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I'd post pix of my 92 Dodge Dakota with the Cummins V6 that still goes like a bat out of, some place hot, despite 160,000plus miles. But the paint is flaking off as it always did for this model. But I do love that truck. We gave it a workout years ago by collecting at least 50 tons of rocks and boulders to decorate the yard. Still passes smog with plenty of room to spare on numbers. It's happy to head down the pass to get wood and big tools.

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Wow Rick, that was a really nice T/A. I haven't seen very many with the blue , so many were Black and Gold and Red. That was a nice background for the picture. I'll bet you wish you still had it. We all seem to regret selling our toys once they are gone. The last toys we had were my wife's 88 Iroc Z and my 57 Bel Air 2 door H/T. We both miss them, but sometimes life throws us a curve and we must adapt.
I was very close to bastardizing it , painting it black with the gold accents to mimic a special edition , but the blue looked really sharp and it’s also fairly rare .
If I kept it though , I suspect it would have happened.
I also wanted to get the rear end gears changed from a 2.56 to a 3.42 ratio , and replace the Turbo 350 transmission with a 700R4 .
This way I’d actually have steep gears to light the tires up off the line , and an OD for the highway . Best of both worlds really .
My other option was a 5 speed standard , as I grew up with standards . But maybe with old age I’d find the clutch to be a nuisance .
I had a factory borg Warner T10 in my 81 Z28 back in the 89’s , and having a standard really improves the car imo.
Although I wouldn’t want a standard in a daily driver anymore , but a classic vehicle is just fine
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A Dakota with a Cummins ? never seen that before. My father in law has his second Dodge Ram with the Cummins the first he sold at over a million miles and this one is at 700,000. They are good engines but lousy suspensions, constantly changing componants such as ball joints, Idlers and even tables. He wants to buy a 1500 Dodge with the eco diesel and keep the 3500 to pull his boat. Can you post a picture of the engine bay, he would enjoy seeing that.

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I love those especially the 3000s

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Love that color combo. I don't think I would want it with the light blue either. Greats pics and a very nice GMC also. We have similar tastes in vehicles.
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Rick,
Mt wife's Iroc had the 700 R4 and it was great. I like the picture of the older Z28 also. I had a '74 Z28 and transplanted a 427 L88 from a wrecked Corvette along with the Muncie Rock Crusher and a Hurst shifter. I modified the engine with .020 oversize bore and pistons with aluminium heads aggressive cam and an 850 Holley double pumper. That was way back in 1976 and gas was cheap. I could lift the front wheels a foot off the ground and did the 1/4 in 10.7s running 4.11 gears in a 12 bolt rear end. I loved that car. The only race I ever lost was to a 68 GTX with a Hemi that was smoking oil so I was sure and bet $100 and he blew my doors off ! I sold the car a week later. Those were the good old days. A 64 Pontiac Acadian with a 396 and a Turbo 400, a 69 Olds Cutlass 442 with a 455, a 70 Challenger with a 383 4 speed and many more. If ever I win a lotto, I would surely re live those days.
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Mt wife's Iroc had the 700 R4 and it was great. I like the picture of the older Z28 also. I had a '74 Z28 and transplanted a 427 L88 from a wrecked Corvette along with the Muncie Rock Crusher and a Hurst shifter. I modified the engine with .020 oversize bore and pistons with aluminium heads aggressive cam and an 850 Holley double pumper. That was way back in 1976 and gas was cheap. I could lift the front wheels a foot off the ground and did the 1/4 in 10.7s running 4.11 gears in a 12 bolt rear end. I loved that car. The only race I ever lost was to a 68 GTX with a Hemi that was smoking oil so I was sure and bet $100 and he blew my doors off ! I sold the car a week later. Those were the good old days. A 64 Pontiac Acadian with a 396 and a Turbo 400, a 69 Olds Cutlass 442 with a 455, a 70 Challenger with a 383 4 speed and many more. If ever I win a lotto, I would surely re live those days.
We do have a lot in common . You sure know your stuff . I never got into big blocks, but that’s what my 84GMC really needed .
It had 3.73 gears with the factory 4 speed standard , but a 305 . My friend had a LS6454 in his 82 lifted GMC truck, and believe it or not got far better mileage with bigger tires yet, as the engine was just idling pulling tall gears with big tires .
I really wanted a crate 454LS6 myself , and would have kept the engine all iron in order to get some much needed weight in the front end , as the ride in mine was terrible, but my buddies was far better with the Rat .

As for the TransAm,it had a Pontiac 400 . Not saying it’s bad, but a 454 with aluminum heads and intake would have been a far superior engine .
Pontiacs were notorious for poor oil distribution in their engines , and it wasn’t out of the ordinary to ruin a crank journal from lack of lubrication in hard corners .

I know a guy who modified his shaker to fit on a 454 perfectly. And less weight up front would have provided better weight distribution.
Looks like those days are over though
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Went for a walk in one of our parks today . It’s one of my favourite areas ,so I thought I’d try taking some video to show you guys the scenery . Was a bit jittery after uploading, but it gives you an idea .
Forgive my pronunciation of some words,as I was a little out of breath


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Pretty country, Rick. Thanks for taking us along.
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There's still a little snow in the San Bernardino range to the south of us. Very unusual in late April. Nothing quite as grand as your area, but still, up to 8,000 feet and just 30 miles to the top.

Never had a car that I cared much about. I'm one of those guys who just wants transportation. I mean, if it's not a 56 or 57 BelAire, what good is it?
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