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I bought it... a DODGE

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Jason Rose, Dec 23, 2005.

  1. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,858

    I don't know if it was the BEST decision but I think it was the lesser of all the evils out there! I came home with it without any regrets. So far... lol.

    It's a 1998 Dodge 2500, Ext. cab with a 9' flatbed, V-10, 48,000 miles. $12,500

    Thanks to all that have helped me along in my hunt for a truck. It's hard to shop for something good unless you have a good bit of knowledge about every vehicle out there. I sure don't, so It's nice to be able to ask some people who have been around.

    I know this truck may have it's flaws, but it has 100 times less than my '88 ford has! It's going to be a long process to get a hoist under the flatbed. Much work will have to be done! My step dad is a sheet metal and fabrication guru and has all the necessary tools to do the job, unfortunately no good 'shop' to work in! My mom won't let him build one yet... lol.

    I got home today and realized something... I'm quite undecided as to what 'brand' I'm loyal too! I now own a GMC, Ford, and a Dodge! And for a year I owned a Toyota Tundra... Man I am one confused guy!

    Oh well, I know the gas mileage is gonna suck, but I'm used to that. If I had 25 grand to spend I would have steped up to a good diesel. Oh well, maybe next time...
  2. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Posts: 3,556

    Thats awesome.... People are going to turn this into a chevy vs dodge vs ford thread prolly, like every other thread....

    But anyway, that sounds like a badass truck, I like em all, as long as its one of the big 3, they're all the same to me.

    Lets see some pic's of that bad boy!!! :drinkup: :drinkup: :drinkup:
  3. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,712

    why did you sell your tundra?
  4. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,799

    Tundra's are the best light duty truck on the market.

    If Toyota moved into the medium duty market the big 3 would seriously have to be aggressive.
  5. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Posts: 4,785

    I love flatbed Dodge trucks. Is it 4x4? Manual or auto?

    When you get to it snap some pics we would love to see it.
  6. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,858

    Sold the Tundra mainly cause it was BLACK. No I'm not a racist... lol. I just hated the fact that it was always scratched up and dirty. Also it had a horribly light payload capicity! A few hundred pounds in the bed would make it sag in the rear, try to load a half ton or more in it and it was not pretty. Not really that much power for pulling anything more than itself around. I actually ended up buying it because I couldn't fit a fullsize chevy or gmc in my garage. The tundra would fit just fine. Now you tell me how they claim to be the "same size" as the big 3! I replaced it when I bought a different house (not really related, just happened at the same time) with a 2000 GMC sierra. I just saw it on the lot one day and traded for it, lol.

    The Dodge is a automatic 4x4. It sits basically the same height as my Ford, yet it seems so much taller! I noticed I was looking completly over the top of a ford ranger this afternoon! Oh, it's a 7' x 9' flatbed. bout as large as u can get on a standard truck! I was also shocked about how much room there is in the cabin, I 'm 6'4" and I can not reach the window crank on the passenger side from the drivers seat. can barely reach the door lock!

    I will take some pics tomorrow. I need before and after pics anyway... We are going to pull the flatbed off this weekend. Since the dumbass that put it on shoved it tight to the cab it needs to get off there to prevent any more damage than is already done to the back of the cab! I'm sure the pain is already rubbed off in places...

    Sometime between now and march it will transform to a dump bed, I know it won't be easy, or cheap... But not too bad since I already have the hoist!
  7. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,544

    The problem you will encounter with the Dodge is the frame really dips behind the cab so you will have to build the subframe so it can accept the hoist which I assume is a scissor hoist. You will want to build the hinge into the subframe too so the deck rides on a sturdy frame instead of just the trucks frame. You make the subframe from 3" channel.

    A 9' deck is a little long for a dump on a regular P/U you may want to cut it down to 8'6' or 8'.
  8. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,858

    I took some pics but I was too lazy to move the truck out so there's the neghibors cruddy looking siding from their house in the pics. lol.

    Sorry about some being so DARK. It's not even that dark outside though it is overcast. What's funny is that the pics I took with the camera positioned vertically came out fine... What a POS camera... :gunsfirin





  9. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Posts: 3,556

    thats awesome.... does it dump?
  10. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,858

    Not yet... lol. That conversion project is going to start soon. My step-dad says he and I can do it, but I don't know. We don't have any good place to work where theres enough room to get around it and raise the bed high to work. I think we may end up just taking the bed off and prepping the frame, taking the bed off the Ford and removing the hoist and hydraulics and letting a truck bed fabricator take care of installing and putting it all together on the Dodge.

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