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Old March 5th, 2008, 09:36 PM   #1
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F-250 swap questions

Hey guys first of all let me say that I appreciate the answers to the last question. Now i would like to know a couple of more things. These questions all relate to my '91 F-250 xlt 4x4. This truck has a 351 in it w a 4spd w/od trans. It's that weird ZF Trans. Anyways I use this for plowing and am looking for a better body and possibly switching to a automatic trans.

I have found a '91 F-250 Custom with a 300 straight 6cyl 2wd automatic trans. My first question is can I take this cab and chassis and just swap parts with my stuff seeing they are both F-250's? Same frame and such.Thinking I could just "bolt-up" my parts onto this one. I know it would be too much bs trying to put the 4wd into this truck and trying to use the auto trans. Right? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I guess the main reason I am trying to do it this way is because money is a little tight and I just moved into a different house which came with some "hidden" repairs that I didn't know about. Plus the wife is getting on my butt about this truck sitting in the drive.
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Old March 5th, 2008, 10:39 PM   #2
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Just do a body swap and you shoud be good. It would be the easiest
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Old March 6th, 2008, 07:00 AM   #3
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Floor is different from 2wd automatics to 4wd. The trans tunnel sits higher and is squarer on your 4x4. You will either need to cut out the trans tunnel from your truck and weld it into the 2wd body, or you will have to install a body lift, probably as much as 3 inches.
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Old March 6th, 2008, 08:02 PM   #4
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Wow never thought of that. Really appreciate the info. Hey do you have a shop in Algonac??? Practically neighbor's I am right there in Clay Twp.
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Old March 7th, 2008, 08:12 AM   #5
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Not a pro shop, just private stuff, mainly for me. I'm in Clay also. I'm the guy next to the junior high on mill st. with the greyhound busses parked in my backyard.
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Old March 7th, 2008, 05:57 PM   #6
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Right right. I have seen your place when picking up/dropping off my son he goes to Algonquin. Just was wondering about bodywork I have a few things I want to get done. Also any suggestions on a good fair repair shop in to area??? I need to get some trans work done on my dump.
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Old March 7th, 2008, 08:27 PM   #7
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definetly go with the body swap, converting a 2wd to 4wd is alot more work than it is worth :) I am about done on a 76 2wd to 79 4wd drivetrain swap.
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Old March 8th, 2008, 07:55 AM   #8
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As for local bodywork, try Riverside Auto Body just south of the Clay police station on M-29. I worked there for a few years. The owners name is Bud. He's a little weird, but does decent work for cheap.
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Old March 8th, 2008, 08:35 AM   #9
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Hey thanks for the thoughts bj house. Also thanks for the body shop recomdations keithshotrodshop. Appreciate all the info new to the area, just moved here in October. One more question what about mechanical repair? Ever been to Bob's on Nook Rd. or that Napa place I think it is called Action on the river road?
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Old March 8th, 2008, 12:46 PM   #10
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AVOID Action Auto in Algonac at ALL COST! Bobs on Nook Rd. has a decent reputation, but they are not known for speedy service.

Your best Algonac places are Buds Garage and auto Mortuary, which is also on Nook Rd. I've dealt with those guys for 20 years and they are great. Also, Clates Performance in Algonac, next to Brackett Auto parts, is just as good.

I also like Mt. Clemons Transmission, which is on M-29 in New Baltimore. They do everything there, not just trannys, and do a really nice job. They are one of the few large shops around that knows how to think, and fabricate parts if needed. They are extremely trustworthy as well. Their repair quotes have usually been higher that what they end up charging me!
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Old March 8th, 2008, 08:08 PM   #11
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Awesome!!! Once again thanks for the info!!!
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