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Old 05-07-2009, 06:25 PM
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Ok, as some of you might already know, my '98 F150 was stolen out of my driveway on sunday the 19th along with almost all of my tools and a tool box. It was recovered that evening but up in the woods sitting on creek stone bc the rims and tires were taken off along with the sat radio, HD radio and anything else they could get their hands on. We are in limbo with the insurance company right now bc they arent sure if they are going to total it or not. If they do total it, the check is going towards a diesel, if they decide to fix it and return it i would like to put a diesel in it this summer. Ive posted on here before playing with this idea with mixed thoughts. Here is what i think i would need to do:
Ford 3/4-1 ton axles with springs and whatnot
obviously new fuel tank and lines
wire it for the diesel

Here is where im not sure, i know im gonna catch hell for this but here goes

12v with 5 speed and t case- i figure would have to do a body lift to make it fit
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7.3 with 5 or 6 speed and t case. My worry about the 7.3 is it fitting side to side.

I figure one of these two engines because they are easy to find cheap donor vehicles.

I know there are a few guys who have done the conversions on here and would love to hear their thoughts on it. Also other stuff that i would need to do. I know i didnt list it all so adds would be helpful.

I also toyed with the idea of buying an ext cab short bed psd that was rolled and put my body on its frame. I know this would be a TON of work but i dearly love my truck. If i knew how to post pics i would so you guys could see my truck and how clean it was.

Post any thoughts, good or bad and why. Thanks guys!

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the problem with going Cummins is that the Ford engine compartment isn't designed to have such a long engine.
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the problem with going Cummins is that the Ford engine compartment isn't designed to have such a long engine.
True, but i was planning on fire wall work either way
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just sell it and get a superduty. less headache
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yeah jams is right dude you'll be way better off selling it when its all done and buy something with a diesel in it. It can be done but by the time you get everything its going to be a SD anyway pretty much... and its still a half ton frame no matter what...
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just sell it and get a superduty. less headache
i know, it will most likely get totaled anyway then ill buy my SD, but im just thinkin options. Ive had one hell of a time trying to sell it before.
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Don't even bother. Its gonna be way cheaper and faster to buy a truck with a diesel in it. If you have attachments to this F150 then as soon as you get a diesel you'll forget all about the F150.
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It would be even harder for him to sell, because most stolen vehicle recoveries end up with a salvaged title. This would then lower the value of the vehicle. Just fight with the insurance company tooth and nail to get them to total it. That is what I had to do with my 2006 Expedition EB. Mentioned the word lawyer, and they changed there tune pretty quick. My agent also helped too.
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i dont know if they have a salvage title unless its considered totalled, and then someone buys it back from insurance and fixes it to drive.
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Guess it really all depends on the state.
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