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Old 11-14-2012, 08:55 PM
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Hey guy. Ive got a huge question for everyone out there. I got this 1999 dodge ram from a family member for free. Ive put 3,000 in to it to get it running and legal to pass DE inspection. Which included, brand new rebuild trans, rebuilt rear, all new brake lines, coil pack, front calipers, heater core, intake gaskets, valve seals, all new shocks and front suspension parts like ball joints and tie rods. Now my problem is the rings in the motor are going and i wanna put a motor and headers on with all new dual exhaust as well as new gear box, new tires, and a cold air intake, and maybe a tuner. But its gonna cost me around 6,000 to do so. I wanted to know if you guys think its worth it and if i could squeeze 15 to 16 mpg out of it because im only estimating about 9 right now. i love the truck and wanna keep it but if its not worth putting that much into it the i dont wanna waste my time and money because i will be doing all the work my self. I hope im making sense here lol but any help or opinions would be greatly appreciated ive also attached some recent photos of the truck.
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:26 AM
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Wouldn't you rather drop $30,000 on a new truck? Seriously though, your goals are achievable. Shop around a bit and you'll save $$$. I just today snagged a modded, quality guts A518, never installed, for $200. Two hundred bucks! Including a high stall converter. Gotta love eBay. Hate it for the seller. Obviously a victim of hard times, but he's rid of something he can't use, and I definitely can use it.

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Definitely worth it. Its paid for, don't have to worry about payments. A good way to piss off the banks. Anyway, rebuild it and enjoy it.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:37 AM
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30,000 would be nice for a new truck but is totally outta the question lol but do you guys think that ill be able to see 15-16 mpg with a full rebuild and all new parts? That's my biggest concern.

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My '93 (5.9 gas) regularly averages 15 mpg and it has none of the tunability that the later OBD II systems like yours have. It does, however, have the larger early Magnum exhaust manifold and free-flowing exhaust. It always comes down to choke points. Make it easier to get air into and out of the engine, your mileage will improve.
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:15 PM
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thats to know your getting 15 mpg. I figured it would help with shorty headers and a true dual exhaust system with a CAI but was unassure of what kinda MPGS i could see out of it. Like i said the motor right now is in bad shape and burns more oil than gas. So i guess it a defionate yes that i will see that kinda MPG (15-16) out of it when i do everything. Thanks a bunch for your help and opinions. Looks like i gots some saving to do!!
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Looking at the image of the bottom of the Ram, you better start looking for some POR-15
to stop that rust before it does real damage
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good luck with the rest of it
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Yeah the frame is flaking a bit now but its not too bad. Do you think i should have a body shop spray the stuff on the frame and underbody or should i brush it on. I know a few guys in a body shop as well.
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