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The body isn't quite as bad as it looks, the hood is about rotted threw but i have i perfect hood that came on a front clip i bought at an auction for $8.00, but the fenders and core support are good, It needs one cab corner, the floors are good and i need to patch a little hole or two at the bottom back window. I have a perfect 40/20/40 console seats out of an 01 dodge ram, The bed floor is decent, the wheel wells are good, but on both sides behind the rear wheels there are rust holes, and the driver side has bondo around the hole for the filler neck. The brake lines look fine.
I know the proper procedure is to do all the bodywork first, and then the mechanical side. But, i feel like if i have a motor in it, and it'll start and move, it will give me alot more motivation to do all the bodywork. Im aiming in the direction of a good running diesel that i can afford to drive, that i can take 4 wheeling and pull my trailer with, the paint and body aren't a top priority, i kind of like the miss matched paint scheme, or maybe do one of the "patina"made to look old paint jobs.
The picture of it is from last spring, since then I've power washed it, put it in my garage, fabricated a headache rack out of an old cattle gate, and filled the bed up with exhaust and plenty of other junk.
I've looked into dt414, dt466 and detroits, The DT series are really large engines, diesel power mag. had a readers rides picture of an 80's C30 with a 11 dump bed that had a DT466, the owner said he had to stretch the engine compartment 4 inches and spend 2000 hours on it. There are a couple youtube videos of old chevys and fords with 4v53's and there is a 79 f250 tow truck with a 6v53 which looked like a severly tight fit and i think they weigh 1800 pounds,