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93 d350 to a 85 w250? which way to go?

I have a 93 d350 and just picked up a 85 w250 gasser. What way would be easiest to get a 4x4 out of them? I have custom paint on the dually but will restore the 85 body if necessary. Would swaping axles from the 85 to the 93 be the best way? The 85 has a 727 tranny and the 93 has the 46rh tranny.


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Usually people say to use the frame that's in the best shape and roll with that one.

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The 85 is a reg cab and the 93 is a ext cab. Im not afraid of custom fabrication. Any ideas?

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The 85 is a reg cab and the 93 is a ext cab. Im not afraid of custom fabrication. Any ideas?
I'm not sure if the axles are going to match up right? I'm gonna let someone more experienced handle this one. I like 4x4 reg cab duallys the most, but I'm assuming you want a single rear wheel truck?

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It does not matter to me. I think single rear would be better for my taste but on the other hand I do pull alot. I am afraid I would miss the dually in the long run. Just looking for input. I like the ext cab because of the dogs and camping trips. Thought about the 93 ext cab on the 85 frame and shorten the bed. ?? Or stretch the frame??

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It does not matter to me. I think single rear would be better for my taste but on the other hand I do pull alot. I am afraid I would miss the dually in the long run. Just looking for input. I like the ext cab because of the dogs and camping trips. Thought about the 93 ext cab on the 85 frame and shorten the bed. ?? Or stretch the frame??
Why not just keep it as a Extended cab dually on that frame and throw the 4x4 parts under there?

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I could do that. What about the tranny and transfer case. Will the 727 bolt to the cummins and hold up? The 85 w250 is a gasser.

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I think you should leave each truck the way they are. the w250 likely has a d44 front and d60 rear and they will not live long under a cummins. you need a d60 front under the dually.
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What about the tranny and transfer case

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What about the tranny and transfer case
You dont want to go from a 46rh to a 727. The 727 has 3 gears and no lockup or nothin.

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The 203 tranfercase wont take it. Neither will the dana 44.

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The 85 probably has the 6" frame vs the 7" under your dually, guss which is stronger? The 85 probably has an NP208 tcase, might have a 205 if it's a heavy 3/4 The heavy 3/4 might also has a 7" frame.

I'd convert the dually, use the 85 axles and upgrade as things grenade. Depending on use the 44 might last a long time. Keep the dually rear.

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