Originally Posted by team_no
In the fullness of time all will be revealed. I haven't fetched it yet so I don't want to jinx myself.
Okay, so I am back from a Holiday dash to the East Coast . . . thought I'd follow-up my own message with images of my TV and the AS on the first "official" outing:
It is a 1993 Dodge D350 1-Ton Dually with the Cummins 5.9L turbodiesel and a 5spd. It is relatively low-mileage, has a host of repairs/improvements, good documentation and at first glance, you would think it is an automotive crime against humanity;
And you'd be right.
Within TWO DAYS of parking this beast in front of my house (it was, after all, temporary until I could clean it out and move it to join the AS at the local covered R/V parking facility) my phone was ringing in what was the FIRST DIRECT PHONE CALL EVER from my homeowner's assn. I have recieved threatening letters but I have never had anything which would evoke such an immediate response.
I was originally contemplating this vehicle, which I test-drove, investigated ad nauseum, put a sizeable deposit on, etc.:
This was extraordinarily cool because of all the extra storage in the utility bed, but ultimately the big V10 and the unwieldily-ness of it would be its downfall. As the date to pick it up drew near, I kept my Craigslist alert stream going and the `93 turned up for sale down the street. To me, the Cummins motor is the greatest accomplishment in the history of the automobile and while there are many for sale in AZ, they all command a premium and almost all are in the 2nd & 3rd generation Rams, which--while cool-looking--are just monstrous. So, I seized the `93 when it popped up for sale, particularly because it was so cheap.
Apart from being perhaps the most filthy vehicle I have ever purchased (and having spent every day of its life in the Arizona sun) it is, of course, a creampuff. This will be a dedicated TV and I bought it almost exclusively for the engine/transmission. I'm not entirely thrilled with the dually and the suspension, but it actually rides softer than the 3/4 Ton `98 I test-drove and I suspect I can yank a leaf out of the suspension and it will soften it up.
Or some such.
It also has a "cowboy sleeper", consisting of a custom-installed cab on the rear of the passenger compartment, complete with the original side jump seats and the most period-correct barcalounger in the back.
Unfortunately, no matter how much I vacuum, steam-clean, etc., it still smells like a cross between the kennels at the Leader Dogs for the Blind and the former Mustang Ranch(tm). Not sure what I'll do about that. Maybe replace the carpet and seats.
Presently, my wife forbids me to have it re-painted (as it will never appear in public without our being disguised) but it is my thought (and perhaps intention) to STRIP the paint off of the panels and POLISH the bare galvanized steel and clear-coat it so it will--in an odd way--match the AS. Heh.
Anyway, thought I'd give a short update. Happy New Year's to all.