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jgalt43 12-26-2011 06:13 PM

Newbie w/81 Utiline in need of parts
Hello all,
I have owned my truck for 15 years and have just embarked on a restoration. I need recommendations on parts suppliers. Looking for new front bumper, side mirrors, seat and all the molding and weather stripping. Also need exhaust manifold and to replace the Carter 1BBL carb. The easiest suppliers I could find are Jim's Auto Parts for the non mechanicals and Rockauto for the carb and manifold. However, both had some bad reviews online. Any recommendations. Thanks!

LC Hauler 12-26-2011 07:31 PM

LMC Trucks parts is your best place for rebuild stuff, complete bolt kits, wiriung harneses etc..

GTyankee 12-26-2011 07:33 PM

LMC sadly does not go back that far
some parts can be found here,

a short history:
The first-generation Ram trucks, named for the Ram hood ornament that first graced Dodge cars in the 1930s, was introduced in 1981.[1] Dodge kept the previous generation's model designations: "D" or Ram indicated two-wheel drive while the "W" or Power Ram indicated four-wheel drive. Just like Ford, Dodge used 150 to indicate a half-ton truck, 250 for a three-quarter-ton, and 350 for one-tons. Standard cab, "Club" extended cab, and crew cab versions were offered along with 6.5 ft (2.0 m) and 8 ft (2.4 m) bed lengths and "Utiline" and "Sweptline" styled boxes. Externally, the first-generation Rams were facelifted versions of the previous generation Dodge D-Series pickups introduced in 1972. The new model introduced larger wraparound tail lamps, single rectangular headlamps, and squared-off body lines. Variously-configured Slant-6 and V8 gasoline engines were available. The interior was updated and included a newer style bench seat, and a completely new dashboard and instrument cluster, with a three pod design - a speedometer in the center, with the two side pods containing an ammeter on the top left, a temperature gauge bottom left, a fuel gauge on the top right and an oil pressure gauge bottom right. Models not having a full gauge package had only indicator lights in the place of the temperature and oil pressure gauges. Among the options offered on the Ram were front bumper guards, a sliding rear cab window, power door locks and windows, and a plowing package for the 4-wheel drive version (referred to as the Sno Commander).
Base D100 models were added for 1984, replacing the previous "Miser" trim level available on the D150. A "Ram-Trac" shift-on-the-fly transfer case was added for the 1985's Power Rams, and both the crew cab and Utiline flared bed were dropped for 1986

this may be someone to call, the websites search engine sucks

another site, also check their eBay site

LC Hauler 12-26-2011 07:37 PM

sorry didn't realize they didn't go back that far for Rams, that is wjere I bought all my bolts, clips, and wiring for from 81 GMC years ago.

BlueJet 12-26-2011 07:51 PM

Hello and welcome! :wavey:

Good to have you with us, I hope you enjoy the board!

GTyankee 12-26-2011 07:52 PM

Dodge parts only go back to 1994

There just doesn't seem to be many places to get either NOS ( new old stock ) or OEM parts for 1981 -1984 dodge truck parts

Jims seems to have it, but there have been some issues

AutoAnything 12-26-2011 10:41 PM

Welcome aboard and keep us posted as you go!

brad12kx 12-27-2011 12:59 AM

Welcome to the forum, :Hey:
This forum is full of great looking trucks; packed with great mod ideas and there are loads of knowledgeable and experienced people here.

AND - We all like pix! Got any to share?

Enjoy the Z!

CajunDodge 12-27-2011 03:37 AM

Hello and welcome to the forum, glad to have you join us! Definitely sounds like a cool resto project, any pics you can share? We'd love to see what you're working with! Looks like you're getting some good advice so far so good luck finding what you need and be sure to keep us posted! Lots of great people and info here, so any help you need, just ask and I hope you enjoy the site! :Hey:

- Cajun

old hot rod 12-28-2011 09:38 PM

Welcome to Forum Z
Great to have you with us!!!
Dont forget to post pics of your ride.
Thanks for the pics!!!

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