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2000 Dakota R/T
« on: September 22, 2023, 12:54:05 PM »

i bought this 2000 r/t for cheap $4300 to fixup and sell eventually. i've literally had over 20 cars since i stopped posting on rHMT... i've been buying them cheap / fixing up and selling. i did this buying / fixing / selling up to a show car quality 07 CTS-V.

anyways.

i love this truck might keep it for a long time. i basically bought it a lot because it already had a "built" transmission.

i had to rebuild all the suspension, i mean literally everything. has DJM 2" drop.
new exhaust
tons of new random motor electronics
tons of coolant leaks everywhere
a lot of cosmetic fixes, decals, etc
bumper
fixing dents
repainting
all new power steering including the damn rack
rebuilt brakes
some gaskets, had to do the intake plenum gasket  ::)
tons of other crap i can't remember

i'm going to build a rHMT turbokit for it soon, and funny i got the email saying to come back lol...

i'll post a few pics of the work i did on the truck, not everything though.

i fucking love this truck and its a great cruiser. going to hit the drags this weekend to get a before time. i'm expecting low 15s

this is when i got it, they had been driving it for a long time on one REALLY bad ball join, the tire was literally sitting sideways. the lady was like i can't get a shop to align it, i tried three. she didn't mention that the shop was probably like you need to do all new suspension lololol




all ball joins, bushings, shocks, end links, sway bar bullshit etc...







spray can because of bad clear, the clear eventually came through but i was just trying to get by for a while without the horrible look. needs to be done right with primer. same with hood. i ended up spray can plasti dipping the hood







rear bumper was smashed and fucked. bought a new one off ebay for a regular dakota. only difference is the dakota r/t is painted...







front bumper had a big dent on it. i did was really quick job on it and if you get up close you can see the outline of the dent still lololol





spray on plasti dipped all the handles and mirrors and some of the trim. it was all dull and shitty. its been over a year and its starting to wear off. i literally wash whatever car i'm driving everyday in the summer

before:






inner grill


removed the retarded badges and put on all the stock decals and badges, made it look a lot better









did all new 3" exhaust with super 40 flowmaster. got that old school sound. one of the best sounding engines.
had to do the spark plug defouler trick to get the rear o2 to stop throwing a cel. worked great. i have HPT for JTEC+ but it not full featured, you can turn off the rear o2 cel and it still comes on  :)





fixing all the coolant leaks, kept having to feed it water every couple weeks. was seeping out of every orifice just like your mom when i leave



battery all fucked up making gauges go nutz. just needed new cable connectors.



bumpers were saggging typical for these years of trucks, they don't have very good bumper supports. worked really well







did headlight restoration, it didn't last. need new ebay headlights



all new power steering, was leaking a little, then starting leaking really bad. poppped a seal in the rack







racking up the miles, took it on multiple 500+ mile trips



got new tires. went too big... and they will scrape over shitty bumps, but fuck it. they are 275/55/17. i think some stiffer suspension would help a lot. thinking about better shocks and if i can find some stiffer springs
don't have a side picture yet, got these only a few weeks ago



replacing intake plenum gasket  ::)



blah blah blah timelapse and done



dog at mopar nationals


that sweet sweet MPG

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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2023, 01:03:27 PM »

i've cut and buffed and waxed the truck MANY times. it looks pretty good 5 footer

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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2023, 01:24:40 PM »

plans for turbo setup

custom hot side using stock manifolds and the head shields, cut off the collectors and weld on some vbands
gt45 ebay turbo
ebay bov and wastegate
wideband
bigger injectors and use HPT to tune myself
i'm looking at options for a FMIC, but there is no room at all around the front bumper, this truck stock has a big trans cooler in the front
might look at cutting up the lower part of the bumper valance and squeezing something in there, or else just running non intercooled.
need a newer hemi 1500 truck power steering bump, its a weird shape and allows an easy path for drivers side hot side to crossover to passenger for turbo

going to try to run low boost like 8 or less, but certainly 10 or less. these "kegger" intake manifolds have a removable plenum with a gasket and they don't like to hold a lot of boost

i hope to get it into the 13s with low boost, but honestly. i just wanna hear that SWEET SWEET turbo sounds. even tho the 3.0 duramax in my GMC with a aftermarket intake gives me some but its not the same

there is some random shit i need to do this, like a new welder and a chopsaw. my old arc welder is shitty
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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2023, 05:46:57 PM »

non-intercooled + H20/CH4 maybe all ya need  :noel:

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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2023, 06:33:51 PM »

non-intercooled + H20/CH4 maybe all ya need  :noel:

i thought about that, not sure how complicated it is. i mean the FMIC is a big part of the turbo look though
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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2023, 11:19:43 AM »

Damn you been putting in that good work! I wish i could still buy, fix sell I’ve moved to a condominium now and it’s sucks not having a garage.
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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2023, 12:24:40 PM »

I've been doing 99% of shit outside lol.

