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post #1 of 733 (permalink) Old 10-22-2015, 02:09 AM Thread Starter
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My 12v Build

Hello all, I've been reading on this forums for a few years now, and finally decided to start posting some. Since my only experience working on diesels was from my old '96 7.3, I don't really have much experience when it comes to 12 valves. However, I sold that truck to fund my 12 valve build and have combined all of my research in the hopes of building a daily driver/street/mild tow truck.

The truck was owned by my buddy'd uncle and lived with a trailer behind it. With 465k on the clock, and indications of needing new rings (from what his uncle said, he's been building gas motors for years) I purchased the truck for a steal. It was a white 1997 2500 Ext. Cab Long Bed 4x4 with a 47re. My plans are to build around a 600hp fun daily driver, but reliable and able to tow if needed. I'm starting this post in the middle of the build, but I'll keep it update as it slowly progresses (only able to work 1-2 days on the weekends due to school). Feel free to offer any suggestions, or if I missed something important, I'm still learning.


Build Sheet(will be update as new parts come in)
Powertrain/Drivetrain:
-Rebuilt Engine
-ARP 2000 Head Studs
-Keating Machining Tappet Cover & Freeze Plugs
-180 Pump w/ 4k GSK maxed and rebuilt by Farrell Diesel @ 18
-Infinite Performance (Weston) 5x.016s 155
-S362sxe (62/68/.7)
-Fass 125 w/ BDP Sump
-MBRP 5" exhaust
-G56 w/ Southbend DD
-Aluminum One-Piece driveshaft
-Stainless Coolant Lines


Steering/Suspension:
-DOR 3" Short Arm Lift w/ rear shackle flip
-DOR HD Track Bar
-DOR Steering Box Brace
-Borgeson Steering Shaft (not recommended, get an OEM shaft)
-Bilstein 5100s
-3rd Gen Wheels w/ Toyo AT2 35x12.5x17s
-PS Pump Flow Mods
-Extended Stainless Brake Lines
-Shock Tower Delete Plates
-Synergy Steering
-Blue Top 3-1/4 Turn Steering Box


Body/Chassis:
-Quad Cab Swap
-Sandblasted & Epoxy Primed Frame, followed by Topcoating
-Underside of Bed Painted Black
-Sound deadening undercoating on underside of cab, insides of front fenders, and bedsides
-B&W Turnoverball Gooseneck Hitch


Electical:
-Dual Group 31 Batteries (950 CCA)
-Delco 28si 200 Amp Alternator
-Splicing of '99 Cab Harness to '97 Dash/Chassis Harness
-Entire Wiring harness cleaned up and re-loomed


Updated - 3/19/17


'97 2500 QCLB 4x4 4.10s, G56, 180 Pump - 4ks & .025s - B&B @18, 5x.016s - 155, S362sxe (62/68/.7) - 52 PSI, Fass 125 w/ Sump, Studs, 5" TBE, DOR 3" Short Arm Lift w/ Shackle Flip & Track Bar,
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Bringing the truck home


Motor Out (Forklift helps)


Frame Sandblasted (truck was completely free of rust, but I thought why not while I still have the time)


Epoxy Primer and Rustoleum Enamel over primer


Engine Stand I built


Donor Truck for Quad Cab swap

'97 2500 QCLB 4x4 4.10s, G56, 180 Pump - 4ks & .025s - B&B @18, 5x.016s - 155, S362sxe (62/68/.7) - 52 PSI, Fass 125 w/ Sump, Studs, 5" TBE, DOR 3" Short Arm Lift w/ Shackle Flip & Track Bar,
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Keep the posts and pictures coming!

1997 CTD extended cab 4X4 5 speed. Towing package, SLT, BHAF, 4" straight exhaust

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Whoa! I'll be watching this.
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New Dash

I'm still going to be using the dash out of the '97 just to bypass all the wiring and sensors associated with a '98+ cab swap, but my upper dash is in pieces (typical). Should I use LMC or Geno's for the replacement dash? I've had good experience with both companies, just wanted to know which one most people were using.

Also, should I fiberglass the underside of the dash in the hopes of making it last longer?

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I'm going to use dynamat on the underside of mine when I get around to replacing it.
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I thought about that, but that would add quite a bit of weight. The second skin damplifier I have for the inside weighs in at roughly .6 lb (~10oz.) per sq. ft. I don't know if the added weight would negatively affect anything though.
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That's a good point, I would think that part of the reason they crack is the amount of vibration created by the engine, so a vibration damper would help, I think.
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Parts Update 10/23

Here's some of the parts I have as of now.

Engine Assembly update later this weekend.

180 Pump Rebuilt and Maxed by Farrell Diesel Service


HTT 62/65/14 <--- Replaced by 62/68/.7 S362 SXE


Fass 125 w/ BDP Sump


Keating Machining Parts


Second Skin Damplifier ~64 sq. ft.

'97 2500 QCLB 4x4 4.10s, G56, 180 Pump - 4ks & .025s - B&B @18, 5x.016s - 155, S362sxe (62/68/.7) - 52 PSI, Fass 125 w/ Sump, Studs, 5" TBE, DOR 3" Short Arm Lift w/ Shackle Flip & Track Bar,
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sweet looking shop you got there!

dynamat is a little heavy, but in a 8000lb truck, are you really worried about an extra 100 lbs? I dynamated my entire cab roof to floor board. Absolutely love it.

Out of curiosity if you dont mind, how much was the pump rebuild? thats in my near future and im dreading it lol.

Looking forward to following the build!
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looks awesome! will be following

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I think he's more concerned with the weight of dynamat on the underside of the dash putting too much stress on the dash and cracking it.


Why did you decide to run a fass?
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