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My 97 Cummins dump conversion

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by Duncan90si, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. Duncan90si

    Duncan90si Senior Member
    Messages: 602

    This summer I bought a 97 Cummins 3500 dually 5 speed 4x4. It had a rebuilt trans and rear end and was a decent starting platform. I picked it up for $5800. I only got one cell phone pic before I tore it apart.

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    After a little bit of time I had the bed off and for sale out by the road.

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    I went over the whole truck mechanically and fixed a bunch of things. I made a 4" straight exhaust out of some old school bus pipes.

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    Then it was time for some body work, a few new panels, and some body work.
     
  2. Duncan90si

    Duncan90si Senior Member
    Messages: 602

    After the body work and paint this is the result.

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    This is a pic of me lowering the bed that I pulled off of my old dump that I retired and setting it onto its new home on the Dodge.

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    Now with the sides on and ready for work.

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  3. Duncan90si

    Duncan90si Senior Member
    Messages: 602

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    I bought a 8.5' MVP Plus then traded it for a 9.5' and put it on the truck along with a Hiway Super P spreader that I got for practically free. This is how it looks today waiting for snow.

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  4. Curro

    Curro Member
    Messages: 53

    Wow! Thats an amazing transformation. Well done sir Thumbs Up
     
  5. 2000dodge

    2000dodge Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    Looks good. Ready to make some money payup
     
  6. K1500 4x4

    K1500 4x4 Senior Member
    Messages: 142

    very nice work! Thumbs Up
     
  7. bugthug

    bugthug Senior Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 268

    Looks real good. Bring it back and i will fill it up again.
     
  8. firefighter1406

    firefighter1406 Senior Member
    Messages: 328

    Looks very nice. That was a lot of work. I wish i knew how to do body work.
     
  9. SFD906

    SFD906 Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    You truck looks great. Did you do the bodywork and paint yourself? I have a 96 ford dump that I'd like to have re-painted, needs cab corners and rockers.
     
  10. mossman381

    mossman381 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,410

    Awesome job man.
     
  11. Duncan90si

    Duncan90si Senior Member
    Messages: 602

    Thanks for the compliments guys.

    bugthug - I should be good for a year or 2 as far as buying anymore equipment off of ya. Now if you wanna give stuff away, then that is different story.

    I did everything but the body work and paint on the cab. I have the ability to do it, I just absolutely despise doing it and refuse to do so anymore. I took it to my friend with the new panels and told him what I wanted to do with it. It is the same color as my 2005 Dodge.
     
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2011
  12. Willman940

    Willman940 Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    Did you do door jams and inners and all that jazz when you painted?

    she looks amazing, really, like new.
     
  13. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    looks awesome man.
     
  14. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    That looks awesome! As I was going through the pics i was really hoping you were going to get rid of the west coast mirrors! Beautiful job
     
  15. dieseltech

    dieseltech Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    Nice bud, me likey
     
  16. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Excellent job. That's sharp lookin'.
     
  17. kevlars

    kevlars Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    I would get some running boards on it right away. Or, something else to protect the bottoms of the doors. Otherwise, they will look the same as they did when it was blue.

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  18. Duncan90si

    Duncan90si Senior Member
    Messages: 602

    The jams were painted. I didn't bother doing the engine bay, its still blue.

    And as far as the bottom of the door, everything from the body line down is chip guarded. I just stand the look of running boards personally. I might put some nice looking mud flaps on it though.
     
  19. randomb0b123

    randomb0b123 PlowSite.com Addict
    from america
    Messages: 1,278

    looks great nice work. what kind of bed is that? i like your avatar pic haha thats good stuff
     
  20. SFD906

    SFD906 Junior Member
    Messages: 10


    Any idea what the going rate for repainting the cab and jams?