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My weird 1917 Dodge build
« on: December 03, 2020, 02:18:00 PM »
I'm new here and this is my first attempt at a Rat Rod. I've built other cars (still am) so this is new to me. My sisters husband passed away earlier this year. To help her out with some of the funeral costs I gave her some $$ for his old 77 Dodge Ramcharger that's been sitting for many years. My nephew, who is almost 40, said he last drive it in high school. Anyway I just want the frame and drivetrain. The body is rotted beyond repair. I have a 1917 Dodge 4 door open tourer body laying around so I figure I can put them together.
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Re: My weird 1917 Dodge build
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2020, 02:22:34 PM »
Ok, first of all I traded my lawn tractor for the 1917 Dodge. I only had about $300 into the tractor. I think I did pretty good.

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Re: My weird 1917 Dodge build
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2020, 02:29:11 PM »
Here is the Ramcharger, I already did a little dismantling before I took a pic. I have the body off in the second pic.

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Re: My weird 1917 Dodge build
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2020, 02:33:05 PM »
The Frame is all good. No rot. I got some good wheels on it so it will roll, took the front calipers off because they were frozen.

Took out the plugs and squirted oil in the cylinders. Let it sit for a few days. Now I can turn the engine by hand.

I'm picking up a new starter and will try to get it to crank. If it does I'll change the oil and filter and take the valve covers off and pour oil in there before I really crank it over. I got the gas tank out and will clean that up.

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Re: My weird 1917 Dodge build
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2020, 08:56:19 AM »
Kool. Make sure your valves ain't sticking and you should be OK. I've freed up several engines. It may be an oil drinker for a while til the rings reseat. Fill up the oil and check the gas! HAHAHA. Good luck

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Re: My weird 1917 Dodge build
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2020, 09:14:52 AM »
I'm looking forward to seeing this one on the road!!  It'll be a great addition to the collection of misfits that live here!!! :P  8)

Is the Ramcharger 4X4 and are you gonna leave it that way if it is???
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Re: My weird 1917 Dodge build
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2020, 04:49:41 PM »
Yup it's a 4x4. Just got the starter back from rebuild. Now I have to get some battery cable and set up power to it and see if it will turn over. I also got the the big rotted off-road tires dismounted off the rims. I'll sandblast them and paint.

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Re: My weird 1917 Dodge build
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2020, 09:33:32 PM »
Orta' be one neat ride with 4WD!! 

I LIKE IT!!! 8)
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Re: My weird 1917 Dodge build
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2021, 06:21:58 PM »
Ok with the ramcharger body off I got my two sons to help me mount the body to see how it will look. Dragged it out of the woods and gotta get it near the garage so I can start more work.
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Re: My weird 1917 Dodge build
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2021, 09:08:16 AM »
MAN!!  That's got some great potential!! 

The cowl and windshield frame on Lockjaw is a '24 Dodge!

KEEP IT GOING!!
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Re: My weird 1917 Dodge build
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2021, 04:12:49 PM »
I got the motor out today. 318 Dodge. I'll go through it to make sure it's up to the task. I had to make a frame rail for the body. I tried to make the other one but it started raining. Tomorrows another day.

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Re: My weird 1917 Dodge build
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2021, 01:59:34 PM »
Looking good

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