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    Hey everyone just wanted to start a thread to keep track of the slow rebuild I will be doing on my 98 R/T. I acquired this truck from my late uncle who let some borrow it then abandoned it with bald tires, a blown motor and who knows what else I may encounter....

    Hidden truck by Brett Dawson, on Flickr
    Can you Find the truck in all this crap?





    Getting her pulled out from the back yard.


    1st time seeing pavement in 5 years.


    On our way home. FL --> OH


    Who's a dirty girl..


    Home ready for a good cleaning


    After cleaning..


    Bald tires..


    Shaker...


    Up next is the motor swap.....
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    That's a pretty cool find and a nice one to save, especially with that shaker on it. She shines right up too! Good luck on your build.


    My R/T build (rebuild) thread

    http://www.dakota-durango.com/forum/...d.php?t=133167
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    It's an emissions thing. someone, somewhere said that the millions of gallons of gas that evaporate to the atmosphere every year was killing tree frogs on some south african isalnd or some shit, those endangered tree frogs can suck my left nut.

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    Nice save man! I tip my hat to ya My condolences to you and the family about your Uncle, he obviously had great taste, glad she found her way into your hands!
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    So started on the engine swap this week. I didn't really get to far on it, we had an unexpected problem with one of my dogs. She had congenital spinal failure and basically one day she was walking the next no control of her rear. This kinda put a damper on working on the truck since she was my garage dog. She will be missed.

    But on with the truck, I did get the front end off and most of the front of the engine off not much more till I get to pull the motor.









    I did find some rust which I am very supprised about since this truck has lived in Jacksonville, Fl it's entire life.
    The rust was in the little pocket that is right behind the passenger headlight. It is not much but still wasn't expecting the rust.

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    Ocean mist salt. It's in the air. Gets into WAY more places than salt slush splash off the road.

    Worst brake job of my life was on a navigator that had 90k miles on it. From Florida. Rotor was so rusted to the hub, that we broke it to pieces yet still had the center stuck to the hub. Gave up. Tried to pull entire hub. The bolts were so rusted they rounded off and we couldn't pull the hub. It took 3 days of beating, cussing, spraying penetrant oil/catalyst, before we finally got the old ones off.

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    Sorry about your dog pal, had the same thing happen to one of mine 6 months ago, fine when I left for work
    paralyzed when I came home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    Sorry about your dog pal, had the same thing happen to one of mine 6 months ago, fine when I left for work
    paralyzed when I came home.
    Thanks, Yeah it sucks when it happens all of a sudden. Found it hard to believe that her breed (Staffie/pit bull) have week spinal cords, you really wouldn't think that breed would have a week spot


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    Great picture! Mine was german shepherd Chow mix, who knows. Now go get a new pup!
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    sorry about the pup... I couldn't imagine

    And salty air rust from florida.. I remember those days.
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    So small update:

    Finally got to take a long overdue vacation, ended up taking a West Caribbean cruise.
    But back to the truck:
    I pulled the intake of to discover the mess inside:


    After messing with taking off as much as possible I got the engine out over the weekend. I let the truck roll out of the garage a little to do some cleaning. Let most of the built up caked on oil soak in some cleaner for a couple of hours then proceeded to power wash the engine bay:






    Sorry for got to take the after shots. I also ended up taking some parts off the new motor to get cleaned up and all new gaskets while everything was easy to get to.
    before:


    After:


    I have a bunch of other parts all cleaned up along with most of the bolts but I will not bore you with every single part. Right now I am cleaning up the motor but have yet to decide what color I want to go. Kinda stuck between Flat aluminum or a satin black, maybe Chrysler blue. not really sure.
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    Looking good! Nice find for sure. Good to see it saved from the brushpile.

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    So another little update:

    Got some Por15 layed down on the front frame rail while the motor was out.


    Got the new motor in....all cleaned up



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    I also have pulled the gas tank and scrubbed the crap out of it, ordered and installed a new fuel pump.
    I have pulled the complete interior pressure washed and shampooed the carpet, pulled all the seat covers and ran them in the washing machine.


    Now I have both front fenders off cutting out the rust.




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    Nice work you're going to have a nice truck she's finished. Was the engine a rebuild or junkyard find?


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    My uncle bought it off a guy that was building a 408. The new motor has about 45k on it.

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    So I know I have been slacking on the update on the truck but long story short I fixed some the rest of the rust issue/corrosion from a leaky battery then I did get the engine all back together after a quick oil change the truck fired right up which is very exciting. I am getting ready to start my suspension overhaul since all the rubber and joints are shot. I ordered all new Moog suspension parts which should be here in the next day or so. I will take some photos of it together tonight and get them up here.

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    More pics. Sounds like good progress.


    My R/T build (rebuild) thread

    http://www.dakota-durango.com/forum/...d.php?t=133167
    Quote Originally Posted by 70Cuda383 View Post
    It's an emissions thing. someone, somewhere said that the millions of gallons of gas that evaporate to the atmosphere every year was killing tree frogs on some south african isalnd or some shit, those endangered tree frogs can suck my left nut.

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    Looking forward to more pics and updates. It's awesome that you're saving this thing. Intense Blue Club Cabs are my personal fave.


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    I did find some pictures of when I was messing with the fenders.








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    Quote Originally Posted by Dcreek02 View Post
    So small update:

    Finally got to take a long overdue vacation, ended up taking a West Caribbean cruise.

    Here is the girl and I in Haiti:
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    Haiti huh? I didn't know that was a vacation spot. Last time I was there was right after the earthquake. Wasn't a vacation though. haha
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    Good job on saving this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moparmadman View Post
    Haiti huh? I didn't know that was a vacation spot. Last time I was there was right after the earthquake. Wasn't a vacation though. haha
    Haha Yeah It is a very nice place. They have the worlds longest zip line that we took advantage of while we were there. The only reason that it was nice was because this particular part of the island that we went to was owned by Royal Caribbean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dcreek02 View Post
    Haha Yeah It is a very nice place. They have the worlds longest zip line that we took advantage of while we were there. The only reason that it was nice was because this particular part of the island that we went to was owned by Royal Caribbean.
    I was wondering about the Haiti stop-over too. We've done eastern & western Caribbean cruises. Very nice to get away from cold & snow in January.
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    Here it is the update engine pictures. After doing a little reading on here for the tune-up I went with the NGK plugs, Summit Racing wire set and NAPA Cap and rotor.



    Last night in the what felt like -32 weather I went ahead and started to break down all the front suspension for a much needed replacement.I decided to go with all new Moog bushings and joints. While it is all off the car a good sand blasting/ cleaning then much needed paint will take place.



    If look in the above picture you can see the freshly painted battery tray holder. lol










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    Check out Rock Auto in the sponsor page for the discount code on parts.

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