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Well, after countless movies featuring apocalypse, zombies and emp grenades i figured now was as good a time as ever to move to the alternative fuel world...and no electronics to zap as an added bonus.

Because, as we all know once the virus has burned out finding D2 will be all but impossible. With the myriad of fuel oil options like fryer grease, spent motor oil and even cat pee the 12v Cummins will run on just about anything.

So lets get started.

The Truck - 1990 Ramcharger. 318LA TBI engine, 727 trans, 4" lift 33's and stock running gear.

The Donor - 1997 Dodge Cummins Dually. Totaled.

The Goal - Go anywhere Ramcharger that just cant be stopped. Economical Fuel Consumption!!

The Plan - Will be using the 12 valve engine and 47RE trans {for now} from the donor.

Will be using stock ramcharger transfer case. Both trucks use a np241 variant with the same spline count so all should be gravy there.  

Motor Mounts come from a 89-93 W350 Diesel, You need the parts that bolt to the block, 4 total.

Intercooler - Going to fab up intercooler and piping using more "race car" style components as opposed to trying to make the stock dodge crap fit.

I Think that about covers it so far... Here are a couple pics of the Ramcharger "Before" and the Dually Just before Pillaging.




Saturday, March 05 2011 marks the day the project got kicked off!


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And so it Begins...Cummins Ramcharger Build.
« Reply #1 on: March 6, 2011, 02:15:23 AM »
I am very interested I have a RC which a 69 imperial donated her 440 to posi rear and front and on but I am very interested in doing another build involving a diesel!! Please keep us updated thanks

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« Reply #2 on: March 6, 2011, 08:10:18 AM »
Good luck.  {cool}

I will be doing a CTD conversion on my 78 crew cab when I find the money for a doner. :-\
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« Reply #3 on: March 6, 2011, 08:14:43 AM »
nice looking RC!! good luck on your build.

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« Reply #4 on: March 6, 2011, 08:16:23 AM »
I am very interested I have a RC which a 69 imperial donated her 440 to posi rear and front and on but I am very interested in doing another build involving a diesel!! Please keep us updated thanks

What are you going to do with the Imperial?  Don't throw it away, not many of those left.

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« Reply #5 on: March 7, 2011, 12:22:23 AM »
Todays Effort...

Got the motor and trans out and on the floor. Definitely one of the more challenging engines ive ever pulled.

The space between crossmember and cowl is not as tall as the engine, so i had to pull the cab off to get the engine out... Well at least loosen and raise the cab 4" to get me the clearence i needed.






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Re: And so it Begins...Cummins Ramcharger Build.
« Reply #6 on: March 7, 2011, 01:20:58 AM »
When I had to pull them at work I would remove the cab and get it out of the way with the lift.
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Re: And so it Begins...Cummins Ramcharger Build.
« Reply #7 on: March 7, 2011, 02:17:07 PM »
We have radiant floors in this shop :(

Booooo they wont let us drill. They really need to come up with a finger lift that is free standing. They have em in europe why not america? sheesh!

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« Reply #8 on: March 7, 2011, 06:11:19 PM »
What kind of lift are you looking for?
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« Reply #9 on: March 7, 2011, 06:41:51 PM »
Imagine something like this 
Bradock 5 series portable car lift


But with a standard asymmetric design. So when the car is lifted you have access to the center of the undercarriage.

It could be done, easily. Just no one does it!

I think a No-Drill install adapter kit for a standard Eagle 2 post lift would be very popular item indeed! Lots of slabs are radiant or otherwise no drill these days.

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« Reply #10 on: March 7, 2011, 07:23:05 PM »
PM SENT give me a call.

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« Reply #11 on: March 8, 2011, 03:06:04 AM »
The daily update....More tearing apart of the Dually tonight.

Got the lift pulled off. Dont you hate it when people weld on, bolt on lifts?

Makes removing them a real nightmare!

With a little more hard work and a dash of luck i hope to have the ramcharger in the shop and start tearing it down this weekend.






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« Reply #12 on: March 8, 2011, 08:51:33 AM »
should have this done soon. easy swap. UNSURE tho if the tcase is the same from gas to diesel. i am pretty sure it is different.

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« Reply #13 on: March 8, 2011, 09:44:23 AM »
{popcorn} {popcorn}

Very cool - we'll definitely be watchin' this one!

The gasser 241's will bolt up clean to the back of a diesel 47RH - I imagine the RE's are the same..?

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Re: And so it Begins...Cummins Ramcharger Build.
« Reply #14 on: March 8, 2011, 10:37:59 AM »
hmm you are probably right... let the mods have there way with it! Might be better off over there in Ramcharger land :)


I moved that Engine/Tranny all by myself last night....lol i about blew out a nut. That thing is BY FAR the heaviest engine combo i have ever in my life seen. I can only imagine trying to pull one of these out in your driveway..... Forget it.


