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Repainting the 94 Dodge CUMMINS

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by rebelplow, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. rebelplow

    rebelplow Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    We bought this Brand New - '94 Dodge 2500, 2wd, 5 speed, long box, 12v Cummins in October 1993. It currently has about 390,000 one owner miles. The odometer shows 350,000, but it has been working when it feels like it for the last 3 years. This has been a real workhorse. For the first 250,000 miles or so, about 85% of the time it was hooked up to either a 16' Featherlite enclosed trailer, or a 24' steel enclosed gooseneck So it was never babied from the get go.

    It has lasted this long with basic maintenance, but we never followed any recommended service intervals. It's had oil changes, brakes, tires, a water pump, an alternator, throttle linkages, batteries, and a new engine block heater. But that's it. It hasn't been touched otherwise.

    We'd like to get some more years out of her, and it was looking pretty rough.... and rusty. Typical Dodge rust on the doors, cab corners, rockers, and wheel wheels. It also had an awful case of peeling clear coat, and dents galore. So we are giving it a facelift. It won't be a show truck by any means when it's done, but it will look nice, and will be put right back to work. I'll post some before pics, and the current pics from last night at the painters. It should be a few weeks before it's done. So stay tuned.

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  2. rebelplow

    rebelplow Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    and here are some in progress

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  3. randomb0b123

    randomb0b123 PlowSite.com Addict
    from america
    Messages: 1,278

    you havent had to do anything to the trans? no 5th gear loss? thats amazing if you made it to that many miles with no trans problems and towing....
     
  4. rebelplow

    rebelplow Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    I forgot to add, it has had 2 rear wheel seals on the passenger side, and also u joints. The original clutch lasted to 310,000 miles. The trans is still very stong, and not touched other than the clutch at 310,000. She does like to blow smoke, so I'm sure somewhere in the fuel system there is some air getting in, the fuel heater might be broke, or maybe the injectors are getting worn. But she still pulls like crazy.
     
  5. adksnowo

    adksnowo Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    Flatbed it!
     
  6. vegaman04

    vegaman04 Senior Member
    Messages: 378

    Keeping it the same color or gonna change it up a bit?
     
  7. maverjohn

    maverjohn Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    Did you have the rust holes replaced with metel?
     
  8. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    Looks like a nice little project.
     
  9. rebelplow

    rebelplow Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    All the rusted areas were cut out and replacement panels were welded in. It is going to be repainted in red. We were thinking about doing graphite or charcoal, but red is always a nice color on that truck.
     
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2011
  10. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,216

    What's up with the Chevy? How about some pix of that also.
     
  11. Red_Rattler

    Red_Rattler Senior Member
    Messages: 202

    Love it! Glad your saving it! Keep the thread updated
     
  12. rebelplow

    rebelplow Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    There are 3 Chevy's, my Dodge, and an International Semi in there right now.

    The 2wd Blue Chevy is an '85. Getting new doors, relocate tailgate handle, and a complete sand and repaint. This is a customer truck.

    '82 ( I think) Big Blue 4x4, sweet, sittin on 39.5's. It belongs to the painter.

    '81 Hugger Orange on a '78 frame, 355 with a 350 trans. had a complete tear down to the frame repaint. It belongs to the painter, and it's for sale too.

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  13. maverjohn

    maverjohn Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    Keep us posted on the truck overhaul (pics) nice to see old iron on the road.
     
  14. rebelplow

    rebelplow Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    Well the '94 is all done. These are cell phone pics that do not do it justice. I still need to get a new antenna, a rear bumper, and the moldings for the driver and passenger window since they were rotted. It is a work truck and looks 100 % better than it did.

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    Last edited: Dec 11, 2011
  15. krikert

    krikert Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    how much did that run you if you dont mind i have a 95 in similar shape
     
  16. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,248

    It just blows my mind to see that amount of rust on a vehicle, let a lone a '94. Rust like this is something you never see in Colorado no matter how old the vehicle is.

    BTW it looks really nice.
     
  17. nms0219

    nms0219 Senior Member
    Messages: 445

    Here in buffalo, NY 3 year old cars and trucks rot out like crazy. I think its due to NYDOT over using salt. FYI that same truck would have been junked here by now. Fewer and fewer on the road. Frames go way before the engine or tranny

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    here is one on craigslist Its an 02 and look how much rust it has.
     
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2011
  18. DAFFMOBILEWASH

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,596

    Window mouldings from the doors can be interchanged with Neon ones. You just have to trim them down a bit.:) Glad you saved another 12valve. You know you will be doing this again at 600k....
     
  19. NICHOLS LANDSCA

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,308

    Who squirted it for you? Looks good
     
  20. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,248

    Yeah it's definalty the rock salt used and all the humidity too.
    Out here salt isn't really used by the DOT, they spray MC on occasion but mainly use sand. We get 300+ days of sunshine and being a mile hi the sun really cooks things off quick. Also being a hi plains desert there's minimal humidity.
    I see things posted from guys back east that's talking about rusted out oil pans, breaklines, frames, etc...... I'm just blaffled by this everytime.
    I have a 97 F-350 and there is no rust on it. Just to give you an idea I recently put add a leafs on it, the U bolts came off with ease and without any PB Blaster.