Well I finally did it to my Siezed up turbo 7.3 idi. with an automatic and Jerked it out!!! I think it took me three days just to pull the engine and tranny. It was froze up so I had to pull them out as one unit!
From my other posts I have explained that "Time" is my big problem or obstacle! It took me most of the day to cut and weld up the down pipe ( 3" to 3.5 ). About three hours to just to weld up the turbo oil drain pipe and another hour plus just to install the vacuum pump/power steering pump. I'll post up pictures of how close my drivers side motor mounts are to the end of the pump! I talked my son into installing the FatMat on the floor, ceiling, firewall and behind the seat. I won't be able to hook up the pressure side of the pump, cause I need to adapt the dodge pump to the Ford stearing box.
You mentioned that the 19.5 wheels and tires "made it ride like a truck."
Could you say a little more about that?
I live out on a ranch and use the heck out of our truck, think one ton of hay for starters, but also put several hundred highway miles on in a typical week and have been thinking of getting some 19.5 Ricksons and Michelin XDE2+'s.
The Michelins that I run are H rated! I have put over 2 tons of hay on the flatbed of my dodge pickup and the tires didnt even look like they had a load on them. Of course I run about 80 psi. and I am using pilot tires front and back with single wheels. I got mine from Les Schwab and they are a big tire dealer out here in the north west! They wear like IRON, but they are HEAVY! They probably weigh about half again as much as a 265 16 inch E rated tire. You dont throw a spare in the back of the truck with out help or thinking about it!
I just put them on my Ford 350 4x4 from my dodge W350 and I had them on about a year on the Dodge. They will handle the load and the side wall doesn't flex and it even makes the truck Handle great on windy roads!
Well I hooked up aftercooler and aircleaner today! I tried using a used clutch master cylinder, but I could not get it to hold pressure so off to O'Rielys to get a new one. Now all I have to do is finish building, or should I say rebuilding an old flatbed!
I'll get some pics of the engine compartment tomarrow!