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« Reply #16 on: March 8, 2011, 02:44:23 PM »
Good shit man, that is exactly what i was looking for!

I have seen the lifts like that for big trucks, but could not find a company that had {or advertised} with the auto frame adapters.


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« Reply #17 on: March 8, 2011, 02:47:42 PM »
Mohawk makes some of the strongest lifts out there & they ship world wide.
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« Reply #18 on: March 13, 2011, 12:18:01 AM »
Gettin some stuff accomplished this weekend, Thank goodness.

Sold the dually and got it out of my shop. Got the place cleaned up, even though my son was "helping" by sprinkling oil dry on the floor behind me as i swept...lol.

Ramcharger is moved in, Will start getting it torn apart tomorrow {sunday}

I will make sure to take pics along the way!

Oh yeah ordered my new seals and crap from Cummins on Friday so the motor should be all clean, oil tight and ready to plop in mid week or so.

Vacuum Pump Reseal Kit - 4089742
Oil Pan Gasket - 3931346
Rear Main Seal - 3934486
"Killer Dowel Pin Kit"

For what its worth, my local Cummins dealers are a bunch of tools. I highly recommend purchasing from someone like puredieselpower or piers...  piers had the best price on KDP kits i could find, but didnt have {or at least that i could find on there site} all the other parts i needed.

The experience was much like pulling teeth, and i will never so long as i live EVER deal with my local cummins place again. Dear lord where do they find these people? Autozone unemployment lines?

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« Reply #19 on: March 13, 2011, 06:43:55 AM »
Dear lord where do they find these people? Autozone unemployment lines?

LMBO!  {gloating}  That's a good one.........  ;D
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« Reply #20 on: March 13, 2011, 07:06:55 AM »
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« Reply #21 on: March 13, 2011, 06:48:00 PM »
Alright got going on the Ramcharger today. Tossed the Cummins on a trailer and off to the powerwasher we went.



Got back and started turning wrenches on the RC. First thing i did was pull the transfer case as this is the biggest question i have had so far...Will it fit?

Well the answer so far is a Big Fat NO!

Why? The bolt patterns are the same, the spline count is the same.








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« Reply #22 on: March 13, 2011, 07:00:27 PM »
That stinks.  :-\

Is that trailer tweeked from the weight of the motor?
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« Reply #23 on: March 13, 2011, 07:03:29 PM »
LOL yeah...it was hatin it. The motor was actually sitting on the axle.

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« Reply #24 on: March 13, 2011, 07:19:32 PM »
LOL yeah...it was hatin it. The motor was actually sitting on the axle.

LMBO! I know they are heavy. I pull trans and engine when I did my frame swap on the W250 I have.  :o
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« Reply #25 on: March 13, 2011, 09:10:44 PM »
best to use the first gen tcase, and crossmember. make it easy.

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« Reply #26 on: March 13, 2011, 09:17:37 PM »
Look at the pics, the first gen tcase WILL NOT BOLT UP.

i would need a first gen tcase that came off a truck with overdrive as best i can tell. {518 tranny?}

im about to pop this pos apart and cut the input down on the lathe

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« Reply #27 on: March 14, 2011, 12:10:09 AM »
That's because the NP241 is not a CTD first gen transfer case. The first gen TC's were the NP205. The NP241 didn't show up in the CTD until 94. 94 thru 02 are second gen. Find a 89 thru 93 NP205. Except from manual tranny (different spline count). It will bolt up no problem.
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« Reply #28 on: March 14, 2011, 12:12:35 AM »
i know who has one, but they are 5 hours away!

i have thought about running the DHD upside and reconfiguring the oiling,

or just running in 2wd until i can find dana 60 drivers drop that i like. running a drivers drop case would give me alot more room for my 5" exhaust :)

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« Reply #29 on: March 14, 2011, 12:22:47 AM »
i know who has one, but they are 5 hours away!

i have thought about running the DHD upside and reconfiguring the oiling,

or just running in 2wd until i can find dana 60 drivers drop that i like. running a drivers drop case would give me alot more room for my 5" exhaust :)
The only decent driver side drop D60 is from a Ford truck. The spring perches would have to be moved. Ford front D60s are not cheap and command a high price. It would be much cheaper to find a Dodge NP205 that bolts on and is ready to go.
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« Reply #30 on: March 14, 2011, 03:22:43 AM »
Is the bearing retainer stopping it from going in also? Could you make or have a spacer/adapter for it & would it work?
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« Reply #31 on: March 14, 2011, 10:19:53 AM »
all I can add is the 241 that was behind the gasser 518 (both circa 1993) bolted up clean to the back side of a '95 diesel 47RH.  I think I remember reading somewhere that the RE's have about 1/2" more output shaft length than the RH's do.  IOW, the output shaft of the RE sticks out past the pating surface about 1/4" past the mating surface, wheras the RH sits inside the mating surface about 1/4".

