A/C line leaked freon- inexpensive fix
Brake pads - rear brake labor cost above normal due to the fact Dodge used "wet" axle oil must be drained from axle before drum and brake can be removed.
Re-manufactured engine installed- solved problem of poor acceleration and low compression in a cylinder and pool of motor oil in the air cleaner. This improved gas mileage also.
Catalytic converter replaced- helped acceleration and gas mileage
Burst radiator hose- I waited too long my fault.
Salt air has seized the parking brake cables, but I live on flat land and don't need them.
Engine idle servo motor stopped working- this was not replaced with the new engine and it should have been, again my fault. Easy fix in the south- unplug computer wire, remove idle screw and grind down half of it. Replace idle screw and manually adjust idle speed.
I bought this truck used, it had fairly low mileage for its age, but had spent its life as a rural power company truck in my state. Hence it had probably done quite a bit of idling and slow and go. Spotlights had been replaced by the dealer with neat old fashine triangle vents; these are a plus.
Flashers had been removed by dealer, but electrical wiring had not been restored hence I had no cabin light, no radio wiring.
Utility company put really different, custom rear bumper on with a pintle hitch/ball hitch combination. The custom bumper has drag-line hooks and eyes.
It came with surge brake module and a plug on the rear bumper.
I bought this truck with the intention of buying basic rugged transportation. It was to have a gentle retirement pulling a small sailboat. Simplicity does lead to reliability as this truck has never abandoned me or let me down. It starts every darn time. Earlier Dodges were not know for this. Buy D250 instead of D150 to get the heavy componentry for reliability.
Older body style makes people think you are driving an antique, but are surprised when you start talking about the computer and are surprised at the acceleration.
I have the 4.01 rear axle ratio this leads to lower gas mileage, but very good off the line acceleration around town. Four speed automatic has override button on dashboard and this is great for on ramps and such, but give it 4th at 65mph.