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What are the common problems on the 72 and up Dodge trucks?

I really do not want to get blindsided again by a problem with my old D200. What are some of the more common problems these trucks have and what are their solutions? I have heard the steering shaft goes bad and the heater box catches on fire. I do not know if these really are common issues or not. But examples like that are what I am looking for. Let me know what I should keep an eye out for and what I should go ahead and address. I will try and put together a list and the more pressing corrections I will place towards the top.
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Those old truck were built light. Not much heaver than a car. The thought was a truck was for work not many options and low on power. Dodge did put a 440 in some pickups in the early 70's.

It will require regular maintance. It should be tuned up every 3000 miles, the carb will need adjusting every time the weather changes or you will find it is lean or rich, or you are a much better mechnic than I was because the choke is a joke, it helps but electronic fuel injection is the way to go. The points, distriubter cap, rotor and condenser will need to be changed regularly. That means setting the dwell then the timing. Timing chain and gears will go out, you will see the timing fluctuate indicating a loose chain. Bearing, Wheel bearing should be grease regularly, Carrier bearing, ball joints, tie rod ends, and so on. Those old trucks are fun to have because they are unique but they are like pretty women they need lots of maintance.
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That figures. I hope to modernize the truck a little here and there. But I want to keep that classic look.
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If it was me and I wanted that body I would find a late model vehicle in good shape and switch the body over. That would not be a clasic.
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That thought did cross my mind. But if I am going to go that far I may as well just get a truck I wanted in the first place.
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I bought a 85 dodge new and hated it. But once I had it, I could not trade it for as much as I owed, I could not find anyone who would buy it, So I kept it until 5 months ago. When a kid who thought it was just what he wanted stop and bought it. I did tell him everthing wrong with it and he loves the thing.

You may find once you get to know the old truck, and you know all of it's bad habbits, well you can live with them,,, after all you own it now.
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At one time I had a 74 D150. I can tell you a tin can was sturdier then the body on the truck.

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That was back when the big three owned our market and we just had to buy what they built.
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That sounds like marriage. I really love the way thisa truck looks and drives. It is so smooth and steers so nicely. But then again it has not been driven that much.
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