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Old 01-09-2017, 04:35 PM
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Wheelbase stayed the same, but the engine/trans is roughly 1-2" further forward.
Cool - that's close enough. And jives with some extra measuring I did today.
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I just measured, 3 1/2" from the top edge of the valve cover, to the flat (non-recessed) portion of the firewall. Moving the motor mounts back 1 1/2" - 2", and welding a small extension to the transmission cross member, would save a ton of work on the core support...but then the front drive shaft may need to be lengthened, depending on ride height.

You will also have to modify your steering column to be self supporting, or buy an aftermarket one (which I plan on doing later down the road).

What year/model is your truck?
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Old 01-09-2017, 11:53 PM
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What year/model is your truck?
Its more an experiment in using stuff I have kicking around... could be any sort of 72-93 D/W truck. I have 2007 Ford axles/suspension to throw at it.
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Its more an experiment in using stuff I have kicking around... could be any sort of 72-93 D/W truck. I have 2007 Ford axles/suspension to throw at it.
Those are going under my truck too... I have a set of 05-10 F350 axles sitting on the garage floor. I'm waiting until I've gathered all of the parts to convert the truck to an NV4500, and have everything I need to build the suspension at the same time, so I can do the "lift" and trans swap all at once.
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Well, it's been a while since I've been on here. Work has been crazy as well as my twin toddlers. So here's what I've been up to....found a scrap of 10g laying around, and none of my gauges worked, so I handed my wallet to Jegs and got a set of Auto Meter "Z-Series" gauges. A little eyeball engineering and I came up with this:
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Then I ordered some 315/75R16's on Amazon. $208 per tire and free shipping. They're load range E and they're called the "Repulsor" by RBP (Rolling Big Power). I hope to get the tires installed in 2 weeks.

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Well, she went a round the block a few times. All seems good. I've got brakes, power steering and it tracks straight. Now to finish up the gauge install, wiring and front bumper brackets.
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Whoa! I was eyeing this truck for a while. I lived only a few miles away from the guy selling it. Looked like a pretty sound truck from the couple of times I drove by for a peek. Didn't suspect the roof to be in such bad shape though.

You're doing exactly what I would have planned, at least as far as a Cummins swap.

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If you guys need any fab work, waterjet cutting, etc, call my buddy Rick. He's awesome with stainless, aluminum and pretty much anything metal. Just tell him that Shaggy sent ya! Oh yeah, he drives a Cummins too!

Thanks for the referral. I'd imagine he's mobile, but with a 714 number, he must not be too far from me. I'm in Anaheim and spend time in Cypress as well.
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Whoa! I was eyeing this truck for a while. I lived only a few miles away from the guy selling it. Looked like a pretty sound truck from the couple of times I drove by for a peek. Didn't suspect the roof to be in such bad shape though.

You're doing exactly what I would have planned, at least as far as a Cummins swap.



Thanks for the referral. I'd imagine he's mobile, but with a 714 number, he must not be too far from me. I'm in Anaheim and spend time in Cypress as well.
Yep, I had just bought a 68 Chevy C20 and rebuilt the NV4500 in it, when the crew cab popped up for sale on CL. He listed the cross streets and I must have driven around for 2 hours searching for it late one night...checked it out in the dark and had to wait a week for him to let me see it, since he had "other buyers lined up". Bought the Dodge, sold the Chevy, and now have about 2k miles on it since the buildup. I was going to build an AC system for it after the 4th of July, but I'm currently having some issues with the 47RH trans (and I hate to throw money at the trans because I want to do a 5 or 6 speed swap asap). I guess it's either have a working trans, or be comfortable with A/C...and my truck earns my paycheck, so priorities come first. I'm sure Mr. Wright can do some mobile work too. He lives in Orange, so you're kinda in route to his shop. Just tell him Shaggy sent you. He loves this Cummins stuff.

I grew up in Buena Park, lived in Anaheim a couple years ago, and now live in Riverside.
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Well, I've been driving it for a while now. She's now running an NV4500/241DHD, adjusted the AFC and ground the fuel plate down. Raced my brother in law with his 04.5 CR with a built auto trans, a tuner and a banks intercooler kit. He only had me by 3/4 of a truck length and I was shifting gears, barking the tires in 3rd, 4th and 5th gears...so I'm pretty happy with the performance (until I have a fat wallet again). Taking my twins to preschool
Hauling a free 1st gen donor cab
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Doesn't it feel good to drive old iron?? Nice work man!
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Doesn't it feel good to drive old iron?? Nice work man!
Sure does! Thank you. There's been a lot of swearing, blood and sweat, but it's been worth it.
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Sure does! Thank you. There's been a lot of swearing, blood and sweat, but it's been worth it.

I know what you mean. It makes me smile every time someone asks "Did they use the 12 valve in the 70's?"
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Nice way to load a free cab in the back of the truck.
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Nice way to load a free cab in the back of the truck.
the roof was totally trashed with rust and bondo, but I got some good metal off of it, including the clutch master cylinder bracket, and a template of where to put the hole. It also donated an extra automatic brake pedal which became my new clutch pedal after some hoppy chop and welding!
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