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  • #16
    Paul,

    At any rate you've done a really fine job on the Power Wagon. It's just being a Ford fan I'd have opted for Ford's diesel. Would you have had to cut body metal to get a Power Stroke in it? I've seen a few with 440's in them but it's been a long time ago and can't remember whether they cut any body metal or not to get the "RB" block motors in. I understand your position on cutting body metal especially on vintage stuff.

    I have an 86 F250 that my girlfriend wrecked about a month ago. It's not bad but I do have to fix it and I think when I fix it I'm going to "really fix it". The 351 Windsor has 243,000 miles on it and to do the repairs I'm going to have to pull the engine out so I'm thinking Power Stroke. I've got a line on several of them from a truck salvage yard complete with transmissions, transfer cases, wiring harness and computer. Of course I'll also have to fabricate a set of my body mounts for it, the ones that give anywhere from 2" to 11" of lift, I'm going mild at 2" and I haven't decided about suspension lift yet I'm pondering it since I will have to have beefier front springs to hold the PS diesel up. Duallies are a definite for this truck also, they've been in the plans for it from the beginning. Since the truck will set that high and working on it is an issue I may go with a steel tilt front end too. Who knows at this moment I will have to see what my budget and time will allow and how quickly I have to have it back in service.

    Oh well it does give me an excuse to have to borrow one of my brother's Cummins powered Ram 2500's. They're nice trucks don't get me wrong but I sure am glad they're not mine. Especially after having to put front wheel bearings in one of them last summer. The wheel bearing, rotor, antilock brake sensor assembly (dealer only availibility and as an assembly) cost $675.00 each!!! OUCH!!! and it needed some other things by the time things were all said and done it cost him a little better than 2 grand for a front brake job. I was almost swayed into considering one untill the brake job.

    Well keep up the great work and keep us up to date on the project and when the image event page becomes available.

    Blondie_486
    Blondie (Owner C & S Automotive)

    Colt the original point & click interface!

    Millermatic 35 with spot panel
    Miller 340A/BP
    Victor O/A torches
    Lincoln SP125
    Too many other tools to list

    03 Ram 1500
    78 GS1000
    82 GL1100 Interstate

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    • #17
      Blondie

      I have never used a Power Stroke on a conversion, always Cummins. I dont know the size of the PS, but there is not a lot of room if you dont cut sheet metal.

      Paul

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      • #18
        Paul,

        I can see why the Cummins as it is an inline configuration which would work better in a tight spot. I've talked to guys whit Fords with the Power Stroke in them and they love them they are claiming 22 to 24 miles per gallon. A few of them tow 14,000# campers out west and say that they can out pull both the Dodges and Chevy's with diesels in them.

        Cummins makes a good motor don't get me wrong but in my case I want the little more power and will most likely be putting some Gale Banks aftermarket components on it as well. My brother and I have plans to put a Banks kit on his 99 Ram 2500 and if he likes the gains he gets when the 03 is out of warranty he'd like to beef that one up as well. I have however considered a Cummins swap in my Ford but don't know how that might work out with the transfer case and mating the drive shafts to the differentials as my Ford has the independent suspension in the front and Dodges have always used a solid axle.

        As far as making room in my F250 I think there'll be plenty of room to fit the Power Stroke in there and if I have to cut some sheet metal on that truck I really won't mind as it isn't a classic.

        Have you heard of anyone transplanting a Cummins into a Ford and if so how did the swap go?

        Keep on truckin!

        Blondie_486
        Blondie (Owner C & S Automotive)

        Colt the original point & click interface!

        Millermatic 35 with spot panel
        Miller 340A/BP
        Victor O/A torches
        Lincoln SP125
        Too many other tools to list

        03 Ram 1500
        78 GS1000
        82 GL1100 Interstate

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        • #19
          Blondie

          The guys I know across the US are into Power Wagons and M-37's. Its
          always a Cummins going into one of these. I know one guy is putting a 6bt in a WC Dodge 6x6. He is having a lot of real estate crunch fit problems. Email me off line and we can talk about conversions. I dont want to wear out my welcome on a welding forum with truck diesel conversions ha!

          Put Power Wagon in the Subject line or it will get automatically dumped.

          Paul [email protected]

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          • #20
            Next Diesel Project

            There will be a lot of fab work, welding and plasma on this next project after the Carryall is done.

            www.volvo303.com

            Paul

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