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2012 Trailduster
« on: November 13, 2014, 07:45:35 pm »
It's actually a 74 but I'm putting the body on top of a 2012 Ram 1500 4x4.

I finally got to the point of test fitting the body.






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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #1 on: November 13, 2014, 07:57:23 pm »
    seriously....cool....project {cool}.  Many an RCC member will be watching this ;) 
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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #2 on: November 13, 2014, 08:12:32 pm »
    seriously....cool....project {cool}.  Many an RCC member will be watching this ;) 

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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #3 on: November 13, 2014, 10:29:54 pm »
    I'm in! Eric
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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #4 on: November 14, 2014, 03:36:22 am »
      Could be  a very nice truck !

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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #5 on: November 14, 2014, 04:07:53 am »
    I'm in also!!
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    « Reply #6 on: November 14, 2014, 08:40:29 am »
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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #7 on: November 14, 2014, 06:30:01 pm »
    This will be fun to watch!
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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #8 on: November 17, 2014, 06:35:04 pm »
    SWEET
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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #9 on: November 29, 2014, 08:27:55 pm »
    The frame is cut and I moved everything in to the garage.
    32.5" cut out of the middle to make a 108" wheelbase (stock is 106")

















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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #10 on: November 29, 2014, 09:12:52 pm »
    Wow! Cool update to a classic ride!
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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #11 on: November 29, 2014, 09:16:05 pm »
    So where did you get 2 2012 frames? I see your a fan of trans-ams too..

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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #12 on: November 30, 2014, 05:05:59 am »
     woaw  awesome welding job :o

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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #13 on: November 30, 2014, 05:28:40 am »
    Great job on the frame!!!!
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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #14 on: November 30, 2014, 10:07:23 am »
    very nice! eric
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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #15 on: December 1, 2014, 11:44:19 pm »
    So where did you get 2 2012 frames? I see your a fan of trans-ams too..

    I bought a 2012 complete vehicle from an insurance total for $6k then got a straight frame from the junkyard for $800.
    The junkyard frame took some searching.  Most of them are damaged but this one had a cab fire that must have been contained.  There aren't any scorch marks and the wiring wasn't melted.

    The trans-am parts aren't mine but I do wish I had one.

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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #16 on: December 1, 2014, 11:46:00 pm »
    Rear suspension moved over to the new frame and I started working on the rear brake lines and chassis wiring.

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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #17 on: December 1, 2014, 11:53:29 pm »
    AH you know I'm in for this one...  what a great project!   Take your time...  we want to take in all the details and see this through to fruition!   :)
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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #18 on: December 2, 2014, 04:29:23 am »
    There are some sweet builds going on rcc right now and this is definitely one of them! Eric
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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #19 on: December 2, 2014, 09:33:21 pm »
    This is IMPRESSIVE! I like!

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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #20 on: December 3, 2014, 10:51:31 am »
    can't wait to see this one finished!
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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #21 on: December 9, 2014, 03:38:34 am »
    Awesome idea!!! :D

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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #22 on: December 11, 2014, 11:04:02 pm »
    Very cool.
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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #23 on: December 12, 2014, 11:32:13 am »
    Been over 10 days since the last update Ace...  everyone is Jonesin'...     :D
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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #24 on: December 12, 2014, 02:07:04 pm »
    This is what Mike did to a 2nd gen to put under Sam's old Nacho RC. He had a shop do his though.
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    « Reply #25 on: December 12, 2014, 03:17:21 pm »
    Mike who?   Got a link to the build thread?
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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #26 on: December 12, 2014, 05:16:32 pm »
    he hasn't been around much lately unfortunately, he was with us in Moab 2012.
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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #27 on: December 12, 2014, 10:24:19 pm »
    I was waiting for a new set of steering knuckles to get here.  The Ram had a 6" lift on it that I didn't want to use.
    Made some good progress a little bit each evening this week.

    New shortened frame on the left, donor frame on the right, engine about to come out.


    Engine sitting in the new frame.


    This is how bent the passenger motor mount is.  You can't see it in this pic but the plate at the block is torn.
    I'll have to order new parts from the dealer before I can move ahead since the motor is is a few inches higher than it should be.


    Here is the old frame with the engine out, you can see just how smashed it was.  Can you believe it would still drive?
    « Last Edit: December 14, 2014, 12:20:34 am by ace85340 »

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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #28 on: December 13, 2014, 04:41:11 pm »
    Oh wow yes... things are a little kinky on that frame... :)
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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #29 on: December 13, 2014, 07:41:10 pm »
    I went ahead and set the body on the frame to see if there were any major obstacles.  Just had to cut off the rear cab mount towers and notch the middle mount towers.
    It's not aligned much yet, I'm waiting for the motor mounts to get here in a couple weeks so the engine will be a few inches lower and and I can measure everything for final cuts/mounting places.







