Ok here's the latest novel gang. Stayed up LATE Friday night and then spent pretty much all day Saturday on the Ram. It looks tons better!
Friday night after work I picked up the truck and got right on it. Got the new pin stripes installed, got the grill and bug guard back on, and also installed the new black bumper cap and tail gate protector. Dusted the truck off and MAN it looked sharp.
BUT at near midnight I started it up to go run to 7-11 for a drink and driving to the store heard a loud rattling under the truck. Got back home and let the truck cool down. While it was cooling down I removed the stock horn and replaced it with a Bad Boy Air-Blast train horn (hahah). It's LOUD!
That done, and truck cooled off, I climbed under and started banging stuff....looking for the rattle. Found it....the catalytic converter rattled like mad. DOH!! That's a brand new issue, it had been totally quiet since I got the truck running.
Sacked out at 2am, set my alarm for 6:30am and was at Taylor Muffler when they opened at 8am. So here's weekend surprise #1!
They made me a deal, and I now have a big free-flow cat, Flowmaster 40-series muffler running dual pipes with big chrome tips under the rear bumper. It's LOUD, a little louder than it maybe should be for someone my age, but my son Eddie LOVES it...and even my countryfied wife laughed when I started it up for her. The truck really rumbles now!
After draining my wallet on exhaust, I ran down to Pep Boys and picked up a little more pin striping, I ran out before finishing the hood.....took 45-feet of stripes to do that truck, no joke! Also got some touch up paint for the silver...that turned out to be too dark and have too much metallic in it....oh well.
Now here's weekend surprise #2. I started the truck up in the Pep Boys lot, and even over the exhaust rumble I heard a loud hissing sound from under the hood... I think the truck is cursed. The idle air control module, a part I'd already replaced, failed (Duralast from Autozone). Dangit!
The IAC module varies the amount of air going into the intake to help the truck keep a proper idle, and compensate for air conditioning. Happily the truck still ran fine, just sounded like it had a huge vaccum leak under the hood.
Got home and popped the hood, and finished with the stripes while the engine cooled. Then I pulled off the intake air box, removed the failed IAC module, dug up my receipt and headed for Autozone. They swapped it right out, I went home, installed the new one, and it was as bad as the one I just took off! Doh!
I removed the latest IAC module, then went to Advance and spent $5 more to buy a BG-brand IAC. Put it on and it was worlds better. Went and got my money back at Autozone. I will say the BG module still hisses at some low idle speeds, less so when the a/c is off, and I can also hear it around 40mph sometimes. It MAY just be a Chrysler thing...but I have read that going with a Mopar part...while a lot more expensive, may help. Will think about doing that later....for now it's a lot better and runs fine.
Saturday night I pulled out wax and did the silver sides and lower green paint, and then got after the exterior plastics with Armour All. Truck GLOWS now.
Ended the evening by pulling out my folding chair and putting it in the grass under the trees, then started up the engine and sat down to look at my sparkling truck and listen to burble through it's big chrome pipes. Man it sounds so GOOD now. Ha!
Took the family to Outback for Mother's Day in the truck. Misty actually asked if she could take the truck to work sometime this week. She loves it! Ha! I did NO car work on Sunday, had a good day with the family. Hope you guys all had a good holiday and called your Moms!
Here's the latest pics, with some before-and-after's added.