|Posted on Tuesday, April 08, 2008 - 12:09 pm: |
in the h & h book, there is a picture of a delivery truck from maybe the 50's. does anyone know the year & make of the truck used in that photo and what happened to them after the closing of the stores? also, anybody know what year the automat at 1557 broadway in manhattan closed? today, it is a souvenier store and you can still see the light fixtures in the ceiling.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 07, 2012 - 11:00 am: |
Dodge, in my opiyion, is the biggest piece of garbage made. Only thing Dodge has going for it is, in fact, the Cummins. BUT, with Dodge, the Cummins is a piece of garbage due to the crappy and cheap transmission Dodge puts into their trucks. Dodge is about style, not durability or usability. Granted the Ram 3500 rivals the F450 but the Ram 3500 and F450 are almost the same truck. F450 is a heavy-duty truck with a better frame and chassis. But that split-frame that Dodge uses in all their trucks lacks the dependaility thats needed in a real truck. Chevy is kind of the same but is stronger than Ram. Ford will always outsell, outlast, out-power, haul, and tow any pickup truck made. The Cummins is slow to layin down torque. Ill continue on this subject later….
|Posted on Friday, March 09, 2012 - 8:34 am: |
I have been fortunate to have owned every Dodge Cummins body gesidn up to 2003. The 2003 3500 dually had a 6 speed manual, 4 4 and crew cab set up. This truck had to keep our construction business going hauling material and equipment on a goose neck trailer. It hauled a small road grader from the east coast to the west coast. It ran continuous for two months while I worked recovery after hurricane Gustov in Louisiana and hurricane Ike in Galveston Texas. The truck hauled supplies to military, law enforcement agencies as well as food and water to local survivors and unfortunately had to be used for body recovery. In 2009 while working on a building setting roof steel I fell two stories and my truck had to haul me to the hospital where I spent several hours in the trauma room being put back together. Unfortunately I had to sell the truck to help with financial responsibilities, but I only have great words of admiration for that great truck and dream of the day when I can get the new model and start the next life adventures with Dodge on the badge and Cummins under the hood.
|Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 9:42 pm: |
Rams were my dads truck of choice, so that is what I grew up in. The first one I ever drove slmeyf was an '85 W150. By the time I hit the legal driving age, he had an '89 W150 that I used to help him plow snow from driveways and parking lots with, while he used his '89 W350 flatbed. We made quick work of his client list with those two trucks! Then the day eventually came when I decided to start looking for a truck of my own to love. I cruised through the local Truck Traders and used car lots and ended up finding my Squid. She was beautiful, sitting under a tree in a local used car lot. I stopped to ask about her, and learned that this midnight blue longbed cutie was an '86 W150. She had a 360ci motor, 4 bbl carb, 5 speed manual transmission, 86,000 miles, and had been owned only once before by a little old man who used her to pull his small boat around. She was perfect and I had to make her mine. The dealer was asking more for her than I had intended to spend, so I went to the Bank of Dad for a loan and luckily he agreed. A few days later, he went to the dealership for me before I got off of work and completed the transaction so she was ready to roll as soon as I arrived. There was one problem though . I had never driven a vehicle with a manual transmission. So my father drove her home for me and I spent the next few weeks fine tuning the wrist flick into third gear. When I tried to make my first payment to Dad, he informed me that he wouldn't take my money, and that Squid was a gift for being a good girl and keeping my nose clean. Wow! Not only did I have an awesome little truck now, but an amazingly sentimental treasure from Dad.I have had Squid for the past twelve years and we have had many adventures together. She went from a stock truck with 28 tires to a respectable rig with 35.5 s on her. She's rock crawled, run in the mud, pulled other stuck trucks from peril, and been my security blanket through some rough times. Unfortunately she has not run for a few years due to an electrical gremlin and my inability to figure out, but I will not give up. She's my Squid and that's just how it is. <3
|Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 3:36 pm: |
