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    Slam 50

    This is a build thread for my '88 Dodge Ram 50. I purchased this truck for dirt cheap and figure it will be a good 3-4 year project to accomplish what I have in mind for it.

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    What I've done since the purchase date of 10/28/12...

    Removed the damaged tailgate which was jammed in the closed position for a number of years according to previous owner
    Registration + Insurance
    Replaced wiper arms (found at junk yard)
    Replaced passenger seat belt receiver buckle (found at junk yard)
    New wiper blades
    Oil/filter change... looked as though it hadn't been changed in over a year
    Replaced the air filter
    Replaced drive belt
    Topped off brake fluid

    current to do list...

    Clean carburetor
    Replace valve cover gasket and grommets
    Clean up engine bay
    Bleed brake line
    Check for any other leaks

    I have been driving it around town. Longest trip so far was 40+ miles one way (mostly freeway). I've gotten to know this truck pretty well over the last month. It's been talking to me and I'm enjoying the bonding time. It still has a little hick up, periodically, between 70-75 mph. It was worse prior to the Oil/filter/air filter change. Hoping cleaning the carb will rid of it.

    Slam50

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    Welcome to the site, what are your plans for your truck?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DroppedMitsu View Post
    Welcome to the site, what are your plans for your truck?
    Full custom mini truck. Custom rear section, 3 or 4 link, air bags, custom interior, custom single color. It'll be a long process, but that's what I'm shooting for. As for now I just want to make sure it runs smooth and doesn't leak. It'll be my stand by transportation until I've gotten to a satisfying point on my other ride...
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    Sweet, exactly what I wanted to hear lol. Can't wait to see the build take form. Nice car too.
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    welcome 2 da board man.. nice project. seems identical 2 mine (yr. make model). is yours 5 spd.?
    if you can't dodge it, Ram it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikeepzitclean View Post
    welcome 2 da board man.. nice project. seems identical 2 mine (yr. make model). is yours 5 spd.?
    yep, 5 speed 2.0

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    Bitchin. I have an 88 2.0 and that hiccup between 70-75 is your truck crying for mercy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dondelusion View Post
    Bitchin. I have an 88 2.0 and that hiccup between 70-75 is your truck crying for mercy.
    Hahaha... I've actually done some routine tune-up stuff and that hiccup has subsided... until today :/ I've put 2500 miles on it since I bought it. It's running much better than the day I brought it home but still lacking the power I desire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krz_hayn View Post
    Hahaha... I've actually done some routine tune-up stuff and that hiccup has subsided... until today :/ I've put 2500 miles on it since I bought it. It's running much better than the day I brought it home but still lacking the power I desire.
    check ur EGR valve and passages. i took mine apart today and look... hella nasty!
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    if you can't dodge it, Ram it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikeepzitclean View Post
    check ur EGR valve and passages. i took mine apart today and look... hella nasty!
    Yummy. That smog stuff is always in the way...

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    How'd you go about cleaning that ikeepz? As soon as I get a new gasket I'm doing that exact thing. Guaranteed gunkified EGR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noahwins View Post
    Yummy. That smog stuff is always in the way...
    shit.. tell me about it. Im in da process of putting da brand new motor in mine and I WISHHH I could just tear out all dat smog-related stuff under there. BUT its Cali. lol
    if you can't dodge it, Ram it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dondelusion View Post
    How'd you go about cleaning that ikeepz? As soon as I get a new gasket I'm doing that exact thing. Guaranteed gunkified EGR.
    carb. or brake cleaner, then soaked the bottom part of it (circled in red below) in Purple Power overnight.. and finally a polish drill bit after it dried up, then aluminum paint.. i need to tk a pic of da finished product
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    if you can't dodge it, Ram it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikeepzitclean View Post
    check ur EGR valve and passages. i took mine apart today and look... hella nasty!
    Quote Originally Posted by ikeepzitclean View Post
    shit.. tell me about it. Im in da process of putting da brand new motor in mine and I WISHHH I could just tear out all dat smog-related stuff under there. BUT its Cali. lol
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    carb. or brake cleaner, then soaked the bottom part of it (circled in red below) in Purple Power overnight.. and finally a polish drill bit after it dried up, then aluminum paint.. i need to tk a pic of da finished product
    Thanks for the advice. I'll look into that. Lately I've been experiencing some slipping in 3rd and 4th gear too. I'm coming up on 3000 miles since I got it and possibly just gonna opt to do a swap instead of investing too much into the gutless carbed 4g63.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krz_hayn View Post
    Thanks for the advice. I'll look into that. Lately I've been experiencing some slipping in 3rd and 4th gear too. I'm coming up on 3000 miles since I got it and possibly just gonna opt to do a swap instead of investing too much into the gutless carbed 4g63.
    welcome! Im in da process of putting a build thread together from my truck and i'll put a bunch of info in there. just needa organize a bunch of shit, order a few misc. parts, etc. so the thread is on da back burner for da next few days at least.

    and btw, what do u mean "slipping in 3rd and 4th"? i thought its a 5 spd. maybe ur clutch is about to give..but if thats da case u'd see it in all gears not just some.
    if you can't dodge it, Ram it!

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