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Old 03-29-2020, 10:55 AM
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Old 03-29-2020, 11:25 AM
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So much for her welding, She told me I would have to handle the welding and she would continue doing my laundry, keeping the house clean and preparing my meals. HOW THE HECK DO I ARGUE WITH THAT?
Sounds like a fair trade to me. My daughters welded a little when they were young. They picked it up real quick. They don't want to hang out with their dad in a grubby garage any more.
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Old 03-29-2020, 04:08 PM
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Old 03-30-2020, 07:01 PM
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We got the bed and cab off the Dakota frame today.. Looks like a pretty simple swap.
I'm having a hard time deciding if I need to do any front suspension work on this thing.
It originally had a 3.9 V6 in it and I'm going to put a 5.9 V8 in it. The 5.9 weighs about 150 lbs
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Old 03-30-2020, 07:20 PM
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Looking at the wear on the front tire's it may need some heavier springs and maybe a few steering parts.
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Old 03-30-2020, 10:10 PM
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The ole saying is to do it right the first time.
The 5.9 will help lower the Willys another inch
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Old 03-31-2020, 11:46 AM
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Picked up our donor truck yesterday.

Not sure my bride is to excited about having to strip it but she does like the idea of not having to buy so many parts to get her Willys on the road. Not to mention the time it will save.


Are you saving that unique and attractive front bumper for the Willys?
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Old 03-31-2020, 12:02 PM
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We got the bed and cab off the Dakota frame today.. Looks like a pretty simple swap.
I'm having a hard time deciding if I need to do any front suspension work on this thing.
It originally had a 3.9 V6 in it and I'm going to put a 5.9 V8 in it. The 5.9 weighs about 150 lbs
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Any thoughts or opinions?
The 5.9 will lower it, but 150 lbs isn't the end of the world. There will be a difference in weight in your sheetmetal too, don't forget. You could always put in heavier springs depending on the ride quality and height you want. Worst case, it will be a tad soft but probably not too noticable. If your wife likes a softer ride, leave it as is. If she wants it stiffer, find some HD springs.

You can get variable-rate coils from MOOG, as an option. https://www.carid.com/1992-dodge-dakota-suspension-parts/moog-coil-spring-set-525664673.html?parentsubmodel[]=WHEEL+DRIVE|RWD+%28Rear+Wheel+Drive%29
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Looking at the wear on the front tire's it may need some heavier springs and maybe a few steering parts.
That was my thought too. I should have checked it before dismantling. By the old tape measure and framing square method, it doesn't appear to be as bad as the tires show. Who knows the history of the tires? All three brands.

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The ole saying is to do it right the first time.
The 5.9 will help lower the Willys another inch
You sound like my dear old departed Dad. But I do agree.
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Old 03-31-2020, 08:04 PM
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Are you saving that unique and attractive front bumper for the Willys?
Yes sir I am In the form of cab and bed mounts. It's 3/16 plate.

Thanks for the link on the variable rate springs. That's probably the way I'll go.
I'm going to stack the cab and bed on it with about 300 extra pounds and make my decision from there.
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