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Old 02-08-2014, 03:33 PM
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Question 1998 Ram Sport 4x4 restore project.

I have a 1998 Ram 1500 Sport 4x4 that I bought new in 98. I got the truck exactly the way I wanted and have been happy with it for years. Well it turned 200k on the way to work Thursday and it's got me to thinking. It needs some work with the years and mileage and debating whether to start a restore project or look into a new truck. As it sits now the body is in perfect shape except it needs paint where the clear-coat has peeled. The interior is perfect except for the usual dash cracks and one visor has a tear. It is the 5.2 and I have run Mobil 1 Synthetic in since it was new, doesn't smoke or burn oil. Had the timing chain, gears, water pump replaced about two years ago. Running K&N filter and Flow-master exhaust. It has the 5sp and needs a clutch and has been having heating issues not sure if its a heater core or the blend door. I am running 33" BFG Mud Terrains and Centerline Hellcats. So I was thinking about replacing the clutch, pulling the dash and replacing heater core and using the Heater Treater fix on the blend door and installing a new dash pad from LMC and new visors. That would take care of heating issues and interior would be perfect. Installing a beefy winch bumper and winch and painting. Main concern would be the engine going out and then having to replace that as well...or at 200K I can figure that into the project as well. Either rebuild or crate..thoughts suggestions or ideas? Thanks in advance!
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Wow. That's a great looking truck. Good luck with whatever project you decide on. Keep us updated.
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Your truck looks great. I think the truck is definitely a good candidate for a light restoration to make it new again. I would rebuild the engine as part of the project before painting the body. I guess its a matter of what you want to do whether to keep your current truck or buy new.
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what a beauty. Deff do a light restore and bring her back to her former glory. I would drive that truck with pride, as is! it has withstood the test of time and deserves it.
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nice looking truck! i had a 96 that i really miss!
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Old 02-09-2014, 10:45 AM
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Thanks for the replies! What is the thought on rebuilding vs crate engines? One mechanic I use recommended a crate engine because of warranty. I believe He said Jasper has a 100k warranty. I have found some places that have a crate with more power and he said I'd need to be careful because of issues with the computer etc. On another subject on the differentials..I have run Mobil 1 synthetic in them as well, at 200k do they need to be "rebuilt"? Thanks for all the help!
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if you're certain you're not burning oil and you have no knock I see no reason to need to rebuild. that's just my opinion.
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If you fix the truck up and keep it a year, you will lose money.. If you keep it another ten years, you will come out ahead. Nice truck!
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New clutch going in next week.
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If it was me I would look into new, either sell or use as a weekend warrior. But if you're going to drop big bucks it would be better going new IMO. In the end it's your choice and your money, do what you think will make you happy.
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