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overdue build thread 1987 LE
« on: September 5, 2019, 05:36:00 pm »
I bought this rig just about a year ago. Then decided i didnt want to work on it in the Texas heat laying on gravel. So i started my shop in march and finished it july (subbed out the concrete and the shingles). Wellllllll after much back and forth from strokers, to rebuild, 440's. I landed on a nice magnum 360 long block crate motor because of the price and power. The interior of this truck blows me away everytime, and when its all said and done hopefully it will be the complete package. I apologize to the sticklers, but i had to get the prospector and glove box custom badges for it (it should earn them upon completion). Still need to get the 727 rebuilt to handle the new engine, different gears, sand, paint, swap out to the pre-87' grill, dress the long block, holly sniper efi, a little lift for the rear end for that "shackled" look, and probly a hundred other things before im cruising around. I have been reading all yall's tips on magnum swaps over and over and over so as to avoid stupid mistakes, finger crossed. I really appreciate the members here for there tips, tricks, and ingenuity. Any suggestions are more than welcome, unless its to sell  ;D . i hope i load  these pics correctly 
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    Re: overdue build thread 1987 LE
    « Reply #1 on: September 6, 2019, 03:09:37 am »
    nice !  a shop to work no less good deal .   360 mags .... a comment , are the same engine as the L/A with some improvements in sealing , and because of the spark timing being computer controlled , heads/compression/fuel delivery .You can without modifiying the LOOK of the truck convert the electrial system to the 1993 mpfi and have the full benefit of a mag motor , its what I'd do , change 3 wire harness's a dash cluster and speedo pick-up on trans.. if you keep a 727 , you will have to notch the bellhousing for the all important crank sensor , NOT HARD to do
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    91 w250 318 518 44/60 single 9 foot driveway plow locked
    87w150 44/corp727 kandy w/ ghost bats/summer
    86-D/W100 44/corp/318mag/carb/4500/aka shit box/winter
    93w150short/44/corp/360/le/mag "caddie"
    93w250LB51844/60posi 318"New Truck"
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    Re: overdue build thread 1987 LE
    « Reply #2 on: December 5, 2019, 11:40:55 pm »
    more progress
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    Re: overdue build thread 1987 LE
    « Reply #3 on: June 8, 2020, 07:46:38 pm »
    Whats been filling my days off, 1/2 days, dreams, day-dreams, and thoughts

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    Re: overdue build thread 1987 LE
    « Reply #4 on: June 8, 2020, 07:50:26 pm »
    Had to paint it myself, but glad to get the experience
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    work truck 2013 1500 w/5.7 hemi 2wd
    current project- 1987 ramcharger w/magnum 5.9 2wd

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    Re: overdue build thread 1987 LE
    « Reply #5 on: June 8, 2020, 07:52:43 pm »
    All the bells and whistles
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    Re: overdue build thread 1987 LE
    « Reply #6 on: June 8, 2020, 07:58:04 pm »
    I'm not a fan of the 80"s style "texturing" on the 4" trim, so i decided to slick it out. fixed the cracks in the center caps (almost holy grail items now). and i could not find a bench seat bracket cover that matched mine so i had to slap some fiberglass bondo in and "patch" it
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    work truck 2013 1500 w/5.7 hemi 2wd
    current project- 1987 ramcharger w/magnum 5.9 2wd

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    Re: overdue build thread 1987 LE
    « Reply #7 on: June 27, 2020, 08:54:37 pm »
    Very close now......
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    Re: overdue build thread 1987 LE
    « Reply #8 on: June 28, 2020, 03:14:25 am »
    very nice :) I like the color . looks good
    78 to 93 parts trucks
    91 w250 318 518 44/60 single 9 foot driveway plow locked
    87w150 44/corp727 kandy w/ ghost bats/summer
    86-D/W100 44/corp/318mag/carb/4500/aka shit box/winter
    93w150short/44/corp/360/le/mag "caddie"
    93w250LB51844/60posi 318"New Truck"
    93w350 6 tire CC 60 c/a flat bed dump

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    Re: overdue build thread 1987 LE
    « Reply #9 on: June 28, 2020, 01:00:29 pm »
    Thank you sir, its a great 20' pant job, a good 10', and a passable 2' lol! But for never using a hvlp gun before im pleased with the outcome. I really need to improve my cut and buff skillz though. Finally getting into sunlight revealed some pigtails and hologram swirls.

    Ive been trying to find someone else who filled in the 4 seams that are about 5' off the ground on either side of the rounded glass. Fingers crossed its not like a house expansion joint and blows up twisting through a turn.... :-[
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    work truck 2013 1500 w/5.7 hemi 2wd
    current project- 1987 ramcharger w/magnum 5.9 2wd

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    Re: overdue build thread 1987 LE
    « Reply #10 on: June 28, 2020, 01:17:37 pm »
    Wow!

    That looks excellent!
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    Re: overdue build thread 1987 LE
    « Reply #11 on: June 29, 2020, 11:02:28 pm »
    Thanks for saving a Ramcharger!
    500 c.i.- Scat Crank, Scat Rods, Indy Aluminum heads, Comp XR280HR Cam, Six-Pack, Milodon 8 qt. Pan, 727  (reverse-manual, low band apply, 5 clutch disc, 3 qt. xtra. pan), N.P. 205, Ford 9" rear axle (4:11, 31 spline axles, Detroit Locker, converted/ disc brakes). Dana 44 front (converted/ disc, 4:10, Tru-Trac limited slip). Hydra Boost Brake Booster, Gear Vendors OD. 600+ ft. lbs. of torque

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    Re: overdue build thread 1987 LE
    « Reply #12 on: June 30, 2020, 02:26:42 pm »
    Beautiful RC, looks good in black!
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    Re: overdue build thread 1987 LE
    « Reply #13 on: June 30, 2020, 06:42:52 pm »
    thanks alot guys, its been a labor of love.

    I risked it and drove her the 15 minutes back to my house from the exhaust shop. _All back country roads at 35 mph.... except when i got her up to 55 for a second lol. the tranny was still a bit laggy initially and there was some smoke from the header wrap once it was up to temp. But all and all i consider it a really big success. added a quart of tranny fluid and it seems to be better. Man this sounds mean with True dual super 10's! went down to 2.5" pipes for the hopeful torque gain.

    I had a AHA moment today while troubleshooting my oil pressure gauge wasn't working at all. i had the 3 prong sending unit mistaken for the "bell" shaped one. a quick swap and i have a good strong reading in the cluster now.

    also fixed what i thought was just some fallen cluster displays, but turns out it was originally installed low?!? weird

    Hopefully in the next couple days i can get the state inspection knocked out, and start breaking her in
    RAMCHARGERCENTRALROCKS!!

    first car- 1986 ramcharger w/5.2 2wd  gifted to me
    work truck 2013 1500 w/5.7 hemi 2wd
    current project- 1987 ramcharger w/magnum 5.9 2wd