/4 each way . Maybe slightly more to the right.

I know I could adjust on the box and set the center and adjust the play but I need to find out if this will void my warranty from Napa. Should I try adjusting on it or should I just order another one?
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:21 AM
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I'd call napa and see what they say about the warranty or replacement, if it doesn't feel right I'd go for another one. Pain in the changing but for the price of them you want it to be right.
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:09 PM
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I ordered another one from napa. hopefully it will be better.
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:03 PM
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Nice lookin rig for 5k
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:16 PM
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Nice lookin rig for 5k
Thanks. My next project on it is to try and get cruise control hooked up on it. It is a base model with manual windows, rubber flooring, and no cruise. I think I can hook up factory cruise and get it working with out too many problems. I just need to spend some time in the wrecking yard collecting parts. I will need a cruise servo, cruise switches, clock spring, and some vacuum line. I know some of the wiring is already there for it, I hope there is nothing missing in the harness.
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Old 03-13-2013, 03:31 PM
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Nice truck coming along. I'm in the same boat restoring my new to me 99 24v. Needs shocks/tires badly/grill/misc interior pieces. Mine is at 225k miles and first priority is to replace pump
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