7/6/02: started doing some of the body work. Got almost every dent out of the left door, took all day but the door is only 1/8 covered in bondo. :P Also smoothed out a seem 3/4 of the way down the length of the door on the bottom of the door sill that the factory had simply welded and calcked over.
7/7/02: finished up most of the major body work on the truck. Filled in the seem between the main part of the bed and the tail light box, looks realy clean now. I did the same thing to the right door seem that I did on the left.
Bad note: alternator died, thankfuly my Dad is a car mechanic with more years experiance then I've been alive so he's been looking into parts and stuff for it. Also been working on rebuilding an old trany for it that had worn out bearings.
7/21/02: put in a new, higher amp output alternator from a voyager. went from 50 amp to 75 amp. Did some more body work.
8/17/02: went back over some of the body work i did and tuched up a few things.
9/15/02: Spent the last 2 days putting dynamat into the cab of my truck.
9/28/02 - 9/29/02: Made most of the new center consol. It extends from the dash, down between the seats and to the rear of the cab.
9/30/02: Did some more work on the console. Made the lids and got it to fit inside good and tight so there are almost no gaps between it and the floor.
10/05/02 - 10/06/02: did a lot of work on the (very) flimsy roof of my truck. got to love that 20g steel. took out most of the dents, filled in the others and did some work on the tailgate also.
11/21/02: Finished the basic construction of some new custom speaker boxes and sub boxes that will go with the new center console. now i just need to get it all covered and get some subs and an amp or 2.
12/01/02: I got the new console test installed in my truck and it fits great, need to fix a few things here and there but nothing major. I even got some pictures of it too.
12/03/02: Ordered a new set of Thorley Headers for my truck today.
12/04/02: Just my luck, the day I order new a header for my truck, my old one breaks on me. Its being held shut with pipe clamps and sheet metal :-\
12/10/02: I got my new header but I cant put it on with out some welding and such, so Im going to wait till I get the parts for my new exhaust system and just redo all of it then. Im thinking Im going to down pipe it under my bed and leave it hidden.
01/01/03: Well I hope the rest of you had as good a new year as I did. I spent it with my girlfriend who I love with all my heart. Though I did go to the junk yards for some parts after I dropped her off this morning. Got a new axel to replace my bent one from one of my accidents that I had in my truck.
01/03/03: Back to the bone yards. Get an almost perfict slideing back window for $10 and a set of power window mechanisms that will almost strait bolt into my truck.
01/05/03: My dad and I did some work on my truck today. Put some new tires on the front, new pitman arm and put on the new axel. My truck no longer shakes when I drive and it no longer dives to the right when I put on the brakes.
01/12/03: Bad news. My carb is nearly totaly dead. Its been acting up for the last week. So now I have to save up for a new Webber 32/36. Only $375 plus another $30 for the rejet kit. Now I just need to hope my carb lasts till I can save the money up. Not the easiest thing to do with the new simester of college about to start and I have to pay for classes, books and all my regular bills.
01/24/03: I love my girlfriend. She got me the carburator. I realy didnt want her spending that much mone on me but after nearly 2 weeks of bugging me I gave in finaly. So I now have a new Webber 32/36 for my truck. I love that girl :)
01/25/03: My Dad and I replaced my cracked header, but it was replaced by a stock manafold. Strange manafold we got from the wrecking yard though, it almost looks lke a set of Y-pipe headers. We didnt put the new carb on though and he dosent seem to want to put it on either. So if it comes down to it, Im going to just instal it with out his help. The webber cant be returned so its going to get used.
3/6/03: ok, its been a while since any update but not much has gone on. My dad rebuilt my P.O.S. stock carburator and guess what, its not beter then before he touched it. Other then that nothing new, just trying to save up some $$$ for some work in the future but im having to spend it on bills instead. Dosent help much that I lost my job yesterday. Stay tuned for more Ram 50 fun. Keep on rollin' in what ever you got and dont let anyone try to stop you from being you and doing what you want.
4/13/03: its beena while since ive done anything to this site. Ive been working on a kick ass switch box thats going to go into the new center consoule im makeing. the switches are for the power windows im going to put in and are blue back lit. ill put some pictures in when its all good and done.
4/18/03: Today i made the first noticable change to my truck. I finaly got rid of my bent and rusting American Racing Wagon Wheel rims and got the ADR Nitro NIT 02 rims. My truck looks so much beter now. I spent $285 and still owe $300, i have $30 to live on for the next 2 weeks but atleast i have cool rims :P
5/7/03: I spent about 8 hours today pulling, pushing, twisting and fighting with my tranny. I spent 2 hours pulling off the old one and 6 hours total trying to put the new one on. In the end it never went on. Now i have no truck, bad tranny or not, and im stuck trying to figure out why it didnt go on. My dad and I pulled off the clutch and found that its REALY tight on the splines and that the end of the shaft may be mushroomed out and stopping me from pushing it on all the way, not to mention im missing one of the aligning stubs.
