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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-20-2003, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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Converting 2wd to 4wd, not bad idea or pointless?

The 94, F250 I asked about earlier actually looks better now that I've run the VIN and looked over the vehicle. I have a Detroit locked, 14 bolt FF and a Chevy Dana 60 front end (both 4.56)looking for a home. Preferably mine! I can work with the transfer case drop going to the passengers side, I just need to know if the 4wd frame and the 2wd frames are similar. I know, why put chevy axles under a Ford? At least I'd have a good, low mileage 460 providing the power! If they don't go under a Ford, they're going under a Jeep with a 302 or 351 powering them. So I am trying to stay Ford! After looking at the fullsize trucks, I like that idea too.

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Re: Converting 2wd to 4wd, not bad idea or pointless?

If your only motivation is the 460, move along IMO. The new EFI 460s are dogs compared to what they could/should be.'

I coulda sworn the front crossmembers are different from 2wd to 4wd, but I can't confirm that 100%. But, since they don't have to have the TTB pivots, they're almost surely a lower profile, which could only help with your front axle clearance.

Does anyone have pics of the 2wd crossmembers for, say, '82+??
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i could almost sware the 2wd crossemmebers are the same and the brackets are almost identical that hold the I beams.
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Re: Converting 2wd to 4wd, not bad idea or pointless?

Are we talking about F250s or just frames in general?
My truck used to be 2wd and i swapped the 4wd from my wrecked 89 no problem. Mines a 150. Not sure if this helps at all.
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Re: Converting 2wd to 4wd, not bad idea or pointless?

It seems do-able. I'm hoping to take advantage of Hawaii not being the best place for a fullsize truck to get a better price. With exception of the butt ugly paint job, it's in really good shape. The paint is actually in good shape too. It looks like it was a tow vehicle for a retired couple and matched to a trailer. I'll have to check it out more closely when the weather gets better. Hopefully I can estimate differential clearance, etc. I also try and get a spring perch measurement. Great, my wife is just going to love me thinking about this one.....


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Re: Converting 2wd to 4wd, not bad idea or pointless?

1/2 ton 2wd and 4x4 front ends are identical, just no diff on the 2wd's. as far as f250's, arent the 2wd's coil sprung vs the leaf sprung 4x4 trucks? i dont know if that affects the xmember or not, i would think they'd be the same but i've never really looked.
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Re: Converting 2wd to 4wd, not bad idea or pointless?

Yeah the 250 2WD are coils which i'm sure the coil sprung D44 would bolt into no problem. I thought i read in another post the D50 has different pivot points as the arms are shaped different from the D44.

Solution
A. 8 Lug D44 from a F250LD
B. 5 lug D44 from a F150/Bronco and 8 lug conversion.

Matching bolt patterns and the D44 aint all that bad of a starting point.
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Re: Converting 2wd to 4wd, not bad idea or pointless?

Will the same thing work for a 75 extra cab F250?
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