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Re: Putting a Cummins into a Chevy.

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Ken Macfarlane

05-31-2011 12:26:28
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A rebuilt 7.3 powerstroke is generally available cheap cheap cheap and that Ford is a good truck. Why bother with the cummins conversion headache, plus you would have something that sells and insures more easily.

Every single person I've met with a cummins conversion says they went way over budget chasing the small stuff to finish. Most hit 10,000$ before they are all buttoned up unless they luck into the right components.

And a chevy jab, once you get the cummins in there, you've still got that stinking chevy dash. If its gas, you'll have to change rear end gears too or it will scream on the highway.

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Super 50

06-11-2011 17:22:07
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 Re: Putting a Cummins into a Chevy. in reply to Ken Macfarlane, 05-31-2011 12:26:28  
Check out www.Destroked.com. They specialize in these kind of conversions.



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Walter Buller

05-31-2011 19:08:38
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 Re: Putting a Cummins into a Chevy. in reply to Ken Macfarlane, 05-31-2011 12:26:28  
I drove a 1988 F-250 4WD 5 spd. with a 7.3 Navistar all over this country for about 7 years, most reliable vehicle I ever owned, until I started driving a 1993 Dodge with the 5.9 Cummins, 5 spd. 2 WD. I have driven it now for about the same number of years as the Ford, still own both. The Ford is tired, has about 300K on it, and just won't crank anymore, even in hot weather, and with two batteries. By contrast, with well over 300K on it, the Dodge cranks with just one battery in the coldest weather, doesn't even turn one complete revolution before cranking in milder weather, gets better fuel mileage, and doesn't need to be down shifted in order to make it all the way up and over a typical hill or interstate overpass like my Ford did when I am pulling my gooseneck trailer loaded with a tractor or two. There will always be a special place in my heart for my Ford, but the Navistar V-8 just can't compete with the in-line Cummins, hands down, no way Hosea.

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Welding man

05-31-2011 18:03:37
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 Re: Putting a Cummins into a Chevy. in reply to Ken Macfarlane, 05-31-2011 12:26:28  
If you have never owned a Cummins you wouldn't understand. I have never heard of anyone putting a 7.3 in a Chevrolet or a Dodge or a Duramax in a Ford or Dodge either, now that I think about it.
I've got a 5.9 12 V in a Ford with 272,000 miles on it and runs as good as a new one. Also have a 24 valve in a Dodge.I just personally dont't like V-8 Diesels. Been around too many big trucks I guess.

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dieseldoc

05-31-2011 15:51:09
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 Re: Putting a Cummins into a Chevy. in reply to Ken Macfarlane, 05-31-2011 12:26:28  
I am sorry but you are wrong. The people you talked to that spent 10000 got ripped off. What do you mean when you say insures more easily?



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Ken Macfarlane

05-31-2011 19:49:06
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 10,000 in reply to dieseldoc, 05-31-2011 15:51:09  
Really? I've seen it done for the 3000$ range by guys who have a small scrapyard of trucks to rob, but most don't. I've read the logs of about 20 of these conversions, all except one cost a lot of money to do right.



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Walter Buller

06-03-2011 18:20:15
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 Re: 10,000 in reply to Ken Macfarlane, 05-31-2011 19:49:06  
I am fortunate in having two old school mechanics who are not just parts changers. The one doing the conversion does indeed have a "flower garden" of old trucks to rob parts from. He is 63 years old, slender of build, been mechaniking since about age 3, and very reasonable in his charges. I've never brought him a problem he couldn't solve. I would not have even considered letting anybody else do the work.

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Ken Macfarlane

06-01-2011 04:58:52
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 Re: 10,000 in reply to Ken Macfarlane, 05-31-2011 19:49:06  
I should add, these are 4wd automatic cummins swaps so you need:
-adapter
-new rad
-new mounts
-front and rear dshaft work
-computer to run the transmission
-a/c brackets
-specific manifold to fit the turbo in the right place
-new rad unless you had a big block in it
-New front springs unless you had diesel
-Exhaust work obviously
-Tach signal adapter
-Hydroboost brake conversion unless you want vac pump brakes
-dozens of other little things

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scotc

06-03-2011 18:57:10
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 Re: 10,000 in reply to Ken Macfarlane, 06-01-2011 04:58:52  
Actually, as long as you use an A518 or an RH transmission, they are hydraulically controlled, except OD and lock-up, if it has it. You can use 2 pipe fittings, pressure switches, and a couple other switches in the cab to control both OD and lock-up, for well under 50 bucks.



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Walter Buller

06-03-2011 18:43:59
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 Re: 10,000 in reply to Ken Macfarlane, 06-01-2011 04:58:52  
Negatory. This is a 2WD conversion using a 5 spd. NV-4500 tranny.



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Ken Macfarlane

05-31-2011 19:47:07
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 Re: Putting a Cummins into a Chevy. in reply to dieseldoc, 05-31-2011 15:51:09  
Take a gas vin number into get comprehensive insurance, or a registration, or a smog (in those areas) and you tend to get problems when the number of cylinders and the fuel system has changed.

Here you would get gas book value back after a crash.



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Walter Buller

06-03-2011 18:47:44
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 Re: Putting a Cummins into a Chevy. in reply to Ken Macfarlane, 05-31-2011 19:47:07  
I only carry minimum liability. The 6.5L diesel currently in the truck is a V-8.



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