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Old 11-05-2014, 08:25 PM   #1
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So I've been searching for a crew cab/suv to replace my Dodge with. I realized I needed to seat more than 2 people so the Dodge no longer fit my needs. I was searching for somethings from the 60's/70's but they are either expensive, rusted out, far away, or some combo of those 3 things.

Well searching craigslist this guy popped up locally last night. I went and checked it out this afternoon and determined it was definitely worth the $2500 price the seller was asking.

The body is in great shape minus some scratches and dent below the passenger tail light. It seems to run/drive decently as well. The interior on the other hand has been extremely well used thanks to the sellers 4 demon spawns err children. Most of the stuff I've written down that needs to be fixed is interior stuff.




Current plan is to just clean up/fix the broken bits for now and drive it a bit to feel out how it is mechanically.

Body wise I'll be ripping off the ugly ass tan molding crap and swapping the ugly ass grill to a normal truck grill.







P.s. The V10 will not stay in this truck


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Old 11-06-2014, 08:57 AM   #2
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Damn that was quick. Looks really clean outside and some seat covers will take care of the kid damage. I will be waiting to see the 12V go in it.
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Old 11-06-2014, 09:29 AM   #3
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This should be fun! Drop the Cummins in that, and then drop the V10 in the Xterra!
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Old 11-06-2014, 12:10 PM   #4
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FYI most people swap the springs for F-250 of 350 ones.. The stock X ones are extremely soft and saggy. Although I dunno why I'm telling you cause you'll probably airbag it too
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Old 11-06-2014, 12:37 PM   #5
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Well I do have some air bags and a full 4-control controller setup for them


I'll probably do the 250/350 leafs to firm it up/get some lift, the rear sway bar, and some nice shocks to round it out.
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The worst part of the interior is I'm pretty sure a soda exploded all over it. Everything is sticky







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The list of things to fix so far:

Cruise control - not working
door locks - don't unlock via switches/no key fobs included/don't know code for the door keypad
drivers seat heater doesn't work, didn't check pass. side
e-brake release broken
all but 1 gauge light out
dent under tail light
filthy interior
2nd row flip down tv won't stay flipped up (latch broken)
someone has a wiring mess under the dash, maybe a starter kill plus something for the rear tv
rattle under the front by my feet
not a diesel
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Old 11-07-2014, 01:19 PM   #8
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The worst part of the interior is I'm pretty sure a soda exploded all over it. Everything is sticky









I can't see any of these pics
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Old 11-07-2014, 05:05 PM   #9
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Oops, I had moved them and broke the links. Should be good now.


Painted the front bumper trim, eraser wheeled the molding crap off, and ended up removing the side steps completely today. (I haven't done any thing to the passenger side yet)

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Already looks alot better , keep up the good work
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Old 11-08-2014, 08:48 AM   #11
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^x2! Lookin much better already. That interior was probably really nice when it was new. Looks so tired now though.


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So researching where people are putting subs in these trucks and I really like this idea. Gotta hack up the door a bit to make room for the enclosure, but that doesn't hurt my feelings haha. Some folks cut out the inner panel and just make a storage spot in the doors also. There is nothing inside of them except for the latches.


The other option is I might pull out the 3rd row seats (don't plan on carrying THAT many people) and do storage like I have in the Xterra and integrate a sub box into it.

One problem with this thing is it is going to require 2 tons of sound dampening material because it is so damn big
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Old 11-08-2014, 06:17 PM   #13
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Fun fact, the ford electric shift trans case bolts to the NV4500 with the only change needed being a different input shaft (which is about $75).

Guess I need to make sure it shifts alright. Would be nice to retain the e-shift.

So a 4wd main shaft, tail housing, and input gear should have my diesel drivetrain converted to 4wd. I had a 3rd gear grind so I'll probably do a rebuild or at least synchros in it while I have it apart.
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Old 11-09-2014, 12:38 PM   #14
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Just wanted to say I am absolutely LOVING owning a popular/more main stream vehicle for a change. I can actually get parts for this thing, and the prices on them are not crazy either. I don't know what to do with myself
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Ugh, the v10 w/ tow package gets 4.30 gears from the factory. I think that is going to be a bit too much unless I run a 35" tire. I was aiming for a 33" tire which would match up with 3.73 which is what the powerstrokes and non-tow package trucks run, so I can probably find a set of axles to swap. Such as the ones under the recently wrecked work truck (although I think that front housing may be bent, so just the gears from it)

The dodge runs 3.54's and I have 31's on it. Seemed to work good on the highway so I want to be clsoe to that.



On the swap front, looks like I may need to replace the cummins exhaust manifold as apparently the stocker will want to occupy the same area as the hvac box.
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