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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #30 on: December 13, 2014, 09:16:28 pm »
    You are doing a great job and I would love to keep following this build but it takes 10mins to load.  :'(
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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #31 on: December 13, 2014, 10:34:40 pm »
    Awesome!
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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #32 on: December 14, 2014, 12:12:19 am »
    You are doing a great job and I would love to keep following this build but it takes 10mins to load.  :'(

    Are the pictures too big?  I thought everyone had high speed internet by now.  :)
    I just replaced all the large images with smaller ones. hope that helps.
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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #33 on: December 14, 2014, 11:15:13 pm »
    Loads much faster now Ace...  thanks!
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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #34 on: December 15, 2014, 04:50:47 am »
     woaw    i aim jalous!!

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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #35 on: December 15, 2014, 07:54:02 pm »
     threw on the fenders and hood today to see how they fit.  Then I slapped on the grill just to remember what it looked like all together. The intake tube is sitting against the hood but the engine is still on top of the motor mounts so the few inches it will drop when it’s bolted in should be perfect.




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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #36 on: December 16, 2014, 07:28:44 am »
    You are going to have an awesome new / old truck!
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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #37 on: December 16, 2014, 04:22:59 pm »
    Here are some shots of the suspension travel.  I wanted to see if anything would hit.  The front fenders might not need to be trimmed with the struts in, but I cut them anyways since it will get a new set before it's finished.


    Stock height


    Springs and struts removed, front is on the jack, tires just touching the fenders.


    Front end all the way down.  The struts would never let it travel this far but I wanted to see it anyways.


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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #38 on: December 16, 2014, 09:58:22 pm »
    Would be cool to have 'air' struts so you could drop it like that...  ha
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    « Reply #39 on: December 17, 2014, 03:00:33 pm »
    Just realized I never posted a picture of the Ram before I tore it apart.


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    « Reply #40 on: December 17, 2014, 03:06:51 pm »
    and here is the trailduster. For some reason I can't find any other pics of it from before.

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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #41 on: December 18, 2014, 11:07:47 pm »
    Nice project.
    That will be one cool rig.
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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #42 on: December 19, 2014, 01:55:50 pm »
    Very cool. Is this thing gonna be a road cruiser now? Looks like a lot of fun.
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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #43 on: December 29, 2014, 12:11:31 am »
    Very cool. Is this thing gonna be a road cruiser now? Looks like a lot of fun.

    I want to use it for adventure road trips with a mix of highway and off-road.  The off-roading will be mostly forest roads and mild trails.

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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #44 on: December 31, 2014, 04:01:15 am »
    Excellent "Fab" skills , seriously ! I actually posted questions and went to a local Bone Yard in Carson City , Nv. near where I live and spent a day scoping out donors for my 78' RC 440 that I've been building for almost 3 years . No one really chimed in but hey , you went and did it . Thanks for vindicating my Mania . I'm almost to the point of firing up the mild 76' 440 . Now here I am after almost three years of wiring/engine suspension/cooling and brakes and body work considering a complete chassis upgrade . ???
      Great shots that you've posted too . About the chassis , how did ensure you keep everything squared up for the alignment afterwards ? What did you use as reference points ? I'm old school , and I figured I'd use heavy U-channel /spot welds/clamps . I don't have a side lift but I have jacked and pulled bodies front chassis several times while restoring cars in the past .
      My one main issue is retaining my current dash set up and incorporating a modern electrical harness . How about you , were you able to retain the original dash and still use the wiring you needed to use ?
      The 440 is an excellent engine etc. but I'm leaning on mileage , parts cost , a 727/203 and the weak Dana 44 and full time 4 wheel drive , also the fact with my income and it being a 78' I have to find just about everything in a "Bone Yard" for major repairs and upgrades . Not practical in our neck of the woods (ain't any woods in these parts except 7,000+ ft. elevation) . We go way out and up here in northern Nevada going to ghost towns etc. , many of these places are 150 miles or better before you hit the 150 year old roads , then however far it is to reach the location . I don't do rock crawling , mud whumping etc. . Our county alone has almost 350 mining sites . I need reliability , practicality so I figured about doing what you've done here . Be nice to have a fuel injected engine , modern trans and easy to get parts .
       I couldn't find a late 2000's Ram around here unless it was totaled . So I considered after driving the Ramcharger for a bit , then selling the complete chassis to buy the donor truck . I would more than likely be getting an early to 96' Ram 1500 5.9L 4x4 around here (Reno/Sacramento) because they won't "smog" and people are dumping them around $1200-$2000 all day long . Looks like you have you hands full ,but when you have the time could you possibly share a few pointers or problems that you've experienced during your build ? It would be a great help so I don't get a year or series that won't work . I found that the single cabs didn't seem to have enough frame to shorten . It looked like the extended cab trucks had the best frame for this conversion . from what I could tell I need to cut out 28-30" to reach the 106" wheel base .  Am I on the right track as far as a donor with a wheel base of 134.7" ? Your input would be great .
     Good luck on your build . Happy New Year ,
    Steve

