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Can understand budgets. A diesel conversion can play havoc with one. A few things to keep in you potential to do list. One would be get rid of that tilted, angled exhaust manifold. That unit came on the CPL767 used in Ford E350 vans. Cummins discovered that the tilt caused premature failure to turbo bearings and seals. Other Ford vans wound up with a top center mounted turbo. A second would be a better turbo. That small H1C was OK for the base 105 HP but doesn't have a lot of potential much beyond that. It's just an antiquated design and not much way to improve on it. A turbo from the HX30W series would be light years better. And as I mentioned, any power plans beyond stock will need an intercooler. If you haven't driven diesels before, be patient. They build power a bit slower than gas engines but that incredible torque is like a giant hand pushing you. Guys often take off an leave me in their smoke but I often catch them or pass them when they caught a stop light.
 

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Update windows still havent arrived so had time to get the front end prepped and painted along with some badges and head light buckets. headlights arrived today so font end should all be bolted up real soon just need to reseal injection pump since it developed a leak.
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Finally got word that windows are in after a little over a month truck will be picked up tomorrow for install. We will see how long it takes them to bust this one out.
Fenders and hood are on and aligned to the best of my ability. Interior should be in soon and electrical should be a big task its self
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I know this forum is about 4bt engine swaps, but your "windows" have peaked my interest. Can you elaborate more? I guess this is sounding stupid, but did you have them custom made? All 4?
 

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Wiring, windows, gauges, interior have been done. Truck isnt 100% complete but was able to get it on the road and registered. Still need to work out some stuff on the steering it wonders past 45mph, motor seems to be running good just does lack some power. No overheating problems at the moment but will soon find out once steering issue is fixed and really get her moving down the highway
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Thanks!!!
Dont we all, just keep at it took me about 3 years to get it to where it is. For just working on it just on weekends it was a challenge to do it all, running into a few snags along the way but was worth it.
 

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Nice Job!! I wish mine was even 1/2 way there.
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Dont we all, just keep at it took me about 3 years to get it to where it is. For just working on it just on weekends it was a challenge to do it all, running into a few snags along the way but was worth it.
 

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Oh man, looking good. I figured you would notice a lack of power. Mine was the same way until I did some mods. Isn't it nice when it's finally rolling under it's own power?
 

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Oh man, looking good. I figured you would notice a lack of power. Mine was the same way until I did some mods. Isn't it nice when it's finally rolling under it's own power?
It sure does! Im just having a little bit of trouble with the steering wondering when get around a turn with a bump on the road
You havent had any steering issues?
Hows the intercooler install progress?
 

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Older Dodge trucks are notorious for having the rag joint wear out. Check into replacing it with a splined Borgeson joint, or I can dig out the part number I used for normal small u-joint conversion to replace the rag joint. Aside from that, steering box worm gear can be tightened up a little and check those tie rod ends.
 

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Older Dodge trucks are notorious for having the rag joint wear out. Check into replacing it with a splined Borgeson joint, or I can dig out the part number I used for normal small u-joint conversion to replace the rag joint. Aside from that, steering box worm gear can be tightened up a little and check those tie rod ends.
I replaced everything on the truck new steering gear box,tie rods, drag link, rag joint and the bottom steering coloum joint. Ill try adjusting the worm gear on the steering gear box see if that helps any. Or just change it to that splined u-joint you mentioned.
 

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I had wandering steering issues with the old full time axles wanting to pull left or right. After I swapped in the freshly rebuilt Dana 60s front and rear, I have not had any steering issues. Of course, I had a new lift kit with new bushings, new king pins, new tie rod ends, and new drag link. And, locking front hubs. Still has the factory steering gear box too. It drives great and tracks well.
 

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I had a 93 dodge 2wd, I replaced the slip shaft the (calacabel part for accidents) between the steering box and steer column. I can't remember if it had plastic inserts in there or what, it was a long time ago. But it tighten up the steering quit a bet. Took the play out of the steering wheel so less woundring in a straight line.
 
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