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Old 02-19-2013, 08:29 PM
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Got a nice update for us I see today. That welder and porta band will come in handy often. Let me know how you like the Porta band I've been thinking about buying one for awhile now just haven't because of the price. Beats using a 4 1/2" grinder with a cutoff wheel for everything like I been using. Where did you get your axle rebuild kits at? I'm looking around now for them so I can finally build mine and move on to the next step. I was thinking about using the stock motor mounts on mine but one side was cracked so I built my own. I may end up going back and redoing them Alittle different using the stock mounts from the cummins like they say one step forward and two steps back.
The portable band saw is awesome. Cuts strait and precise. Only problem was that the factory blade that came with the machine went dull after less than a days work. I ordered some Milwaukee bi-metal blades that should be much better.

I can't say who I ordered the axle parts from. My buddy is a axle specialist and owns his own business so I got them at cost from his supplier. I do remember that most of the parts were "Sierra Gear" brand.

I brought out the big guns again tonight to get the high steer arms reinstalled

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I spent a good while looking at the stock Dodge motor mounts tonight and decided that it may be best to fabricate them from scratch. I definitely think I could make the stock ones work, but custom ones might be easier to build and end up with a better product. It may be as simple as giving the local metal supplier some dimensions, have them make a few bends, then cut, drill, and weld them to fit with a few added gussets. It looks like it wouldn't be hard to make these things bolt in like stock. I will give it some more thought.
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Since funds are low, I decided to reupholster the visors today. It was pretty simple. I took out the old stitching, used spray adhesive to get the new fabric onto the visor, folded over the ends on the inside of the old vinyl to hide the edge, and stitched the edge with a needle and thread. I will be using the same material for the headliner and a portion of the dash as a accent. It will give a big manly truck a softer touch. Maybe a should make some throw pillows?

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Since funds are low, I decided to reupholster the visors today. It was pretty simple. I took out the old stitching, used spray adhesive to get the new fabric onto the visor, folded over the ends on the inside of the old vinyl to hide the edge, and stitched the edge with a needle and thread. I will be using the same material for the headliner and a portion of the dash as a accent. It will give a big manly truck a softer touch. Maybe a should make some throw pillows?

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Looks like something from the late 60s, early 70s. Yeah......EEEK! I should know I was there!
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I was thinking about doing the same thing with my 69 4x4, i havent done anything like this before and i'm not very creative when it comes to fabrication so i'm hoping to get some ideas. If anyone has any good suggestions let me know.
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I was thinking about doing the same thing with my 69 4x4, i havent done anything like this before and i'm not very creative when it comes to fabrication so i'm hoping to get some ideas. If anyone has any good suggestions let me know.
My advice is to not get in over your head. There are a lot of things in this build that I would have messed up if it wasn't for the advice and support of my friend who is a custom 4x4 specialist. He knows all the little details that no one talks or thinks abbut, but make a big difference. Things like setting caster correctly, placing cross members correctly to handle twisting in the frame, where to weld and not to weld on the frame - stuff like that that don't look much different initially, but make a big difference in the long run. I am trying to pass as much of this info on as possible in this build thread.

Also, a build like this is financially taxing. I will probably have $25,000 into this build by the time everything is said and done.

With that said - go for it! But pick battles that you can win.

Are you just thinking about the diesel conversion? Or are you thinking about a lift, different axles, power steering, etc?
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I was thinking of just doing the conversion. No lift or anything crazy just yet. But I'm curious to know though do I need to beef up the front at all to handle the extra weight of the cummins? Cause right now I have a Dana 44, do you think it will handle it ok? Or do I need to do any modification at all? Maybe go with a dana 60? I was thinking about power steering but I really don't want to get too deep into anything. I just really want to do the swap and do a good job. I have a friend who did the same thing with an 86 f350 and it turned out great but he bought some sort of kit so it was bit easier. I do know a guy who has a welding shop and he does a lot of jeep work. I was gonna try and get some help from him too.
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:49 PM
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I was thinking of just doing the conversion. No lift or anything crazy just yet. But I'm curious to know though do I need to beef up the front at all to handle the extra weight of the cummins? Cause right now I have a Dana 44, do you think it will handle it ok? Or do I need to do any modification at all? Maybe go with a dana 60? I was thinking about power steering but I really don't want to get too deep into anything. I just really want to do the swap and do a good job. I have a friend who did the same thing with an 86 f350 and it turned out great but he bought some sort of kit so it was bit easier. I do know a guy who has a welding shop and he does a lot of jeep work. I was gonna try and get some help from him too.
Your Dana 44 would work just fine. You would only need a Dana 60 if you wanted to run BIG tires. The weight of the cummins wouldn't be a big deal.

