Tossing ideas in my head

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  1. no mufflers

    no mufflers Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    yeah i should have specified its a 99+ frame. it has like no rust and figured you could make it work.
     
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    I’d go find a 1000$ 4x4 something to beat through the salt if I were you. Clean trucks are only clean really once.

    It all comes down to time vs money. You will have a good bit of time in the 95 swap. None of the wiring etc really translates. Run screaming from that trans.

    Or find something(anything) turn key that will pass inspection and beat it a season. More money.


    I just sold my winter beater so I’m beating my RAV for now. Down here a front wheel drive car is as good a winter beater as anything though. Up there...maybe not so much.
     
  3. chillman88

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    Though I'm not arguing your point, what is the trouble with the wiring if I do a cab swap? I assumed all the wiring would stay with the cab and all I'd really need to do is rewire for the newer gen headlights? (Meaning keep all the underhood wiring from the 89)

    Is there something I'm missing or were you thinking I would be using the 95 cab?
     
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    As much as I like the thought of something else, being November already I'm pretty sure I'll be stuck driving the 91 at least a little anyway. My only reason for wanting to wait on the oil undercoating is the clean up that will be needed before paint.
     
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    I thought you were using the 95 cab. I must have got karnfused.

    Lol
     
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    I figured that was it. I would be if he had the title. If I do this chances are I'll be using parts of the 95 cab for patch panels lol.
     
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    Danielle I'm kind of not allowed any more trucks! Supporting Member

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    So it looks like your conclusion is to sell the wrecker to someone... :angel::angel::angel::angel:
     
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    snicklas 6.0 and Loving It!! Staff Member

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    That would be classified “Another Truck”................
     
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    I believe in another thread she said "its parts so it doesn't count" :D
     
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    I think currently my plan is to wait until spring. I just know I won't be doing it in this weather regardless of what I tell myself.

    Hopefully in spring I can get that 95, pull the body and drivetrain, clean up and paint the frame, then toss the body back on. Might cut the rockers from the new cab and weld them into the 89.

    I might not take advice completely, I might try to rebuild that tranny and use the older solenoid packs. If nothing else I'll have a good core, there are times it would be nice to have an auto again. Plus the wife would be happier.
     
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    Danielle I'm kind of not allowed any more trucks! Supporting Member

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    How do you lift your bodies off the frame? What do you use?

    Sent from my VS501 using Tapatalk
     
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    As of right now I'm asking myself the same question LOL

    I had use of the landlords gantry crane at my last place. I really need to make/buy one it was the handiest thing to have. Worst case I can use an engine hoist but I'd rather not. Not quite enough room in my shop either (read too much crap in there).
     
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    My main dilemma with building a gantry (aside from cost) is engineering it. I really need one that can be taller outside but can also be brought inside to be used without disassembling it. I also want to figure out some add on outriggers. I had one start to tip with an 8' dually bed on it. That was... Less than enjoyable. Luckily I had a buddy there. Next time I probably won't be so lucky.
     
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    It’s hard to beat the HF gantry. You can’t buy the steel for what it costs. If you catch it on sale and use a 25% off coupon it really is a bargain for the money. The only real issue I have with it is I wish it was a little wider. Not sure a dually would go through it.
     
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    That was a thought I had. I will need to widen it though if a dually won't go through so I wonder how much a new I beam would cost. Good news is I work at a fabrication plant so I get a discount :cool:

    Harbor freight says 94" wide inside. Guess I'll have to measure...
     

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