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I 100% agree. I feel that they would be nothing without the Cummins. In fact, that may be the only thing that saved Dodge/Chrysler from going under.
The 5.9 and 6.7 is highly overrated in my opinion. I'd much rather run an ISC 8.3 or an ISL 8.9, Way more bang for your buck, and the physical dimensions of the engine aren't that different.

Imagine one of those from the factory 400hp in one of our trucks.
 

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I've never seen any of those guys refer to their truck as a dodge(or ram) when they talk about it.

It's always cummins or hemi. The entire value of the truck rests solely on the engine with those guys.
 

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I saw a Dodge similar to that on side of the interstate burning to the ground a couple weeks ago........ probably an electrical problem....... I was safely driving an 86 ford bronco, whose under carriage is very nice for a almost 40yr old! It was z-barted.
I was driving down the road and smelled every burning fluid imaginable (including diesel) and I started to panic than I saw what I am pretty sure was the same dodge @Jesus Freak saw.
 

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I 100% agree. I feel that they would be nothing without the Cummins. In fact, that may be the only thing that saved Dodge/Chrysler from going under.
I'll just chime in with my dodge complaint, Do y'all remember when trucks looked great in the early and mid 90s and everything was just fine....... until dodge rolled their fenders and everyone in Detroit said, "we better get busy screwing up our trucks too!"...... I was like 15 and told everyone, " trucks will never look the same again." And sure nuff, ford and Chevy followed suit and look like aeroturds!
 

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Also manufacturers sliding the engine further and further into the cab. Funny Dodge actually put plugs in the cowl panel so you could get the rear most push tubes out to take the head off.
M2 Freightliner chassis are getting out of hand too.
And don't get me started on car haulers.
 

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I 100% agree. I feel that they would be nothing without the Cummins. In fact, that may be the only thing that saved Dodge/Chrysler from going under.
What really saved dodge and Chevy from going under was the government giving them millions of dollars for free, ford didn't take the government cheese.
 

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Toyota the same, big as a Ford.
Get any larger and will need a class 1 drivers license. (CDL)
OH! I do have one.

I remember back in 78 when Chevy went to the box design, I thought, who in their right mind would buy one?
But they sold a bunch of them.
Chevy use to have some good body lines. The one around 62 -67 (I think) was a good one.
GM could drop the GMC line of trucks, they are just an over priced Chevy.
GMC = Gay Man`s Chevy.

I have never liked Chrysler products....but they did come up with some good engines, if the body`s could stay up with them.
I agree it is the Cummins that sells the Dodge trucks.

Today`s trucks are just Living Rooms on wheels.
Today`s consumers would not buy a truck, that was built as a truck to do work as a truck is designed to do.
Cant imagine being a contractor working out of a truck that`s 3ft off the ground.


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I would also say that is it also changing tastes....

I've had Bulls, Bricks, and OBS's. I will likely have another Bull in the future.... which is my favorite body style.

However, I have an 03 Excursion (so basically a Super Duty F-250.... and I have an 11 F-150. I have liked them all equally well.. There is a lot here in town that has an OBS F-150 that I have considered buying..... and my Dad has a 16 Aluminum F-150 that I really like...

They all have their strengths, and weaknesses. I like the old "square" shaped Fords.... but I also like the Super Duty and F-150 in the newer trucks. But, as with everything... stuff evolves, and consumers expect more "Standard" features.... I had a different 11 F-150 that was a Regular Cab Long bed XL truck.... and it had the same options as the 88 F-350 XLT Lariat had..... and that brick was almost maxxed out on options.... the F-150 was just above a "basic" truck..... and ya know... as I get older... and things start to hurt more... the nice ride and comfy seats in newer trucks are really nice.....
 

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I would also say that is it also changing tastes....

I've had Bulls, Bricks, and OBS's. I will likely have another Bull in the future.... which is my favorite body style.

