Originally Posted by judgesblind
I've got a 97 ECLB with the E40D. The truck currently has ~210,000 miles on it with the factory tranny. I haven't had any problems with the transmission even with loads up to 16,000 lbs in tow. I went to a junk yard today to pull a couple interior parts to my truck and found a '96 CCLB dually with all the parts I would need to do a 5 speed swap. I understand that i would either have to find a driveshaft or have one made and also get a new clutch but besides that everything is there. The guy said he would sell me everything for about $550. My thought is to just buy everything and put it in my shop until my tranny blows and then do the swap. I'd like any and all input that yall have and especially from yall that have done it.
Thanks for reading.
I've often thought about doing the same thing with mine since the auto's are so expensive to rebuild, and as a nice as a BTS would be, $4,500 is a lot of money for me. As long as you can get one parts truck with everything you need for a good price, go for it. If you go around buying parts seperately, you'll nickle and dime yourself to death imo, bringing you up to the cost of a built auto. My biggest problem is I can't find a good deal on a parts rig, so in the mean time I'll just keep saving up for one or the other. That seems like a fairr price to me, though, although I am not a transmission expert in the least.