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Dodge ram 3500

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by R.J.S. SNOWPLOW, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. R.J.S. SNOWPLOW

    R.J.S. SNOWPLOW Senior Member
    Messages: 892

    I am thinking about getting a 3500 dualy say 95-99 cost 5-8k
    But I will be doing a frame off restore about 20k everything rebuilt and replaced
    Reason the cost of a brand new truck is about 50-60k and they are not truck built. A truck but built like a car
    But is it possible to add another dualy axle to the back making it a 10 wheel pickup truck
     
  2. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Ya new truck prices are unreal. I would like to tackle a similar project.

    You could add the second rear axle, but how would you get power to it? Small passenger buses have that single wheel rear axle to help with the weight, but they aren't drive wheels.
     
  3. R.J.S. SNOWPLOW

    R.J.S. SNOWPLOW Senior Member
    Messages: 892

    I don't think it would be a secondary drive axle. I am still thinking about this but I would move the drive axle forward and shorten the dry shaft but the second axle would need braking system
    Also would I be legally to carry more pay load
     
  4. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    The truck would still have a specified GVW no matter how many axles you add. It's like putting 1 ton axles and springs onto a 1/2 ton truck. The state will still consider it a 1/2 ton truck.

    Maybe you could get it inspected by DMV or something to increase the GVW, but I doubt that.
     
  5. R.J.S. SNOWPLOW

    R.J.S. SNOWPLOW Senior Member
    Messages: 892

    I was not talking about 1/2 ton truck.
    I seen a Lexus a guy added a secondary rear axle and had to get it state inspected and it did pass..don't know about the payload
     
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2011
  6. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    I know you didn't mean a 1/2 ton truck. A Lexus? :dizzy:
     
  7. R.J.S. SNOWPLOW

    R.J.S. SNOWPLOW Senior Member
    Messages: 892

    I seen the Lexus on the history channel.
    Also I am waiting for a reply from chip foose on this build
     
  8. hlntoiz

    hlntoiz Senior Member
    from NW, CT
    Messages: 588

    Get a 07-09 Dodge Ram with the 6.7. I have had one since 07' and I love it. Best truck I have ever owned. Prob with the older ones is the trannys fall appart. Mine is going on its 5th plowing season with out a hick up. I am always towing and hauling with it in the summer too.

    You can find one for $25-35k and it will save you all the time restoring it.

    Just my $.02
     
  9. Dubl0Vert

    Dubl0Vert Senior Member
    Messages: 178

    Ever seen Trick my Truck? They did a '97 I think it was. They added a two drive axles sourced from some TopKick sized truck. Looked really cool and was functional (I think some of their builds are trash). I'll search around and see if I can find some web pics.
     
  10. R.J.S. SNOWPLOW

    R.J.S. SNOWPLOW Senior Member
    Messages: 892

    For 25-35k I would get someone else's problems plus the cost of repairing
    Now for 5-8k I still get problems but new engine, new trans, new axles, replace front and rear suspension, new braking system, new fuel sys, new ball joints, controll arms front frame beefed up
    I would spend about 20-30k. So for under $40k I would have a new truck
    Plus $15k for complete plow, vbox, lights, brand new
    That puts me about $55k
    A 2012 dodge ram 3500 is about $50k plus $15k =$65k I save $10k
     
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2011
  11. DAFFMOBILEWASH

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,596

    I think a Blue Bird school bus would make a great platform for a custom truck. They usually come with a crappy P pumped 12 valve 5.9 Cummins engine and a Allison auto. Afew engine mods chop the frame add a smacked up mega cab and a long 8' dually box.... Most of all it would have a 30000lb frame and drive line!!! Plus air brakes or juice depending on what you like.

    Perhaps after I get Franken Done.....
     
  12. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 27,961

    And for that $10k you have a 100,000 miles warranty plus you don't have 500+ hours into the project.

    My time alone would be worth more than the $10k saved, plus the fact I have a bumper to bumper warranty.

    You can buy a new 1 ton CTD for about $39k, Big Horn edition. Not Laramie, but very very nice.

    No way in hell would I put $25k+ in a truck that's already 20 years old.

    Just think of all the technology that has changed to make these trucks ride better, last longer with less maintenance.

    Sure, if you have the time and want to have a project, have at it. But you're not saving $10k.
     
  13. erkoehler

    erkoehler PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,265

    Can't believe I just read that, absolutely insane!
     
  14. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,734

    If it wasn't for all the idiots, the rest of us wouldn't look so good!
     
  15. R.J.S. SNOWPLOW

    R.J.S. SNOWPLOW Senior Member
    Messages: 892

    Newer trucks are not truck built anymore it's a truck but drives like a car

    Plus a restoring shop does give you a 5 year warranty

    Also it's not your money my money don't be jealous

    Also if you don't having anything good to say don't say anything at all......a well maintained truck. And a rebuilt truck is just as good as or even better than a newer truck
    I HAVE ALWAYS REBUILT OLDER CARS AND TRUCK MY WHOLE LIFE.

    Plus newer trucks may look nicer but they are loaded with sensors, electronics that are not made for the punishment
    We put these trucks though if I was not into using them for type of work I would buy a new one for enjoyment only
     
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2011
  16. Pushin 2 Please

    Pushin 2 Please PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,568

    But you did!:dizzy:
    :nod::laughing::dizzy:
     
  17. R.J.S. SNOWPLOW

    R.J.S. SNOWPLOW Senior Member
    Messages: 892

    Now come my cheerleaders
     
  18. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,734

    There's no cheerleaders in the special Olympics.

    [​IMG]
     
  19. R.J.S. SNOWPLOW

    R.J.S. SNOWPLOW Senior Member
    Messages: 892

    That's you, I seen around
     
  20. Pushin 2 Please

    Pushin 2 Please PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,568

    Nice, Mark!