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Old 11-05-2017, 09:23 PM   #1
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So after photobucket helf my photos hostage, i stopped posting build thread stuff. However i have found a new photo host. Hopefully imgrr will be ok. Let me know if there is a better site.

Here is my most recent build. Its a 1994 2500 ram. This is the VERY first truck and vehicle i owned. My parents came home one day and told me i have a truck payment and needed a job to pay for the lean. That was about 15 years ago. I took immediate ownership and responsibility as a senior in high school. I built it up with a 8 inch lift and 39.5 swampers. I was 19 and living the dream. Young. Dumb. And i had a cool truck. ... The dumb part was me ending up selling it due to being young and getting tickets for it being lifted too high. The officer had no idea where to measure. But that was the start of my journey into the offroad wheeling world!

So i had a few lift tickets. Sold the truck and regretted it after i learned what the truck had in it. A 12v cummins long bed standard cab. Sold it for $8800 in 2003. 13 years later i tracked it down. It had been through a number of people. And completely neglected. A serious fuel return line leak, no fluid in the trans, **** steering , broken window that let in the weather for god knows how many years, cab floor spot welds broken and rusty floors, bed held on by 2 bed bolts, bumper held on via turnbuckle, , interior door panel and window rail broke/ hanging .. and no god ****ed radio.

Fast forward a lot of work: installed nv 4500 trans, adapted. Ford np271 t case to mate up to the nv4500, rockwells, rear and front to be 5 linked, fixed door panel and window, rug doctored the carpet. Patched the floor boards, bucket seats from oriellys. Cut the fenders off and removed the bed. Sorta modeling this after the kodiak dodge. A huge influence. Im co sulting with Dusty when i run into questions that revolve around "what would you d, or what would you have done differently?"

Pics to come soon!
Here it is when i sold it im 2003.

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Old 11-05-2017, 09:25 PM   #2
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Old 11-05-2017, 09:28 PM   #3
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Here are the ouput shafts the smaller one is the np241. The larger is the np271 from the ford case i converted.
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Old 11-05-2017, 09:43 PM   #4
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Swapped out the input shaft. Learned that the np241 and np271 planetary units are the same! It slid right in. No problem!






Rear pinion brake will be used for a parking brake. Im going with discs around all 4 corners. Willl include in a later post. Still waiting on parts.
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Old 11-06-2017, 09:24 AM   #5
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Parallel 5 link rear. Currently working on the same for the front.




I wanted to brace the link btackets so.. i built a x member. Had to notch it for the driveline.

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Old 11-06-2017, 09:32 AM   #6
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Nv4500 swap was a breeze. The pedals (clutch and brake) were robbed out of a junk yard gasser. Only needed the rails with them and boom. Done.
Went with a south bend stage 2 ( 800 ft lb rated i believe) clutch and flywheel.





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Old 11-06-2017, 12:44 PM   #7
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Seats and interior. I ended up welding the stock brackets to the seat brackets. It sits a tad high. Ill adjust it later if i dont like it.






The nv4500 and np 241 before installed




5th gear retainer



Mohawked the front. I bought the rear already ssembled and spooled.
There was a lot of welding involved!




Some eye candy parts!
Kings 16" for the front.




Ballistic fab parallel link parts

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Old 11-07-2017, 06:25 PM   #8
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Old 11-09-2017, 06:33 AM   #9
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yes.....a 'Like' button would be fantastic here!!
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Racing to get that work done before it gets too cold to heat the garage.....
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Old 11-10-2017, 06:53 PM   #11
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Racing to get that work done before it gets too cold to heat the garage.....
No kidding!
Ive been side tracked by just about everything lately.
I sold moby! (91 white chevy crew cab)
Sold a set of 44 tsl swamoers on h1 trail worthy beadlocks. Fixed my girlfriend's jeep and changed the oil. Snow blowing. Studying for a professional licensure exam ... Ugh.

The next step is to sell a t case that came out of the truck. But i need to swap the input shaft first ... Its going for 300. Gotta make that money for that full hydro kit!!!
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This x member took forever to make!
But its done. Paint is drying and im getting new hardware tomorrow
The np 271 sits further back and would likely hit the front of the xmember.
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X member on !

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So i am just about ready to wrap up my front link mounts.
Before i fully weld them up im hoping to get some input on the location. The center of the bottom link bolt hole is approximately at 33.5 inches from the ground for reference.

I plan to build a crossmember in between the dropped links. The t case will get a poly bushing to support it in the middle somewhere.



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Life got busy for a hot minute,. Thanksgiving, lots of snow, work, being an adult, learing to sharpen drill bits...
Finally got back at it. The front may come up a smidge and think i may move the brackets forward enough to use that upper link on the bottom


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Just waiting on some parts to ship in for the lower link brackets! Cant wait to get it sitting on its own weight
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Can someone school me on these results ?
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when did you get rid of the other Dodge?!?!

This build could be intresting. You gonna bring it to the M&G this year?
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when did you get rid of the other Dodge?!?!

This build could be intresting. You gonna bring it to the M&G this year?
.... I didnt ..
Its still sitting out front. Its winch controller solenoid pack caught fire last fall. I ran outta time to fix it
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