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Old 04-25-2017, 07:19 PM   #141 (permalink)
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Im sure an update is in order.

I have the panels rough cut now. Weather hasnt been on my side. And otherwise during the middle of the week when im working theres no rain at all, im on the bike. Been averageing 40 mpg on it. Mostly highway at 75-80. It's difficult to do 55 mph On it.

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Old 06-26-2017, 09:10 PM   #142 (permalink)
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Is the SRT10 the 8L or the 8.4L V10?
Sorry, I missed this. The Dodge Ram SRT-10 has an 8.3L. 505hp. http://www.drivesrt.com/assets/docs/...rt10_specs.pdf
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Old 07-23-2017, 01:42 AM   #143 (permalink)
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Whoa. How long has it been? 2 months? Maybe 3?

Anyway, sorry to those who appreciate keeping current.

And this is what i get when i say "promise"....


So ive been working mostly 70hr weeks since my last post. And any time i have off work is spent sleeping or taking care of more important matters.


Otherwise, i have installed twin electric fans. Only problem there is the little plastic zip ties that push through the radiator to (supposedly) hold up the fans sheared after a week. So ive been driving it around without fans. Yippee.

Otherwise ive been getting 13 mpg in it WITH the a/c on. And soon the sa200 is going to get a fresh lick of paint and set back into the bed as i will be needing it in the near future. Ill be sure to get something up on here as that happens. (No promises.... tee hee)

Ive been riding my motorcycle pretty much all the time other than to go get groceries/keep the rings lubricated. So far my 100hp v4 can get me around 40 mpg blurbbing around town.


So really my project is getting some of the cash it needs. And things are looking promising that ill have atleast 2 day weekends again.

Anyway. Ive got some rear air helper springs since i took away the stock overloads and im going to be throwing 2000lbs back there again. And the front suspension will get some more work soon as well. I need to trim the bump stops and raise the shock supports at a minimum to get a tad better ride, and really the frame needs to be notched out to sit at the height it needs to to match the rear. Its still 3/4" taller up front. And for $300 i can get a basic set of airsprings and fashion up some brackets for the front.

The "aeroshell mach 2" (as im calling it.) is in the works. But i need to get all my tools in the back before i can start building it. The welder is going in sideways by the cab and will sit just as tall as the roof. If anything i could get away with extending the hood on the welder to act as the shell. Or have the shell just go up to that point from the tailgate. Further thoughts require all tools loaded though.

So never fear. I have not forgotten about all my adoring fans. At least thanks to all that halfway care.

More to come!!!
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Old 07-23-2017, 09:19 PM   #144 (permalink)
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You are getting 130mph when you used to get 10mpg, 30% improvement on that type of rig is awesome
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Old 07-24-2017, 02:47 AM   #145 (permalink)
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Yes good work large % at this end of the spectrum are small mpg gains. Can be disappointing. But forward progress nun the less.
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Old 08-02-2017, 01:00 PM   #147 (permalink)
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Whoa. How long has it been? 2 months? Maybe 3?
Yep, sorry about that. I am fighting the spam filter logic in MS outlook right now. It keeps putting ecomodder and Dodgetalk emails in my Spam folder.

Keep pressing. It took me years to start getting decent mpg with the pickup. At least now it'll hit low 20s at 70mph.
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Old 08-02-2017, 01:50 PM   #148 (permalink)
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Hows the congregated plastick handling the summer and road speed?
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Old 08-10-2017, 06:55 AM   #149 (permalink)
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Hows the congregated plastick handling the summer and road speed?
It handled better than i thought. There was enough gap between the cab and it to let heat out. And with the (albiet not as much as i shouldve.) bracing i did to hold up the middle it kept up. Alittle sag in spots but nothing bad. The corrugations helped the most probably.

Anyway. Remember when i said i would have my handy dandy welder back in the pickup but laterally rather than longitudinaly? Ya that totally diddnt happen. I had one day off and the first tractor blew a hose a few days before, the next one diddnt have big enough pampers to lift it and the 3rd one took till 6 that afternoon. So much for plans.

And ive worked 84hrs a week since my last post. But. I got 3 whole days off!

And its going to be spent not working on getting the welder the way i want it. Bummer, but working nonstop has put a ton of my "need to do's" on the back burner.


Now. Economy related. So far, with the welder in the bed, on the highway at 55-60, with a/c, im getting 12ish to the gallon. But my city economy is now about as good as a space shuttle. Ive been able to keep it above 10 but only just.

The problem, as we allready know, is the pond water and asbestos that connects the engine to the transfercase. Ive been shifting it manually (as little controls that i have) to get as much heat to the ground. But getting to speed is the main problem. Once the torque converter locks up ive got solid acceleration from 35mph at 1500 ish od/off. And 50mph at 1400rpm od/locked. But, its sitting around 25, shift at 3000rpm taking off from a stop. Ive pulled back the shift cable some but its still just a sloppy t/c and just gets worse mpg at higher revs in a higher gear. I know it doesnt make sense, but at 40 mph, od on (t/c locks at 50) its actually 200 rpms lower in od/off/tc locked, with far better acceleration vs. Pedal input.

Simply put. This transmission sucks. I cant wait to blow it up.

So. The manual swap has been daunting in finding an actual transmission. My less than $500 budget has been completely blown away by not actually finding any transmissions for that price. The word "diesel" gets thrown around and then it costs way more, for the same transmission.

So really im just going to have to suck it up and pay the $1500 tag for a rebuilt box. I really wanted to get a used box so i could (maybe) get a new 5th gear made that was overdriven a tad more. But that requires more googling.

Ive thought about a big ol 4 speed and an overdrive unit, but would cost more than really necessary. But would be compatible with my subliminal ideas of making stupid amounts of torque with this engine. Wich, my ideas there are to just bump up the compression a touch, stock cam and roller rockers, thinner piston rings and ditch most of the engine driven accessories. I know its been brought up before on this thread, but some deepcycles and a few hundred watts of slim solar on the roof should run things just fine. My nighttime driving is usually just during the winter when the sun is on the other side of the planet, and otherwise ive allready converted all my lights to led. I would have to do the math on how many watts has been saved, but you should know that a one ton has more lights than really should be necessary.

Anyway. I dont know how things are going to play out. But im hoping that ill have a new(ish) transmission to slap into this hog by thanksgiving. Wich means it will probably more like new years. But with all this work, cash for the project is showing its face and maybe ill have enough to get things where i want em.


Oh. And the air springs i put into the back. Awesome ride quality.
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Old 09-05-2017, 11:31 AM   #150 (permalink)
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So... After getting my passenger window broken by some kids and buying/installing a window, As well as the classic plastic radiator endcaps that blow to smithereens after a while. my weekend was spent fixing what broke rather than improving on what isn't.

if anything all i can say is the new radiator was WAY lighter than the previous one. accidental weight savings off the nose and better milage as a result.


I got some bilsteins that i wanted to install. the spring rate is great right now, but the old shocks do get a bit floaty on the larger highway bridge bumps.



anyway. I've been contemplating getting one of those plug em in tuners for $300-something. they all boast mpg and torque tunes. I've thought a few times about seeing if i could find an old color tune that fits these spark plugs and see whats going on and if it can be improved upon with even a change in fuel rail pressure. I love carburetors, but fuel injection is quite easy to trick into thinking its doing something "good". anyway if a "tuner" can get a few degrees more timing at the right time and maybe even get the electrics to the transmission to work more efficiently worth a mile. it might be worth it.

unrelated but i gots some parts for the welder too. i didn't like the knobs that were on it.

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