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Old 03-09-2011, 08:45 PM   #1
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79 - 1 Ton 4X4 Dually - Diesel

I know this isn't a Bronco, but I thought I would share some pics of my buddy's truck he's getting close to finishing up. He helped me build my Bronco and has done many other trucks, but this one is taking it to the next level. He never takes pics so I felt I had to share.

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Sitting on a 76 Highboy Frame.

91 Cummins mated to the Dodge 6 speed. Used the same motor mount kit as American Thunder. Also went through and replaced all the gaskets, put in the killer dowel pin kit, and a few other odds and ends. Thanks to the highboy frame and the divorced transfer case it made getting the drive line in not "all" that bad.

The front cross members had to be cut quite a bit to clear the motor and then new ones were fabbed up to keep everything reinforced. The Motor really does fit better in this truck than it did the Dodge. He did some fabrication to the pedals and a mount for the hydraulic clutch just next to the brake booster.

With the narrower highboy frame he was able to roll the rear axle off a 74 1 ton and springs directly under the frame with no spring perch modifications so all and all that was really easy.

Used the Dana 60 out of a 78 1 Ton for the front axle, and I missed all of that, but some work went into getting everything lined up and the steering to work the way he wanted. Steering box mounts were fabbed up and converted to "the non-sucky steering", not sure what that means exactly but it works well.

Lowered the transmission cross member and the TCase down just a bit, few custom drive shafts, and some linkage work and done. (It makes it all sound so easy)

He went through a TON of work finding quality parts for the cab, trim, grill, etc. I know of at least 6 parts truck to build this one. Everything that should have been rebuilt or replaced was (brakes, bearings, etc.)

The most impressive part to me, was he sold his 2001 Super Duty to build this and make it his daily driver







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Old 03-09-2011, 08:53 PM   #2
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good looking truck I am partial to duallys

is he going to put the correct dually hubs on that front axle to have the correct rims?
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:21 PM   #3
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Nice! I love homemade dually's myself....

I also prefer the look of the SRW front end. Haven't found it to be too big of a deal to carry two spares.

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Old 03-09-2011, 09:39 PM   #4
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very cool indeed.excellent job.
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:09 PM   #5
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is he going to put the correct dually hubs on that front axle to have the correct rims?
He's stickin to that look.
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Old 03-10-2011, 01:46 AM   #6
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Great looking truck and like the color combo as well.
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:37 AM   #9
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is he going to put the correct dually hubs on that front axle to have the correct rims?
Looks like it already has brand new rubber and rims up front Trent.

Personally I prefer this look over the dually rim for the front.

Can't wait to see this finished. I also spot what looks to be a factory CB antenna, nice.
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:41 AM   #10
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Beautiful.. I agree with Trent, it needs dually rims up front.. but aside from that, very nice.
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good looking truck I am partial to duallys

is he going to put the correct dually hubs on that front axle to have the correct rims?
I was going to say there is a guy around here with a great dually conversion build but its this guy ^^^ lol.

Please keep us updated. I'm always interested in new/different projects. Not too often you see a dually 79 rolling around.
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i guess its going to have a flat bed . because a a dually fendered bed will not work with that rear. with out spacers.

and the only thing i don't like about not running dually wheels on the front . its hard to find a wheel that matches the rear dually ones. so lets seee a side shot or of the wheels. looks good . i am fixen to start on mine . but it will stay a 400 ford and have coil spring front and a dually bed with fenders. that i have.
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Im just subscribing to see how this looks when it is finished. That truck is beautiful! I want one like it ha
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: I also spot what looks to be a factory CB antenna, nice.
He didn't even know that's what he had! I emailed him a link to a thread Ranger and a few others had going. I already convinced him to put the 2 knob style after market stereo in there so he didn't have to chop up the dash (I chopped mine because tunes are a requirement, but REALLY wish I would have spent the coin for the knob style ones). I'm determined to get the factory CB in there if possible.

Yes, a flatbed is going on it. It would be sweet to get a dually bed on there, but this truck is going to be used on the farm and the flatbed will work a lot better for what it needs to do.

I'll keep updating pics.
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Good luck finding an antenna Nate.

What is the coating he used on the hinges?
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i guess its going to have a flat bed . because a a dually fendered bed will not work with that rear. with out spacers.
What bed would you be talking about fitting? there were no dually's with beds made in 78-79, so you'd either have to make one custom anyway, or retro fit a newer bed...

The only dually's made back then were "DRW Chassis" and did not include a bed with the cab.
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What is the coating he used on the hinges?
Brand new hinges from LMC. He said $60.00 a piece.

We are really lucky to be a 25 minute drive from the LMC warehouse...
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Looks like it already has brand new rubber and rims up front Trent.

Personally I prefer this look over the dually rim for the front.

Can't wait to see this finished. I also spot what looks to be a factory CB antenna, nice.
don't mean nothing that he has new rubber on those rims for all we know he has more then one set of wheels and was using a couple until he finished that front axle

to me that look with the singles on the front gives it a incomplete look or half converted and lost interest and don't care anymore look but that is just me plus I prefer carrying only one spare 100 pounds of uneeded weight carrying two
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Old 03-10-2011, 07:57 PM   #20
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What bed would you be talking about fitting? there were no dually's with beds made in 78-79, so you'd either have to make one custom anyway, or retro fit a newer bed...

The only dually's made back then were "DRW Chassis" and did not include a bed with the cab.
ya i know but they made dually kits for them back then . that was fenders and special wheels which i have . because in 1978 my dad bought a new 1978 f350 2 wheel drive and had them put the kit on it before it ever left the dealer ship. had to have special wheels to widen it. but i am only going to use the dually fenders. because i am using a wide dually rear end from a newer truck. and going to use the cab and front clip from the '78 f350 2 wheel drive. but shes going to become a 4x4. what he should have bought back then.

but this thread makes me want to pretty up my '77 dually flat bed . but its hard for me to because then it mite get a scratch. and ya i still have never got around to dually wheel'en the front yet.
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