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Decided to put up a restore thread over here on my 1993 Dodge D250; Cummins Turbo Diesel...this truck is like the Intrepid to me; and is getting a very similar restoration that my Intrepid did back in 2005...a bit more on this one though.

A little history, the 1993 has been in our family since 1996, I remember when she was clean as a whistle, with just 40k miles.....my dad bought it for me as a graduation gift...I drove it daily until around 2003, when my dad needed it more than me for hauling, work at the farm, etc...so I went to a Toyota Tacoma, and gave him back my old Dodge...regrettably....I eventually sold the Toyota, got into the car hauling business, borrowed the old 93 for a couple years, then in 2007, purchased a 99 Ram 3500 to handle the towing...dad got the 93 back at that time.

Fast forward, I sold the 99 Ram 3500 in 2012, with over 270K miles, it was needing some major work...and I was done with hauling, so it was best that it was sold......this June, dad decided to buy a new car, no longer needs the 93, and gives it back to me....

Ohio winters have not been good to it, I live in NC now....had it shipped down...bed is shot, fenders are shot...cab is shot...holy rust....but she still runs like a top...tight as ever....drivetrain and frame is good...so...being the most reliable truck we have ever owned, and sentimental value and all...I am going to restore it, with the help of this 89 D150....its clean as a whistle, not a speck of rust....so here, the project begins...

Hard to tell in the pics, but the only good panels left on the 93 are the hood, front rad support, and the drivers door...LOL....

Many pics to come during the restore...pictured here is the 93, and the first of two parts trucks, a 1989 D150, in grey on the right.



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Here are some pictures of the tear down....










More tear down...






Rusty floorboard..eeww...




Under the bedliner....


One of three holes in the bed floor...






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Just picked up this pile of bolts, for parts, a 1991 D250 diesel, it will contribute some good rust free parts along with the 1989....

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Next step is to prep the frame for sandblasting/paint, just have to swap over some rusted out brackets and crossmembers with some clean ones, and she'll be ready.....

This truck is also kind of a bastard, it has proven very hard to find parts for. It is actually a 1 ton truck, badged as a 3/4 ton....with the engine/trans combo it has, it is 1992-93 only apparently the way it is set up...very very hard to find certain parts...I have ran into several issues with the cab and frame, but no worries, now I have enough parts around to get her back together nicely...


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Keep the pictures and updates coming. You will definitely put that compressor to work and spend some $$$ on sandpaper and sand grit.

Was the rusted side drivers floor pan from wet shoes?
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How did the drivers door survive? With northern winters you would expect extra snow/crap to sit around the rocker area and rust out that and the lower couple inches of the door.
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Nice project, will keep you busy for a while. I'm betting the result will be awesome !!
Make sure you take care of the "death pin" before you stuff that "B" back in......
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Keep the pictures and updates coming. You will definitely put that compressor to work and spend some $$$ on sandpaper and sand grit.

Was the rusted side drivers floor pan from wet shoes?
Yep, the compressor is sure to be tested...hopefully doing the sand blasting next weekend after some prep this weekend.

Yeah, floor pan is gone from the snow/salt seeping thru I am sure....plus it had the salt treatment on the bottom as well from the road spray.

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How did the drivers door survive? With northern winters you would expect extra snow/crap to sit around the rocker area and rust out that and the lower couple inches of the door.
There is a little bit of rust on the seam at the bottom. Thats it. Easily fixable with a quick sand blast and some POR 15. The passenger door is completely gone on the bottom..no idea why...maybe it was something to do with the passenger door seldom being opened, and the salt/snow/crap could sit between it and the cab and fester.

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Nice project, will keep you busy for a while. I'm betting the result will be awesome !!
Make sure you take care of the "death pin" before you stuff that "B" back in......
Yep, plan on doing the KDP before the install....never an issue with it, but just to be safe.


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Heres a few more updated pics. As of now the frame and several other pieces are at the powder coating shop. They should be done any day now....and reassembly can begin.

When it gets back, first step will be to get it back to a rolling chassis. Suspension will be installed, then brake/fuel lines, chassis wiring etc, then the body. Piles of parts here waiting.

I have begun tearing the parts trucks all to pieces and getting the donor parts ready in the mean time.

Down to bare frame....




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Here is the latest.....got the frame and all the parts back from the powder coat shop....now on to re-assembly. I spent most of the day putting new bushings in all the axle/suspension components...hoping to have a rolling chassis here in the next couple weeks.

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The color looks perfect to me, how's the finish??
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The color looks perfect to me, how's the finish??
It turned out pretty nice. There are some ex-rust pits still visible near the axles; that was expected; nothing can be done for that really; but overall, I am satisfied with it. Semi-gloss finish.

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My 1989 parts truck is looking a bit skinny after today...




Found out it took a heavy hit at some point in the left front...noticed the front end was dog tracked from the back end....bent the frame...didnt damage anything important to me...good thing...bout ready to pile some rusty parts on it and JJI!
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Old Red is looking a bit more like a truck again...bed going on next weekend after I get the fuel system and chassis electrical done.

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