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Old 01-30-2014, 03:58 PM   #1
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96 C3500 HD Project

Hi. I'm not sure if this belongs in here or not. But I recently picked up a 96 C3500 HD with the intentions of turning the truck into a rollback. Its got a Silverado package, PW, PL, Cruise, 7.4 liter and NV4500. The CA is 108"





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Old 01-30-2014, 03:59 PM   #2
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Re: 96 C3500 HD Project

And Here is the doner, an 84 doge with a 360 and auto trans, also has 108 CA measurement

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Old 01-30-2014, 04:02 PM   #3
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Re: 96 C3500 HD Project

Now for the fun to begin. I removed the bed from the mechanism and removed the slide cylinder to be rebuilt. It leaked very bad

With the bed off:



Removing the mechanism:








And that's all for the dodge.
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Old 01-30-2014, 04:21 PM   #4
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Re: 96 C3500 HD Project

Preparing the frame for the tilt mechanism to fit:

I removed the rear fuel tank, fuel pump, lines, and pump module and excess wiring.



Rear crossmember removed:





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Old 01-30-2014, 04:23 PM   #5
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Re: 96 C3500 HD Project

Now I am waiting for metal to fabricate the new rear crossmember. The pivot of the bed will be attached to it, So I want it to be pretty strong. Also awaiting a new clutch pump kit.
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Old 01-30-2014, 04:58 PM   #6
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Re: 96 C3500 HD Project

Off to a good start !
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:27 AM   #7
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Re: 96 C3500 HD Project

Finally got some progress made on this truck

Rear cross member:



Some 2" Spaces to mount the tilt cylinders to. This was necessary because the chevy frame is 4" Narrower than the dodge

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Re: 96 C3500 HD Project

This was like Christmas

Mounting kit:



New Pump:



Installed. A lot of re-routing things



And I put the switch in the overhead console. I put the console in the truck right after I got it

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Re: 96 C3500 HD Project

And now yesterdays progress.

I got the tilt mechanism installed and the tilt cylinders in place. Tacked them on and verified I had full range of motion. Then fully welded the brackets



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Re: 96 C3500 HD Project

I also worked on the taillights. Now would be a good time before anything gets painted

The old ones on top. The steel panels are welded onto the pockets on the rear of the tilt mechanism

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Re: 96 C3500 HD Project

Nice work, should make a great rig.
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Re: 96 C3500 HD Project

I did end up getting the truck done. Everything works great.
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Re: 96 C3500 HD Project

Even my ccsb fits on it.

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Re: 96 C3500 HD Project

Looks great. I really like Rollbacks. Almost bought one once.

Great work with great pictures to boot.

My kind of truck too with the Manual Trans.

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Re: 96 C3500 HD Project

Nice job. I've got a nice Jerr Dan rollback but it's on a F*rd with 7.3
I've been thinking of doing a swap also.
Dumb question (The CA is 108") what's that? Back of cab to center of rear axle I assume?
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Re: 96 C3500 HD Project

Thanks eveyrone. This thing pulls a lot better than my ccsb, but it should with an extra gear and 4.88 vs 3.73
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Nice job. I've got a nice Jerr Dan rollback but it's on a F*rd with 7.3
I've been thinking of doing a swap also.
Dumb question (The CA is 108") what's that? Back of cab to center of rear axle I assume?
CA(cab to axle) is the distance between the back of the cab and center of the rear axle

How old is the 7.3?

We have a 90 IDI non turbo, zf 5 speed. Mega slow (12 ft stake body dump on a 450 frame)but it takes everything we throw at it. I know I didn't wanna start with that platform.
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Re: 96 C3500 HD Project

I ended up putting the switches for the light bar and work lights next to the clutch pump switch.
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Re: 96 C3500 HD Project

Sweet rig!
Out of curiosity why didn't you use a PTO pump?
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Re: 96 C3500 HD Project

I already had long hoses to reach the front, I didnt want to put holes in my floor, and if something ever happens to this truck, I could get another truck to replace it and not be locked in with a manual transmission.
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