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  • Birthday 11/30/1983

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    2018 Dodge Charger SXT
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    3.6 Pentastar

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    Paragould, Arkansas
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  1. So, my Ram has just over 6k miles on it now. Still a great truck! I’ve been trying to upgrade the looks some here and there when I find deals. Last weekend I found a set of black OEM fender flares on Facebook marketplace for $50. I drove about 40 miles away and picked them up. One had a small gouge, but the others were in fine shape. I repaired the gouged one using a plastic bumper filler kit. I did the bodywork myself and prepped all four for paint. I do not have anywhere to spray and really wanted these to look as nice as possible so I had them professionally painted. I only had time to install the front two this evening. I’m trying to get to the “that could almost be a big horn” look for my tradesman. I got such a good deal on this truck that I don’t mind making it more along the lines of what I normally like. Plus, I’ve saved money doing all this myself versus buying a truck from the factory with all this stuff. After I wear out these tires I’ll be in the market for some nice factory 20” chrome Laramie wheels for it. No issues to report really, it’s been great! Oh, besides the super dusty factory pads....those get on my nerves. I bought a set of AC Delco Ceramic brake pads to install soon(they were a great deal on RockAuto). Maybe that will help keep my wheels clean. Here’s an in progress pic. It needs a good detailing. That’s about it for now... Jeff
  2. Well, on Friday I picked up some old iron. 1968 Buick Electra 225 4 door hardtop. This is a one family owned car from new and was parked in 1992 when the parents passed away. It's going to need everything just from sitting around, but it's a beautiful car. 430 big block under the hood and a turbo 400 transmission. Odometer reads 19k miles and I'm inclined to believe that based on all of the OEM parts present under the hood and the factory markings still in place. I'll have more pictures soon after I do a little spring cleaning. I'm having tires mounted as we speak so that I can move it if necessary. Meet big Bertha. Jeff
  3. The one option I really wanted on this truck, but didn't get was hands free calling. I didn't realize it didn't have it until on the way home. I figured every new vehicle has this standard. Not so. I thought about buying a new radio, but that was going to be big $$ to get something that looked OEM. So, I did some research and found a few kits that integrate it into the factory radio. Mopar makes a kit and so does Rostra. I decided on a Rostra kit and managed to find a NOS kit (2014 manufacture date) unopened on eBay for $100 that is custom made to fit the Ram1500. Installed it today and it really was as simple as adding the Rostra harness between the factory radio and factory harness and then tapping one power wire from the connector in the driver's foot well. The thing works great and using Google assistant it truly is hands free. The switch looks factory and mounted up nice once I dremeled some substructure away from behind that plastic delete plate as this kit was really designed for a truck with column shift. The switch should be mounted vertical in this location, but as my truck is rotary shift I had to mount it horizontally as the delete plates are different. Very happy for the little cost and time it took to install. Jeff
  4. Added 5" polished stainless iBoards to the truck today. They look nice, but not too sure how I feel about them yet. Also, dropped the factory fill Pennzoil at 550 miles and swapped to Rotella Gas Truck full synthetic 5w20. Had my local Ford dealer do it so it would be documented properly, plus $14 is pretty cheap and I didn't have to crawl under it. Forgive the dirty truck. I'm going to wash it tomorrow and then I'm going to add the factory splash guards. I have the tailgate assist kit coming in the mail so I'll install that next week sometime. That's about it. Jeff
  5. Thanks! I figured I'd get more reaction from buying a V6 than it being RWD. Working in parts, I'm seeing a troubling trend with the lifter and cam issues with the hemi engines. The pentastar seems to be pretty rock solid. Lots of 4x4s here too, but I'll likely never go off road in it. We also usually have pretty mild winters. I have my Buick if we get ice, etc. I've already added the higher trim grille insert, chrome handles, chrome mirror caps, tailgate assist, the Mopar chrome wheel skins, and I've got a set of 5" wide iBoards to install this weekend. The only giveaway that it's a tradesman from the exterior now are the 17" wheels and lack of fender flares. I guess, I've done the unpopular thing and embraced the chrome. My only complaint is that the seat bottom is broken already at 600 miles. Dealer says it's a common problem and have ordered a replacement. The seat pops over bumps and certain scenarios when you shift your weight in the seat. Very annoying, but otherwise harmless. Hopefully the replacement lasts the life of the truck.