5/9/03: Finaly got the Tranny in. Turns out that my dad mushroomed the end of the shaft out to an extra .004" and it had to be sanded down so it would fit. But its in, now its just a mater of finishing up 3 last things. Make the hole in the center console bigger, make a new holding ring for the shifter boot, put the oilpan gaurd/under splash gaurd back on.
5/10/03: Project black sheep is back on the road.
7/1/03: Put new Belltech shocks on my truck today. Im also started doing body work again. And to reply to that last note in my guest book, im not putting a bilit grille on my truck since i hate the way those things look, and I like the way the roll bar makes my truck look with it on. makes it look a little meaner. :p
7/10/03: Put my Belltech anti-roll bar on the front of my truck. Now just need to put the back one on. Also, my neighbor made the face plate for my new center consoul. Going to have it bent to shape and finished on monday.
7/23/03: Put the back anti-roll on my truck with help from my girlfriend. We had a lot of fun. Im turning her into a car girl :P
7/26/03: The tranny that my dad put back together has cracked. Project blacksheep is back on the jack stands.
8/20/03: Put the carb from our van on my truck. good thing is no more bog :), bad thing is my timeing is off a little so less power right now :(
11/20/03: Its been a while since ive posted anything. Ive been doing work on new door panels for my truck when I have time. Right now time is a luxury for me. Working 2 jobs and going to school. And with weather getting colder outside Id rather stay in and keep warm with my girlfriend ;).
So yeah, new door panels in the works as well as peiceing together a new motor. Thing shall be a beast when its done :D
12/22/03: On my way home from the store my clutch gave out. Been a little too rough with it :P
Can you say ouch? :p atleast its fixed.
12/25/03: I was on my way to my Moms house for Christmas dinner. About a mile from her place I was cut off. Lady made an unsafe lanechange 50' in front of me going half my speed. I wasnt able to stop in time and we colided. My right front rim caught the edge of her left back door and buckled it in. She was able to drive off after everything. I got to get towed home with a bent tie rod and control arm on the spindle on my right side. Merry Christmass to me.
In this picture the tires and turned almost all the way left.
12/29/03: Got my truck up and running again. Got to love pick-n-pull.
2/21/04: Its been a while since ive put anything up here. Been working on my door panels. I got some new kick pannels made for my front speakers. Those are out for covering while im finishing up the door pannels. Still have yet to finalize the colors i want. Im thinking of putting an aluminum plate on the arm rests to match the center consoul and the aluminum ADR Nitro NIT2 rims. ;)
4/7/04: its been a while. So I finished up the basic foam struckture of the door pannels. Took them to my guy for covering too. He was waiting for those so that the colors would match up all nice and clean. The trucks running great still. I just sent off $$ for the last 2 parts for my new engine. i will release who sold me the parts after its all asembled and done, by his request. But I can list what I am getting >:D
New block, decked 1/8" bored .040
Forged pistons .040
Forged piston rods
Custom cam that puts out massive amounts of torque
2 barrel head
stainless steal swirl tipped valves
dubled valve springs
light wheight flywheel
Centerforce II clutch with 90% grip
5/10/04: well, everything is on the way to me. just waiting for it to show up. still need to tell my dad that I got it and figure out where to put it together since the garage is full of his junk. :p.
9/16/04: its been a while since ive been able to do anything to the truck. Last saturday someone smashed my windows so now im pissed cause i cant drive my truck.
So now im putting black sheep under the knife and realy getting to work on it. I was working 2 jobs, now that summer is over im only working one. One good thing is that i got my credit card paid off :p
11/11/04: Sorry for not keeping you guys up to date. Ive been working like mad on the center console and speaker boxes. Had to redo the boxes for the 6x9s so they looked better. Also been making a new center console for up front that looks a litte better and I have to redo the aluminum plate since the one I have was not cut right and I drilled some of the holes too much. Kinda hard to work on the thing when you have a cold and its raining but Its getting done. I also got a new black carpet for the Truck along with some new padding.
August 22, 05: Wow, been a while since ive added to this place. I was able to instal power windows on the truck. been working on the sub boxes too. almost done with them.
January 14, 06: nothng new. just slowly working on the interior.
Febuary 25, 06: Been remaking my sub and amp and center console stuff since things got ruined over this winter. Been a very corosive winter this year :/
May 18, 2006: Black sheep is back on the road! got most of the interior done. going to look into a decent paint shop for the paint soon. If i ever find who smashed my windows ill return the favor to their face!