PilotHouse2500

Pilothouse/RAM2500 build

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Spring has sprung here in Minnesota, so in a few weeks I'll be able to haul my '94 to the shed to get working on it.  I posted WAY back when I first found this forum on my build plans.  I'll start here again to bring everyone back up to speed.   

 

First off, is this the right part of the forum to post a "build" thread?  If not please direct me to the correct location.  thanks

 

I restored a '51 Pilothouse B3D truck that was my great grandfathers truck.  I seem to have a disease now, lots of old truck parts in my house, garage and at friend's sheds.  I decided a few years back I was going to take a modern powertrain and graft on a Pilothouse cab/front clip as a daily driver.  This truck will be a stretched 3 door cab flat bed stake side hauler style truck.  I've got all the old Pilothouse cabs and doors to cut apart and re-weld up to the stretched cab.  As well as all the doors I could need to make the 3rd door and fill the space behind the passenger side door.

 

The '94 has a fresh rebuilt tranny and about 150K on the engine.  I've been thinking that since it will all be available to work on, going thru the engine and rear end would be a good idea right now.  Before I start to tear things off, any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

 

Plans include air ride, saddle fuel tanks, rear duals and a tip up front end like a semi for engine work.  

 

thanks, I look forward to keeping this thread moving over the course of the spring/summer while things start under way.

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Please keep your build progress updated with lots of pics. Would be a cool conversion. Are you planning on setting your cab on a 4 Wheel drive chassis?

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So, what part of Minnesota has spring? I'm guessing the southwest?

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Man.... I can't help thinking how incredible it is taking on a project like that on the pilothouse truck. To me that's what the word 'amazing' is all about.

 

Please do some pics if you have time. :popcorn:

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Spring in the Cities at least!   :)

 

yes a 4WD chassis, I've seen one like this done (minus the cab stretch), a tow truck near Marshall, MN.

 

This is "FEF" a full frame off resto of my great grandfather's truck:

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This is the concept drawing for "TODD"

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When I tear down the '94:  any hints?  Tricks?  Most of the parts won't be used so if anyone is looking for something off the truck not related to the power train I'm sure a deal could be made.

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What kind of parts are you looking to get rid of? I have a good friend in your vicinity that has a '94 that just may want certain interior parts.

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Nice truck. Never seen a bed painted a different color but, with the step rail incliuded it does look good not going all red.

 

On the concept drawing;  my only thought is I know the cabs are stronger when there is a pillar between front and rear doors. I know that my cab on my 2002 wouldn't be flexing as much if it had one and it wasn't one big opening.

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MnTom:

I'm pretty sure most of the interior (as well as all the body panels) will be going away as it won't fit in the 51 cab.  So far all I can think of that I'll be keeping is the steering and signal stuff.  MAYBE the climate controls.  Beyond that...no need for any of it.

 

JAG1:

yah, I originally was going to do the suicide rear half doors on both sides, but backed away from that for that exact reason.  I'm doing research on how to get enough steel on that section on the drivers side to keep flex/sags at bay.  I'll be adding around 18" to the cab.  

 

As for FEF's coloring, that was the stock look in the day, it cost an extra $5 to get the bed painted the same color as the cab, or about $50 in today's dollars.

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What is the seat like and the headliner like? Also, how much? I can contact my friend and if he is interested you two can work out the details.

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MnTom:

I'll have to get back to you on condition.  This was a friends truck and I bought it for the powertrain and din't really care about the interior.  I'll see if I can get some pics or something.  It will be a few weeks till we actually get it towed to the shop (still too much now up in Stillwater) from where it's stored right now.

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Not a problem.... I know how those things seem to go. Just let me know what you figure out.

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sadly, not having any luck finding a cheap way to get the 2500 from Stillwater to Elko...

 

So I started at least to tear off the future cab parts from the one truck.

 

 

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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sadly this summer is not going as planned.  I WAS going to pick up the 2500 tonight so I could work on stripping it down this weekend, but it isn't going to work now....drrrr....my friend I bought it from was SUPPOSED to use some of the money from me to fix his clutch so we could trailer it, but oddly his wife spent the money on something else... :mad: now I need to search my extended network for a truck big enough to haul the trailer/truck

 

HOPEFULLY the week after the 4th will prove to be the magic week.

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That's a real bummer. Not sure if anyone here other than Tom is from MN, maybe he knows someone that would haul it for you? Especially if his buddy is close by? If I were close we could work something out, good luck and I'm sure you will get it all figured out.

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"good" news tentatively scheduled with another friend for July 14th...sigh, the 14th...to get it moved.   Might just take a few days off to tear into it before summer is GONE!  I had wanted to get the power train all fixed up, cleaned and repainted this year yet....dunno if that's gonna happen now.

 

Any suggestions as to tear down order, etc?

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What exactly are your plans for the engine? If it runs good and you don't plan on modifying it I would be hesitant to tear it down. Maybe do a compression test and if it's all to spec I probably wouldn't touch it. 150k is nothing for those engines given they weren't run hard and put away wet. I would definitely regasket anything that looks questionable, IE oil pan, front gear case, tappet cover, etc. Tab the kdp if it hasn't been done (you will know as soon as you remove the gear case).Would be a good time to throw a reseal kit on your vacuum pump while its out as they are prone to leaking. It would also be a good idea to check the oil pan for corrosion if it has seen any salt over the years, they are pretty well known around here for rotting out.

Just a few ideas off the top of my head, I'm sure others will chime in.

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What does the dash look like??? ( OK,Everyone stop laughing... it could be in decent shape :thumb1:  ) The dash in Yabba is not so great... The one in Scooby is in better shape and that's not saying much... :ashamed:

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Monday IS pick up day so I can get some pics for you guys!   :hyper:

 

Plans for the engine:  it hasn't been run in about 6 years, my friend's brother ran it dry of diesel, so at a minimum it would have to be re-primed.  Since it will be "out" of the truck, I'm thinking a tear down to inspect everything and do some upgrades for performance and such will just get done.  Then I won't have to even think about doing any engine work for a LONG time.

 

Parts from the old body:  anything and everything will be up for sale/donation (depending on condition).  I plan on pulling all the climate controls and wiring for the next build, but the dash part itself could go someplace else.  

 

Needless to say, I bought this sight unseen from one of my best friends, so I'm REALLY hoping that him and I won't have to have a discussion about the sale price after I get into it.

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all moved...wow, all four wheels had seized and had to be broken loose.  5.5 hour ordeal to get him moved.  Below is a link to the album of pics.  Of note:  headliner looks to be in good shape for anyone wanting to offer a few pennies for it.  Driver side seat is "ok" the outside edge is a bit soft, but otherwise ok, Passenger side seems good.  Dash is CRACKED!  Front to back.  Anything else you see you might be interested in let me know and I'll see if it will be available.  I hope to start tearing down Friday.

 

http://s1178.photobucket.com/user/ggdad1951/library/TODD?sort=3&page=1

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Nice! Now the fun begins!

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MNTom's buddy showed up Saturday to pull parts from the '94 cab, I hope to get the other cabs to my house early Nov to start the cab production process.  Going WAY slower than I wanted to.

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Well, at least David showed up! I forgot all about this thread. I'm glad you are progressing even if it is slowly.....

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got a few doors it seems I'll be using to make the rear cab door and windows!

 

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I got one cab moved this weekend to my garage and will move the second this Friday.  So hopefully you'll see some more movement here finally!

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Cabs all cleaned out of parts, bare cabs now.  Most of the dents pounded out as good as they need to be prior to cutting and welding (which will cause their own issues).  I hope to start cutting in Jan.

 

 

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