For going on 16 years now I have belonged to one, or numerous automotive related websites and forums at one time or another. Usually it would change from time to time as my interests changed and I built and sold various projects. Sometimes I would even build a specialty website catering to a single model or brand (this very website was at one time a Buick Regal specialty site!). But, the one thing that they all shared, was a common love for whatever it was, be it a Chevrolet, a Ford or even an import. The common interest usually was the dominant theme running throughout the community. Sure, when you take several hundred, thousand or tens of thousands of people, and you bring them all together, you will from time to time have friction. People are people and no one always gets along. When instances did flame up, the community, be it the members themselves ,or the site/groups moderators almost always did their best to extinguish the fires before they consumed the group as it was in the best interest of preserving the community. Which leads me to present time. We now have a rift in the Mopar, specifically the Dakota family, that is fostering an us versus them attitude, all the while a national level organization using it’s might to divide the community, and silence the voices of those that dare disagree with their agenda of separatism and personal attacks against those who shed light on their antics. Or to protect their vested interest in their largest vendor after numerous unhappy customers and poor work, or to cover up the current leaders personal agendas. Regardless of the reasoning, it’s nothing but bad news for the community, and for the hobby in general. We are part of a hobby that is under constant attack, be it from environmentalists, by legislators, or even simply by higher and higher fuel prices. The last people with whom we need to be feuding with are the very same people we share an interest with. Turning a national level organization into nothing more than a hammer to crush your supposed enemies does nothing to grow the hobby, and only drives more and more people away. Even now, they are losing members and many more are dropping out once their dues are up. Will these people disappear? Of course not, they will simply fragment off to smaller groups/sites and stay there. What purpose does that serve? When did splitting a group into two factioning armies ever produce anything beyond a constant feud?
So I got the electric panel mounted finally. Sorry for the poor quality pics. I was in a hurry. Here are the mounting brackets fastened to the matching brackets mounted to the back of the cab, behind the carpeting. You can see the Swiss cheesing I had to do to the left bracket to make it clear the relay mounting bolts. Read more
Progress on the truck has been at a snails pace the past few months, between the freakish winter we are experiencing, and the dispute between myself and my former shop landlord, I have had really no time to get anything done to the truck. But, I have since brought the truck home and have been able to begin making some progress, albeit small steps. Read more
Not much in the way of updates, between work, family and the other site, the truck has taken a back seat. But, I will be bringing it home very soon where I will have much more time to work on it. I need to finish installing the Grid, new battery cables and switches. Then start on the new engine build. If you want to follow the build, or get updates, from here on out, this site will be the only place to find them. I’ve decided to no longer post any updates on any of the Dakota sites primarily due to thread crapping and trolling from people who hate the fact there is a Chevrolet engine under the hood.