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Offline OldCycloneGuy

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First Short Drive, 77 Trail Duster
« on: November 5, 2020, 07:28:19 am »
This one has been years in the making.  Thanks to Jungle Jim and everyone that is a part of the RamchargerCentral community for getting me this far!

Everything happened in the garage it is coming out of.  Frame off rotisserie, I painted it, built the engine, built the transmission, installed a sure-grip, etc.  Everything is new, every last bearing, every last wire, every last seal or gasket. 

Not anywhere near done as of this video, it has no interior or gauges yet, no windows or regulators in the doors, it has a big hole where the heater goes in the firewall, I haven't wired the lights, the rubber door seals are still in the package, the new soft top is in my basement, but it runs and bones are all there.  I plan to fit it out over the winter and have a "complete" driver by spring.

It's got a front bumper/spring setup from Jungle and his first 36 gallon stainless tank with an in-tank electric fuel pump.  Lots of parts from guys on this site like the factory tire swing.  Couldn't have done it without you guys!

The video isn't great, but it's got sound and you'll get the idea!

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgpW_ivzPl0
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    Re: First Short Drive, 77 Trail Duster
    « Reply #1 on: November 5, 2020, 08:02:55 am »
    awesome!  {cool}
    I'd rather push a DODGE than drive a chevy or a ford!!!!!!
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    Re: First Short Drive, 77 Trail Duster
    « Reply #2 on: November 5, 2020, 08:15:58 am »
    Looks Great!
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    Re: First Short Drive, 77 Trail Duster
    « Reply #3 on: November 5, 2020, 10:28:38 am »
    Wow!
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    Re: First Short Drive, 77 Trail Duster
    « Reply #4 on: November 5, 2020, 05:38:38 pm »
    Amazing. Sounds & looks great in the video.
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    Re: First Short Drive, 77 Trail Duster
    « Reply #5 on: November 21, 2020, 06:38:54 pm »
    Just saw this thread. Beautiful TD and great work. I know the feeling of that first drive after a long term project. Smiles ear to ear.
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    Re: First Short Drive, 77 Trail Duster
    « Reply #6 on: November 21, 2020, 07:55:26 pm »
    Congratulations!
    Very nice!
    Stunning paint job!
    And it sounds real nice too!
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    Re: First Short Drive, 77 Trail Duster
    « Reply #7 on: November 22, 2020, 01:19:09 pm »
    Well there’s something to be proud of {cool} {cool}
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    Re: First Short Drive, 77 Trail Duster
    « Reply #8 on: November 23, 2020, 07:21:30 am »
    Couldn't have done it without Ramcharger Central. 

    Really happy with the Jungle Jim front bumper and Jungle Jim gas tank. 

    Found the swing tire here, too.  Oddly enough, I had the tire carrier mount for the tailgate and the two pieces for inside the fender, but no swing or exterior swing mounts.  Someone else had exactly what I needed but did not have the pieces I already had.  What luck!
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