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post #109 of 113 (permalink) Old 02-01-2018, 12:48 AM
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Hey guys i joined the forum not too long ago because i was looking for a cummins. So i finally got one. Its a 1999 3500 Dually 4x4 Extended cab with the 24 valve of course. I came here to do some research about it. First thing i wanna say is, how do i know if i have the 53 block? i want to do alot of things to this truck. It needs some work, typical dodge rust on all doors. I will soon be straight piping it maybe a 5 inch. Ill be on here quite alot asking and getting to know my truck a little more. Sorry for all the newbie questions, its my first cummins. Thanks in advanced
If you have not found your block ID its on the drivers side under the injection pump behind the fat wire harness just about the oil pan or, look on the passenger side under the oil filter--you can see this from the top leaning over the battery with a flash light. The numbers are big, maybe an inch or so.
I like your rust comment!!! I am from Kalamazoo Mi. and know what you mean by the typical rust. For the past 13 years i have been here in Louisiana and the typical rust deal is not an issue. I scored a 1985 D150 that still has ALL the black paint on the frame also the brake and fuel lines are still shinny at the fittings. My 01 is in the same boat and my 12 Mega looks brand new under it, I was admiring it while adding the exhaust delete kit last summer.
Anyway, I got a chuckle out of the rust comment only because I was so taken back with the condition of sheet metal down here, even the ones in junk yards or solid, just faded paint and sunburned sheet metal with surface oxidation.

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Hey guys! I wanted to join a couple forums related to cummins' because I'm 17, I love trucks and I want my first one to be a 2nd gen Cummins. I haven't worked on an engine in years though. Me and my "dad" used to work on them all the time. Since then, I've forgotten a bunch of stuff that I knew. So if I ask dumb or nooby questions, that's why. I also don't know anyone that owns a 2nd gen or a cummins at all.

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Hi there!
I'm a super to this forum and new to diesels in general so please bear with me. I want to learn all I can and find that people like all of you can provide better information than most books can. With that being said I do need to purchase an owners manual and repair manual
I just bought a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 24V and I'm looking for general "do's" and "don't do's" as far as taking the best care of it possible.
Things like fuel additives? yes or no and any recommendations? How often?
Operating temps of engine and transmission? I'm assuming it's transmission as I have a "trans temp" gauge.
Common problems and things to look out for...
Pretty much any advice you can give a newbie I will be happy to absorb.

Thanks guys!

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Hello fellow Cummins fans.

I have been a diesel fan for 45+ years and knew Dodge had a winner when they first put an industrial Cummins in there pickup trucks. I/we have both a 1989 and a 1999 Dodge Ram Cummins powered trucks. Best vehicles we have ever owned.


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Just checking in here, looking for good information about getting my truck running and good aftermarket fuel solutions.

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