Jacked Up F350 Dually

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I’ve been wanting to do this build for a few years now, but between moving from TX to SC, fixing up a house, changing jobs, getting married and having a kid it just wasn’t a priority. Well this past Saturday I finally picked up a project truck! It’s a 1985 F350 Diesel! It’s missing the bed, rear end, wheels, and transmission, and the engine will need to be rebuilt/replaced, but because of how little rust it has in this area, I couldn’t resist for $500! (A rust-filled running one of these with 350k miles will sell for at least 5-6k around here and powerstrokes and Cummins trucks are usually 16-30k.) My dreams are to convert it to a 6 speed 4×4. , lift it 6″ and run 35″ extremely country Dick Cepeck or 8″ and run 38″ Michelin XMLs, and you can rebuild and modify the 6.9 or trade in a Cummins. I also got a nice rear bumper for $20. I’m waiting to hear some added on craigslist for some axles and I’m looking at a shackle inversion kit online.Pics coming soon!Would love to see some pics of the 1980-1997 6″ & 35″ & 8″ & 38″ double cab models!

Jacked Up F350 Dually

Even though Ol’ Red is a gasser, he did great taking it up and down the mountain roads of SW NC!

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The cabin is in pretty good shape, but it looks like you still have your work cut out for you.

I think it ended up in the 73-79 truck area that has a crew cab section, might want to stop there just to see what they have going on.

I like to go through all the truck posts from the rest of the year just to see what everyone else is doing, I might even narrow down some of what they do to use on my truck.

Ie: how to paint the FORD letters on the tailgate like the factory did or custom latches for the sides of the flares, or even wood bed side extensions that look good and not just bolt on 2x4s.

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That is a 2wd frame. It will have to be modified to make it 4×4. The best way to go and get some lift at the same time is to put a front shackle inversion kit on the front end. Here is a link.

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That will give you 2 inches of lift, and the front axle and stock dana 60 springs give you another 2 inches. So you’ll need lift springs to go higher. I take it you’ve driven a truck that tall before? If you do the entire suspension will require driveshaft modifications. The above kit will make it easy to modify the frame to fit the 4×4 front axle leaf springs.

They didn’t make a 4×4 dual pickup until 1999 when the super duties came out. I know you see them racing, but they are changed from a cab and chassis truck, those are the only dual style front ends that were made for early trucks. Don’t fall into the trap and buy a 4×4 dual cab and chassis and expect to use the rear as well. The cab and chassis had a special frame and a special width rear to accommodate standard beds and similar. Is the truck you have a correct pickup frame? If so, you’ll need a dual pickup rear end for that.

If you need an engine I would lean towards the cummins. The original 6.9 and 7.3 engines are good engines, but underpowered. They need a turbo for power, and they didn’t come with a turbo until late 1994 for about half a year before the powerstroke came out. All the 6.9 and 7.3 idi’s you see running with turbos are mostly aftermarket. They run well, but don’t have the power potential that a cummins has.

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If you stick with the international engine, I would drop the 6 speed idea. All it does is give you an extra gear in the middle over the 5-speed zf, and it’s not an easy shift. And it will also require the 6-speed transfer case. The 5 speed stuff is a bolt on with any Ford transfer case.

You may want to consider getting axles from a later Ford pickup truck. Although they will have metric wheel patterns, they will also be easier to find and will also give you rear disc brakes. Look, the rear front axles use coil springs, not sure if they can fit your 2wd coils you have now or not.

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If you need an engine I would lean towards the cummins. The original 6.9 and 7.3 engines are good engines, but underpowered. They need a turbo for power, and they didn’t come with a turbo until late 1994 for about half a year before the powerstroke came out. All the 6.9 and 7.3 idi’s you see running with turbos are mostly aftermarket. They run well, but don’t have the power potential that a cummins has..

It’s not a Ford but a GM 6.2 diesel that I added a Gail Banks Turbo kit to. It had plenty of power and just had to watch the EGT gauge.

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By the way, I added it when the engine had 100K sold it with 230K still running fine.

Would it be more likely that a more modern Cummins would make more power but also have a turbo remove it and what would it look like?

[QUOTE=Franklin2;18113953]It is a 2wd frame. It will have to be modified to make it 4×4. The best way to go and get some lift at the same time is to put a front shackle inversion kit on the front end. Here is a link.

That’s the RSK I was looking at. Skyjacker makes a 6″ lift kit for this years trucks. I would do 4″ front and 6″ rear or 6″ front and rear and add a 2″ block.

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I’ve already found a pickup with dual rears and wheels that I’ll pick up this weekend. I think for the front axle, I’ll have to get an SRW truck out and change the hubs.

I did enough research to know how to modify the 6.9 to the power I would like. Depending on what is wrong at the moment it will influence me one way or another.

It would combine the case of transfer and transmission. I figured if I decided to go with 38″ military tires, the 6 speed would go better with the extra weight.

You may want to consider getting axles from a later Ford pickup truck. Although they will have metric wheel patterns, they will also be easier to find and will also give you rear disc brakes. Look, the rear front axles use coil springs, not sure if they can fit your 2wd coils you have now or not.[/QUOTE

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Here are some photos of duallys lifted from 1980-1997 that I found on Google Images. If only I could get some help identifying the lift and tire sizes on these!

I know this one has 5″ lift and 37″ tires. To me, it needs higher lift or smaller tires

Online said this was 4″ and 35″ but it seems a lot taller than my dodger below with 4″ of rise and currently 33″ because I have a good deal with them.

6″ of lift is COMPLETELY useless. NONE of the trucks you pictured can do any work with the rear tires rubbing like that.

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Diesel Brad I’m right and I forgot to add my needs and intended use for this truck in my submission. I need a crew cab, 8″ bed for room to load firewood and 4×4. I only do occasional towing and nothing extremely heavy usually with a trailer and a 7k load. (my truck the heaviest I’ve towed in 5 years) .Reasons for having a lifted truck are 1 ground clearance (live on a farm with lots of uneven ground and stumps plus being able to go over ditches and fallen trees if needed to work) 2 o when I drive into town. every couple of months I CANNOT handle traffic and not being an aggressive driver I like to see well ahead of me 3. Groundhog holes in the grass and big potholes in the road I destroyed the axle and front end of the F150 I used to have with stock tires in a groundhog hole I knew some really good epilogues (the groundhog) but they say revenge is sweet! 4. I love the look!!!! If my dodge was a crew cab it would meet all my needs but where’s the fun in it let me notice that I don’t really need a double or full one ton truck, but I do

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