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A 1991½ Dodge W250 that's as clean as they come

Jason Sands
Oct 30, 2015
Photographers: Jason Sands
It's no secret that diesel pickups are continually improving. The newest diesel trucks offer massive horsepower and torque numbers, extremely stout transmissions, and such luxuries as air-conditioned seats. However, there’s another side to the coin. Older rigs are starting to increase in popularity—to the point where they're now considered classics. Leading the vintage charge are ’89-to-’93 Dodge Rams, with 4x4 models now commanding $15,000 or more if they're in good shape with low miles.
Steve Glynn approached finding the right diesel rig the same way a muscle-car enthusiast would go about locating a classic hot rod. He knew he wanted a Dodge Ram W250 (four-wheel drive) that had to be the higher-optioned LE model, and he was also looking for a truck that had a manual transmission and an axle with 4.10 gears and a limited-slip or locking differential.
Photo 2/15   |   012 1991 Dodge Ram W250 Front
After two years of searching, he finally found what he was looking for. The ’91½ model already had all the options Steve wanted, including a factory sway bar, which was just icing on the cake.
Once Steve got his 175,000-mile prize home, he gave the truck a thorough once-over. The previous owner had put quite a bit of effort into restoring the Bordeaux Red interior and had also replaced the kingpins, bearings, and seals in the front axle. The engine was resealed with a new oil-pan gasket, tappet cover gaskets, and valve cover gaskets. The rear main seal was new, and the top cover of the Getrag five-speed manual transmission was replaced.
Photo 3/15   |   013 1991 Dodge Ram W250 Side
One area that had not been addressed was the body, which was original and mostly covered in peeling paint. There weren't any dents, though, so Steve knew body repairs would be fairly straightforward. The truck was dropped off at Braun's Auto Body in Richmond, Indiana, where it received a complete, windows-out paintjob in Colorado Red and Bright White, using Chrysler Corporation original paint codes.
While the previous owner started the restoration, Steve continued the effort by replacing everything that was the slightest bit worn. That meant installing new leaf-spring and sway-bar bushings, a new-old stock steering box, and a rebuilt steering shaft. He even performed a couple of upgrades, adding B&W Hitch’s under-the-bed gooseneck hitch and a spray-in bedliner.
Photo 4/15   |   014 1991 Dodge Ram W250 Rear Three Quarter
Since Steve was meticulous with the truck’s cosmetic restoration, everything under the hood also looks stock, despite the engine having a few select upgrades that more than double its horsepower (300 hp) and torque (780 lb-ft).
Surprisingly, it didn’t take much for the 5.9L Cummins engine to make another 170 hp. Two turns of the VE fuel pump’s screw, Scheid Diesel Service 5x13 injectors, and a Holset HX35 turbocharger from a ’95 Dodge Ram were swapped onto the 12-valve powerplant, along with a slight timing increase and a full 4-inch Diamond Eye exhaust system.
Photo 5/15   |   015 1991 Dodge Ram W250 Rear
Steve's ’91½ Ram W250 is one of the cleanest and most original first-generation Dodges we've seen. Whether this super-clean classic is towing a backhoe or simply tooling down the highway, Steve has definitely done a wonderful job with it.
Fast Facts:
Year/Make/Model: ’91½ Dodge Ram W250
Owner: Steve Glynn
Hometown: Wayne County, Indiana
Odometer: 187,000 miles
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Fuel: Low-pressure-piston lift pump and Scheid Diesel Service 5x13 injectors
Air: ’95 Dodge Holset HX35 turbocharger with a 16cm2 wastegated housing
Exhaust: Diamond Eye 4-inch downpipe, tubing, and muffler
Transmission: Getrag five-speed manual
Horsepower: 300 hp
Torque: 780 lb-ft
Axles: Dana 70 with 4.10:1 gears and a limited-slip differential (rear); Dana 60 (front)
Tires: 255/85/16 Firestone Wilderness AT
Wheels: Stock 16x8 steel
Fun Fact: A factory-replacement clutch somehow handles twice the power and torque of the stock Cummins I-6 engine.
Photo 6/15   |   The 5.9L Cummins engine in Steve Glynn's ’91½ Dodge Ram W250 looks darn near stock, but a few choice modifications help it crank out 300 hp and 780 lb-ft.
Photo 7/15   |   While an upgraded Holset HX35 turbocharger provides more air than stock, most of the engine’s extra performance comes from fuel upgrades. The VE injection pump has a rotated fuel pin and piston-lift pump and feeds a set of 5x13 injectors from Scheid Diesel Service.
Photo 8/15   |   The interior of Steve's W250 is one of the cleanest we've seen in an older truck. The dash, carpet, seat, and door panels are all redone and look just like new.
Photo 9/15   |   A manual transmission was on the short list of options Steve wanted his rig to have. The gearbox’s top cover was rebuilt to ensure it can handle the power of the upgraded Cummins engine.
Photo 10/15   |   Steve wanted a completely stock looking first-generation Dodge Ram, so A-pillar gauges were not acceptable. Instead, boost and pyrometer gauges are mounted out of sight by the shifter. Boost is 35 psi at full throttle, while EGT is a fairly toasty 1,600 degrees during Fifth gear pulls.
Photo 11/15   |   If factory replacement parts were available, that's what Steve used for his truck’s restoration. Virtually everything in the steering assembly is new.
Photo 12/15   |   Steve's W250 has one of the cleanest beds we've seen, with a hidden gooseneck hitch, a bedliner, and a custom-made mat to cover it all.
Photo 13/15   |   The front suspension has new leaf springs and a rebuilt front axle. The tall, aggressive, narrow 255/85/16 tires are a nod to early ’90s style.
Photo 14/15   |   The absence of a tip on a full 4-inch exhaust system keeps the truck’s appearance subtle, yet powerful. Steve was able to dig up some stock hubcaps and beauty rings in the junkyard to complete his restored look.
Photo 15/15   |   Other than a new seal, the 4.10-geared Dana 70 in Steve's W250 is virtually stock.

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