  6. Saturday, I said goodbye to my 2018 Charger after only two years of ownership and 9400 miles. I had done quite a lot to that car to make it nicer and to make it my own, but somewhere along the line I had fallen out of love with it. It sat for six months under my carport collecting dust while I drove my 98 Buick Regal GS daily. I've always wanted a truck and any time I've ever needed one I've always borrowed my dad's truck. I've always considered them as not affordable for me. Friday, a Chrysler dealer about 40 miles from me offered a 2019 Ram1500 Classic tradesman 2wd, V6 for $24,448. I figured it was a gimmick to get you in the door, but to my surprise, there was an actual truck and they were actually selling it at that price. So, I jumped on it as most brand new trucks simply aren't cost effective in my opinion. It is equipped with power group, heated mirrors, backup camera, upgraded cloth interior, bed liner, alloy wheels, chrome appearance group, keyless, 3.55 rearend, and that's really about it. So nothing special, but it was a great price! I was very surprised at how well the pentastar V6 pulls this truck. It feels nice on the road and has slightly over 6k lb towing capacity. Loved my Charger, but it was time to let it go. After acommercial paint overspray accident(water tower overspray) ruined the finish(one billion white dots on everything) and the aftermath of having all that paint cleaned off, it was just never the same. It did look near new in the end, but it literally had 2k miles on it when this happened. Just ruined my outlook on the car because it wasn't perfect afterward, tbh. All in, I'm about $28k into this truck with negative equity rolled from my Charger which I know it's terrible to do. However, I'm $7k under MSRP on this truck after the $8500 worth of rebates and the dealer offered incentives were another $1750(I believe). I don't think it was a bad deal for a brand new truck that's not totally a stripper model. So far Im getting between 18-19mpg around town. Haven't taken it on any real highway trips yet. Feels nice riding up off the ground. So that's my update!
  7. Just an update on my old 09 Sable. Saw it sitting in front of the Dollar General today on my way home from work. Stopped quickly and snapped a pic or two. She's looking pretty rough these days. One of my friends reported that when they saw it last, the engine had an audible knock while idling. I feel bad for the car. I wish I'd have kept it now. Jeff
  8. So, a week or so back my Buick was totalled by an inattentive driver that didn't wait her turn at a four way stop. I was heartbroken! I cried over this! It's the nicest car in my fleet right now and I drive it all the time! She didn't seem to care much except that it scratched up her brand new Jeep that she had just purchased. I felt judged by her and the police officer that came and took the report that my car was of no value. I've already repaired the car and hung a new fender, bumper cover(cracked in center and fog lamp bracket tore small hole near bottom), grille mount panel(cracked), horn set(bracket all smashed and one horn cracked), rocker molding cover(broke my original trying to remove it), repaired the fog lamp mounting brackets, and headlights. It looks as good as new. All in, just less than $200 to put it back using mostly used parts from a cream puff Regal GS I found in a local upull, some new rocker clips from the GM dealer, and two new aftermarket headlights. I didn't even file a claim because I didn't want the hassle. I guess I'll be painting it soon to make it all match.
  9. Congrats Brian! Garage looks nice! I miss having a garage. I do have a large carport, but there's nothing like a fully enclosed space. Hope all has been well.
