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Old 05-21-2011, 05:34 PM
Hemi59 Hemi59 is offline
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Join Date: May 2011
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
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Vehicle: 1996 Dodge Ram 1500
Trim Level: Sport Package
Color: White
Engine: 1994-1997 360ci (5.9L) Magnum V8 230hp
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I have now owned my 1996 Dodge Ram 5.9L Magnum (sport package) for 2 years now, it is my first vehicle and I am very proud of it. I am the second owner. The first owner took great care of the engine and transmission. However, in the fall of 08 the transmission fell out the truck and I bought it. The paint is rough on the hood and top of cab (because of sun) and a lot of the clear coat is gone. The truck met a mountain in 06 and bent the right frame horn and smooshed the bumper and hood into the doors and frame. Regardless of the exterior I have a vision for this old truck as I am a avid dodge supporter and love the versatility of trucks. Over the past two years I have slowly modified the engine, exhaust, and suspension of the truck. I replaced the transmission with a factory reman (courtesy of a dealer contact). I then proceeded to replace the ruined radiator with a substantial thinner (17lb) aluminum racing radiator, a new starter, and fuel pump. Shortly there after I added a K/N Air-filter. The next big job was the exhaust and engine. First the engine was bored and stroked, the 360 was hollowed out to 392 with custom porting on the inlet and outlet of the exhaust manifold. the exhaust was next I purchased custom copper headers (3 to 1) to a single 3" pipe where exhaust passes through a random technologies cat straight out a 2 1/2" straight pipe. If that isn't enough I attacked the electronics next with a Crane Arms fireball ignition module, coil, and timing sensor with a unit under the steering column. I then replaced the suspension with Edelbroch struts and springs as well as a larger 7/8" rear sway bar. Lowered 3 inches in the front and 2 in the back with Pirrelli's on 18" factory rims. While I have done all of this work on the engine the exterior and the interior remain untouched. This is mostly because I have no expertise in either of these areas. While I am enjoying my little junkyard dog and the way it gets up and goes at any speed. I want the exterior to at least be clean and sharp looking. As the summer approaches I am ready to begin the exterior and possible move to the inside. I am hoping this forum will broaden my contacts and open myself to opinion from other avid car lovers.

My first question is how to go about finding a front bumper for this model truck, so far every single one I have found is not compatible with the sport model. Any help is appreciated in pointing me towards having my dream truck!
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