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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-11-2019, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Hello new to the forum looked a while but couldn't find what I am looking for. My son bought a 97 f250 with a 7.3 auto high miles for his first truck. I got a guy I did some work for that has a 01 2500 5.9 5speed that he rolled frames still good. I can pick it up for cheap and am curious what is the best way to go cut mounts off the dodge and put the ford on top or swap power train into the ford. Has anybody swapped body's before or just engines. I worked at cummins for 10 years so not worried about wiring or powertrain just dont know fastest and most economical way to go thanks for the help.

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IMO, use the whole Ford truck and install a 12valve with that 5-speed. Also use the Dana 80. Maybe the nice long rear leafs too.

There might be enough room on the Dodge D60 to land leaf spring perches. (There's the easy 3rdgen big-brake upgrade for these.) If not, get a D60 front from a 85-97 F350.

Not a fan of the 2ndgen frames. I've wrecked out 3 of them, and all had frame rust problems because they're made from so many pieces of thin steel.

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Thereís nothing wrong with a 24 valve, especially if he has knowledge with Cummins and isnít afraid of wiring. Yes, a 12 valve is simpler, but if he can get a whole donor truck cheap why not?
I will agree with just putting everything in the ford, they ride better in my opinion.
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Thereís nothing wrong with a 24 valve, especially if he has knowledge with Cummins and isnít afraid of wiring. Yes, a 12 valve is simpler, but if he can get a whole donor truck cheap why not?
My PSD experience soured me on electronic diesels. The common failures of buddy's ECMs and VP44 pumps gives me that same feeling... YMMV.

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He could always p pump it down the road if it gave him troubles. But really as long as he watched his fuel pressure I think heíd be alright
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