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Daytrepper 01-04-2016 10:21 PM

Project Old Red
 
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.
http://i.imgur.com/gfSnAei.jpg

Daytrepper 01-04-2016 10:21 PM


Daytrepper 01-04-2016 10:25 PM

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....

Down to the bare frame;
http://i.imgur.com/ZaK2ft0.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/JZ5kaVJ.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/IBDKvU7.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/88Uowpd.jpg

Daytrepper 01-04-2016 10:27 PM

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...

EagleESI 01-05-2016 09:01 PM

MMmmmmM. 6BT.

Scooter-Man 01-05-2016 09:12 PM

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?

bh1992 01-06-2016 03:05 AM

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.

Firem 01-06-2016 04:17 PM

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......

Daytrepper 01-06-2016 07:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Scooter-Man (Post 3876609)
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.

Quote:

Originally Posted by bh1992 (Post 3876833)
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.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Firem (Post 3876977)
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.

Daytrepper 02-17-2016 10:41 PM

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.

Daytrepper 02-27-2016 03:56 PM

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 components...hoping to have a rolling chassis here in the next couple weeks.

http://i.imgur.com/gh1c4uV.jpg

Here is the following week, got the axles in; shes just about a roller;
Front and rear suspension is on! Hoping to have a rolling chassis before the week is out.

http://i.imgur.com/T9EpdUe.jpg

paintballdude05 02-27-2016 04:52 PM

The color looks perfect to me, how's the finish??

Daytrepper 02-27-2016 04:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by paintballdude05 (Post 3909754)
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.

Daytrepper 03-26-2016 07:01 PM

Shes starting to look like a truck again. Got the cab mounted up today.

http://i.imgur.com/0PZHoQz.jpg

Next step is to install the fuel tank, chassis wiring, and the bed. Then; lots of bodywork. Stay tuned.

The parts truck is looking a little skinny after all of this:

http://i.imgur.com/Yp3BzEH.jpg


It will see the bad side of the junkyard soon. We were thinking maybe a 318 powered go-kart in the mean time.

Daytrepper 03-26-2016 07:02 PM

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