The only other thing that you may need to consider is boxing more of the frame. The cummins is a lot more torquey, so there is a chance that you could twist the frame. Don't get too crazy though, you want some flex in the frame. If it is too ridged, it may crack - then you have bigger problems.

It sounds like you may want to consider a just buying a kit and keeping the fab work to a minimum.

Here is a website that could sell you what most of what you need: dieselconversion.com. I haven't dealt with them, but it looks like they would have a decent product for the average do it yourselfer.
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Oh ok sweet that would make it so much easier if I could keep as much of the old stuff as possible. If my uncle sells me the truck I want, I'll have a motor nv 4500 and the transfer case all together so I wouldn't need to do any adapting. Now how much boxing of the frame would I need to do? I want to keep the fab work to a minimum just cause that is not my area of expertise. So I'll check out that site.
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:31 PM
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Got the drop pitman arm from Bronco Graveyard - I wasn't expecting it to be a skyjacker brand. I could have gotten it cheaper, but Bronco Graveyard had a actual picture and better specs, so I knew I was getting the right part.

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I got the some of the front steering cut and fitted. My buddy tells me I should tig weld the steering components, so I have to wait to borrow his machine.

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To answer the previous question, I am planning on boxing the frame from the front transmission crossmember forward.
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Got a great deal on a new passenger motor mount (mine had been mortally wounded when the doner truck wrecked). Usually you have to pay the full dealer price on these, but found a dealer selling one on ebay for 1/2 the cost

Went ahead and got the polyurethane inserts for the mounts also. Now I just need to find a good excuse to make a 1 1/2 hour drive to the steel place to buy some 3/16" plate to build custom motor mounts and finish boxing the frame.

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Marine fuel cell tanks are an option and 2 24 gal fuel cells they are thin and can stack 2 in there..I'm using 1 24 gallon and you can mount smaller 5 or 20 gal unit under the truck..Ebay fuel cell
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Marine fuel cell tanks are an option and 2 24 gal fuel cells they are thin and can stack 2 in there..I'm using 1 24 gallon and you can mount smaller 5 or 20 gal unit under the truck..Ebay fuel cell
Does the universal sending unit that is on these fuel cells work with your fuel gauge correctly? Chevy gauges work differently than Ford / Dodge fuel gauges. I have a Ford/Dodge style aftermarket gauge.
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Not sure..just got them they'll fit .Also I found a truck diesel tank 21x 27X 15 I looking to sell for $75 but its heavy..I bought a set of new 3500 64" springs and was wondering if they would work on a stock 1979 F-350 4wd? I bought them for my shortbed but they seem too long for it..so I just bought a clean 1979 F350 dana 60 front and rear and thought I'd raise it up.. Also I am selling my 1969 F-2504wd yes 250 shortbed no rust 360 dana 60 and 44 but if I got the right money I'd throw in a sweet Dana 60 from a 79 and power steering set up..
I also have a built 390 for it tons of extras..I also have a set of Pit Bull 44X19.50X16 on Mickey Thompson classics that are 95+% a couple months old Im looking to trade or sell for some 41 or 42 Radials for the F-350
Let me know if you need anything and spread the word, my 69 is amazingly unique and pretty darn clean..Your project is killer and I loved your lift idea!
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Not sure..just got them they'll fit .Also I found a truck diesel tank 21x 27X 15 I looking to sell for $75 but its heavy..I bought a set of new 3500 64" springs and was wondering if they would work on a stock 1979 F-350 4wd? I bought them for my shortbed but they seem too long for it..so I just bought a clean 1979 F350 dana 60 front and rear and thought I'd raise it up.. Also I am selling my 1969 F-2504wd yes 250 shortbed no rust 360 dana 60 and 44 but if I got the right money I'd throw in a sweet Dana 60 from a 79 and power steering set up..
I also have a built 390 for it tons of extras..I also have a set of Pit Bull 44X19.50X16 on Mickey Thompson classics that are 95+% a couple months old Im looking to trade or sell for some 41 or 42 Radials for the F-350
Let me know if you need anything and spread the word, my 69 is amazingly unique and pretty darn clean..Your project is killer and I loved your lift idea!
I saw a 32 gallon fuel cell on ebay with a Ford/Dodge sending unit that would fit for $300. Not bad, but it doesn't place the fuel filler in a good spot.

The 64" springs are definitely not a bolt up on the 79' Ford. You could make them fit if you move the front stock hanger to the rear and shackle flip it. In the front you could put a early 80's (pre '85) chevy 4x4 hanger. Of course you would have to center everything, but that is a pretty common poor man lift. You would get some good lift with that set up. The 3500 springs will not flex very much, but if you wanted more flex you could always take out a leaf or two out of the pack. Basically it is almost the same as what I am doing on my truck. There are lots of options to get the same thing done.

Sounds like you have some nice toys for sale. Ebay / Craigslist should help you move those guys pretty quickly.
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