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Posted July 31, 2012 - 06:42 PM

Look to see where the ring gear is mounted, most of your GM rears it was "straddle mounted" I.e. it was right in the middle of the rear end. On your Dana's it would be off to the right. If you could find a Dana 60 from a Chevy single wheel 1 ton, I bet the Dodge third member will fit right in. My guess is the Dodge uses a Dana 60 in the back.
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Posted July 31, 2012 - 06:45 PM

Another thing you will probably find it that uses the same front brakes that Ford uses. Chevy 1 Ton duallies used Midland brakes on the front, like Ford, the single wheel 1 tons used Delco brakes on the front.
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Posted July 31, 2012 - 07:13 PM

I had a 1984 Chevy 3/4 ton with a 6.2. It had 3.73 gears and the straddle mounted ring gear.

Also of the Dana 70, the axle tubes come out of the third member housing, and then taper down in size.

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Posted August 01, 2012 - 05:44 PM

Ray

Have you considered adding a direct/over two speed in the center? Not often done with automatics but it does give the best of both worlds when it comes to gearing. With a little practice it's just like shifting the old spur cut transmissions without a clutch.

Mike
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Posted August 02, 2012 - 04:34 AM

WOW Ray,I'm sorry I missed this thread up to this point.What a nice rig that is going to be.Nice job. :thumbs:
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Posted January 30, 2013 - 11:26 PM

Just bringing this up because it is full of some much kicka$$.


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Posted January 31, 2013 - 07:46 PM

Thanks twostep. I missed this thread the first time. That truck came out looking AMAZING. Very nice work :thumbs: .


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Posted January 31, 2013 - 07:55 PM

Wow! I also missed this, absolutely beautiful work and great upgrade! Thank-you Two-step! I will try to read the links soon as I can!

 

Later---DAC


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Posted January 31, 2013 - 08:18 PM

Wow! I also missed this, absolutely beautiful work and great upgrade! Thank-you Two-step! I will try to read the links soon as I can!

 

Later---DAC

 

Just look through all Ray's very detailed posts.  All Ray's projects are awesome!

Check out his following build threads:

 

http://gardentractor...e built tractor

 

http://gardentractor...e built tractor


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Posted November 20, 2017 - 09:05 PM

Thanks for sharing the link Ray! 

Makes me appreciate your truck even more once I've seen all the work you've put into it!  

We new guys weren't around when you did this conversion.  I do have a couple of questions. 

How do you get away with using only one battery in the winter time?  

Have you done any improvement sense your last update?

What did you end up doing with the gear ratio in the rear end?

What about video of this beast running?

Sorry for the questions!  I'm just curious!

 

Mark


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Posted November 21, 2017 - 05:18 AM

Love that truck, Ray! Happy Birthday!


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Posted November 21, 2017 - 08:06 AM

If it wasn't for Government regs., GMC could still be building this. :ah_shoot: 


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Posted November 21, 2017 - 09:27 AM

Thanks for sharing the link Ray! 

Makes me appreciate your truck even more once I've seen all the work you've put into it!  

We new guys weren't around when you did this conversion.  I do have a couple of questions. 

How do you get away with using only one battery in the winter time?  

Have you done any improvement sense your last update?

What did you end up doing with the gear ratio in the rear end?

What about video of this beast running?

Sorry for the questions!  I'm just curious!

 

Mark

 

The battery is the highest cold cranking amps that I could get and I live in southern Indiana so our winters don't often get below freezing for very long.

 

I haven't made any improvements over the years, just regular maintenance.

It does get driven a lot, I've put a little over 27,000 miles on it since I put the Cummins in.

 

I don't remember exactly what I put in the rear axle, but it is either a 3-73 or a 3-78.


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Posted November 22, 2017 - 09:13 AM

Regarding the battery, I've got a first gen cummins truck, factory was one large battery. Does fine 80%+ of the year. When it gets down in the 20's it is a little bit of a slow crank, the key is to make sure you wait for the "wait to start" cycle to finish. Below 20 you best have your block heater plugged in.


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Posted November 22, 2017 - 10:27 AM

My 99 Ram 2nd gen has two batteries and there have been some very cold times where I was glad that it had them both!  My work doesn't have a place for me to plug in.  Wish they did!  They heat up so slowly you might freeze to death!


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