So I swapped in a D60. Superb axle, way better than the TTB. However, unless you upgrade the springs, it rides like total _____ (pick expletive).
I then figured, if I am going to upgrade the suspension, I might as well do it right (I was tempted to do the 05 swap originally, but I cheaped out, and timed out, and didnt want to have my truck down for a long time).
Since the best source for parts was a newer truck, I started looking for parts. I could find parts, but some were crap, some were incomplete, some were burnt. Since a new truck would have all the parts, why dont I just get a new truck? Then I can sell a few parts I dont need to help fund the rest of the swap.
I watched the online salvage auctions, bid a few times, lost, then I got one.
2006 F-350 Lariat FX4. 288,000km's, rollover. Runs good too.
So I had to get it home (150km's away) So I rented a trailer and picked it up.
They loaded it for me(which was handy, as I didnt bring a winch or anything useful for dragging a truck onto the trailer). I felt like a kid in front of a vending machine, watching the truck come out of the yard.
Once we got it happily placed on the trailer, I chained it down, and headed home
Then the dismantling started.
The roof needed to come off, so I could dismantle the interior.Then the box came off. Since it was early, and I didnt have any friends around, I had to get the box off myself. The best idea I could come up with was weld it to the loader and lift it off. So I did
Set bucket in a decent spot to allow lifting and tack in 3 places
But I forgot that the hydraulic fittings on the front of the tractor are right at the height of the box of the dump trailer, so I made a good mess of them. They still work, but should be a lot straighter
The drivetrain is still complete in the truck, and it still runs. I have not taken any more apart, as it does still move around the yard under its own power. Once I get some bites on the engine, tranny and transfer case, it will be time to start dismantling again.
Thanks for watching, tune in next time, when there will obviously be puddles of coolant and transmission fluid all over the floor, because that seems to be the way I roll when dealing with fluids