Looking at your pictures, it looks like your 241 t-case is bottoming out about before it mates up, and that would account for the longer output shaft.....or a shorter tailhousing section length - either way same difference.

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« Reply #32 on: March 14, 2011, 11:06:54 AM »
the 47rh tail seal is about 3/4" farther in the tranny.

Its not the shaft of the 47re bottoming out in the tcase, its the outter diameter of the tcase input bottoming out on the 47re output shaft thats stopping it from sliding home.

There are 2 different length input shafts for np241 cases, 5" and 4 1/4" apparently i have the five.

First im going to try and swap the stub over from the DHD case {same od}

If that doesnt work im going to chuck the 241dld input in the lathe and take 3/4" off it.  That should cure my problem

It will still have full spline engagement. Already checked for that.

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« Reply #33 on: March 14, 2011, 11:33:36 PM »
Did a little digging tonight {inside of transfer cases}.

I had to answer a few questions for myself.

First, Are the input shafts from the DLD and DHD transfer cases interchangeable?

If not, Why and exactly what are the differences.

Lastly, to come up with an exact measurement so i know once the DLD shaft is shortened that it will not interfere with the 47re trans.

So here you go. DLD left DHD right.

First you will notice the DLD shaft is quite a bit longer, also the shoulder for the bearing is about twice as tall on the DHD shaft. This could all be modified so far to drop into a dld case....




But here is the deal breaker. The bearing on the inside of the DHD shaft is much larger than the DLD one, and there is just no easy way to downsize.




So there it is. You cannot swap a DHD input shaft into a DLD case. Well damn. Off to the machine shop i go to get the DLD shaft shortened .750"

Both shafts are splined all the way through, so the modified input will still have full spline engagement. No worries there.

Problem Solved~! {I hope}




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« Reply #34 on: March 15, 2011, 10:34:54 PM »
Ta Da! Like magic!!

An hour at the machine shop and 20 bucks later we have a solution for the input shaft dilema!






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« Reply #35 on: March 15, 2011, 10:37:33 PM »
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« Reply #37 on: March 16, 2011, 05:27:37 AM »
There you go man!  ;D
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« Reply #38 on: March 16, 2011, 10:34:42 AM »
Yeah that worked awesome.

I have a deep seated hatred for adapters, spacers etc.

I figure this was cheaper, faster and ultimately easier if you dont mind tearing into your transfer case. Which i had never done before, luckily they are super easy to tear down and rebuild.

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« Reply #39 on: March 16, 2011, 01:52:21 PM »
Nice problem solving!!!
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« Reply #40 on: March 16, 2011, 02:18:05 PM »
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« Reply #41 on: March 16, 2011, 08:35:28 PM »
...now, if you can find a way to add 3/4" to the nose of a 203 input shaft.......that's one of the 'issues' I've had to address, was not able to, and had to do it a 'less desirable' way (stub shaft and adapters).
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« Reply #42 on: March 16, 2011, 11:21:21 PM »
Well, you could have an entire new input shaft made to the correct length.

It would cost a pretty penny, especially considering the new shaft would have to be heat treated and what not.

Give "Gear One" a call, they would surely whip you one up out of 300m...for a price.

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Dang, this thing is heavy.
« Reply #43 on: March 16, 2011, 11:58:21 PM »
What have i learned from all of todays hard work?

Cummins Beige Paint Part #3824515.. I am starting to recall Cummins part numbers off the top of my head. This is gettin scary. {devil}

Moving this engine/tranny combo around by myself is a M*THERF*UCKER! Things a tank.



While on the topic of being a one man band, how do you SAFELY pull the 900lbs tranny off this pig all by your lonesome?







Worked quite well i must say!

Tomorrows mission is to get the tins all cleaned up, motor cleaned up and ready for paint. New crank and oil pan seals installed and finally to get the motor all painted up and tranny bolted back on.  Sounds like alot for one guy in one day...in his spare time!

Got the old motor mounts pulled off the block, add cleaning up the old ones to tomorrows honey do list.

I think thats it....heres my parting shot as i walked out the door at 11:30 tonight.

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« Reply #44 on: March 17, 2011, 09:38:26 AM »
I like your 'shop' {cool} - a rental ja?

Man no joke about the weight of the combo - it's literally 'deadly' if handled in a manner disrespective of the weight.

Looks great - keep the pics coming.

