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Old September 5th, 2014, 08:21 PM   #1
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Default 1983 Dodge D350 360cu 4spd manual 4x4 73,000 miles

So I was looking at a 1960 F250 quad cab on a 1990 diesel chassis... I got out bid and decided I had my limits, but this was the next one in my line up. And now I'm actually more excited to get this. It's bone stock. Bench seats and crank windows. I'm thinking I'm gonna put some 315s on it on a set of steelies. I get the steel wheels with it. Not a spec of rust on it. Thinking of leaving the paint as is! It will be in my driveway Monday!

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The use: tow my snowmobile trailer and 30' camper... Have yet to acquire the camper, selling the Motorhome right now!
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Old September 5th, 2014, 08:27 PM   #2
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Nice truck! Leave the paint as is, NO STACKS, decent tires and rims, good to go!
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Old September 5th, 2014, 08:29 PM   #3
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Like the 4 doors. Stick a Cummins in it and be done.
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Old September 6th, 2014, 08:54 AM   #4
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It has fresh 360. So. Eventually cummins. But yeah. Just sweet the way it is. Wheels will be gray steels and some 33" or 35" mud terrain
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Old September 6th, 2014, 09:13 AM   #5
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Nice truck...$10 says it never sees a Cummings
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Old September 6th, 2014, 11:14 AM   #6
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Fresh 360, never mind. Good to go.
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Old September 6th, 2014, 07:38 PM   #7
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Actually, my brother and I have already started the hunt for the cummins. I am pretty set on getting one... I will take that bet! Lets see HCH, I say within 5 years... your $10 will be worth $12.17 in 5 years (yes, I know, given the economy doesn't crash, Obama doesn't ruin our country, and our currency isn't devalued). Thats 5% pyr for 5 years... go ahead, make that check out or you can buy me 6 pack of New Holland Dragons Milk.

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As for needs, I think first I am going to get a tail gate, bed rug or mat, and tonneau. I'm gonna keep the 5th wheel tailgate cause I might buy a fifth wheel camper at some point (trying to sell my motorhome right now).

Possible future adds:
Tailgate
Bedrug or bed mat
tonneau
Hella back up bumper light w/ rocker switch for trailer hookup on
HID driving off road lights on my kickass brush guard (I might have those locked up)
255-85-16 MUD Terrain tires
Tunes upgrade, I think it still has the 8-track LOL
Paint my steel wheels and add some chrome center caps (need caps)
8 ball shifter knob (Why? I say WHY NOT!)
Undercoating...MI winters suck and I live on a dirt road! YIKES!

What did I miss... No fuzzy dice comments please


yes, long shot, but IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING ON MY LIST OR PARTS FOR 1970s-1993 DODGE Heavy Duty D250-D350, shoot me a note
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Old September 6th, 2014, 07:49 PM   #8
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Old September 6th, 2014, 09:11 PM   #9
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Nice find. I'd be leery of putting in a rug or mat. They seem to hold moisture and invite corrosion. And you gotta keep the 8 track.
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Old September 6th, 2014, 10:16 PM   #10
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Default Um, HTF do you add multiple photos from iPad?

Seeing iPad and phones name all your photos image.jpg, I can only load one at a time. Here is a collage. I will try and post some interior soon.

@CSFJ, I've had them in truck before no problems. I was thinking roll on rhino liner and then the rug
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Hunt for a Cummings? Those motors are not rare, nor are they hard to find. Although 90% of the boners that are selling them think they are gold, so it is tough finding one at a reasonable price. But they are out there.

Other than that I'm digging thins thing. For some unknown reason I like older 4door trucks?
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Old September 9th, 2014, 05:56 AM   #12
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Default 1983 Dodge D350 360cu 4spd manual 4x4 73,000 miles

I agree. Hunt was the term deemed to find a build worthy price! LoL not the actual engine. If I'm willing to pay enough I could have one tomorrow.

I have a snowmobile up for sale. I think I might use those proceeds to further my project.

As for quad cab, I specifically like the older ones. New anything is always nice, but the older trucks have more style. Plus all you really got with older club cans is a large back storage area BC most are tough to get into at best.

I was trying to buy this from my seller but the price was just TOO much. But he was also selling the 83' I purchased.

1960 F250 crew 4x4 mated to 1990 f250 diesel with ttb front suspension. The frame was cut down 17" but done right. This was not the best platform to choose, but he used what he had. It was bare bones. Didn't even have door seals or washer fluid! No rust through. I wanted to put a 12v in it. But I'm happy with my 83' and at the end of the day it's a better long term project truck. This sold for $10,500 which was $3000 more than I was willing to give.

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Old September 10th, 2014, 02:02 PM   #13
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Truck delivered today. I will post some detailed picks. Ha
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Old September 10th, 2014, 03:18 PM   #14
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So it's rough around the edges. Fun driving it. Has manual AC which reduces one more thing breaking.

This weekend I am gonna dive in: lube oil and filter, very detailed cleaning, new serpentine belt, replace hoses and coolant, rear diff fluid and clean and bed liner the surface spots in bed.

Remove all camo tape.

Also, I have a Dodge SB tonneau. I am gonna see if it will fit.

Next, replace the blown center 6x9 in the dash...lmao yep it has 1 speaker!

Next weekend adds: window tint, upgrade radio with line-in input, power inverter, extra 3 bank of 12v power outlets.

Finally, ordering 255-85-16 (34") tires should be here in a week.
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Old September 10th, 2014, 03:42 PM   #15
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When then they go to serp drive on those? I thought the older ones were still V belts. Still sweet.
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Old September 10th, 2014, 03:46 PM   #16
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Default 1983 Dodge D350 360cu 4spd manual 4x4 73,000 miles

It's a vbelt. Sorry. Used incorrect term.


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Old September 10th, 2014, 10:27 PM   #17
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Shibby that's not working right:
So I gotta bad squeal when I turn the steering wheel.
Also, 4x4 dash light comes on when I start the truck (so I know it's not the bulb) but doesn't come on when shifted into 4wd.
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Old September 19th, 2014, 11:10 PM   #18
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It's not everyday you get to say... I de-cammo'd my truck...lmao
I took the cammo'd tint off the windows and also hot water pressure washed most of the truck. Funny thing...looked like it hadn't been washed in 10 years. Post some pics tomorrow of the improvements
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Old September 27th, 2014, 04:47 PM   #19
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So found the tabs. Dana 60 front and rear. 4:10 gears and someone added 2" skyjacker springs to it with sj shocks in the front and rear. Here are a few more photos. Took the headache rack off and fabbed up mounts for my Gen 3 tonneau to fit. So not a perfect fit, but works for me. Click image for larger version

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UPDATE: Power washed the entire underside of the truck... thats a lot of mud! Clean as a whistle now and ready for Chassis Saver. Also, pulled the remaining camo tape off the rear window. Finally, got my power seat and seat belts working on the 2000 Ram CC 1500 interior i purchased. Time to rip the crappy bench out, fix the floor and install the new seats up front. I also purchased a second set for the rear as well. So, this will fix the 30 year old seat belt issue, the bench seats and I get 2 center jump seat center flip downs. Pics to come this week.

For anyone adding power or manual seats to an older truck, there are wires that need to be hooked up to power to release the seat belts. Make sure you line tap the 2 wires coming from the passenger seat and driver seat and hook them to a pos/neg feed. Also, this should be on a fusible link. Further, IF YOU HAVE POWER DRIVER seat, there are 2 flat blades that need power to move the seat. I will get the colors for these and post a few pictures. I had read this on another forum and it was awesome when I figured it out.

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