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Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Guests on September 29, 2010, 04:35:44 PM
Well, during the summer a friend totalled my 95 Dakota, ran a stop sign and hit another car. OK, so it happens, fine, I can get over it eventually, premiums will eventually go down, first accident in my life, the other one doesn't count, I was rear ended in stop and go traffic and I drove away along with the other gal.
 
So about six weeks ago I found another 95 Dakota Sport out in Arizona, daughter picked it up, I went out a week later and had a friend follow me home, no issues, decent little 2.5 and 5spd manual, engine will go in the TR4 in the future as I was pretty impressed with its level of power in a small pickup. So off to DMV to get the title changed to California, and three hours and $212 all I have to do is have the VIN verified at DMV, smog, and weight of the truck verified (still trying to figure that one out).
 
Well, I still have another 33 days to get everything done, and I couldn't get a few items for the garage into the PT Cruiser (yes, 16foot 2X4s will fit in a PT Cruiser with a moonroof!), so I go over to Home Depot, get the stuff loaded into the truck, pull away and I see smoke coming out the sides of the hood. I immediately shut the engine off and coast to a parking area. The spot on the hood is now getting larger, more smoke, so I quickly pop the hood and see wires and rubber hoses burning, other items melting (a bit of plastic under there). Couple guys come over with jugs of water and we get the fire put out with a gallon and a half of water, so electrical fire vice fuel fire.
 
Friend came over with his Lightning he bought two weeks ago, loaded the stuff up and brought all my materials home, now I have to get the truck towed over to his place so my wrecked truck will be able to keep my burned truck company. I guess the 3.9 5spd in the good body and frame will be done sooner than later now, that is as soon as I get my garage finished.(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley11.gif)
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Steve on September 29, 2010, 06:31:44 PM
Ohhhh  Nooooooooooooo
 
Sheeesh Ed. . .you have not been doing well lately.
 
You gonna make one out of the 2?
 
Any idea what caused it?
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Stan Paralikis on September 30, 2010, 04:30:10 AM

Use the Dakota frame under a hot rod of your choice.  Personally, I'd look for a fifties Dodge pick-em-up.

Commando12010-09-30 09:59:21
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: firedome on September 30, 2010, 04:38:44 AM
Those Dakotas sound jinxed... it might put a spell on that poor TR.

Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Steve on September 30, 2010, 05:50:32 AM
I dunno, my Son-in-law but 260K on one just like it.  He had the 2.5 Manual.  Had very little trouble with it.  I think we put a clutch and exhaust in it.  That was about it.
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Guests on September 30, 2010, 06:12:51 AM
I bought it with 224K on it, intended to use the body and frame only to replace the other one that was wrecked. It was a decent bodied truck and she just ran well overall. Heck, she was running good enough that I was simply thinking of driving it the way it was until the clutch gave out (it rides a little high, so I know it wasn't going to last much longer). I don't think she is jinxed, in fact she might have been trying to tell me there was a problem and I wasn't listening. The volt gage took a couple tweak drops in numbers several times towards the end of the AZ to CA trip, then it stopped doing it. I think there was a short somewhere instead of an alternator going out problem and I just didn't pop the hood and check close enough to really catch the problem. I gotta get the garage finished so I can actually start doing something instead of talking about it.
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Steve on September 30, 2010, 06:18:44 AM
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Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Guests on September 30, 2010, 08:11:15 AM
Window and door headers, top plate and trusses are on the agenda today.
 
Yep, I gotta gitter done sooner rather than later.
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Guests on September 30, 2010, 01:12:49 PM
So now I am dealing with it raining cats and dogs, I just can't win. Working in the rain isn't the issue, it's the electricity and power tools in the rain that is the issue. 
 
I think I am going to go into the kitchen and do some cooking.
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Steve on September 30, 2010, 03:46:51 PM
I agree.   I work in the rain all summer.  I try to do all my electrical work on the good days, when rain is forcasted and use the air tools on the bad says.  But I'm not building a state of the art Garage either.
 
