Hello everyone, I am in an interesting predicament now with an Axle swap and research has been a bit tough for my specific situation. I am looking to get a few questions answered so I can get this done and potentially make a writeup. Also yes, this is NOT
05+, Yes I fully understand it is not as good, and yes, I am fully aware of the fact this as is does not "work" without some kits, just getting this out of the way now.
So lets lay out what I have:
1996 F250 XLT 4x4 Extended cab Long bed (155" WB) with the lovely 7.3l PowerStroke. 3.55 Gear ratio and the E4OD. Suspension is stock (Also becoming a pain to maintain) I've wanted some minor lift and to use this truck in some mild off-road trails, and to be honest I do not trust my current suspension to do what I want, and lifting it as is, no thanks.
Here is what I just got my hands on:
2004 F350 Super Duty 4x4 rolling chassis. 3.73 Gear ratio, Dana 60 up front, D1 axle code (Limited SLIP HECK YEAH). (156" WB) Previously had crew cab, what looks to be short bed, and everyone's favorite 6.0. Looks to be lifted, guy who sold it to me said it cleared 35" tires. The current front tires are 265/75/R16, rear seems to be 285/75/R16, so it really does look a bit tall.
So it has no motor, no transmission, no bed, no cab, no front drive shaft, and a lot of the engine bay stuff is just gone.
There are some harnesses, and misc wiring left over, some of it is a win, but I will list what I can see as there.
Here is what I have to work with:
All the leaf springs
All the leaf spring mounts
All the shocks (Rancho)
All the shock mounts
Front and rear sway bar
Drag links, tie rods, what appears to be a steering stabilizer
Gearbox, Pitman arm, I also believe the power steering pump
I also believe I have the point the axles vacuum lines go to for interior hub locking (I would like to have this as an option)
Fuel tank (I think its the 38 gallon, totally using this later)
Drive line from rear axle to transmission, has the Flange left on it.
Wheels, Tires, brakes (I will be refreshing the brakes thats a given) Also brake lines.
The entire frame
Receiver hitch (my existing is actually sorta bent and it looks like some of the metal tore, just that part tho, will use this one)
Some front tow rings, might find a place for them
and a bunch of other things that are just, there, not sure how useful, old cab mounts, wiring, the exhaust system, its all just there.
Also to note, I believe this is mildly lifted, I think 4" was mentioned, it seems to be, but not a ton. If it works out im happy. I am not fully sure on brand or how much right now.
So, here is what I intend to ask. What can I pull from this frame and install onto my frame? How much can I get away with from this frame without buying brackets etc? I know pretty much everyone says go get RSK and adjustable track bar, but on my rolling chassis I have mounts that look like they could bolt up to the same area on my frame and just, work. I don't know about the trackbar, but it is there. Could I just harvest everything off of this frame, bolt it to mine, and have it work? Just looking at it, I do not see why I couldn't, and that is why I ask.
I will have a stimulus check here soon, so I will be getting fresh parts, and if I do need X kit, I can grab it. I would have followed some existing writeup but I could not find any that really answered my question, and I am not sure I have the same setup that a stock truck would have. Since I have not found much of what I am asking in a writeup, are there any that you guys have found that might cover this? I have not seen any in my research thus far, I only saw one guy claim he didn't use RSK, links in post are useless now, so I am just looking for a good place to start.
Please give me some feedback if possible, am I just ignorant to some blatant writeup that I somehow glossed over or is this a mostly normal easy thing to do and I am just bad at research, I just need that sanity check.
Here are some images to show what I am working with, maybe you can spot something I was completely unaware of or know what is up with this chassis. Is it stock, would it bolt on, am I an idiot for buying this? (wasn't very expensive)
Front view, also I already have a 3" downpipe so that is basically scrap metal to me.
Is that a factory steering stabilizer or no? If not cool to have?
Rear shackles, no front driveline, sway bar.
Full length of front leaf's, interesting bracket on the front outer that I have never seen.
Rear view of front axle Front leaf shackle. Also I am not sure what that front beam/crossmember/thingy is.
Rear full leaf. Wish I got a picture of the leaf pack but that's best I could find at the moment.
Rear view, also I do not know what that thing with the cone sticking through the center back is, some sort of horn?
Driveline, has flange, needs work.
I hope these images come out well, just some I though to grab today, maybe help find what isnt stock about this quickly. Any writeup's that cover similar stuff would be appreciated. Thank you for putting up with my ramblings!