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  1. You mentioned that your truck is 2wd, and did not mention wanting to convert to 4wd. Assuming that is true, I believe that the dodge dakotas with the 2.5l and ax 15 were all 2wd only, meaning you can just snag the whole tranny, bellhousing included, and be good to go on that front. (I thought they also came with an 8.25, but the I4 dakotas came with the 7.25 axle).
  2. the 150lb driver weight seems so optimistic
  3. If you get it, and the rear frame is solid, you could also chop it in half and turn it into a trailer. At least keep some of it on the road .
  4. When I got my first jeep (98 TJ softop) ten odd years ago, it was also my first manual. Had never driven one (excluding the farm tractor, but it wasn't synchronized, so no shift on the fly, had to stop to go into different gears) . My dad was with me, and he did the test drive to make sure everything was good, and I assumed he'd show me the ropes once we got it back to the farm. While I was finishing up the paperwork inside, he left. Leaving me quite a ways from home, alone, with the only vehicle to make it back with being one I had no clue how to drive, in an extremely hilly area with multiple stops midway up hills. And, being ten years ago smartphones weren't yet an everyday item, I didn't have one to youtube how the hell to drive this thing. It was actually quite a terrifying drive, but if I remember right I only killed it like 3 times. By the time I got back to my home town, I didn't even bother going home, and just went straight to my friends house, dropped the top and spent the rest of the day getting it stuck/killing it out at the park at the Mississippi. I would give a lot to go back and relive that day, and I don't think I would change a damn thing about it.
  5. Probably the same stuff FCA smoked when deciding to place the new Gladiator in the luxury lifestyle market. And depending on how much the new truck costs, I think I'd rather have this, I could rip those seats out and actually have a bed that can haul things.
  6. Came into work at 6 am, power shut off at 6:05, power came back on at 9:30. Nothing better than it being 0 degrees outside, 35 degrees inside, with the only lights being off the forklift. But hey, 3 hours of pay just sitting in the dark being cold? I'll take it.
  7. Down in Jefferson County, Missouri USA, a little over 1000 miles (1600 km) south of you, it's -11C , with a projected low of -20C. If you all don't start keeping the cold on your side of the border, we're gonna have to build a wall up there . Also, stay warm, this cold sucks.
  8. Do the seats come with the brackets? if so I'm in for them. Scratch that, the idea of the purchase did not pass the better half , apparently I need to get rid of some of my other vehicles before stockpiling more parts for the Comanche.
  9. 7 FT bed and a topper option that extends all the way back like a camper shell so I can sleep in it and still access the cab without going outside (until I'm too old to pull those gymnastics off).
  10. based on the awful noise, I'd assume hardware failure, though trying the above should still be done just in case. Older Macbook Pros did have the manual pin hole, but not the ones made in the last few years.
  11. I was kinda hoping that it would at least have a midgate (with easily removable/foldable rear seats) to extend the size/utility of the bed, like the bollinger b2 (link for those who haven't seen it) is supposed to have.
  12. I think the isuzu mua5 tranny (from behind a 2.8l) will bolt to the 2.5l and is a passenger side drop? maybe the aisin ar5 from a late model trooper also? I'm not sure if it is passenger side drop, but it is technically an ax-5 (edited: it appears to fall between an ax-5/ax-15) and has the right bolt pattern for the 2.5l. Starter location may be an issue.
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    Station Wagons

    I feel like restoration trends kind of follow the hot selling car trends. When trucks started to become daily drivers, I saw a lot of restored old trucks, when suvs were big, I noticed a bunch of restored old toyota FJ's and things like that. When the big three all started pushing their modern muscle cars, it seemed the number of classics at car shows doubled. Currently, hatch's and crossovers (fancy word for a station wagon that doesn't drag roadkill underneath it) are selling well, so I wouldn't be surprised. I wonder if it's from people who see the new ones, and start to think about the classics, and figure that if they are going to spend tens of thousands on something, it may as well be unique?
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    pucker factor

    back when I was living in a shed, I woke up with a black widow on my belly. Even without my glass on it was pretty distinctive and utterly terrifying. Now, I have a few dozen brown recluses in my half unfinished garage I have to clear out every spring. I no longer keep any gloves in there, and thankfully they are uninterested in my house.
  15. Yea, I figured there would be cheaper ways. I just need farm truck capability, so I'm sure anything above manual would do (and manual would still probably be fine). When I was doing my list of Comanche (86 with 2.8l and ax5) needs, I did two, one based on make it run and stop, one on doing it right and taking care of as many known issues and upgrades from the start. The second list was crossing into the expensive territory, so I decided to compare it to doing over the top upgrades (engine/tranny swap/ev conversion) to get a better idea of what I could do with that budget. But going the ev route requires a quite a bit of research still, and I'm not very knowledgeable on the workings of ev's to begin with.
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