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Thanks for the post. This has helped answer a TON of questions I had.
I'm about to inherit an '89 1st Gen RWD that has spent its life in the south. I will be digging around this forum and learning the ins and outs, but wanted to ask a few initial questions. When my brother inherited the truck in ~2001 it had less than 30k original miles on it my grandfather put on it. I'm sure it has over 100k now, and I think it's been maintained at an "ok" level. So will be going through it when I get it and hope the engine is still in great shape.
The wiring harness needs rebuilt/replaced. I have no problem building a new one myself (as an electrical engineer who built control panels for years). But I didn't find a wiring diagram on here in initial searches.
I'm going to need a windshield and a taillight. I saw some taillights on eBay. any ideas on a windshield? Will the regular replacement shops have them?
I'd like to "upgrade" the 3 speed to something "better". I remember as a kid this thing would really wind out on the interstate, so I feel like I'm going to want to upgrade to a 4 or 5 speed auto or even a manual. Initial forum searches didn't find anything on that either.
Last question. I'd like to change over the rear suspension to a 3 or 4 link and put air springs all the way around... I know. please don't throw things at me... please. Any thoughts here on that? I have a set of air springs in the garage just waiting for the right project.
I would recommend starting a dedicated thread about your truck and ask your question in there.....much easier for us to help and keep track of your progress.
1984/93 Dodge Crewcab, W350, 1 Ton SRW, long box, 370K Km's, hydroboost, 366 spring, fuel pin to deep side, 14cm housing, Piston LP, PS IC, Isspro Boost, Pyro and tach, NV4500, 29 spline NP205, 3.54's.