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Old 05-30-2023, 09:46 AM   #1
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Well with a burnt valve and some burnt diesel enthusiasm Iím really hoping I can pull off a 7.3 gas swap. After speaking with MG a new engine and 10 speed tranny for a truck seems optimal. Iím not sure what Iím giving up or gaining over the van 6 speed. The dash solution recommended by MG would be a Dakota digital. Without trying to talk myself into it or convince others thatís it easy why not do it? Iíd love to hear from those that know more (most). Assume that cost isnít what Iím looking for info about only hurdles and difficulties. If there is some giant hurdle I may be missing id like to know. Current setup is a SMB 4x4 with 6.0. I have an all aluminum radiator, hydro boost brakes, redhead steering gear, truck electric vacuum pump, leece Neville alternator, spare DC power 275 amp alt, no rear air, cruise, electric locks, as noted Atlas Tcase and 5r110. Advanced adapters makes an adapter for the new tranny. Will the motor mounts and tranny cross member go right in? Do I need to swap the dash or is it even possible if I wanted to without total brain damage? Thatís pretty much whatís on my mental list.

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Old 05-30-2023, 09:47 AM   #2
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Also wondering if I should carry this conversation over at expo portal as well.
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Old 05-30-2023, 12:07 PM   #3
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Ok I found the company selling complete drop out motors from fords electric R&D division. They are pulled from brand new E450s. Engine complete all the way to the fan and 6r140 attached. Zero miles and all wiring. My mechanic surprised me will total excitement to do it. He said heís bored fixing 6.0 motors and is excited for this project. Iím ordering the package Friday when the next 15 are available. Total random find. The first 10 sold immediately and this is the next 15 and could be it. $8000 for whole swap package. Iíll probably buy the controls pack for the this so I can do what I want.
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Old 05-30-2023, 12:32 PM   #4
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Wow! Super interested to follow.
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Old 05-30-2023, 12:33 PM   #5
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$8k for the package sounds great to me. Can’t offer any insights on swap issues other than wondering how to make it talk to each other.

Sounds like the controls pack is a smart move.

Sorry about all the issues as well and wish you the best going forward.
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Subscribed. Sure hope you're able to make this work with little effort, would be a very appealing option!
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Old 05-30-2023, 01:51 PM   #7
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So sorry to read about the failure, especially as you were heading out on your trip.

Definitely will follow your swap adventure. I think your mechanic will have people lining up. It would be interesting to explore a 7.3GZ swap into a 5.4L E350.
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Old 05-30-2023, 02:44 PM   #8
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So sorry for your "loss". - BUT - it sounds like you may have a "resurrection" on your hands !? Keep us posted !
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Old 05-30-2023, 04:15 PM   #9
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In theory you should be able to get the mounts for it too? Or maybe they're a factory option. Agreed that the 10 speed would have been sweet, but perhaps the 6 speed means no massaging of the sheet metal. Also agree with MG that dakota dash is your best bet.

Will be following, best of luck.

Don't forget you will probably want lighter rate springs in the front now - just one more thing to add to the pile.
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Seems like a steal at that price. I'd love to see this come together.

There are some van gearheads at Expo who can likely help and if not they'll be interested to follow as well. I'd duplicate this there.

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