Well I put my truck on craigslist today since I was considering another with a 460. Guy calls and seems pretty serious about buying it, wants to come look at it. If it sells I'll get more than I have into it.
My truck: http://southjersey.craigslist.org/cto/904000811.html
It would be nice to have more power for towing my boat, and of course in general more power would be nice.
So I talked to a guy with basically the same truck as mine but a 460. Engine died so he replaced it with a good one from another truck. Says it won't stay running now because he rebuilt the carb (Edelbrock) and set float height wrong, so it pukes gas out the vent. Body sounds like it's better than my truck.
I figure as for work it would need just some some basic BS stuff and then a lift and manual trans conversion. Question is... I have a NP435 and truck bell I can use, would just need a flywheel/clutch/pressure plate. Preferred option is a ZF5, which I can get cheap locally from a diesel. I believe these are the same shape bell but swapping either one way or the other will require drilling out a couple holes in the bell for bolts. Is this correct? Are the ratios different in these transmissions? I could always find a 460 ZF5.
Also found an '88 with 7.3 with a ZF5. Guy says it runs good, has new inj pump and radiator. Needs a bunch of minor things. Was converted to dually and he converted front to single, has all parts for rear including a rust free SRW bed, just needs to be changed over. Never had a diesel, anything to look out for? Worth buying one? Also thought has crossed my mind to do a WVO conversion. IMO '87 and up trucks are fugly, so this would be a compromise.
So, what do you guys think? I really like my truck, just needs more power and some body work. Basically my preferred truck is an '86 or older supercab SRW 4x4 5 speed with 460 or diesel power. Thinking I may have an opportunity to make a couple bucks on my truck and with some work in another truck save money over what it would cost to get mine where I want it.
Or I could just keep mine, fix the cab rot, paint, change to 4.10:1 axles and swap 460 and ZF5 in whenever 351W dies.[/url]