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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #45 on: January 3, 2015, 12:47:12 am »
    WindyFlats,
    First thing, everyone I told about this project said don't do it, it's too hard to work on the new trucks.  I went ahead and did it anyways and so far it has been really really easy.  I don't have to cut off every other bolt because it's rusted solid like on my 74 chassis.  The parts aren't as heavy and things are much more modular and easy to work with.  Even the stock exhaust bolted right back on.  All I had to do was cut a section out from under the cab where it is perfectly straight.  There was already a slip joint where it went in to the muffler so I didn't even have to flare the end. 2012 Might have been a little too new.  There aren't as many after market parts yet but the price was too good to pass up and I'm sticking with mostly stock for now anyways.

    The donor truck I bought from a dealer that specializes in insurance totals that can still be rebuilt.  I'll try to find their website again and post a link.  I got a really good deal on this one because it was totaled in Florida and they did a destroy certificate on it which means it can never be registered in the US again.  It's not a salvage title that you can show you rebuilt, it actually has to be destroyed and it can only be transferred one time so I couldn't even sell it again.  That makes it worthless for resale but perfect for me.
    The frame I found at the junkyard was lucky that it was local but most of the junkyards share a larger database so they can find it anywhere.  The one I bought was the only one they had in the system that didn't have any damage but he said they get them in like that every few months.  They sell quick though.

    To keep the frame square, it had braces welded across like a crossmember at each cut to keep it from twisting in case it had any stress in it.  Most frames do, especially on 4x4s.
    The Ram frames make it really easy to shorten because they use the same front and rear sections for all the 1500 series and they just slide in an extension piece in the middle for each wheelbase.  I think a standard cab frame would work but they are much harder to find.  Quad cab is the most popular, then crew, then standard.
    We used the points where the extension slips in to the front and rear sections as the reference points.  Measured it over and over before cutting.

    I am not reusing the original dash.  Mine sat outside in the AZ sun and everything was destroyed.  The wires didn't even have any coating left on them, they were just bare copper wires everywhere the sun hit.  I tore it all out and ordered a fiberglass dashboard from fiberwerx.  The aftermarket gauges that I found for the CAN bus system are really expensive so I'm just going to reuse the stock gauge cluster and most of the stock switches for now.

    The steering column worried me but the one out of the ram is a really nice design.  The column, brake and gas pedal all mount to a subframe that makes it easy to relocate.

    I had a 440 in my RC.  Had it built at an engine shop and it never ran right.  I had many mechanics tinker with it over the last 10 years or so and nobody could get it running right.  I finally had someone tear it apart to find the problem and the whole engine was toast.  Every bearing was destroyed, the cam was gouged and flat.  It never even drove over a few mph around the yard, trying to get it running.  I had about 10 grand in that engine so I figured with the cost of rebuilding a new one, plus both axles that were totally worn out, the steering, the suspension, the 203, it all added up to not worth it.  By the time I'm done with this project, I'll probably have about the same amount in to it, but I'll have a much more reliable drivetrain that gets good gas mileage too.

    The only unexpected problem I've run in to so far is the engine sits really high in the new trucks.  The RC body has to sit way above the frame to make it so the engine has clearance under the hood.  It would probably be about equal to a 6 inch body lift.  It doesn't bother me but some people don't like to see the frame when looking at it from the side.
    Oh, and the gas tank.  I was hoping to reuse the stock fuel tank but with the frame shortened, it doesn't have enough room.  On a 2wd it would be fine but with the 4x4 the front of the tank is about 4 inches in to the transfer case.  I'm going to look at moving the tank back or up higher unless I can find a fuel cell or aftermarket tank that works with the factory fuel injection and sensors.

    I didn't really study any different years / models for the frames.  I knew  I wanted the 5.7 and a 1500 frame.  Any of the gen 4 would probably have been the same, I just happened to find a 2012 first and it had low miles.  Once I found that, I researched the wheelbase and width and found the width of the 74 was almost the same and the length would work with the major components like suspension and driveline.
    The specs I found on the 74:
    wheelbase: 106"
    length: 184"
    width: 79.5"
    weight: around 5500lbs

    2012 Ram Quad 4x4
    wheelbase: 140.5"
    length: 230"
    width: 79.4"
    weight: 5700lbs

    I cut 32 1/2 inches out of the frame so it has 108" wheelbase now.
    I did that so I could move the front tires forward to clear larger tires at the back of the fender.
    I think 1 inch or maybe even none would have been fine since the cab sits so high.


