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Old 08-13-2012, 08:08 PM
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Hey all. So I have been the proud owner of a 2003 Hemi 1500 2wd Ram since 2009. I would like to start off by saying that I LOVE this truck. We have been through some intense college shenanigans together and it really has been lovely. However, at 146,000 miles, the truck is beginning to show its age. The most obvious issue is that the poor gal is exhibiting the good ol' rusty bedside problem:

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She also has had a check engine light on forever, Broken ABS module, crappy brakes, broken door locks (cant use the key), crappy rusting muffler and a worrisome/ noisy old suspension. Yea she has had better days.

Now that I am (mostly) done with college and am working a real people's job I have some extra money to fix up the poor gal. My goal is to fix her up to as close to stock as possible and then start to acquire some go-fast-goodies. Since I am a crafty guy I would love to do most of the work myself. So I am going to begin with what I think will be a relatively simple task: stopping the rust on the frame.

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I bought the truck in Michigan and drove it through two winters myself and I am sure the original owner used it on the salt as well. As you can see, this tends to make the underside of a truck pretty gross. While the bed is rusted to hell, and the hitch mount needs to just be cut off:

IMG_0615 by m3x1can7, on Flickr

The frame at least appears to only have surface rust. So my goal is to nip it in the bud before it turns into dust. My goal this weekend is to scrape off as much of that stuff as I possibly can with a wire wheel and then spray on some rust converter. I'm going to attempt to reach inside the frame a little bit with the spray, does anyone have any tips for that? I'm also considering removing the bed for this task but I am not sure if that will be worth the effort at this time. Any other suggestions?

Since I am fresh out of dorm-life, this should be a good opportunity to acquire tools along the way and maybe learn a thing or two. As I said earlier I'd like to do the work myself but since I currently live in an apartment that might be difficult. Adding to the difficulty is that I just moved to Lynchburg, VA and do not know anyone to lend me tools or help me learn. The most I've ever done was replace the spark plugs on this truck so if ANYONE in Virginia would be able to help me with any of this I would GREATLY appreciate it. My dad was never much of a handyman so I didn't learn to work with my hands growing up. Hopefully this will be an opportunity to get my hands dirty and learn some new stuff. This should be a fun and expensive journey but hopefully at the end of it I will have breathed some new life into my old friend.
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:15 PM
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I'd suggest going to General Discussion. Put yourself on the map. Join the VA chapter under Mopar Nation and get to know some local member's that are willing to help. Being new to your area they might even be able to help you get to know the area, pro's and con's.
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:29 AM
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Ouch that rust doesnt look good. like my old jeep
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