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Hey all,

Well I just got super lucky and bought a Mint 1985 4 door truck. :)

The Story:
Life took a change and I had a little boy ( yippee I am a DAD )but the STD Cab was not gonna cut it anymore with the family growing.. so I had to make some decisions..

1st idea: get an ext Cab truck and convert mine to ext cab..

2nd idea: get a 4 door crew cab and convert that to diesel and run that. They are Hard to find.

3rd idea: sell my STD cab and buy a newer truck with back seats..

- So I got a EXT cab but it needed a lot of work and it would not fit on my frame easily.. so that was not gonna work.
- So I listed my truck for sale. I had a bunch of tire kickers but no one would settle on a price or come up with money, then diesel fuel raised to $4.00 a gallon and all the calls stopped.

At this point I was getting irriated and wondered if this would work out or not. or would I be stuck with STD cab.

then out of the blew a friend sends me a link to a 4 door Dodge for sale but with no pics.. so I contacted guy.. and he still had the 4 door.. WOW. so eventually he sent me pics and it took a few weeks to get it, but man I am so HAPPY.. this TRUCK is MINT.

So the project plan is to takje the drivetrain out of my STD Cab CTD and put it into this 4 Door Dodge.

So here are pics of my new project..
towing the truck home:


yes the Chevy has a Cummins :)


Here are other pics.





So please be patient it is gonna take me sometime to getthis project done but I will update this post as progress continues
 

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Nice find! I would love to do that same thing! I can't find a 4 door truck though. I've got a 12v in an old school bus waiting for a home.
 

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that will be a very nice truck !! :smokin::smokin: nv4500 ???
 

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somebody's got a killer chevy !!
 

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Did Dodge ever offer the 1st gen 4 door with a Cummins engine from the factory? That's a good looking truck. :smokin:
 

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Did Dodge ever offer the 1st gen 4 door with a Cummins engine from the factory? That's a good looking truck. :smokin:
Nope. Last year for that style crew cab was 85. First year CTD was 89.

I did this exact swap. 93 CTD from a Dodge into an 85 Dodge W350 crew. My write up is on TDR but my picture host took a dump and I'm no longer a paid member there. :shrug:

There wasn't anything that was really hard. Mostly all bolted together. Hit me up if you have any questions.
 

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Nope. Last year for that style crew cab was 85. First year CTD was 89.
Not 100% true. Last year crew cabs were offered to the public was 85, but they were made for the government up until 93. To my knowledge they didnt come with CTDs, but Im not completely sure.

Duane
 

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Not 100% true. Last year crew cabs were offered to the public was 85, but they were made for the government up until 93. To my knowledge they didnt come with CTDs, but Im not completely sure.

Duane
IMHO, this is urban legend. Do you have any proof?

It doesn't matter really, I just don't believe it. I've never seen a crew newer than 85, and I looked for a long time before I bought the one I converted.
 

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IMHO, this is urban legend. Do you have any proof?

It doesn't matter really, I just don't believe it. I've never seen a crew newer than 85, and I looked for a long time before I bought the one I converted.
A member on RamChargerCentral has an 86 ex military truck, and I have seen some listed on government auction (although they were all 2wd CC Long Bed). No links for 100% solid proof, but theyre out there.

Duane
 

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Tell you friend to PM me if he ever wants to sell the Chevy. Or if you run across one without the Cummins swap PM me, I'm looking for a project truck.
 
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