Well, i did a thing. With the prices of late model used trucks thru the roof in pandemic, and old solid trucks basically never going down, i "invested". not only did i get basically double for my '08 than i should have, but when a truck just makes you happy it's an investment in sanity! love this new things and started getting into some things that others might find helpful or interesting and thought i'd start a thread. some of you may have seen this truck on the forum before too, i'm like the 4th owner of this build from way back.
1993 Ram W250 Club Cab
Cummins / G360 / NP205
D60 / D80
6" / 4" lift
35's on 17" street-locks
Oldschool Compounds and fiddled with screws
i had been looking for a GM square body to 12V swap, until i found the club cab. i'm just too tall for a regular cab, and quad cab is too much wheelbase for a daily imho. spent a good long while looking for something clean enough to be worth the money and time to keep on the road, but used enough i didn't feel bad doing truck stuff. also wanted something stock to build myself, but obviously threw that to the wind!
I'm from PA and found this bucket of bolts in Mississippi, so decided to make an adventure of it. Flew down on a Thursday night late. My wife and i were dead when we got the hotel and i couldn't sleep like it was Christmas eve as a kid. He picked us up first thing in the AM and the truck was as-advertised, off we went to the bank and notary, then to drop him off. He sold this cuz he got a TRX! i demanded a ride before we left! 🤣
were so close to the coast, so we drove down for lunch on the beach. pan fried grouper taco 🤤 walked the beach for a few minutes, toes in the Gulf, and then headed north. 500miles the first day was basically uneventful and pleasant. though, the wife did use my noise canceling over-ear headphone the whole ride,😂 . stopped Friday night in Nashville, and spent Saturday looking around.
Day 2: breakfast on Broadway, live music, tchotchke shops, etc. even taco bell was bad ass! the tours of drunks at 11am were the best though, holy hell. tractor pulled hay rides, monster truck rides in the city, you name it. city ppl who came to the city to party like it's the country! toured the crazy opry hotel before going to the opry for the Saturday night show. best part was Billy Ray Cyrus singing Achy Breaky live! 🤘
Day 3: headed home, 575mi, again was uneventful for the truck. got a clicking in the steering when not moving, still not found it, and no heater. was at least just above freezing. left early and stopped into the Corvette Museum at opening. totally worth stopping, but can't say i'd have driven there just for that. everything was great until it got cold, rainy, and even snowed. as the sun set the cab stopped holding heat and the windows started to fog up on us. i kept running the defrost to wash the warmer moist air out so i could see, but this froze the wife. she had the DeWalt heated jacket on, hat n gloves, like 4 pairs of socks (one mine), then my spare jeans over her 3 yoga pants, all wrapped in a sweater, still wearing my noise canceling headphones over her hears. on a scale of 1-10, loving it to tuck n roll jumping out the window in front of traffic ... she was about a 9 for the last 3h. 😢
but we made! what an awesome adventure of a weekend!