    Excellent "Fab" skills , seriously ! I actually posted questions and went to a local Bone Yard in Carson City , Nv. near where I live and spent a day scoping out donors for my 78' RC 440 that I've been building for almost 3 years . No one really chimed in but hey , you went and did it . Thanks for vindicating my Mania . I'm almost to the point of firing up the mild 76' 440 . Now here I am after almost three years of wiring/engine suspension/cooling and brakes and body work considering a complete chassis upgrade . ???
      Great shots that you've posted too . About the chassis , how did ensure you keep everything squared up for the alignment afterwards ? What did you use as reference points ? I'm old school , and I figured I'd use heavy U-channel /spot welds/clamps . I don't have a side lift but I have jacked and pulled bodies front chassis several times while restoring cars in the past .
      My one main issue is retaining my current dash set up and incorporating a modern electrical harness . How about you , were you able to retain the original dash and still use the wiring you needed to use ?
      The 440 is an excellent engine etc. but I'm leaning on mileage , parts cost , a 727/203 and the weak Dana 44 and full time 4 wheel drive , also the fact with my income and it being a 78' I have to find just about everything in a "Bone Yard" for major repairs and upgrades . Not practical in our neck of the woods (ain't any woods in these parts except 7,000+ ft. elevation) . We go way out and up here in northern Nevada going to ghost towns etc. , many of these places are 150 miles or better before you hit the 150 year old roads , then however far it is to reach the location . I don't do rock crawling , mud whumping etc. . Our county alone has almost 350 mining sites . I need reliability , practicality so I figured about doing what you've done here . Be nice to have a fuel injected engine , modern trans and easy to get parts .
       I couldn't find a late 2000's Ram around here unless it was totaled . So I considered after driving the Ramcharger for a bit , then selling the complete chassis to buy the donor truck . I would more than likely be getting an early to 96' Ram 1500 5.9L 4x4 around here (Reno/Sacramento) because they won't "smog" and people are dumping them around $1200-$2000 all day long . Looks like you have you hands full ,but when you have the time could you possibly share a few pointers or problems that you've experienced during your build ? It would be a great help so I don't get a year or series that won't work . I found that the single cabs didn't seem to have enough frame to shorten . It looked like the extended cab trucks had the best frame for this conversion . from what I could tell I need to cut out 28-30" to reach the 106" wheel base .  Am I on the right track as far as a donor with a wheel base of 134.7" ? Your input would be great .
     Good luck on your build . Happy New Year ,
    Steve

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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #46 on: January 3, 2015, 01:01:48 am »
    Santa brought me a plasma cutter so I had some fun on the firewall yesterday.


    Brake pedal and steering column cut out.


    My first cuts were at the top-left.  you can see where I burned a hole through and it was pretty sloppy.  I got the hang of it by the time I got over to the right side.


    Here is the firewall before I torched it.  (I had already attacked it with a sawzall earlier)


    Here it is all cut out.

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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #47 on: January 4, 2015, 08:55:02 pm »
    I cut our the floor from the bed area and put in a subframe.  I'll use this to attach the body mounts and the floor panels.  I plan on welding all the seams on it but I ran out of co2 today.




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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #48 on: January 6, 2015, 04:31:55 am »
    So how much of the '12 are you going to use inside since you cut out the entire firewall? At this point i see the steering column gauges ebrake gas pedal and brake pedal being necessary...

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    Re: 2012 Trailduster
    « Reply #49 on: January 7, 2015, 12:14:01 am »
    I plan on using the entire firewall from the 2012.  I will cut it just under the air/wiper cowl all the way under to the front seat mounts.  I measured about an inch difference in height from the cowl to the floor level between the two trucks so I should be able to make that up somewhere in there.
    I'm still removing wiring from the 2012 before I start cutting at it.  I hope to get that done this week.

    Originally I had planned on making a new firewall myself but I would either have to extend the steering shaft or build a pop-out for the steering column and brake booster.  Since the 2012 is already all molded correctly I decided to just try and transplant it.

    The e-brake is mounted to the kick panel.  The Trailduster cable goes through the firewall and then back down under the cab whereas the Ram goes down through the floor and straight back.  I think I will try and use the Ram assembly and floor grommet.  Mounting it would just be a matter of welding on 3 studs.

    So how much of the '12 are you going to use inside since you cut out the entire firewall? At this point i see the steering column gauges ebrake gas pedal and brake pedal being necessary...