My ctsv is in the garage I worked on it once in there I had to do damper and motor mounts typical ctsv crap
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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2023, 01:06:48 AM »

I work on shit outside, my garage has my original civic twincharged, built another in my driveway d15b2/y8 twincharged w/ H2O+CH4 injection, still working on 3" exhaust with ecu switch e-cut, and s/c activation with ecu
Worked on an 03 Celica GT, bought for 700, rebuilt engine and sold for 3k this year.
Started working '89 Integra GT from Trevor (Daspoop) with a D16a6 civic SI engine and trans.
Rebuilt d16a6 with P29 pistons, d15z7 head with flat face ferra valves, 13.25:1 compression all in in driveway.
Working on custom Instrument cluster, with AFR display, white face, glowing blue needles
Also rebuilt a B18b1 in a 01 Integra 4dr LS in my driveway, still working on that.

Would love to too everyone builds back on here over the years


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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2023, 12:09:08 PM »

 :Jew:

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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2023, 12:12:37 PM »

I work on shit outside, my garage has my original civic twincharged, built another in my driveway d15b2/y8 twincharged w/ H2O+CH4 injection, still working on 3" exhaust with ecu switch e-cut, and s/c activation with ecu
Worked on an 03 Celica GT, bought for 700, rebuilt engine and sold for 3k this year.
Started working '89 Integra GT from Trevor (Daspoop) with a D16a6 civic SI engine and trans.
Rebuilt d16a6 with P29 pistons, d15z7 head with flat face ferra valves, 13.25:1 compression all in in driveway.
Working on custom Instrument cluster, with AFR display, white face, glowing blue needles
Also rebuilt a B18b1 in a 01 Integra 4dr LS in my driveway, still working on that.

Would love to too everyone builds back on here over the years

this is one of my fav cars i fixed up and sold. should've kept it... but you know how it goes...

paid 4600 for it... but i did a lot of work to it

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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2023, 12:13:09 PM »

looked like a million bucks from 10 feet. and drove so nice. 4 speed too.

i sold it, and that white 4th gen which was badass too and put in a little cash for my cts-v
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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2023, 05:14:59 PM »

i should've never gotten rid of that vette :(:(:(
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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2023, 06:05:31 PM »

i should've never gotten rid of that vette :(:(:(

love that body style its what came to mind when i thought of vettes for most my life
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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2023, 09:37:17 PM »

i should've never gotten rid of that vette :(:(:(

love that body style its what came to mind when i thought of vettes for most my life

Same here, along with Corvette Summer movie   :noel:

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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2023, 12:49:58 PM »

i fixed it up so nice too. a bunch of rust repair... welded in floorboard patches oh well.

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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2023, 12:50:19 PM »

i drove it in 110f heat and never overheated
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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #16 on: September 28, 2023, 10:33:11 AM »

i drove it in 110f heat and never overheated

That's a bonus, with R12 or R134?

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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #17 on: September 28, 2023, 01:11:27 PM »

i drove it in 110f heat and never overheated

That's a bonus, with R12 or R134?

wat

lol this was a china radiator i got for free lol

when i bought it, it said it was a straight replacement for the stock radiator, but it was half the width... so i had to cut and weld the brackets but i made it work, and they gave me a refund.

radiator and fans were great had a temp controlled relay i put into the block

it was also a stock rebuild on motor which is like 220hp or something :):):):)
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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #18 on: September 28, 2023, 01:15:32 PM »

china radiator with dehrale fans

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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #19 on: September 28, 2023, 01:18:28 PM »

funny thing is all the lights switches windows etc worked great in the car. the headlights were stuck up but the only problem was the vacuum line was disconnected under the dash lol. i'm like yah i bet that hissing sound is why the lights don't go up and down
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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #20 on: September 28, 2023, 01:20:36 PM »

what happened with the car is that a older man had it restored, then after a few years was too old to drive it and it sat in some grass field and rusted out.

i put patches in both sides of the floors and sprayed some flex seal on the welds just in case. worked great

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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #21 on: September 28, 2023, 01:22:38 PM »

engine bay was disaster before i cleaned it up and painted it
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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #22 on: September 29, 2023, 11:44:02 AM »

damn those floor boards had seen better days  :'(
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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #23 on: September 30, 2023, 03:36:37 PM »

Nice fab work!!

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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #24 on: October 01, 2023, 11:24:50 AM »

Ran truck last night

15.5@85.something with stock 87 tune
15.0@90.2 with advanced timing 92 tune

I couldn't get out into the 14s but maybe if I had more time

Has a nice stall converter in it. Was launching at 1600rpm and did a 2.1 60ft with street tires

I have one video I'll upload
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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #26 on: October 01, 2023, 11:58:22 AM »

This thing would be a killer bracket racer
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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #27 on: October 01, 2023, 10:10:34 PM »

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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #28 on: October 06, 2023, 02:29:52 PM »

Pic with new tires
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Re: 2000 Dakota R/T
« Reply #29 on: October 10, 2023, 09:50:51 PM »

Nice
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