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what I did with my weekend..

LSx S10

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A buddy of mine has a 95 ram 2500 12v 5spd 4x4. It has a 4in turbo back straight exhaust, high flow filter, and a tweaked fuel plate. He recently decided to convert it to a dually. The donor truck is a 95 ram 3500 v10 dump. The cab and engine bay were completely destroyed in a fire but the drivetrain was still in pretty decent shape.

Saturday we got the cab and front end off the frame, pulled the engine, trans, transfer case, and the dana 60 front axle. The truck came with the rear half of the frame chopped off but the dana 80 dually axle came with the front half. The plan right now is to use the dually axle in the rear, but leave the front axle already in his truck and just bolt on the hub extensions from the donor axle. This way he can use the dually wheels up front. We are also gonna swap the 3500 front springs into his truck. The donor axle has the same gear as his truck, defiantly makes things easier for us. Sometime next week he's driving down to st. louis to pick up a dually bed and then we can finish this conversion. here are some pics from saturday and sunday.








The donor truck


Pulling the cab with a cat 252b


Cab removed


Pulled the 8.0 V10 and 47RE trans, you can see the aluminum valve covers that are melted.


Dana 60 and Dana 80


buddy torching on the dana 80




same deal for the front axle


rusted heap ready for the junkyard


ps the engine, trans, and dana 60 front axle is for sale.
 

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I would fix the dents and rust before I made any other changes
rust below the doors is getting fixed soon and the dent in the bed will be fixed once the new dually bed is on. its a work/ plow truck, doesnt need to be perfect
 

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u watched extreme 4x4 last week or what? lol
 

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u watched extreme 4x4 last week or what? lol
yea i saw it, but it was on trucks they did the dually conversion. hes been wanting to do this swap before that episode, but it did give us the idea to use gm 1ton wheel cylinders as an upgrade lol.
 

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Insanity. I've done axle swaps, but dunno why one would want to go up to a dually unless that truck was on serious trailer duty often.

I put a D60/D70 combo on a 1/4 ton FS Blazer - just so the 12 bolt hummer rims would be the correct width :rofl:
 

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Please tell me he is getting the Semi rims, that would be sweet.
 

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