See?  Swabbies aren't afraid to get wet. LOL
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: firedome on September 30, 2010, 04:02:08 PM
Cripes, it's rained like hell steadily all day here too.  And like
Ed, I was, also, all ready to break ground on a long delayed
carport/addition off the back of my garage today. Grrrr...

Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Guests on September 30, 2010, 04:06:42 PM
I love working in the rain, not rain and electrical tools, especially since the power cord, a 250ft 12/2 wire and only one 30amp fuse for the whole house. It was better than Tuesday when I had to redo three walls, two 15ft walls with shear panels (8ftX8ft) and the 3X8 shear panels and 18ft 4X12 beam for the garage door itself. We broke a high temp that day, and I got them all down and up, alone, and only fell off a sawhorse and scraped my leg once. That was a bad day. I decided to give up today, after the third rain deluge, when I was cutting a board under a piece of plywood with plastic covering it, and a thunderclap overhead set off car alarms in the neighborhood. I am in a canyon area, house on one side, garage over a natural ditch on the other side, so I get to hear a lot of things out there. News reported over 850 lightning strikes on ground by 2pm, so quite a cool little storm out of the blue.
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Marc on September 30, 2010, 05:01:37 PM
To all of you guys in the rain it was 78 and sunny here in South Dakota. I also drive a Dakota and have had only minor problems.
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Guests on September 30, 2010, 05:55:31 PM
Quote from: Moores Auto
To all of you guys in the rain it was 78 and sunny here in South Dakota. I also drive a Dakota and have had only minor problems.

The big question is, are you bragging or complaining, I'm not sure.....(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley2.gif)
 
Let me know how that weather is in December and January...while you are worried about the thickness of your insulation I will be worried about whether I wear my khaki shorts or dark blue shorts(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley2.gif).
 
It's all good, and I do agree, it is beautiful up there (I'm orininally from Washington State, west side).
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Rich on September 30, 2010, 09:52:22 PM

To all of you guys in the rain it was 78 and sunny here in South Dakota. I also drive a Dakota and have had only minor problems.[/QUOTE]

I'll trade you- we tied the record here today with a chilly 107F.....
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Marc on October 01, 2010, 07:46:01 AM
This is south dakota 78 is warm and sunny is odd so i think its great. 107 would kill me and im just glad its not 54 and rainy here like it was last week. We get such odd weather here last year it was 90 and there was still 1 foot of snow on the ground from the blizzard 2 days before.
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Steve on October 01, 2010, 07:47:50 AM
It's 60 and pouring here
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Guests on October 01, 2010, 09:13:30 AM
Cloudy and 70 today, perfect weather to work in, don't have to drink a gallon of gatorade to survive, I love it.
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Marc on October 01, 2010, 11:47:03 AM
my daily driver is an 89 Dakota with a 3.9 auto super basic truck no power windows or cruise but it does have A/C. I have had a lot of minor problems with it nothing to bad for having over 190,000 on it. they just dont seem to die with some care. the worst problems i have had were electrical problems worn wires under the box caused my fuel pump to die and shorted a few fuses.
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Steve on October 01, 2010, 12:07:51 PM
He didn't tell you the truck is a road menace either (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley2.gif) (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley2.gif)
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: firedome on October 01, 2010, 03:12:59 PM
The 3.9 was a 318 with 2 cyl sawed off, no wonder they are so good...

Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Steve on October 01, 2010, 04:09:07 PM
Very true.  They just eat timing chains and have no economy what so ever
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Guests on October 01, 2010, 04:47:27 PM
The crankshaft was also altered to make it smoother. They don't get any mileage out of them because they are trying to suck through tiny ports that are blocked and bent in bad locations. I plan on fixing that. Hey, the only reason I took the 4banger out to get garage parts was because I was so impressed with its ability to begin with. I originally bought it simply because it was a pretty straight body and everything but the AC worked, which I didn't care about anyway. First time I checked the mileage it was five gallons for 150miles, so pretty good for a 4banger. Gauges didn't work very well (might have been electrical in thinking about it now, haha), but hey, I still have the whole truck, the engine wasn't damaged physically, so I can still use it in the TR4 and I will simply swap the dashboard (since that is where the VIN is) and the engine/trans, get a radiator, full swap without an issue, just like the original intention, so although my ego was bruised a little bit, still have the same things as before, just have to work on it sooner than I was expecting.
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Stitcherbob on October 02, 2010, 07:17:43 AM

I've owned a 89 Dakota Sport 4x4 convertible since new....and yes the mpg sux. I have a 93 parts truck with a Magnum V6 that could go in it...if I didn't mind ruining it's originality.

Searching the web I found a 1990 4 cyl 5 speed Dakota convertible a while back....would be great with a Shelby Turbo 2 engine in it...




Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Guests on October 02, 2010, 09:49:49 PM
Yeah, the 95 is the 2.5 Mopar engine, thought it was the AMC engine when I asked the guy about it, but it wasn't, but I was pretty happy with the way it went through the hills getting to San Diego from Phoenix.  I found an 89 Shelby Dakota, probably still there, for $750, doesn't run, out in Phoenix, original paint, still there after two months, more than worth it even if it doesn't run, body straight from the looks of it. Last week it was still $800, so they are still trying to sell it. It's out on the east side of town, in Chandler, AZ. One  of 1500, fastest production vehicle in 1989.
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Steve on February 02, 2011, 04:42:41 PM
Last 2 posts removed. . .  Sorry Ed  Troll
 
Da Boss
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Stitcherbob on February 02, 2011, 05:16:31 PM
well.....since this was revived....by troll or whatever.... I'll post something constructive

http://www.dodgedakotas.com/board.htm (http://www.dodgedakotas.com/board.htm)

I refuse to pay to join, but it still has some usefulness for Dakota info


Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Steve on February 02, 2011, 05:32:14 PM
Yer good Bob
 
 
 
Trials and tribulations of being the boss.
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Stitcherbob on February 05, 2011, 05:55:00 AM
Moparfins is a Chrysler owners website for the enthusiasts of the 1950's- 1970's MOPARS (plus some other years before and since...)

sometimes I think that needs to be stated.............



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Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: R. Dave Carr on February 05, 2011, 06:47:03 AM
Adambullet smells like a spammer.  I don't see a truck listed in his vehicles owned....
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Steve on February 05, 2011, 07:36:43 AM
Yup
 
Been deleting posts.  Kid has nothing else better to do I guess.
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Guests on February 05, 2011, 10:00:46 AM
Since I was the one to start this thread, and since there really isn't anything worthwhile in it, I was just venting that I had a wiring problem and fire, you could, if you desire, delete this whole post for simplicity sake, I won't be offended.
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: on February 08, 2011, 03:47:46 PM
hi, i just came across this post because i was looking for parts and accessories for my buick. a friend suggested i check out jc whitney. i'm thinking if i should.
adambullet2011-02-08 20:48:35
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Steve on February 08, 2011, 04:43:03 PM
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That's 2 this month
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: charlierickman on February 08, 2011, 05:28:00 PM
Quote from: adambullet
hi, i just came across this post because i was looking for truck parts (http://www.stylintrucks.com/) and accessories for my buick. a friend suggested i check out jc whitney. i'm thinking if i should.
 
here it is again. yes i've seen this before as well. he just keeps posting these things. i've checked and nothing useful to me. i'm not sure for the others.
Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Stitcherbob on February 08, 2011, 07:45:11 PM
PUT THIS POST OUT OF IT'S MISERY!





Title: My parts truck did a barbecue
Post by: Steve on February 09, 2011, 05:26:28 AM
Yeah you're right Bob.  Locking it down.  Sorry Ed