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Old 08-10-2019, 06:00 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. Well it has been a few years since I worked on a truck, but my son and I have started a new project. My last project (http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=463296) was a success, however, due to orders and children I ended up selling it a year after I finished it. Well I have moved twice since then and ended up with my fathers 1981 Dodge D-150.

My father passed away in 2013 and my brother last year, so while I was up in MN I picked the truck up. My uncle has had it since 2006, up until that point it was garage kept, but my uncle used it as a farm beater so its condition went down hill pretty fast.

This truck was affectionately known in our family as the gutless wonder. It is a 2wd with a 225 slant 6 with a 727 auto. No frills, only power steering and power brakes.

The goal is to restore to a basically stock condition and then my oldest can drive it when he gets his license. We are upgrading the engine and changing the color. Other than that it is pretty much stock, just lots of new parts.
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Old 08-11-2019, 08:24 PM   #2
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Sorry for your losses! I know death is part of life but we are never prepared for it.

I worked for a guy in the late 70’s that had a 78/79 just like the one you have. It was transportation and that pretty much it.

Good luck with your project!
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Old 08-11-2019, 09:30 PM   #3
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We started on this project a year ago, so here are a few photos to get up to speed.
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Old 08-11-2019, 09:40 PM   #4
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Our replacement engine, 1988 318 and 904 from a gran fury squad car. frame stripped, cleaned, and painted. Brakes and axle cleaned up and rebuilt.
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Old 08-11-2019, 09:44 PM   #5
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Old rust cut out and new metal welded in.
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That’s some nice progress! Congrats!
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Old 08-12-2019, 03:35 PM   #7
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Good luck on your project. My dad had a 1980 or 81 D150 with the slant 6 and five speed manual. It was pretty gutless as well but was never used as a heavy hauler. What I remember most was it was a sort of burnt orange color and was nicknamed "The Pumpkin."
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:15 PM   #8
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Thanks all. Yeah the 81 and newer slant 6 had about 90 hp. My sportster puts out close to that.

I talked to the machine shop today, the block is cleaned up and ready for machining. This is moving along, but I have to have it don't in the spring as I will be moving again early summer.
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:21 PM   #9
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My son is pretty excited about this project. Unfortunately for Dodge many of the patch pieces are not made. This is where you have to get creative. I am glad I fixed a couple of Chevys first, as it gave me the skills to do something more difficult. It is also nice that my wife approves of this project as it has been in our family since 1981.

I was able to find a used passenger door in GA. My uncle ran a 4 wheeler into the door damaging it and the hinges.
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:25 PM   #10
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We pulled off the front clip and removed the original engine and transmission. Once I get the box cleaned up we will redo the front suspension and then start repairing the cab. The dr side is pretty rough.
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:28 PM   #11
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We have the box ready for bed liner. Pas side box is ready for body work. We put our first coat of body filler on.
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:30 PM   #12
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I had to order a new inline sander, mine died about 10 minutes into repair. Then again it has been sitting in my tool box for 5 years. I also purchased some fluid film to spray in all of the crevices, I would like this truck to stay on the road a few years.

We hope to have the box in primer this weekend and bed liner sprayed on the floor.
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Old 08-13-2019, 07:51 PM   #13
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Well I started tearing the front end apart. I also received a call from the machine shop, block is ready for boring and decking. Other than that it checks good. Pistons and engine parts are on order. I also received my mopar 904 deep pan with drain plug.
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I managed to sneak on and take a look at the progress with the link you gave me. Beats looking at the pictures on a flip screen phone. Coming along nicely!
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:08 AM   #15
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Nice progress , not a lot of HP out of a 318 but wise choice very good motor , I have W250 318 manual 4spd that I bought new in 91 and have done only a few thing to it over the years It s primary use is plowing snow, The only thing I know that is a common problem with these Dodges are the off set plate that sits behind the steering gear box that is mounted to the frame tends to rot and get week then cracks ,Im not sure you have the off set plate on your specific truck but if you do check it real good for cracks . good luck Nice progress on your Dodge
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:14 PM   #16
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Thanks all. The engine should be out of the machine shop tomorrow or Monday. I dropped off the .30 over pistons today as well. I chose the stock style with the higher pin location which says they are 9.0 compression ratio. I also dropped the original police heads and ordered a set of 714's. They are supposed to have the 65cc combustion chamber the same as the 302 heads.

With the parts I have ordered I think it will be around 275-300hp. That is plenty for a 2wd truck. After all its only a 1/2 ton.

I pulled the front suspension apart today and some of the ball joints and bushings, what a pain in the butt. I also pulled the power steering box, the 2wd doesn't use the plate, but I will look over the mounts good after I clean it up.

I also got the lower inside part of the box sprayed with bed liner, one of the problems of working in a small shop is space so I need the bed to keep stuff in, lol.
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Well today I spent a few hours sanding and filling the passenger side. I was able to prime the front of the box and the pas side. Looks pretty good for the first coat.
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Old 08-19-2019, 06:35 PM   #18
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I was able to get a little bit of the front suspension cleaned up. I have all the parts for the front end so I want to get it back together and get the parts off of the shelf. Also had my heads come in, 302 castings from ebay. It says they are remanufactured. We shall see.

I also changed out the airlines and plumbing on my custom air system. Since the HVLP gun draws high cfm at a low pressure I plumed my 21 gallon compressor into my 6 gallon pancake compressor with the addition of an air tank. The new volume seems to do the job.
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Engine is back from the machine shop, time to slap it together.
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I received most of my parts for the engine and have the crank installed and the camshaft. Main bearings measure out .0015 to .002 oil clearance, right on. I was a little worried as I ordered a replacement crankshaft from rock auto, but it looks great and the machining seems to be spot on. I guess we will see if the rods are the same.

I looked into the heads some more and I am glad that I did. It appears that the rotator style exhaust springs will not work with the larger cam life. I calculate it only have about .030 clearance to coil bind, which is half of the recommended.

I am being more careful with this build than my previous chevys as dodge does not appear to be as easy as a plug and play. I have to check the parts a few time to ensure everything will work out. I ordered new valves, springs, retainers, and keeps to overhaul the heads.

At the same time it teaches my son some good skills to verify that parts will fit and interchange, at least I hope it does.
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