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Old 05-06-2011, 03:11 AM
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So I just got a 1995 ram 2500hd. 5.9l I have been looking for a project and found it.. this ram was bought by a nursery at 53 miles in 95 and now has 100,970.. I got it from the only owner but it was a nursery truck. it's ugly beet and dirty.. It has a dana 70 rear end witch I thought only came in the diesel and v10 rams. I was told it was ordered from dodge that way for the nursery..?? any1 ever heard of that.? It had no shocks in the rear..!! why. I dont no.. I also got it with the bed resting on the frame with no bolts holding it on and the 5.9 in the bed. I'm betting it had a flatbed on it for the nursery. the seller said he had the bed off to put a better one on and changed his mined and sold it.. ya right... and he said the engine was out to be put in a ext. cab that had a 318.. and wen he quit the job and moved 4 hours away he had a change of plans,witch he did move, but I'm skeptical cause of the pieces I got it in..
I was told that it needs a new intake gasket but I'm betting it needs more than that.. for the low miles it is caked in grease..!!.. any1 know what size bolts hold the bed on.? or were I can get the bolts to bolt the engine to the tranny..?? lol.. to be honnest I would have passed on this but I got it for trade.. a miller 180 welder, stihl ts360 demo saw and a little hvlp turbine finisher, painter. to be exact.. he was askin $700 for the truck or $1000 with the engine.. I think I got a deal, He thinks he got a deal. .. so what do u think and were would u start.. I wanna lift it and beet the snot out of it but I have to make it a nice ride first... all options to..
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whoa....sounds like you could start any place you wanted and make good progress...there's a lot of work there.

I'd check the engine for compression, pull the valve covers off, pull the pan, check the lower end.

Then I'd see what it's gonna take for getting the bed back on. Before you do that it will be a lot easier to put on some shocks without the bed on.

One thing you could do is break this truck down into it's component pieces and then tear those down, rebuild and re-assemble.

What a project!
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With that engine out I would go ahead and overhaul it before I installed it. Check the parts list on a body lift for that truck it will list the bed bolt size I'm sure they are metric just subtract the amount of lift from the length.
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thanks guys for your info.. So I got the engine ripped down to a short-block. the heads and valves are fine but I haven't pressure checked em yet.. the #8 cylinder had a nice rim at the top but all the others were fine..??? stuck ring maybe..?? I can still see the factory cross hatching in the cylinders.. .. but holy-molly the pistons sit down in there a ways at t.d.c... dose anybody no what compression ratio a 1995 5.9 gas. is.?? I heard It was something like 8.9 but read somewhere It was higher like 9.1 because of the year and they lowered it later.. since I want to put new slugs in it anyways I was thinking of putting forged pistons in it and raise compression to 10.5.. will the stock cam work with it that high.. what all am I looking at to raise the comp. a little.. I will pull the bottom end apart tomorrow and see were I lie on that end.. If it needs a crank I'm getting a forged 1 and make it a 408 with a 9.5 or 11.5 comp. ratio. but if not I would like to keep it stock and just replace the pistons to raise comp. a little.. will the bottom hold up to that..?? any suggestions are much appreciated..
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Thats an awesome project you got going. Definitely would do the motor bfore putting it back in' which you doi g. Since you have the bed off I would suggest getting a body lift foe the truck. At let the bed is off already so half the work is done.
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And with a little research I found out the guy I got this from Lied his butoxx off. its a 2500LD not HD. it has a Chrysler 9 1/4 rear and 44 front with a factory tube-truss brace. not the 60's I was expecting but they do have 8 lug rims and the axle numbers cross to a 2500LD. It has 3 1/4 blocks in the rear and huge lief packs. it sits up there.!. the fronts level now but it has the engine out. when I put it back in it should drop a few inches so I may get some spacers to level it. and I'm going with a cheep body lift. any suggestions.? cheap is the key word.. lol.. I have some engine work to do. everything looks good inside other than a ream at the top of the rear right 2 cilinders (#8 and the next 1 up in line.). so I want to go .030 over and make it a 365.. I would like to put in flat top pistons and raise comp. to 9.7 - 10.5 .. any suggestions on what else I may need other than a cam. will my computer run it with more compression. 1995 is obd1 .. and any suggestions on pistons.? .. thanks again guys..
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SO.. My VIN. brought up this trim level... LT HD Reg. Cab 8-ft. Bed 4WD .. weird?? and it has a 5 leif pack on the rear with 3-1/4in blocks.. the front is all spring but once I put the engine in I think I'm gonna need 2-1/2in spacers to level it out. Its raked now with no engine in it.. is that common for the rear...??. I had a 1997 1500 4x4 that sat about 3 to 4in lower than this one.
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We are pleased to provide vehicle build information per your request.

According to our records, your vehicle was equipped from the factory
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