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    1986 Ram50 Build thread.

    Ok so i was working on this truck for a friend of mine as he bought it real cheap. Turned out we found another car he wanted me to fix first (1986 Chevy Caprice with a 350 in it) that we bought. Fixed that sold it. then he wanted to sell this truck and find a car. he said $400 as thats what he put into it and i did all the work. So i bought it..

    Vehicle Specs:
    1986 Dodge Ram50 Custom
    2.0L Engine
    5-Speed Transmission
    2-barrel Mikuni Carb.

    Now for the pictures as im to lazy to type everything about this truck for a 2nd time due to me pressing side button on mouse and going back 1 page!


    The Truck from a view



    Sanding jeeps door down, due out me getting it ready to paint once this truck is done. Also this truck will be lowered very low and im painting it a dark candy apple pearl red.



    Carb with all hoses disconnected, ready for removal.



    Carb while i was rebuilding it, grrr at 1 million tiny parts!



    Carb off the truck.



    Distributor off truck. (intake mani removal)



    Taking off intake manifold, alot of ports in it were clogged. (sorry no pictures of it completely off), After i put i all back together it ran great idled normal, didn't have high idlewith very slow lowering to it. Still smokes like a whore using a crack pipe. All tests i did shows piston rings are worn or cracked. took exhaust mani off and oil is in cyl #4.



    Put it all back together and it would just crank and spit fuel wouldnt even try to start.. checked timing and it was 180 degree's so pulled distributor back ot and rotated it 180 degree's.



    ENGINE REMOVAL:

    Step dad and i building a tiki engine hoist with a come along.



    Making sure truck fit under it and wouldnt tip in any way possible.



    Another angle of it. Seems to fit great.



    Hood Removal & making sure everything is able to lift engine straight up and out




    Trying to remove Engine but it wont pull off tranny, dang it i almost swore i didnt have to remove starter but i guess so



    Oh and kids always use your emergency brake. it will keep the truck from rolling backwards, In my case i used my jeep instead i doubt it can roll past that



    Engine coming out.



    Another Angle



    And a further angle of it



    Engine is out woot!



    More pictures coming soon of engine rebuild!

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    ok so took head off after i got off work
    took about 30 mins total to remove everything else including head.
    here are some picture updates.


    Engine after bolting it to stand




    Intake manifold off and valve cover. left the fuel pump on the head no need to remove it yet.




    Engine block with head off it



    And of course the head


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    ok found good and bad stuff within the inside of engine. Seems like the bearings were all on its way out and shredding apart haha. Was just starting to shred as it wasnt in the oil when i did an oil change. a few weeks ago after i ran the truck with less than a quart of oil and it started knocking like a bitch. didnt know it was that low till i did oil change. it used alot of oil due to bad piston rings -.- Anyways pictures it is!!


    Oil Pan before removal



    Erm blue rtv coming out of it? Sloppy mechanic if it comes out back then it goes inside engine too. bad! use a gasket if it had one factory -.-!



    Inside the engine right after oil pan removal.




    Oh hey look at all the shiny shreds of metal woohoo! Wait bad not good!



    After removing most of the bearings and caps



    Main bearings with the caps.



    The pistons with rocker arms still connecting along with the bearing caps and bearings back on the end of the rockers.




    another view of inside the engine with only the crank in it. 2 journals have some minor lines in it i can feel with my finger nail. not good, but doesnt seem to me like they'd hurt to leave alone.



    hey the engine block shrunk! It was so much bigger when it had everything on it lol.

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    Ok heres more pictures as engines almost done waiting on header and throwout bearing to install clutch and flywheel back. So here we go!

    A new cylinder honing tool woot!




    Inside the cylinder holes after doing 1 or 2




    All the bearings gaskets piston rings.



    putting main bearings in



    Oil pan set on it to paint it



    Now for the head







    The piston rings and oil wipe rings



    My new piston ring groove cleaner



    Piston rings put on




    After putting on bearings in and pistons.


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    Oil pan on and torqued down, so beautiful!




    Picture of the engine with pistons in it moves so nicely and smooth <3



    Engine block painted



    Now to play with the head and put new valve guide seals *watch a bitch :@*




    Jet Valve with new oring and guide seal



    Putting head together again



    Setting head on engine after wiping the headgasket with oil on both sides for a nice seal then torqued 70 ft lbs of torque evenly from center out according to books torque specs




    Now for the painting process of all this









    Phew that was alot of typing and copy pasting haha! How does the engine look with the accenting as its gonna match the truck when i paint it and interior!

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    And for some more pictures.

    Intake mani put on and painted.




    Distributor put on and timed to cyl 1, hopefully its not 180 out. if so takes about 5 seconds to fix that



    Tomorrow morning i will paint the carb black, and install that Check for more pictures soon. I also need to order me some of the new xecofl shirts, i miss all my buddies this truck will have the xecofl decals on it somewhere i still have the ones i didnt put on my galant.

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    I will post more pictures later im to tired t keep going this should keep some one busy for a few minutes while i sleep ! Enjoy!

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    more pictures!

    New throwout bearing installed and white lithium grease on splines and on forks.



    Carb installed, almost ready to install!



    Engine put on hoist



    Rear seal installed (no pic) and installed start coverplate and dust shield



    Flywheel clutch and pressure plate installed. Had no clutch alignment tool so i did it by my eyeballs -.-!



    truck pushed under hoist and ready to drop in.



    engine lowered bolting it to tranny what a pain in the butt getting it on there!!!



    Engine installed and bolted down to tranny




    Connecting things back to engine.




    The mechanical fuelpump wasnt doing its job and not pumping fuel installed an electric fuelpump 10-15psi.

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    Dude! Youre scaring the crap out of me with that tripod....lol.....but if it works then good for you bud. Sometimes ya just gotta work with watcha got.

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    haha yeah, thats how it was done in old day if you broke down and the only thing u have to work with is tree's u make one out of tree's believe it or not those 3 pipes are stronger than an engine hoist, and could hold alot more weight . those pipes are nearly 100lbs a peice -.- it was fun to make lol!

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    Nice job, hope it's purring along the highway for many years to come.

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