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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Wally81k5, Sep 25, 2002.

  1. Wally81k5

    Wally81k5 1/2 ton status

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    Tell me this guys, how come people don't find a new way to make our k5's 1 tons? If the dana 60 is so expensive. I was wondering about putting some (hate to say it) ford axles under my k5. I know there would be a lot of work getting them to stay under there, but they may be more affordable. Is there anything i should know before i get to involved infinding an awnser to this? Please let me know folks. Thanks
     
  2. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    There's a F*RD high pinion D60 that many of us would love to have, but the pumpkin's on the wrong side which means you also need a F*RD NP205.

    The Dodge D60's are reportedly ALMOST a bolt-in...spring perches are within about 1/4" of what we'd want.

    Sorry to say it....costs aren't going to be much better. If you are still interested in pursuing this, do a few "keyword searches" in the '73-'91 Forum, and The Garage....This question has been asked about a hundred times, so there should be lots of info already around. /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
  3. Brian85gmc

    Brian85gmc Registered Member

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    yeah, the ford 60's are just as expensive.

    just be patient and look around. You will find a good deal on a GM one and it will be less work.
     
  4. Swanson52

    Swanson52 1/2 ton status

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    I'm contemplating doing this swap, since I have a HP Ford D60, an NV4500, and a GM NP241HD that has a SYE and the drivers side drop. The spring perches on the HP D60 are the same as the GM (31.5"), so all I really have to sort out would be steering issues, and possibly oil filter/driveshaft clearance (thanks mj!), but that is not much of an issue, IMO.
     
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    Shaggy 3/4 ton status

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    <font color="green"> I doubt the oil filter would be a problem, it doesn't really come down any lower than the bellhousing, and the bellhousing is even closer to the highend of the driveshaft. You should be golden as far as the clearance issues go. Sounds like a cool swap /forums/images/icons/cool.gif </font color>
     
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    Swanson52 1/2 ton status

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    True, didn't think about that. I'm sure I will run across OTHER stuff that does not fit...that's the name of the game! /forums/images/icons/wink.gif
     
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    blk87K5 1/2 ton status

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    Throw some rockwells under it. /forums/images/icons/cool.gif Cheap and different, if you do the work yourself. /forums/images/icons/tongue.gif
     
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    JK5 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    There not that much, I just bought a D60/14bff combo for $650.....I've seen people spend that much for 1/2 ton axles!! /forums/images/icons/wink.gif
     
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    blk87K5 1/2 ton status

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    Hope they don't burn your truck down.
     
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    JK5 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I just saw a Complete K30 w/454 in the paper for $800.......I didn't get to it in time.....there are some good prices out here....... /forums/images/icons/smirk.gif
     
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    blk87K5 1/2 ton status

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    Sounds like I need to go to Ohio. /forums/images/icons/smirk.gif
     
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    Swanson52 1/2 ton status

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    I just need to jack some farmer for his K30. I see at least 2 a day, just putting around, and the farmers don't know/don't care about their 454/400/205/60/14 combo. All they know is 'ah can't go faster'n about 55, and the damn big block sucks a lot o gas!'
     
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    JK5 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Wanna switch Cribs for a month next summer.....
    I gotta 61" Big Screen TV.... /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
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    blk87K5 1/2 ton status

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    Heard that! Problem is, most of the farmers in N. Texas use the trucks until the wheels fall off, them booger weld them back on for another round. Most of these trucks are beyond repair when they are retired.
     
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    Swanson52 1/2 ton status

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    That's right...drive it into the ground, then leave it there.
     
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    Another difference between Furd &amp; Chevy D60's is the knuckles. Chevy's are (usually?) the kingpin style. Not sure which is really a stronger setup though.
    Matt B
     
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    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    The '78-'79 Fords are the ones w/ the right spring perch width and they also have kingpins. The newer Fords have a wider frame and balljoints. The new Fords (S/D) have a unitized hub as well as the balljoint/wide frame.
     
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    If filter clearance is an issue, run a remote oil filter.
     
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    That is what I intended to do, but I think Shaggy is right about the bellhousing vs. the oil filter.
     

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