Know a guy via a friend/coworker of mine back in NC, that spent over $10,000 with Tennessee conversions,,,, his truck still isnt right. He procured the donor truck, and dropped his off with them. My guy has had to work on the clutch a couple of times, and the trans sounds like its grinding nails all the time,,,, called Tech about it,,, they said its supposed to
The reason the truck needs 4" of suspension lift (you can get by with 2" on 4x4) is for the oil pan to clear the front axle... most of these guys will tell you, "you will need to lift it 3" of body lift" I didnt, I cant stand body lifts, for the aspect of complicating the center of gravity and making it extremely topheavy,, Ive run a few of them, I run hard and fast, I want my body tied to the rails, especially in a rollover(previous experianc) Yes it is much easier to install the engine if there is a body lift on,,, My application was specific, thus for me a body lift doesnt work. for you it may.
Ive asked Crewcab59 a few times about this conversion back when I was rounding up the peices, the info that was given looked good on the surface but was peppered with "bring it to me" "buy my products, or wiring diagrams", kind of comments. I finally got fed up with the exclusiveness of the situation, and looked elsewhere. FordCummins was none better, I paid for the 24v wiring diagrams and write up from those guys, and found their instructions to be destructive. IE, splicing the engine harness at the ECM,,,, (this eleminates the chance of changing the engine harness on the side of the road if a short or partial engine fire ever occurs: heaven forbid you wired something wrong and it doesnt show up for 30,000miles???.) My wiring is spliced in before the 11 and 14 pin connectors of the engine harness, thus I can plug and play with any junkyard engine harness if need to...... Im not sellling anything so dont get that idea, anyone is welcome to the info and knowledge that I have aquired over the years. It is then up to the user to utilize said info or parts in a manner that works for them.
there are no shortcuts to this conversion,,,, you have to sit down and plan every move... biggest thing is that now you have a bastard truck that no one wants to touch and you as the owner driver must know, personally every inch of it, for when something happens, or goes down. Or be prepared to spend lots of denaro
while the shop guys fiigure out your truck and basically learn it for themselves then start trying to figure out your conversion, and finally figure out the problem you are asking them to fix...