The truck has 73,000 miles and was owned by the county before I bought
it. I took it in to the Dodge dealer and they are insisting that the
truck is fine.
As always, my friend, my email address in the header works. Oddly enough,
I've never been hacked, contrary to what's commonly believed by those that
have munged addresses.
The dealer says it's ok? Bullfeathers!
So how come an 80 D-150 with a slant six ( my last one) could out-run yours
with a 1700 pound load? ( I topped my 80 out at 85 with 1700 pounds railroad
If they can't answer that, then I wouldn't believe them about much of
Seriously, with a 5.9 (360) engine and 4:11 gears you should be showing
about 3200-3400 on the tach at about 65 and if it can't get to that rpm,
they may have a governed chip on the engine for fleet use. Get one from a
civilian truck in the junk yard and try it. If that doesn't help, then the
engine has some probs.
Cheaper than a gear change might be to install a Gear Vendors Overdrive
unit. Unfortunately, (if you remember, I'm not a fan of overdrives) this
would give you two overdrives, including the one in the transmission, but it
might be cheaper.
Quick update:, I've moved back to Canon City CO (in '07), I'm fully disabled
now but will turn 65 on our next birthday, and I'm the poverty stricken
owner of an 88 XJ (Renix 4.0, BA10/5 5 speed, 4X4 with 3.07 axles) that had
been severely abused. We got it to tow behind our '81 Class "C" RV (Dodge
400 chassis, 440-ThermoQuad, 727, 4:10 Dana 70 axle with duals) but then the
better-half developed chronic lung disease and we gave up going roaming.
How's your family doing?