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Quiet Lunatic 10-09-2010 08:22 PM

Sunk Truck Starting Fresh
I got stuck in a big puddle for like 20 minutes and skunked the trans on my '99 half-ton gasser and was wondering how hard it would be to throw a used 5.9L Cummins and trans in it. What all would need to be changed other than those two things? I realize that it is going to be expensive, but I'd like to try it anyways if it is stuff i can do myself or with friends.

Toms Blue Ram 1500 10-09-2010 08:41 PM

Your asking for alot of work to do it correctly . I would consider having a donor truck to do the conversion .

moparmanicac 10-10-2010 07:17 PM

I would imagine that being a wiring nightmare sorry to hear bout your truck though :/

erm 10-10-2010 08:15 PM

There's a reason for why they build them from the frame up on the assembly line. In addition to the trans and engine, you need heavier springs up front, a different wiring harness, sensors, PCM, fuel lines, fuel pump, fuel tank, engine and transmission mounts, different drive line, carrier bearings, etc....

Best rebuild your skunked tranny and if you really want a diesel or need one, send the gasser on the way and get you one.

Quiet Lunatic 10-10-2010 11:20 PM

Yep....time to give up lol that was quick. Now going to attempt operation "rebuild tranny" myself to save on labor and put beefy parts in it. Any suggestions here?

ScatPak07 10-10-2010 11:23 PM

I was going to say it is not worth it but I guess it is too late haha. Rebuilding the tranny would be a lot cheaper and easier then all the work included in a swap. Sorry to hear about the problem man, hope all goes well!

RootBeer 10-10-2010 11:49 PM

Best thing to do is get a good service manual for rebuilding the trans. Something that can take you step by step through it unless you're an experienced trans person.

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