  10. I didn't really take any pictures for this stuff, but I've done quite a lot to the Buick in the last several weeks. I located a good used supercharger and swapped that onto the car and the horrible bad bearing noise it had is now gone. I also replaced the valve cover gaskets while there since the rear one was leaking. Also completed a full tune up with NGK plugs recommended by enthusiasts for the SC 3800. Car runs superb now and has great response and pulls hard. I'm a sucker for good deals and I purchased a complete suspension and steering rebuild on RockAuto(mostly). I replaced all four struts with Gabriel Gaurdian struts $9.00 each(China & discontinued part number), all four strut mounts $4-7 each(Taiwan), new lower control arms $21 each(no name no country of origin likely China), new McQuay Norris tie rods $3-4 each (and made in the USA too)!! Rear sway bar links I had left from when I bought two sets by accident for the Impala, and front sway bar links I bought local for $3-5 each. Did brakes all around including a passenger front caliper and hose, turned the rotors, and mounted 4 new cheaper Chinese tires. I'm on a budget so this car can't get the nicest of anything, but will get the newest of something. I did all the labor myself so I could do all of this very cheaply. Now, it needs a paint job and an interior detailing and an alignment. I've driven this car daily for almost a month and besides being ugly, it's a great car and it has icebox cold AC! Is it bad I enjoy driving this old Buick more than my Charger? Jeff
  11. Dash going back in. Slow process since I only really have time during the weekend to mess with this car. Still need to pull the console out and get it done, and also pull the seats and carpet and take the door panels back off and get those done. I also need to power wash the carpet. The seats need some professional repair prior to recoloring them. I'll be having those sections repaired using vinyl(I suspect these seats may not be real leather anyway). Then I can recolor them and the interior should be done. Mechanically, other than an oil leak and tired suspension, this car is in wonderful shape. I have most all of the suspension parts waiting to go in. I got a killer deal on some Gabriel Guardian struts for $9.00 each on RockAuto. May not be the best, but the deal was way too good to pass up! Definitely better than the four blown struts it has now. More to come. Jeff
  12. Figured since I put a refreshed dash in my Regal that while everything is apart I should refresh everything. GM never offered this version in a wheel, I don't think, but I quite liked it and thought it would really look good. It was originally all a similar shade to the darker color I used. The steering wheel backing cover is also the lighter color that's shown on the wheel. These colors are listed as GM Light Neutral and GM Medium Dark Neutral. Both interior colors I had left over from when I refreshed my 04 Impala and since I had the material what better to use! I have something similar in mind for the console/cup holder/console lid. These colors are not the factory offerings that the car was born with, but are similar and make the car look younger than it is, IMO. More updates to come! Jeff
  13. My Buick is ready for it's dash transplant. The passenger airbag cover was cracked on the original dash and it's integral to the dash and cannot be replaced separately. I found a cream puff 2005 Century that donated it's dash to the project. If that car had been console shift then I'd have taken the whole interior to swap. I had to redye the dash pad because the donor dash was gray. It is now medium dark neutral like the original. It only took about an hour or so the strip this dash out of the car. I was surprised at how quick it went. New one goes in tomorrow. Then the whole interior needs a refresh. Jeff
  14. Over the last week I've torn the Buick back down and replaced the water pump, main drive tensioner(including installing the upgraded aluminum elbow), fixed the fuel pump ballast resistor, added a new thermostat, replaced the pcv valve, replaced the idle air control valve, and mass air flow sensor and I recharged the AC. The car runs like brand new now and has had ice cold AC all week so far! My Impala sat for two years and leaked all the freon out, but has been good for three years now so I'm hoping this Buick will be the same. I have removed three of the four door panels to facilitate changing the window regulators so that the windows will work, but more importantly stay up without the need to use duct tape. I'm almost ready to register it and give it a shake down drive. Still needs a lot to be nice, but it's coming along. Sadly, I found rot under the rear door in the rocker. It was not just surface rust. I now have a 5" long hole in the door opening reveal. I'm scared to look behind the plastic rocker cover because I already know what I'm going to find. This car came from Missouri so it's not surprising really. Oh well, just a little more work to do! I'm already committed. Jeff
  15. I haven't posted about this car before, but about a month ago I acquired, via trade deal, a 1998 Buick Regal GS with the supercharged 3800 drivetrain, 159k miles. It's mainly sat in my yard for weeks, but yesterday I changed the supercharger coupler (was worn and causing a rattle/knock and likely why the previous owner stopped driving it), changed the engine and supercharger oil, replaced idler and tensioner pulleys as needed(three were bad), and put new belts on. Today after Easter service I tore down and put new front brake pads, caliper brackets(pins we're seized), and turned the rotors. I still need to do the rear brakes, rebuild the front and rear suspension, replace three window regulators, and get some new tires on it. Also, it's desperate for a paint job. It has that classic 90's GM white paint peel going on. I think it would look good wearing rosemist and I happen to have plenty to do it in that color so that's likely the way I'll be going with painting it. Despite its decrepit looks, It's actually pretty fun to drive! I've only taken it down the street since I've not registered it yet, but that blower noise is addictive. It has good bones and I'll have it turned around in no time, I hope. Jeff
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