However, I have an 03 Excursion (so basically a Super Duty F-250.... and I have an 11 F-150. I have liked them all equally well.. There is a lot here in town that has an OBS F-150 that I have considered buying..... and my Dad has a 16 Aluminum F-150 that I really like...

They all have their strengths, and weaknesses. I like the old "square" shaped Fords.... but I also like the Super Duty and F-150 in the newer trucks. But, as with everything... stuff evolves, and consumers expect more "Standard" features.... I had a different 11 F-150 that was a Regular Cab Long bed XL truck.... and it had the same options as the 88 F-350 XLT Lariat had..... and that brick was almost maxxed out on options.... the F-150 was just above a "basic" truck..... and ya know... as I get older... and things start to hurt more... the nice ride and comfy seats in newer trucks are really nice.....
Driving 12 plus hours from Darrin’s rally in Grand Rapids on Sunday in a 2014 GMC Sierra pulling the trailer was rather comfortable.. just saying...the 89 is still sitting in the driveway.
 

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I've never seen any of those guys refer to their truck as a dodge(or ram) when they talk about it.

It's always cummins or hemi. The entire value of the truck rests solely on the engine with those guys.
Now that you mention it, you're right. I've just never paid attention before since they're talking about their Dodges.
I'll just chime in with my dodge complaint, Do y'all remember when trucks looked great in the early and mid 90s and everything was just fine....... until dodge rolled their fenders and everyone in Detroit said, "we better get busy screwing up our trucks too!"
First off, yes. Second, I'm fairly certain that Dodge changed their half tons first. The first one of those that I saw and drove was in 1994. I hated it because there was a black area down the sides of the windshield that was wider than the wing windows in the 75 F150 that I had at the time. You couldn't see through those black areas at all. I thought that it was stupid to add a HUGE blind spot to both sides of the windshield. I know a guy who says that his Dodge 3/4 ton is a 1995 and it is still the square body style. I also know a guy who had a 1995 Dakota and it's the older body style too.
Also manufacturers sliding the engine further and further into the cab. Funny Dodge actually put plugs in the cowl panel so you could get the rear most push tubes out to take the head off.
That too. I had to pry a Cummins out and then back into a 1992. It literally would not go and I had the transmission dropped out. That was no later than the June of 99 so I doubt that the body mounts were than bad. Then again, it was a Dodge... Then I saw how they set the engines back in the newer style. I can't imagine how they'd work on the distributor on a V8 since it's clear underneath the cowl. The rear 1 1/2 or 2 valve covers on the Cummins are underneath the cowl so that would be a nightmare to try to pull that out. Maybe you would have to lift the cab off first? STUPID!
What really saved dodge and Chevy from going under was the government giving them millions of dollars for free, ford didn't take the government cheese.
I was talking in the late 80's and the early 90's. Dodge was still producing the K cars. Those were JUNK.
I remember back in 78 when Chevy went to the box design,
It was 1973.
The one around 62 -67 (I think)
67-72 was one body style. I like that one, but I don't see the same value in them that Chevy guys do. The 62-66 (maybe earlier than that but I'm not sure) were horribly ugly to me.
Cant imagine being a contractor working out of a truck that`s 3ft off the ground.
The one that I worked for in 15-16 had one that may not quite been that tall, but it was close. His 5' 0" daughter couldn't see over the tailgate until he back up into a power jack on a trailer and dented the tailgate. Then she could just see into the bed by using that dent.
 

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My buddy Vince bought this. 7.3 with factory turbo kit and e4od. Runs awesome. Except the other day we were resealing the turbo and we cut out a bunch of wires from the glow plug harness because the relay was still behind the intake lol. I disconnected the relay power wires, the signal wire, and then the ground wire. I’m not sure if it’s coincidental but I’m assuming we messed something up because now there is no tach and because of that he has no overdrive.

I gotta look at it but I’m guessing a ground or something. Y’all have any ideas?
 

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