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OK boys and girls, let's get this thing started

For those who follow my LML build thread

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"My build thread"

You already know where this thing is going. It will get very detailed, and get derailed, then back on track and who knows where.
Having said that, this is what I would like to do here:
I plan to build this Dodge truck to be an EMP proof, survival truck.
What exactly does that mean, Survival truck?
Well, it always needs to start.
It needs to be multi-fuel capable
Readily available spare parts
Reliable
Able to carry heavy loads and tow a trailer
Have a range of about 1000 miles, maybe more
Be all terrain capable as well as capable of a long day of highway driving.

It will be the backup vehicle to the LML survival truck I built as any good survival plan has many layers, each providing it's own capabilities

Before we write a book in the first post, here's a picture of it the moment I purchased it:
 

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Im in! I love first gens!
 

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The gentleman I purchased it from was actually the original owner, well, actually, his son. The truck was used in their family mostly since they purchased it in 1991.
So the details:
1991 Dodge W250
Cummins 12 valve 160 horse VE pump mechanical fuel injection
Automatic
Rear Dana 70
Front low pinion Dana 60
Gear ratio currently unknown
Single cab
Spartan interior
Rubber floor mats
No power anything
Two tone dark gray and silver with a healthy addition of patina (Rust)
 

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It has 171,000 miles and starts right up and runs great.
The steering is shot, as is the exhaust. A brake caliper is grabbing and the shocks are nearly rusted in half
The frame is solid, the truck was Ziebart protected when new and shows it. I can find no severe rust other than the surface stuff.
Apparently it has seen some combat, since it sports this nifty area denoting it's various kills
 

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Looks awesome! Can't wait to see how this one turns out! :thumb
 

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The theme I am going to use is simple. I mean to keep it simple.
You see I really believe "Less is more."
Therefore, expect no bling, little over-the-top, and certainly no techy anything.
Tires you ask?? Well just a set of 33" all terrain or mud terrains on some simple serviceable wheel.
Brakes: Stock, but rebuilt with good pads
Paint? Probably back to stock
Engine: Sane. Will build around little to no smoke, 400HP 20+MPG and dead reliability.
Speaking of engines:
 

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This is the first year Dodge intercooled the Cummins. It has a way too small turbo which I will replace, an inferior VE injection pump, which I will keep and perfect.
The interior will get a super cleaning, seat replaced, and probably color changed to black.
I will likely just put a new rubber floor matt back in after I spray the inside with sound deadening lizard skin
 

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excited to see what you make of it!!
 

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by my kill count i read: 3 vw bugs, 2 pt cruisers, 2 honda crx's, 2 dodge vipers and 2 ford explorers......impressive!!!
 

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Ok I'm in. As if there was any doubt about my viewage. And I want that truck..


EDIT : Are those deep scratches in the body forward of the fuel door or that a perspective type thing?
 

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Sub'd, I love 12 valve's
 

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Count me in Capt'n! Looks to be a very promising build. Carry on Lad! ;)
 

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As EO I give the green light & this build is DOT approved!



Big Don, I need several questions answered?

1) Do the front and rear yokes both sport those flimsy stamped straps to hold the u-joint in place?

2) It does have dumb rear drum brakes correct?

3) What T-case is it sporting?

4) Rear springs have u-bolts pointed down?


& about that front bumper........ Did the former owner get drunk & run over some farmers poor pasture gate? I suppose he then passed out only to wake up the next morning and decide they should just weld it in place because they figured that truck was already ugly and the gate just added character? Sorry, only logical explanation I could come up with.
 
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