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Old 10-01-2013, 07:13 PM
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Vehicle: 1996 Dodge Ram F1500HD Custom
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Default 1996 Dodge Ram 1500HD Custom Build Thread

well I was pleased that there was a section dedicated to custom builds lol... most forums don't have that.

So to start it off, the truck, as it came from the factory, was a 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT Laramie (loaded!) 4x4 longbox extended cab, with a 46RE automatic (4spd overdrive automatic), NV231HD transfer case, it did not have the tow package but did have the heavy duty rear bumper as found on the tow package equipped trucks, and here's what the build sheet shows:

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

Sales Code Description

*P1 Premium Cloth 40/20/40 Bench Seat 
ADAP Light Group 
AJKP Convenience Group 
AJPP Power Convenience Group 
APAS Monotone Paint 
ASPP SLT Decor Group 
BAUS 117 Amp Alternator 
BCES 600 Amp Maintenance Free Battery 
BGJS Pwr Disc/Drum Rr Anti-Lock Brakes 
BKAS 11x2 Rear Drum Brakes 
CBEP 40/20/40 Split Bench Seat 
CGTS Driver Air Bag Only 
CHEP Deluxe Headliner 
CKEP Front Seat Area Carpet 
CLAP Front Floor Mats 
CSPS Passenger Assist Handle 
CSRP Passenger Assist Handles 
CUDP Mini Overhead Console 
DGB All 4-Speed Automatic Transmissions 
DGTS 4-Spd. Automatic 46RE Transmission 
DHAS Lock-Up Torque Converter 
DHKS Shift-on-the-Fly,231HD Transfer Case 
DJCS 195MM Front Axle 
DMDS 3.55 Rear Axle Ratio 
DRBS Corporate 9.25 LD Rear Axle 
EAAC All Engines                                                                                                                                            
EML 5.9L V8 MPI Engine                                                                                                                                      
GACS Tinted Glass Windows                                                                                                                                   
GBBS Tinted Windshield Glass 
GCBS Front Door Tinted Glass 
GFD Rear Sliding Window 
GNAS Rear View Day/Night Mirror 
GNMP Passenger Side Sun Visor w/Mirror 
GPUS Manual 6 x 9 Black Mirrors 
GVAC All Vehicles W/O Power Mirrors 
HAAP Air Conditioning 
HGAP Hood Insulation 
HGBS Dash Liner Insulation 
JAYP Instrument Cluster w/Tach 
JCBS 120 MPH Primary Speedometer 
JHAS Var Intermittent Windshield Wipers 
JJAS Cigar Lighter 
JJBP Dual Note Electric Horns 
JJJP 12V Auxiliary Power Outlet 
JPAP Power Windows 
JPBP Power Locks 
LAAP Ignition Time Delay Lamp 
LBAP Map/Courtesy Lamp 
LBCP Glove Box Lamp 
LDAP Underhood Lamp 
LMAS Halogen Headlamps 
LPEP Cargo Lamp 
MBFP Bright Rear Bumper 
MCTP Bright Front Bumper 
MDAP Front License Plate Bracket 
MFDS Bright Grille 
MHAS Black Windshield Moldings 
MPBP Black Tailgate Applique 
MWDS Removable Tailgate w/Caliper Latches 
MXBS Front Air Dam 
MXCP Front Bumper Sight Shields 
NAA Federal Emissions 
NBKS EVAP Control System 
NFVS 35 Gallon Fuel Tank 
NHMP Speed Control 
PW7A Bright White Clear Coat 
QW7S Bright White Clear Coat 
RAAC All Radio Equipped Vehicles 
RASP AM/FM Cassette Radio 
RCDP 4 Speakers 
RDDP Fixed Long Mast Antenna 
SBAS Power Rack and Pinion Steering 
SCVP Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel 
SFBS Front Heavy Duty Shock Absorbers 
SGBS Rear Heavy Duty Shock Absorbers 
SHAS Front Stabilizer Bar 
SUAP Tilt Steering Column 
TBBS Full Size Spare Tire 
TBMS Tire Carrier Winch 
TYKP 245/50R20 BSW All Season Tires 
TZAP Goodyear Brand Tires 
WLBS Steel Spare Wheel 
WNDP 16X7.0 Cast Aluminum Wheels 
XBSS Pickup Box 
XCMS Vendor Painted Cargo Box 
YAAS Build To U.S. Mkt. Specifications
Now this truck has always had a clean title, but somewhere along the lines before we got it, probably when it was brand new, it had the airbag blown, ALL of the glass replaced, the dash replaced, all of the front panels, bumper parts, horn, etc. replaced, and there's evidence of stuff on the side of the truck (drivers side) too on the doors, so all I can say is it was in an accident at some point in it's life, frame is straight and all the repairs were done competently enough that most people looking at it don't notice those small details...

My dad bought it back in 2006 (yes it's his truck, but I use it alot and do all the work on it lol) to replace our 1982 GMC Sierra that barely could move under ITS own WEIGHT lol... $6750, and it only had 115,000 miles on it. Not a bad deal (at the time). in it's day it was ALMOST the fanciest Dodge you could buy.

When we got it, we did just the normal stock things people do, only change we made was to put on 265/75/R16 8 ply mud tires. BTW, sorta jumping ahead, but the spare was the factory spare, never been used until last year, never had to put ANY air in it EVER.)

We also put mats oon the floor, and put in a new 120AMP high-output alternator, new 750CCA battery, new battery cables, and I redid the trailer wiring on the truck end and installed a trailer brake controller. I also did most of the regular maintenance,
and did what I call "stock" upgrades, i.e. brass contact dizzy cap and rotor, 8MM HD spark plug wires, platinum plugs, I installed rear shocks with big coil springs on them to assist with trailer towing (and by the way, them Monroe shocks work AWESOME, on my third set and never will I move unless I find something with more features and better reviews).

Thus far was what I did to it, it remained bone stock otherwise.

Then last year the customization started in August, with what was SUPPOSED to be a $200 repair fixing the plenum gasket...

Well I'm gonna quite there as I need to go out for chores now, and I'll post this part, knowing how my computer likes to erase everything I was working on lol, I won't forget
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