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I just started on my 96 dually and decided to do a build thread. I am starting with a 96 rust free 2wd dually. It should be a pretty quick build since the body is in such good shape. The truck has 416K miles on it.

I bought a 97 f350 4x4 cab and chassis truck that had an interior fire. The truck had 130K miles on it when it burnt. I am going to transfer the drive train over to my frame. It will be nice to have a drivetrain with 300K less miles on it.
I put the parts truck up on the lift in my garage and started disconnectiong everything for removal the other night.
 

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The interior is in pretty rough shape. It has mis-match seats and some of the panels are faded. I am having the seats recovered in leather and going to dye the panels grey.


My interior guy called and told me he had some time to get to my headliner and seats so I started tearing them out last night. It went pretty quickly. I had the head liner out in about an hour. I had to remove the back window to get it out. I did find some surface rust on the interior lip around the window. I'll clean that up later before I put the head linner back in. My 11 year old helped me get the window out and back in. I am glad my boys are big enough now to help with some stuff. I am dropping it off at lunch time today.
 

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Looks like a nice project. I am doing a similar project but I am taking a 4X4 SRW and turning it into a Dually. Don't forget that the front frame rails are different on a 2wd vs. a 4X4. You have to box the front frame rails or they won't be strong enough to support the spring shackles. I am sure you already knew that because it looks like you know what you are doing. But, Just in Case I thought I would throw it out there.

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Thanks for the heads up but I did know. I am taking the inner sections out of the other frame and welding them into mine. I also have a PMF RSK kit going on it.....I am going to make a front bumper after everything is in place. I cant see spending 1200 on a bumper I can make for 200.....
 

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I wish I could build a Ranch Hand for 200 ish. I have the skills but lack the big benders and welders it takes to work that heavy of material.
 

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I was wondering how people get the headliners out of crew cabs, I have been planning on re doin mine also.

Good luck with the build, looks like you have a good start on it.

Yours will look a lot like mine.
 

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You do know the frame width is different on a cab n chassie from the cab back, The rear diffs wont swap over, different widths..... just a heads up....
 

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His truck is already a dually so all he should need is the D60 front axle. He can keep the rear from his 2wd as long as the gears are the same.
 

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I was just giving him a heads up in case he was wanting to put his body on the other frame, or planning on using the other diff. I'm thinking he was considering the mileage difference.
 

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I know they are different. My rear has been rebuilt and it is a 4.10 like the d60 front end. The wheel base is shorter on the cab & chassis truck. I am not sure how much but I know it fits on my lift and my dually is too long to fit on the lift.
 

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So I dropped my headliner off at the upholstery shop. We started talking about the seats and he tells me that he is not dealing with the company that he was going to get the covers from anymore. He tells me it will be about 400 bucks more than he quoted me because he is making them himself......I told him I would think about it and let him know when I picked up the head liner. I went on line and found covers for 500 less than he was originally going to charge. I am going to order the set and do it myself. I had purchased a set of seats a while back because my front set was trashed and planned on using the 2 sets to make one.

I disassembled he front 2 seats and console tonight.

The console was a little tricky but I figured it out. Of course I broke most of the tabs holding the top cover on. I see how I will reattach it so no worries. The seats came apart really easy. The foam was good on the passenger but driver was not but I have an extra set with a passenger seat that is perfect so I will steal the foam out of it. I did find the seat back on the driver side was broken.

A little grinding and welding and it was better than new. It was tacked in 4 spots from the factory.....now it is welded solid.


I will order the new covers on Monday. I also found that I could only order seat covers for xlt models so I had to come up with a different rear seat. I was lucky and found one for 40 bucks and grabbed it on my way home from work today. Kind of a shame to pull the cover off because it looks like it was rarely used......
 

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I know they are different. My rear has been rebuilt and it is a 4.10 like the d60 front end. The wheel base is shorter on the cab & chassis truck. I am not sure how much but I know it fits on my lift and my dually is too long to fit on the lift.
No worries, just making sure you knew ahead of time, there is nothing worse then finding out something wont work at the last min....
 

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Looks like this is going to be a great build!

I'm interested in where you got the seat covers.

Also, any tips on getting the console apart?


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I am going to get them from leatherseats.com or katskin... Not sure which yet. As for the console....this is not the easiest to get apart. The little tabs holding the top on break of really easy. I managed to break most of the tabs.....
 

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So after being on vacation for a couple weeks.....I am back on the truck. I was working on getting the tranny and transfer case out of the parts truck and got tired of fighting to get to the bolts. I cut the cab apart and things should go smoother now......




I really only have time to work on it on the weekends but I am going to try to work on it a hour every night after I get done working in my machine shop. My seat covers came today so maybe I will start on them tonight.
 

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Looks like a great build, why not just remove the cab :dunno: which seat covers did you end up going with? Catskin or leather seats.com?
 

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I cut the cab since I was going to scrap it anyway and would be cutting it up. It also made it easier since I did not have anyone to help get it off and loaded into the truck to take to the scrap yard. I bought the seat covers from leatherseats.com. They are rellay nice quality and I installed one of them last night.
 

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Looks great, I may have to give them a ring looking at that
 
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