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    Default Cummins swap... the hard way

    Well gents, it has begun, i got a 2001 ram 2500 24 valve with nv4500hd. my plan is to do a frame swap. after my first measurements it looks like it wont be that bad. wish me luck
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    I am doing one right now. Hit me up if you have questions but I am out 3/4 through mine. See thread.

    http://www.m715.com/vb/showthread.ph...ht=Dodge+frame

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    thanks i just got the dodge stripped and now removing the m715 cab

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    got the body off now cleaning and removing brackets
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    Nice! Keep posting pics. Looks like fun.

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    lots of progress yesterday, got the frame stripped, all the wiring, fuel and brake lines are removed. got the engine out and started scraping away 20 years of grime. i think i will just replace gaskets and paint for now. under about 1 inch of grit i found the dreaded 53 on my block so it i wont invest in a rebuild until i need to.
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    well more progress, after thinking it over and debating on where and how to shorten the frame i decided to do the same as jhartings did on his frame more or less. after many hrs of cutting grinding and punching out old rivets i have the rear frame unrivited from the front and have shortened the front rails 12.7 inches. im removing and converting the rust before i mock it back up. my plan is to bolt it together where the rivets were and then weld and box the frame from there.
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    ok i got it back together. luck has it there is a factory bolt hole that lines up the lower spring mount when you shorten the frame. it makes the wheelbase 1/8 of an inch longer but the naked eye wont notice that when the truck is done. having that bolt hole makes squaring up the frame super easy. i triple checked everything and then drilled the other 3 bolt holes per side. once firmly bolted i did the plug welds and the inner and outer lap joint. i think the bolts helped keep the frame from twisting. after that the axles were put back under the frame and im done for the night
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    Excellent work. Keep up the pics!

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    so has anybody done a shackle flip on a second gen dodge? i feel like this is the time to do it. they say its a 4 in lift if you keep the factory blocks or a 1 in lift if you ditch the blocks. i was planning on getting rid of the blocks anyway or building a anti warp bar and keeping the blocks. just dont know what route to go. i wish i won the lottery and could afford a 4 link but...

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