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Old 07-28-2014, 10:40 AM   #1
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so the truck was built before I was a part of this forum. so this thread will be about updates and mods. Right now as the truck sits, its completely stock from the frame up. I built all the suspension and axles first just to get the truck on the trail. now its time for some power and gears. I'm ripping out the oil burning 5.8L EFI that wont let me rev over 3500 RPM and swapping it for a 393 stroker with aluminum heads, air gap intake, all high quality roller rocker valve train with a decent cam, headers and a big Holley carb. simplifying things by switching to HEI ignition using a proformer distributer and a MSD coil. its all used parts out of a boat motor that performed very well. the boat threw a rod through the oil pan and nothing was hurt on the top end. the plan is to swap the E4OD for a C-6, use the gear reduction unit from a NP241 and taking the output into a divorced 205. basically im going to cut the front output off the NP241 remove the chain and cap the case off so there wont be any extra front output in the way. when its all done I would be happy with a mild 350-400 horse power. I don't have any pics yet but I will post as I go.
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Old 07-28-2014, 06:10 PM   #2
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Pics or it didn't Happen. When does this project begin? Hope to have it done before hunting season?
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I know where theres an idi turbo for 1800 bucks, ditch the gas and run a diesel. Stone simple engine. Better fuel mileage, torque and 1000x times more reliability.
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I know where there is a nice 6BT Cummins for $1700 Everything bigtex said but 100x better than a 7.3.
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Truck is heavy enough. Doesn't need a diesel in it. Especially no idi
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Pretty sure worrying about weight went out the window long ago.
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i know where there is a nice 6bt cummins for $1700 Everything bigtex said but 100x better than a 7.3.
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Old 07-29-2014, 09:24 AM   #8
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even my little girl helped on the tear down of the new motor I am using for a good bottom end.

so the stroker crank I have ended up having a giant hole in one of the journal's, a broke rod, burnt piston and the lower portion of the cylinder wall broke off. a lot more damage than I was hoping for. so the new plan. put the bad *** top end on a stock bottom end and run it while I save money and rebuild the stroker bottom end. hopefully still makes good power. from what I have looked into, my heads with a stock 351 piston should bring it up to a 9:1 compression motor. that alone should be pretty sweet. here it is going back together.
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i probably wouldn't go with either of those diesels even though i love a cummins and the IDI with a turbo. when i do build another truck it will be a diesel but we are talking full luxury. new style 7.3 turbo or 5.9 cummins H.O. newer style truck with a programmer and air conditioning. the new diesels just seem to have way more power than the older ones even when you put some money into them and build them up. the new trucks, all they need is a programmer and some exhaust to make some serious power increases. just need to do some water proofing of the engine bay. keep the mud and majority of the water out of the electrical.
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so we went out to jim creek last weekend for a last minute run. had fun and broke a front output yoke and the drive shaft.



I collected the new parts to fix it thanks to young's. need to build a driveline tonight so I can try to break it again this sunday.
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also got the fifth wheel plate put in the new tow rig last night. what a pain in the ***. its done though.

going to hook up this weekend and see how she pulls. cant wait
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New drive line built and installed. Heading out this weekend to test it out
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So i havent really ever done any work with a pipe bender before but here's my first project with the basic hydrolic bender i bought a while back. Engine and transmision crossmembers



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Looking for some rear crew cab doors for the ford. Anybody have some laying around. Don't gave to be in perfect shape, just not smashed.
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so I scored some new rubber and wheels. 14.00/20 XL's on double bead locks. not what I really wanted for tires but the price was right. Had some new Centers cut (thanks James) to bolt in the Rockwell pattern. now that its all done I have 10.5" of back spacing and my hubs are flipped out on the axle. my current wheels have 9.5" of back spacing. these tires measure 49" tall and my current tires 18.4/16.1 measure about 42". I don't rub now but i'm concerned its going to. I'm going to test fit one tonight to see. anybody done this style adapter before? it just seems to easy.



by the way looking for some rear crew cab doors. nothing pretty just not smashed
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Test fit last night. Clears at full turn both directions. Not as much clearance as i would like to see but it will work. Still need to cut some rubber out but im stoked they fit!
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In serious need of a 14/20 michelin XL. Went and did a recovery last night and shredded one of my tires. Truck is out of commission until I get a new one.
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Bad day to be a ford in my shop. Had no choice but to run it flat for about 7 miles. Tire was junk anyway. First trip out with the new tires/wheels and This sold me on double bead locks. The tire protected the rim and no damage to the rim or run flat insert. I had to drag a f-250 and a cj-7 tandem through a majority of the trail so i definitely wasn't taking it easy. Very impressed with the new set up.



Gary's truck sales in anchorage had a new one on the back of a 5 ton for a spare. Pulled it from the truck for me. This was my first dealing with Gary and it was great. Price wasn't to bad and he jumped right on finding it for me. I will be using him when i need misc parts like this. truck is fixed and ready to hit the trail again.
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Do you mind me asking how much you paid at Gary's?
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$350 with another complete double bead lock wheel. I would say the tire was %90 tread.
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That seems pretty reasonable
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Russell, would you sill have interest in that six door cab?
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Depends on the price. I would definitely be interested in 2 of the rear doors. Pm me what your asking for the cab. Whole truck or just cab?
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Im fixing a few things before our big yearly trip. Turns out even some maintenance wasnt enough. Wheel bearing's, spindle bushings, boots, hydro lines and a new cooler, link joints the list goes on, its all wore out. My real issue is the inner axle seal retainer is usually pressed into the axle tube and doesnt generally come out that easy. Well mine fell out when i slid the shafts out. They had been lose in there fir a while judging by all the wear. Now they dont fit tightly back in. Any ideas? Tack weld in place and silicone?
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Install these and never look back. I put a set in last year. http://www.customoff-road.com/index....ustom_products
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