Similar story. I bought my first Ramcharger, a 1984 from a fnreid who owned a body shop. It had seen rough days, beginning as a military 4 4. 318 and granny low. He had driven it through high school, cutting off the top, and having a custom canvas top made for it. We plowed snow with it in the winter for extra money. This thing was a brute, earning every nickname from Mad Max to The Beast. When I bought it, she was in need of some service to remain roadworthy, so I promptly took her off the road, and trailered to the mountains with our 4 4 club. We enlarged the wheel openings, and stuffed some 38 Gumbo Mudders under it and welded the spider gears, and installed a Jegs Racing fuel cell where the back seat used to be. It won a lot of admiration for getting the trail guides un-stuck on some tough narrow, steep wooded rock crawling trails. I have since gifted itn to a more mechanically inclined fnreid who upgraded her even further.My second Ramcharger was a 1989 with an automatic and a snowplow already on it. 318 and an automatic. I towed my 10000 pound dump trailer with her, and nary a groan of discomfort. I love old Dodges.I then fell in love witha fnreid's 1995 duallie 2wd Cummins with a stick shift! That thing would pull a house right off the footings.Keep the great trucks coming, regardless of intangibles like market share. I read once in a magazine the ford/ chevy have more power in numbers, but the Ram Uses the power the best of all of them. So true, you can just feel the grunt.All for now, keep up the good work,JoeBaltimore, MD
|Posted on Sunday, July 08, 2012 - 12:02 am: |
The first truck that really won me over was my fethars. In 1994, he ordered a brand new fully loaded 1995 3500 4 4, V10, Dually, club cab. He was pulling a GCW of 34,000 lbs cross country to various trade shows. That left an impression on me.I guess the truck that really won me over though was my first vehicle. When it came time to get my own vehicle, dad suggested I get a 1990 W250 that he knew of locally. It was in great condition, had an automatic, reg cab, and it was a Cummins. So, with his suggestion that I get that truck, it became my first vehicle. I still own that truck after 9 years and it stills serves as my daily driver, race truck, part hauler for my restoration truck, and show vehicle. I have even used it to recently tow my trailer accross the country on a 7600 mile trip! The truck has evolved over the years. I have doubled the power (300 hp and 800 ft/lbs), converted it to a standard trans, added a Gear Vendors, changed the suspension to better handle loads and give it a 1 lift, added a complete 4 exhaust, PRXB exhaust brake, and changed turbo charger to name a few things. I have found that regardless of age, nothing beats a Ram! My other truck is also a Ram and it is my first restoration vehicle. I am currently restoring a 1980 W350 Dually, 4 door crew cab that now sports a twin turbo Cummins, SRT-8 Charger interior, 24 speed trans, and air ride suspension.The more I think about it, I am not sure which one has left the biggest impression .Robert
|Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 9:52 am: |
Lets see. My firsta0Dodge trucka0was a 75 150 2wd Club Cab long beda0with a 318 and 727, traded my 73 eL Camino for for it. From there I bouhgt a 78 Lil Red Express. Still own it after 26 years. Needs to get restored, when the money comes around. Had ALOT of fun in that truck First time on the drag strip and first girl friend (the drag strip was more memoriable) Where with that truck. After I blew the motor in the express I bouhgt a new 88 Dakota. I still own this one also. It has gone through some modifications over time. It' been lowered. The V6 had a supercharger on it for sometime. Now it's in the middle of getting a 408 put in it. I also bouhgt a 04 Dakota extended cab (club cab if you ask me) . Finally got a truck with most of the options I wanted in it. That got totaled on Christmas day 2005. I needed transportations so I bouhgt a 1989 D150. Great truck but had a short in that that I couldn't find in the middle of January. When I stripped it I found that the cabs roofa0lights were tapped into the front drivers markers light. The truck turneda0into a parts truck for my express and friends Dodge trucksa0From there I bouhgt 2005 2wd Quad Cab with 4.7. Comfy but not a Hemi. I probally had a a few others in there somewhere that I don't remember. All in all I've never been let stranded with any of them. They are just good trucks.
|Posted on Tuesday, March 05, 2013 - 7:08 pm: |
A few gas tips; Try to fill up in the early morning beorfe it gets too hot. As you are pumping you lose a lot of volume from the gas , lost in vapors fumes and evaporation. Also try to fill up when you are only half empty (or half full) Less Space to fill which will be less evaporation and fumes lost. I have also heard that if you will fill up on the slowest setting you will also get more volume in the gas. All these should give you better gas mileage. Another tip: if you see a big truck filling up the stations tanks. Don't use those pumps. Most dirt etc stays settled at the bottom of their in ground gas tanks but when the big truck has filled those tanks the force from that hose has caused all the dirt to mix in to the gas. It will take a little time to settle back to the bottom. You don't wont to pump dirt into your tank.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 08, 2013 - 5:44 am: |
The 2012 Dodge Ram boasts of pliaesng engine performance combined with a great outlook, which makes it one of the most appealing choices for a pickup truck on the present market.