I figured I'd start my own build thread. My build has done nothing but go backwards! I started with my 1988 F250. It was a regular cab long bed,4x4. My dad bought it for me when I was 17, I'm 25 now. It had a fuel injected 302 and a M50D 5 speed with a BW1356 transfer case. The 302 was extremely underpowered and I'm not sure why cord ever put it into a 3/4 ton 4x4 truck? Anyway, after years of driving it and getting 8-9mpg I decided that I just needed to buy a little ranger and park the beast. Well that was 6 years ago. Now around last April I decided to pull the old girl out of the fence row and put a cummins in it.
I read hundreds of threads about conversions and talked to fordcummins and emailed them back an forth. I found a 1993 IC VE 5.9 cummins. Guy said it was a good running engine. I took him at his word and gave him the $900. I put the engine in the back of my truck and hauled it home. Cleaned it up, painted it and sat it aside. I called fordcummins, purchased one of their adaptor plates to mate the 5.9 to a ZF5 ford transmission and some other odds and ends.
We pulled the 302 and 5 speed out of the 88. Then cleaned up the engine bay with the powerwasher. We then bolted the motormounts on the cummins and bolted it into place. Everything went together like a dream as far as the engine, transmission, motormounts, and getting the motor in place.
A word to the wise. If someone is wanting to do this conversion, start with a diesel or big block gas truck. The radiator core supports and a lot of other little things are different from small block gas to big block to diesel.
I started to search for a diesel radiator core support for my body style truck. I couldn't find one. So then I started looking for the front clip off a 1992-1997 ford with a diesel in it. I was on craigslist and found a guy who had two trucks. A 94 ext cab long bed with a utility box and a 1992 reg can long bed with a flatbed. I picked up the 94 to use the front clip, when I got the truck home and looked at it in the daylight, I loaded it at night, it turned out to be a nice truck! The next day I went back and picked up the 92 with the flatbed. I gave $725 for both trucks!!!
Now my idea is to put the cummins into the 1994. It's an extended cab where my 88 is a regular cab. The 94 is also in a lot better shape. It also has A/C where as the 88 doesnt.This weekend I'm going to pull the 7.3 IDI TURBO that's in the 94 then pull the cummins out of the 88 and get the ball rolling!
Last edited by tbrown1986; 12-14-2011 at 02:03 PM.