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Ram Man 02

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About Ram Man 02

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  • Birthday 12/28/1982

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    Male
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    Delano,MN
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    cars
  • My Project Cars
    1949 B1B

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    Delano, MN
  • Interests
    cars, snowmobiles

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    electrician

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  1. theres always another year. its not like they are just going to stop doing this show anytime soon. its far too successful and draws A LOT of people. occasionally you even seen people dragging trucks in from the west coast...
  2. I just happened to have my truck torn apart at the moment so i took some pictures of the gas tank with various dimensions but they are too large to attach to this thread and im not sure how to shrink them down??? maybe tim will beat me too it anyway
  3. I dont get on here daily but, yes ill be there. I took wed-sun off because i figured there would be some kind of off hours festivities going on, maybe at marks house? My truck wont be there but good news, the truck was dropped off at the shop and there is progress on the IFS. So with any luck one of these years i can bring it to YOU!
  4. Keep the pictures coming!!! looks like fun as usual! Sorry that i had to miss this year, I plan to be back next year.
  5. Scrap prices are low here just like everywhere i assume. When i was researching this i was trying to compare apple to apples as close as i could. Rust is a huge factor around here and a $500 dakota wont have a v8 plus needs a ton of work. Since the fatman kit comes with everything i needed and its all new parts, to keep things on a level playing field i would have wound up with $1500 dollars in a dakota. which is still cheaper! However one thing that i wanted was to keep the stock bolt pattern which i know i could have switched over but my time in all this is worth something. Specially when running around looking at craigslist trucks that arent worth what people are asking. I chose to buy something that i knew was going to work and fit all my requirements at the same time. Yes it costs a little more. Thats what i chose to do and it might not be what others choose to do.
  6. I have my opinions on how to do things just like anyone does and i know there are many different ways to accomplish a goal. I normally dont chime in of these types of threads. That being said I have purchased a four link rear with coilovers setup from JW Rod Garage and an M2 IFS from Fatman, both of which im almost certain make a mustang 2 style IFS for your truck. I would call them to confirm that but i feel like both companies are producing high quality products. I want my truck to ride, stop, and handle like a modern vehicle. Something that i didnt see mentioned above is the oil pan. on my 218 the oil pick up is in the front, im not sure how yours is and that might be something they switched to on a pilothouse to decrease its turning radius but youre going to want a rear sump pan to work with any kind of modern IFS. I talked to plymouthy adams a couple years ago before i made my final decision to go the route i did. he mentioned even chopping the whole front frame half from a junk dakota and grafting the 2 frames together. While i liked the idea i couldnt find a decent price on something that wasnt complete junk around me. My truck is going into a shop sometime in january to have all mentioned parts welded in but here was why i felt the advantage went to the FATMAN ifs. It has a fixed price of 2k. everything is 100% new and they put the engineering into getting the cross member and suspension angles right to work with my stock frame. For the record the shop is charging me $1100 to weld the IFS in. when its done the wheels will be centered in the openings and i dont have to figure out how to fabricate anything. it rolls out ready for what ever engine i want. So $3100 might seam like a large chunk of money to lay out up front and i agree that it is. i saw the valve in not rebuilding an old dakota frame which odds are probably isnt the right wheel base (it wasnt in my case). It also doesnt have the correct angles (my stock frame is straight, the dakota isnt) or locations for body mounts. if i got even 1 mount off by an 1/8" that might make an interesting time trying to line up body panels and get gaps correct. Thats my opinion for what its worth.
  7. i have nothing useful to add but do want to say that it never gets old seeing pictures of your beautiful truck!
  8. I researched this for myself few years ago. if you have a half ton as well get a 97-01 cherokee axle in what ever ratio works best for your needs. 3.55 or 3.73 are probably what youre going to want. those years were a chrysler 8.25 with a higher spline count (maybe 31?) and were considered almost as good as a dana 44. should be readily available and i picked one up for only $150
  9. I have a had crank for my truck and i have used it before. I only use it as a novelty,
  10. google "aluminum race day jack" they are light weight, have decent lift capacity and height. not sure if they will fit under the seat but they are nice compact jacks. can be lifted fairly easily and have a long handle to get out from the truck incase it falls which is much safer then the old style jacks
  11. I used to be fairly active in a different car club and i had a great time with them over the years, but the car was the first reason why i became active with them. The people and friends i made over the years was the real reason i kept going back. I am very grateful for everything tim does and all the great people ive met because of this BBQ. You dont need to bring a truck to enjoy someones company and have a conversation. If its more economical to drive a modern ecobox this year, nobody is going to judge you for doing so. my $.02
  12. I agree! 3rd week in June is a great option if you dont like the cold
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