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Old 11-20-2012, 04:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Engine swap questions

I was curious what is involved with swapping a 7.3 IDI with a zf 5spd into an 83 f350 that has a 460 in it. some Ahole backed into my 91 yesterday and took off while I was inside Napa. I can pick up this 83 f350 4x4 complete with bad engine for $1,000 and its in pretty decent condition, just not sure whats involved with the swap and the wiring. Thanks
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The entire drivetrain, associated wiring, fuel system has to be brought over. If the 460 had an auto trans, then you need to install clutch components.
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How much of the wiring do I need? Swap the tanks between the two trucks and what else? Sorry about the questions. I would do a search but I'm running short on time. Thanks
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The dash from my 91 should swap right into the 83 correct? If so then I could also swap the cab/engine wiring harness over too? In your opinion what would be the best and or quickest way to do this swap? It's my DD and I need it back fast because in the mean time I'll be driving my non street legal offroad rig.
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I am not sure what year the body styles changed, so I can't say for sure if your dash will move over. FWIW, I have managed to avoid these kinds of swaps for the duration on my career, so I only know what I have read on these types of forums. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
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I thought the cabs were the same from 80-97. And that they just changed the styles of the dash. I could be wrong hopefully someone else will chime in soon and give some more insight on this. thanks for your input chuckster!
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If I'm not mistaken the cabs are the same, dash mounting holes are the same as well
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BUMP. I now have both trucks and have gotten the older truck cleaned up and ready to swap. can anybody tell me what I will need to do / swap to put my diesel in this truck? thanks
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If you have to ask, 1) buy the EVTM 2) swap the entire harness
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