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Old 08-05-2011, 02:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1997 F-350 24V Cummins Conversion

As the title states, I am finally starting on my conversion. The truck that is receiving the Cummins motor is a '97 Crew Cab Long Box that orginally had the 7.3L Powerstroke in it. I searched high and low for a decent 12V motor to swap in, but didn't have any luck as people seem to think their engines with 300,000+ miles are worth gold So, I found me a complete '98 24V donor truck that I am going to take the soul out of and put it into the Ford Of course, its a little more work getting all the wires hooked up, but I think I'll be happy with it. I had orginally planned on running an NV4500 behind the 24V, but have not had too much luck finding a good one for a decent price and I found a semi built 47RE for a good price. Which leads me to my first question.... How do I go about getting the 47RE transmission to work behind the 24V in the Ford body? I would assume that I just need to take the entire wiring harness out of the Dodge and adapt it to the Ford as well as the TCM from the Dodge. I have all the wiring diagrams for the Ford and the Dodge to make the motor run as it should, but I have not gotten the transmission wiring diagrams yet.

I will post pics of the truck next week, as well as the progress thus far. I am in hopes of having the truck complete by this winter so that I have 4x4, otherwise I'll be stuck driving my AWESOME 2wd ranger this winter This first build will be simply getting the engine in the truck wired up and running. I am in hopes of getting a new to me bed (Current one is pretty banged up) new front fenders, and do a new paint job spring/summer 2012.

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Old 08-05-2011, 04:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Congrats French!!!
You will have fun doing this and I'm sure you'll learn alot along the way, I know i have with mine. Just holler if you have any questions.
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Old 08-05-2011, 09:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks!! My build thread won't be any where near as exciting as yours, but I'm going to have fun building it! This is my dream truck, and it will probably always be under construction! LOL
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Okay guys, here is what I am working with...



And how the progress is coming along so far...



And the donor truck...



Not much progress, but I am in hopes of getting the motor set in the truck early next week if not by this weekend. Then it will be on to the wiring side of the swap, and trying to figure out what I am going to do for a transmission.

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Got my motor mounts from Ford Cummins yesterday as well as a set of DAP 125's and my quad A-pillar pod from Complete Perfomance.

If all goes as planned, the truck should be running by early November! It's going to be ugly for the winter, but come spring time, she'll get torn apart and repainted. Hope to have pics of the motor sitting in the frame by Monday!

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Are you going with electric fans or stock fan? If stock fan you will probably need to modify the firewall if you want to get the valve cover off in the truck, or you could do a body lift. I had to flatten out the seam and push the firewall back about 3/4" behind the engine.
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Are you going with electric fans or stock fan? If stock fan you will probably need to modify the firewall if you want to get the valve cover off in the truck, or you could do a body lift. I had to flatten out the seam and push the firewall back about 3/4" behind the engine.
I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do... I've heard electric fans will do the job, however, may get warm while towing. I guess I will see what happens once I get the motor set in place and and the radiator back in.

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Not really any updates as far as getting the motor in the truck... Decided that I wanted to get it running with the new injectors while it was still in the Donor truck. Got that checked off my list, so the engine removal will begin tonight! Oh, I also picked up some 20x10 Moto Metal 955 wheels off a friend for a good price and threw them on the truck. Here are a couple pics...






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Never swapped a cummins into a ford yet but helped my friend with his 86 chevy swap. He found an aftermarket mechanical fan that bolted in place of the factory one and shortened the motor up about another inch. I will try to get some info on where to get it as it might be beneficial for us.
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Never swapped a cummins into a ford yet but helped my friend with his 86 chevy swap. He found an aftermarket mechanical fan that bolted in place of the factory one and shortened the motor up about another inch. I will try to get some info on where to get it as it might be beneficial for us.
Any more info on this? I'd definitely be interested in a 1" shorter fan!!!
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Okay guys, bumping this one back up... Not a whole lot of progress, but slowly she is coming along. Waiting on parts sucks! My p-pump, .093" SS lines, 4K's, Mack Rack plug, etc. should all be delivered this week if all goes as planned! Still on the search for a transmission though...

Currently stuck trying to figure out what I want to run behind this engine. I really like how easy it is to bolt up a NV4500 behind the motor and go, but I also like the idea of putting a Ford ZF6 behind it as well. I can have either trans. for about the same price, the clutches cost about the same, the only difference would be that I would need an adapter plate to run the ZF rather than the NV. But the cost of adding a clutch and upgraded input to the NV would be about the same as adding a clutch and adapter plate to the ZF, plus I would have one more gear... What would you do?

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