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Body Swap?

Ok so my truck has quite a bit of rot under the truck. It was used as a salt and plow truck for a few years of its life. I currently have a lead on a cab and a new bed for it. My question is, has anyone ever done this on one of these trucks. I did it on my 71, but it isn't as complicated. So my question is, is this something that could be done with some help from some friends and some cold beer. Or am I biting off more than I can chew?? A long with this I was going to blast the frame and por 15 it, to keep it from having anymore issues.

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I remember seeing a project awhile back were some one put a 05 cab on a 99 frame because it rolled. Anything can be done with determination.
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You'll probably need about 6 guys to get the cab off, and it'll probably take a few days to figure out all of the wiring, but yes, it can be done. The bed is the easiest part... 8 bolts, 2 electrical connections, and the filler tube. 3 guys can easily remove the bed, but use 4 guys if its the new fresh bed to be extra careful. We put my new bed on using two 10' 2x4s and carried it "egyptian style", so that way we didn't have to worry about getting it over the tires.

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Piece of cake-just get a game plan
If you can find a gantry,trolley,and chainfall/come-along to rent ,it's no problem-just get some guys to help hold steady when raising/lowering
Just label all plugs and be CAREFUL!!--NO ACCIDENTS!!!Good luck!
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I remember seeing a project awhile back were some one put a 05 cab on a 99 frame because it rolled. Anything can be done with determination.
I swapped a full cab and bed from an 03 king Ranch F350 to my 2000 ROLLED F250 . My son and I did all the work and it was running in 2 weeks . The 03 had the 6.0 and my 2000 had the 7.3. We pulled out the wiring harnesses from both and swapped them , swapped dash, made a few wiring harnesses and was finished in 4 weeks , then I waited 8 weeks for the DMV to issue me a new title. I had to go through the DMV because I needed to put comprehensive and collision on it. When it was all said and done , It was really simple and straight forward, we lifted the bodies with my 25 ton crane which made a world of difference . Check out my gallery for pictures of the swap.
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Thanks for the replies. I have a lead on an 02 F250 2WD. It should be pretty cut and dry as far as wiring harness and stuff goes. I am getting ready to check out your gallery. Thanks for the info! Hopefully this guy gets back to me on the cab!

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I swapped a full cab and bed from an 03 king Ranch F350 to my 2000 ROLLED F250 . My son and I did all the work and it was running in 2 weeks . The 03 had the 6.0 and my 2000 had the 7.3. We pulled out the wiring harnesses from both and swapped them , swapped dash, made a few wiring harnesses and was finished in 4 weeks , then I waited 8 weeks for the DMV to issue me a new title. I had to go through the DMV because I needed to put comprehensive and collision on it. When it was all said and done , It was really simple and straight forward, we lifted the bodies with my 25 ton crane which made a world of difference . Check out my gallery for pictures of the swap.
Hmm,don't have one of those cranes,now I'm jealous,all I had was a peice of crap gantry
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