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Posted: 03/23/20 12:02am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Even more impressive are the original rear brakes especially when being used a hot shot truck.


Actually, hot shotting is the ideal scenario to maximize brake life. Use the brakes lightly a couple times getting to the freeway, then 2-300 miles before a couple more uses at a lunch stop then another 2-300miles before a couple more uses at the end of the day. Say 6 stops for 500 miles.

Compare that to a 20 mile round trip that goes thru a dozen stop lights along with congestion on the freeway and you might be looking at 20-30 stops for 20 miles.

It's a lot of miles but 1 stop per 100 miles vs 1 stop per mile...not unexpected results.


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I will be sending this link to my friend who've been sending and paying for his mechanics' son to college with his Ram.[emoticon]

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Engine, turbocharger, and transmission have 523K on them without any major repairs? Impressive. I wonder if the injectors are stock as well although he said the engine has not been cracked so I am assuming so. Even more impressive are the original rear brakes especially when being used a hot shot truck.


Many Ram/Cummins have amassed more than one million miles without the engine taken apart. It is a great engine. The rest of the truck often requires typical high mileage repairs and replacement parts.


At least 420k on this, my Son now has it. Truck is rust free and in great shape!

FISH, this is a 98 12V and runs around DFW, TX all the time.

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Never happen in the North country, That would be a 'certified' rust bucket, aka: Ghetto cruiser


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Speaking of rust belt and snow. I remember reading something a ways back ago stating the Rams were the longest lasting pickips in Canada. Something like 80% of the trucks sold between 1988 and 2012 were still registered. Apparently they now how to keep these trucks from being "ghetto cruisers" better than we do.

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SidecarFlip wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

jmtandem wrote:

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Engine, turbocharger, and transmission have 523K on them without any major repairs? Impressive. I wonder if the injectors are stock as well although he said the engine has not been cracked so I am assuming so. Even more impressive are the original rear brakes especially when being used a hot shot truck.


Many Ram/Cummins have amassed more than one million miles without the engine taken apart. It is a great engine. The rest of the truck often requires typical high mileage repairs and replacement parts.


At least 420k on this, my Son now has it. Truck is rust free and in great shape!

FISH, this is a 98 12V and runs around DFW, TX all the time.

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Never happen in the North country, That would be a 'certified' rust bucket, aka: Ghetto cruiser


I used it to commute and haul the RV for 300k+ in NW WA then the Son took it to DFW a few years ago.


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I remembered a member saying this just a few days ago.....


"The 68 needs to go the way of the Dodo bird. Lot's of problems with them."

Guess this good one slipped out of the factory! [emoticon] [emoticon]


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blofgren wrote:

I remembered a member saying this just a few days ago.....


"The 68 needs to go the way of the Dodo bird. Lot's of problems with them."

Guess this good one slipped out of the factory! [emoticon] [emoticon]


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blofgren wrote:

I remembered a member saying this just a few days ago.....


"The 68 needs to go the way of the Dodo bird. Lot's of problems with them."

Guess this good one slipped out of the factory! [emoticon] [emoticon]


This is actually not the first one that I have heard of going that many miles. The trans is not bad at stock power levels. Just don't add any power to them with supporting mods.

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FishOnOne wrote:

blofgren wrote:

I remembered a member saying this just a few days ago.....


"The 68 needs to go the way of the Dodo bird. Lot's of problems with them."

Guess this good one slipped out of the factory! [emoticon] [emoticon]


Even a blind squirrel can find a nut from time to time.


OK, that was pretty good! [emoticon]

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Posted: 03/24/20 03:00am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ShinerBock wrote:

Speaking of rust belt and snow. I remember reading something a ways back ago stating the Rams were the longest lasting pickips in Canada. Something like 80% of the trucks sold between 1988 and 2012 were still registered. Apparently they now how to keep these trucks from being "ghetto cruisers" better than we do.


Rust buckets often keep chugging along, so percentage on the road doesn't mean they aren't rust buckets.

Average age of a vehicle when it goes to the big junkyard in the sky is around 21yrs, so give the date range you listed, 80% is about right (not every truck goes at exactly 21yrs).

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