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building truck from ground up?

ok, I've always wanted to take a peterbilt cab, a 379 359 377, I came across a 337 thats being parted so that might be the cab I'll use.

the question I have is how much BS will I have to deal with with a ground up build, I want a big rig cab, with A) a old style box like in the 40's or B a flat bed. and build my own square hood or a hood like on a 357 pete. I also want to use a 5.9 cummins with a big rig trans I have the choice of a super 10 or a eaton 13 speed RT613. I would use a divorced NP205 with it also I'm thinking. I'm not sure what I'm going to do as far as axle's I'd like to put 22.5's on it because gearing is and issue, If I didn't use 22.5's I'd have to have some REALLY tall gears to have it run the speed's I'd like to run.

I have 2 ford cummins swaps a 99 with a 24v p pump swap and other mods as well, and a 86 with a VE 12v The 86 in my eyes is more of a simple set up with a stock motor and ZF trans. The one thing I don't care about is the auto trans set up in the 99. its a 4r100 built by brians truck stop and its not the trans its the issue, its the controller used for the cummins swap ( compushift)

I don't really know what I'm going to do, I'd like to build this one off truck but I don't know how much BS I'd have to deal with. I'd like a mechanical cummins in it. I dont know if the state would be a pain about that. I live in WI also

what are your thoughts? I have fab skills I was a welder and I also worked in a shop servicing big rigs for a few years.


heres a pic of the 24v
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