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Old 12-17-2011, 08:41 PM
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I just bought my first real truck and I'm 40 years old! Its a 97 Dodge Ram 1500 standard cab, long bed 4x4. Has the 5.9l and auto. It's a beast. Well, the first thing I'm doing with it since taking it home is checking it out, getting it up to date on maintenance. From what I can see so far is it seems be mechanically solid (140K miles) but the coolant looks atrocious! I need to flush, clean the coolant system first thing, change the air filter, also the 4X4 light won't go off and I saw some help for fixing that here. Then I'll have to put some miles on it to get some confidence and trust in this machine. (It has a completely unknown history BTW). Anyways, I'm excited and really looking forward to getting to know some of y'all as I get to know my new truck.
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Now wait a minute... "y'all" ???? You can't be from Orygun...we don't talk like that in these here parts...

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Hello and welcome to the forum, glad to have you join us! Sounds like a cool truck, congrats! Any pics you can share? We'd love to see the beast! I was thinking the same thing as Michael, "y'all" is a word we use in my neck of the woods lol! So besides a little TLC, do you have any mods in mind for your truck? Lots of great people and info here, so any help you need, just ask and I hope you enjoy the site!

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Old 12-19-2011, 12:59 AM
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Default Thanks everyone

Good catch Maddog. I do live in Oregon (8 yrs) and before that it was Indiana Hoosier country and before that was New England. Never actually lived in the deep south- but some Indiana folk talk a bit like that. Actually, I think the truck makes me want to practice some yee-haws and country stuff like that. Here is a photo I caught in the dark. It needs some paint on roof/ hood etc. The motor sounds really bad ass- not a dual exhaust just a 2 into 1 but has a real nice snarl. It might need a heater core. The coolant was rusty because it was just water and I'm not sure what the p.o. was trying to do with that. But, I'm feeling a lot more confident about its overall condition now and that it is a good truck. As far as mods go, I am going to put some miles on it to see. Besides painting I will surely add some fog and or driving lights. New Shocks? maybe. More power without hurting fuel economy (is that possible?) Looking forward to taking it off the pavement soon!!
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Awesome man welcome to the forum......Oregons awesome man lived there my whole life besides the two year stint my family wanted to do in oklahoma.... but hell yea u can add power and mpgs......kinda were i am with a Cold Air Intake an exhaust system to get all that new found air out smoother and more effiecently and a programmer just to tell ur ride whats actually going on......and thats really just the tip of the ice berg.......goodluck... these guys on here are awesome and very knowledgeable.... ask away
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