My first gen Dodge Cummins truck
I've had a number of these first gen trucks over the last 15 years to haul firewood and they rusted out but taught me what I really wanted as far as configuration. I decided I wanted a one ton 2WD 5 speed manual dually standard cab and found exactly one outside the rust belt in the US at the time.
It was in Knoxville, my wife's cousin works in a car shop about an hour away, he's from Northern Indiana so he knows rust and checked it out for me. It was a farm truck so it had some rough edges and I knew it needed a grille and bumper (photo) but they are hard to find so I went for it. A buddy was headed down to Florida and back with a trailer so he picked it up for me but not before it hauled my wife's cousin's boat a few hours to a lake in Tennessee.
It turned out to need a radiator support and inner fender as well. The inner fender was easy, the radiator support was Cummins intercooled only and took an 8 hour round trip to find one.
While I had the front end off, I addressed the killer dowel pin and changed seals/serp belt/tensioner and flushed out the cooling system.
The gauges and speedometer worked randomly so I replaced all of them and cleaned up some wiring in the dash.
The exhaust was cobbled together so I installed a 4" Diamond Eye turbo back system.
The front truss rod bushings were totally shot so those were replaced. The rest of the front end should be redone as well but it's tolerable now.
Right after all that, I ended up needing major right shoulder surgery twice and was forbidden to drive anything with a manual transmission so it sat in the barn for almost 2 years. In the meantime, I hoarded parts as I found them and found a nice set of Ramcharger buckets and a console in matching grey cloth that I need to install.
It's been a year since the most recent shoulder surgery so I'm cleared to drive it now. I stuck on a decent fender but it has some Ohio rust, I have a better one that needs some work, but here it is. It doesn't look like much now but it's better than when I started and eventually it will look pretty good.
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