yah we're pretty stoked about it - seems to be a real good platform to begin the build with!
. I'm actually going to try my hand at 'hail dent removal' with the heat gun and ice cubes - see if I can pop out some of 'em - otherwise I'm not really bothered by it.
I was going to insert a joke about the aerodynamic effects of dimples…There was a Myth Busters episode where they "dimpled" a car like a golf ball…turned out the car got slightly better economy…But I decided not to. Those damn bumps are a BIOTCH to remove. Is there damage on the roof too?
The lift is apparently 'all suspension' - not a body lift - it has the torsion bar keys or something - haven't researched any of that - but I plan to do the body lift when SAS time comes.
Really nice score, it always helps to sell off the things you don't need for a little extra moola for the project.
The rust seems to be very minimal. Front end has some grumbling noises when going over bumps etc - typical 'old' and worn out stuff I figure - don't really care - it aught to be plenty 'good enough' between now and the time to get SASsy
(Where's the thumbs up smilie?)
Meanwhile BIG kudos' on getting yours running! How soon before you take it out for some test-n-tune time?
Speaking of stoked, WOW! I feel like a kid ready to pick up my very first date! The to do
list has gotten very short and I can see daylight at the end of the tunnel. (I'm still living with the regret of never being able to finish the old Ramcharger project, but relieved that the Dakota made it well past the point where the RC stalled)
Finishing up engine details is in progress. They are hooking up the radiator, intercooler, and stuff like that. Next big hurdle is getting power to the ground…. The transmission is there but it's never been tested. This will be when I will know for certain that you can indeed de-computerize a 47RE and make it work on just a manual valve body and some switches. Theoretically it should, but theres always that tiny bit of doubt that likes to creep up into my head.
The tune part will be roughed in as good as possible, so it can be given a good shake down run. Then I'm thinking of renting time on a dyno, to get a baseline and then dial it in from there. I'm also curious what it's power level will end up being.
In the mean time, you got yourself a great ride, I think you're gonna find that your Dakota will be pretty fun.