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Old 11-28-2016, 11:44 AM   #1
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Default 359 Pete Single Axle Conversion

Hello Guys,

I think I finally found the truck, that I want to convert for pulling my 5er.
But before I pull the trigger on purchase, I am trying to gather up some cost estimate for conversion.
The Truck is a 1986 Pete 359 short hood, 63" sleeper and dual axle.
there are two options I am considering :
1. remove forward drive axle, move read drive axle forward and cut frame. the space left, is the same as my 8 ft truck bed, and the overall length would be about 23ft. 1ft longer than my old F350
2. remove the front axle and install a carrier bearing, leave the rear axle in place. The length would be about 4ft more.

so, does anybody had this done at a shop and has a rough idea on either option about cost?
how hard would it be to do #1 by yourself ? (yes, I have tools to do that )

In addition, i know the old 359 has a horrible turning radius. considering this, what is the thought on the longer wheelbase?

thanks for advice in advance..
more questions to come :-)

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Old 11-28-2016, 08:42 PM   #2
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I don't have a truck (yet), but have been told by some pretty reliable sources that you can figure $1500 to about $1800 to single out a truck. Singling short would be the best for maneuverability and long for a better ride. The decision is up to you, but keep in mind that a long wheel base can overload the steering axle quite easily.
For now 1996 Dodge Ram 5.9 Cummins 365HP 830TQ pulling a 2006 28' Dutchmen Fifthwheel and at times a 16' boat behind that!
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