I'll call Gear One - I'd much prefer to bolt my 203/205 doubler clean up to the back of either my 518 or 618 going in 'Bud' verse using the adapters.
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Re: And so it Begins...Cummins Ramcharger Build.
« Reply #45 on: March 17, 2011, 09:59:35 AM »
Yeah my shop is one of those Rental Warehouse Dealies... Its the largest storage unit i have ever seen! And i have to admit im a bit smitten over it. Radiant floors, you can just feel the warmth in your toes during those cold nights..Man o Man is it nice!

This place is nicer than 90% of the shops ive worked in! If only i had a lift.

Gear One should get ya done. I know they cut both internal and external splines.

You can also call L&W (757) 857-4145, Loretta is who you will probably speak too...but Marvin is the master. He is a Jeep guy too, so make sure to give him crap about Cj's ;)  You can tell him Brandon sent ya.

But one of those two will have the answer!

Talking about heavy! Look at the red engine lift, if you look in between the black sticker and first white numbers {1 ton} you can see where i  bent the arm pulling the engine from the donor truck. The black lift is a 2 ton max unit but my friend was borrowing it and out of town when i needed it! Go figure.

The red one is only a 1 ton unit, and clearly maxed the F out picking that Cummins/Tranny combo. There has got to be 1500+ pounds dangling from the hook. Made in china! I NEVER get under this thing, and try to avoid pinch points like the plague.

I was working last night, kneeling, and the motor swung on the hook out over my leg. I dont know if i was tired or what, but in my mind the engine was free and falling on me. i could see it clear as day like i was watching tv. That 1 ton monster crushing my leg. In an instant i moved my leg, the engine swung  back and the vision cleared. I really felt like i had just seen a ghost. Needless to say that was the point i started taking safety from seriously to Deadly Serious.

I quickly realized with my phone on the tool cart, and abandoned warehouse at midnight. If this motor fell on me i would bleed out on the floor before anyone ever knew the wiser, and i would have zero chance of reaching my phone just an arms length away.

A sobering moment for sure.

So like i say, Safety is my middle name!

Unfortunately my first and last are Un and Dammit...So when you see me, dont forget to say Say "Hey, That's UnSafe Dammit!"

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Re: And so it Begins...Cummins Ramcharger Build.
« Reply #46 on: March 17, 2011, 11:02:24 AM »
man I can relate to that.  I was workingunder a truck bed one eventful day, removing a bracket I just HAD to have, and I had suspended the bed a bit less-than ideally (was using a hi-lift that I thought I had secured well), and the bed slid sideways...and came off the jack...and caught me just in time to pinch my left shoulder/arm between it and the frame.  The bed had a bunch of stuff in it, and it was heavy.  I was in the back yard, and also did not have my cell phone on me, but furtunately my wife could hear me yelling her name across the yard - she came running right f'ing now, and bless her heart she tried to lift the bed herself - and she's no 'girly girl' - but couldn't budge it (and I was trying to lift with my back at the same time)....and so after a very rapid crash course in hi-lift 101 she got the jack back under the bed and cranked that dude up, and off of me.  
I was 'okay' - definitely had deep bruising, but it could have been a lot worse.  I'm known for being a safety nazi, but after that I learned that you can not be too safe, and I never take it for granted.

Anyway, lessons learned, and wiser men we become {cool}.  Oh, and I'll never, ever use a hi-lift for anything other than a last resort to getting unstuck on a trail.  Never ever let go of the handle - ever.
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93 Ram W350 CTD "Big Mack"
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« Reply #47 on: March 17, 2011, 11:40:01 AM »
Despite there common acceptance i just never could understand how a hi-lift under any circumstances would be safe. I have never used one, and never will. Those things just look like meat grinders in the making!

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Re: And so it Begins...Cummins Ramcharger Build.
« Reply #48 on: March 17, 2011, 11:30:27 PM »
My daily update...

Cleaned the entire engine by hand. Pulled off what i could, purple power a scrub brush and scrotch brite pads.....several hours of my life. Thats all it took to get this big iron turd more or less clean.

Since i have no running water in my bat cave, i have to be resourceful. I truck the water in in 5 gallon jugs, transfer to buckets and pump sprayers for washing. I put a rubbermaid tote under the engine to collect the nasty crap that runs off and most of the water. There is about an inch thick layer of grease and grime floating in the rubbermaid! So nasty.

Blew it dry with air, shot the whole thing with brake clean and dried again with shop air. Taped off what i didnt want pained with aluminum foil..quick and easy. Alot easier to peal than tape too!

Painted it with 3 cans of Cummins Beige.

Unfortunately upon final inspection it appears i got a little over zealous with the oil pan bolts and split the gasket. I'm going to have to get a new one and redo the oil pan...oh well. It only has 400 oil pan bolts :(

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Re: And so it Begins...Cummins Ramcharger Build.
« Reply #49 on: March 18, 2011, 03:42:48 AM »
WOW that looks great.
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