This is going to be a bit time consuming, because the truck needs A LOT of work, but we got a good deal done already. I am converting my 2003 Dodge dually 4x4 into a sing rear wheel. I was going to find a standard bed and sell the dually bed before I realized that they go from $1500 to $1800. So, I decided to go ahead and pull the fenders off, and do some body work.
A little history on the truck:
I started a "hot shot" company about 3 years ago with this truck. It had 75,000 miles on it when my Parents brought it home. I quickly put an AFE stage 2 intake, and a 5" turbo back exhaust on it. I put Amsoil in all the boxes and hit the road. I switched gears with the company and decided to haul cars about a year later. The truck now has 310,000 miles on it. It runs great, but doesnt drive so well. If you ever think about hauling 30,ooo pounds plus on a regular basis with a 1 ton pick up truck, think again, not a great idea!!!!!! The truck needs new brakes, u joints, tranny, tires, axle seals, pinion seals, and a little lighter load from now on.
I closed the doors on my company because hauling rates are in the pooper!!!!! So now I need the truck to be my daily driver for work. I will not need a dually any longer.
Front end rebuild and u-joints. I didnt get any pics of this process because it pretty much kicked my butt!!!! New front brakes, wheel bearings or hub assembly, and new u-joints in the axle shafts and driveshafts. Being that I do not have the proper tools for this job, in hind sight I really should have had a shop do the work. My Father in Law has a 40 ton press that I used for the axle u-joints, not cool. The longer axle shaft should have been on a table with a flippin bench vise. The press broke loose on me and the axle shaft hit my elbow dead on. It quickly went from the size of a soft ball to about the size of a cantaloupe, OUCH!!!!!!!!!!. It took me 2 days to get the front end done, and in the end saved about $1,000 doing it myself.
The rear driveshaft was a different story, I pulled out the 6' 3" 2 piece shaft and didnt even bother trying to man handle it on the press. Its at the DS shop getting a rebuild for $250.00. Since there is a good chance that I would have broke my leg using the press, $250.00 is a pretty good deal. Plus its getting balanced and a new carrier bearing.
Getting wheels and tires, and getting the fenders off. First thing that I needed was a nice set of wheels and tires. George, YOU ARE THE MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! George hooked me up with a VERY sweet deal. Thanks George. I got 4 factory polished aluminum wheels with some decent 315 tires. These babies really dolled the truck up a lot. Before I put them on I wanted to get the dually fenders off. I really didnt realize how much CRAP was holding the fenders on, what a pain in the BUTT!!!!!!!
There is going to be a lot of holes to patch and weld, then filler and paint. I dont know when I am going to get started on that process, as I need to get a job! It may be a weekend thing, and when I get bored of looking for a job, but I will keep updating as I have more progress. This is where it stands right now.