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Old 08-04-2010, 12:20 AM
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after my '97 ram with the 5.9 gasser developed a bad miss this weekend, It was time to crawl under the hood.
A good thing I had just about everything I needed already on hand! I am also in the middle of putting a new motor down in my '95. Such as gaskets, wires, dist cap and rotor, spark plugs.
Anyway, After getting the airfilter box off, (what a piss poor design) I noticed a skinny bolt sticking up in the distributor area. No problem I thought...some previous owners attempt at plugging a vaccum line perhaps? wrong. It was the battery hold down bolt, lying across the distributor.. mustof been placed on the cowl while the last battery was changed out. and it found a new home.
Lets just say after getting the manifold off and cleaned up... sure nuff, a whole section of the plenum gasket was gone. I noticed the whole dist cap was a huge carbon trail. and a couple wires burnt through where the bolt had resided.
The spark plugs all looked good, except for the 2 that had been 'orphaned' from the distributor. They were the split fire brand. I just put in regular champion.
I used the Scotch Brite gasket removal disks. Man, that was very effective! it took about 3 disks to finish up all the mating surfaces.
Oh, I almost forgot! both front intake bolts had rusted through, and one at the rear. I lucked out; there was just a stub above the head surface. I tapped down smartly on each a couple times, to break the rust, and 'worked' them back and forth with a vice grip. dodged a bullet there.
I am not too sure about this new design of vertical bolts in the intake, it can put hellacious pressure on things very quickly. But on the other hand, no worries about coolant leakage past the threads. Oh I will not sleep until I hear it run....who knows if that rear manifold seal is even where it is supposed to be? Soon as I swung the manifold into place, it is long gone from view. (I didnt feel anything hanging out the back...)
I used permatex ultra black for the end rubbers on the manifold, and around the water ports on the head/intake. I used Felpro gaskets, and installed the plenum gasket dry. I put a little drop of mild thread locker on the plenum bolts, and used anti seize on the manifold to head bolts.
Tomorrow will finish her up.... I hate driving my father in laws ferd.
Nothing like installing a manifold while the mosquitoes are eating you alive!
My back looks like a dart board!
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:29 AM
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Sounds like things are going well, except for the flying Red Cross. You're right about those scotch brite disks, they're awesome.

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Old 08-04-2010, 02:02 AM
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Very nice rancherman, definitely sounds like a productive day! Let us know how it goes tomorrow, though I doubt you will have any problems.

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Wow, you really seem to be motoring along there.
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:15 AM
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That front intake bolt problem is a fairly common one and luckily they usually come out without a fight.
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Old 08-04-2010, 10:03 AM
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yeah, that is a design flaw there... the relief pocket machined holds a lot of moisture, along with the fact that it's a 'through' hole to the outside world. The crud was really grown to the head on those! Ok, not really a flaw, but problematic.
I just hope the few miles I limped her back home didn't plug the cat.
The air outside is cooler and dryer than yesterday, should be much nicer to finish it up this morning! Then it's back to the hay feild for me
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I think I have a 'winner'! it's always a good feeling to close the hood! Had to run to the 'local' Dodge dealer (75 miles) for a couple odd ball parts. Needed the pipe that is o ringed into the water pump, and a gasket for the air box to throttle body. You would think I would remember the 'order' of laying out the wires and vacuum lines... but NO! it took a couple of attempts to get things laid back out properly. Every thing seems to look like it supposed to be. Most of the wires and hard plastic lines pretty much 'fall' into place. It's just remembering 'over this bracket' under that one. Then tighten things down.
Blew out the radiator and condenser and re installed the rad. Oh just a tad bit of advice: no matter what kind of shape that bypass hose is... replace it whenever you are in this deep. it's the best 7 bucks you can spend.
It fired right up, and took about 10 seconds to clear up. Those two 'wet' cylinders needed a little time i guess, and the computer needed to relearn. No leaks, so it was time for a little road trip. after about 10 miles checked for any leaks, and so far so good. upon restarting, NO CLOUD of blue smoke!!! All this time I thought my valve guides/seals were shot. It must of been really sucking oil through that blown plenum gasket.
I have owned this pickup a little more than a year now, and I have put almost 30k miles on it. It rolled over 200k last week. I give $1900 for the ol girl. She is back in the stable, ready to work tomorrow at first light!
Thanks Remerson for the input and advice, and to all to 'cheered' me on!
Next for going under the knife: finish up the '95... to be continued!

oh btw, there was a really COOL Black Challenger RT sitting on the front of that dealer's lot today....hmmmm I wonder if it's still there tomorrow...
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Challenger , sounds like you need to drive back over there and take it for a road test . Sounds like you did a nice job . Congratulations on a job well done . Rep for ya .
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Nice job man, great to hear she's back up and running and purring like she oughta be!

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