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Old 03-12-2014, 01:15 AM
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SuperCab 4x4 Resto-Mod Cummins Swap Build

Well, I've been wanting to do this for years. Take an old Ford, do a frame off restoration, and swap in a late-model powertrain including a 12V Cummins.

I will be documenting every step along the way, so I hope you guys have fun viewing my progress. Yes there will be PLENTY of pictures.

First, I'll start with my truck that I purchased solely for the purpose of this project.

  • 1978 F-150 SuperCab 4x4, converted to an F-250
  • 351M (to be replaced with a 5.9L 12-valve Cummins)
  • NP 435 4-speed manual (to be replaced with NV4500 5-speed)
Here are the "before" pictures, just as I bought her.


















And here is the donor truck that will be giving up it's Cummins engine, a 1994 Ram 2500 2wd. The Ram is an auto, so the 5-speed manual transmission will have to come from elsewhere.


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Engine Pull

I have limited space in my garage, so I decided to pull the Cummins first before I start tearing down the Ford.







Overall in great condition. Dirty, but no leaks. Ran great too.


Finally Out, time to tear it down!
 
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Thanks man. That's funny, I was just drooling over pictures of your truck.
 
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Thanks man. That's funny, I was just drooling over pictures of your truck.
Thanks. I'm about 5k away from done. Well, done my overly **** overkill way.

Either way good luck with your swap. I'd keep that donor till the last min to make darn sure you don't need anything out of that truck.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask on my thread or shoot me a PM.
 
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1978 F-150 SuperCab 4x4, converted to an F-250??

Did they just swap the 8 lug front spindles or the complete front axle? And yes I am sure it was a complete rear axle swap.

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Once you get the NV4500 5-speed, will it bolt up to the NP-205?
 
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1978 F-150 SuperCab 4x4, converted to an F-250??

Did they just swap the 8 lug front spindles or the complete front axle? And yes I am sure it was a complete rear axle swap.

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Once you get the NV4500 5-speed, will it bolt up to the NP-205?

A 4x4 nv4500 can be marked to the right 205. I want to say you have to have the 29 spline input and a special machined spacer and stub shaft. I'm sure a cursory search will come up with the right combo. I do believe chasetruck did just that. His thread https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/s...d.php?t=773919
 
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Cool thanks, I have a buddy doing doing a diesel swap now and the trans/bell housing part is giving him a fit and I am sure the xfer case and other issues are next.

HJ over, back to the show.
 
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looks good so far, wish you were closer, id take plenty of parts off that dodge. looks too nice to hack up.
 
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Tear Down

Got the Cummins torn down today. There was quite a bit of gasket scraper work involved.


The cylinders still had their factory cross-hatching, not surprising, with 152,000 miles this motor is barely broken in.




After disassembling the heads, I noticed the restrictive factory port castings. Typical mass production stuff.


Did some pocket porting to clean it up.
 
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make sure you fix the KDP
 
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I hope you're going to keep that awesome battery hold-down after your swap is driving!!
 
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So excited. I love these threads. Someone already had some air horn fun on that Ford.
 

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