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User avatar #15 - niconicodouga (03/13/2013) [-]
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#1 - cowboypony (06/01/2012) [-]
I don't know what I should make it look like. Or if I should put a 454 instead of a cummins.
User avatar #2 to #1 - coma (06/01/2012) [-]
A 454 should be a lot more straight forward since it's from the same company. And if you put in the cummins you have to swap in tanks and fuel pumps for the diesel. The 454 would probably have better aftermarket support and probably better power than the diesel unless you put a turbo on the diesel.
User avatar #3 to #2 - cowboypony (06/01/2012) [-]
It would be a turbo diesel. The 454 has a the instant power, while the diesel has the torque. And if I want to go offroading, I feel like the diesel is better.
User avatar #4 to #3 - coma (06/01/2012) [-]
The diesel should have the torque to spin the wheels, however the powerband for the cummins is after the turbo spools up, while the 454 has instant torque like you said. You can get a hell of a lot more RPMs from the 454 also.
Oh and as to how you want it to look, I'm not much for roll bars like that black truck has, and I'm not a big fan of chrome either. That's probably because it rusts so fast though. But it's all about what you like. And actually, you could probably get enough parts for the 350 in your truck, to make it tougher than the cummins or 454 for cheaper than it would be to get the motor and swap it.
User avatar #5 to #4 - cowboypony (06/01/2012) [-]
Yeah I was talking to my uncle and he was saying the same thing. I don't really understand how modifications on a 350 small block would give it as much or more power than a 454.
I don't really like chrome either. I'm probably going to go flat black, with orange trim.
User avatar #6 to #5 - coma (06/01/2012) [-]
It's all about how much money you want to stick into it. For example, I have a 351w in my truck, and the big block option would have been a 460. If I put a more aggressive cam in my truck, with roller rockers, headers, and 3" dual exhaust, It puts out roughly 310 Horsepower and 430 ft/lbs of torque, which is better than the 460 is stock. And that all together is probably 600 bucks or maybe a little more.
User avatar #7 to #6 - cowboypony (06/01/2012) [-]
But can you do all that kind of stuff yourself? I would be able to, but I just don't have any of the right equipment. I would end up doing engine work by winching the engine out witha tree pully.
User avatar #8 to #7 - coma (06/01/2012) [-]
Most of that stuff I've done before. A cheap motor picker is like 100 bucks on sale. If you pull the motor out then, the cam is pretty easy to do, the headers and roller rockers are just taking bolts and nuts out and putting the better parts in place. I've only been working on my truck for about 2 years. A lot of the stuff isn't as hard as you would think it is.
User avatar #9 to #8 - cowboypony (06/01/2012) [-]
I've been thinking about buying a small plot of land, getting some mechanic tools, and starting my own business. I would start with small stuff, like oil changes, basic welding, tire balances and other things.
User avatar #10 to #9 - coma (06/01/2012) [-]
You should probably look into the cost of starting a garage like that. A new 2 post lift that's rated for picking up trucks isn't cheap at all. A tire balancer is probably 600 bucks, a mig welder is kind of cheap, Not to mention the cost of a building and land. But, people do make a living that way, and if you do a good job, people will keep coming in. I like working on my own stuff, but I don't think I'd like working on everybody elses stuff for a living. I detailed at a dealership for a summer in highschool, and that wasn't very pleasant either. But the pay was good compared to what the mechanics were making.
User avatar #11 to #10 - cowboypony (06/01/2012) [-]
I've checked into it, I know a buddy who has land and a empty building we can use. But, I know it would cost a lot. I would have to find some redneck way to do it. I can rent the truck lifts and other things.
User avatar #12 to #11 - coma (06/01/2012) [-]
See that would be good to save costs that way. And if he's got the building, if it doesn't work out the way you want it to, then oh well, just shut down but try to break even anyway. When in doubt, ask yourself what a redneck would do in a situation like this.
User avatar #13 to #12 - cowboypony (06/01/2012) [-]
Exactly. If I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it right. It may not look pretty while I'm doing it, but everything will work out perfectly.
User avatar #14 to #13 - coma (06/01/2012) [-]
Haha. It works out that way on paper anyway. I saw a lot of stuff when I worked at the Ford Dealership that I don't think you could be any worse than. I watched a mechanic rotate the tires on a car and put 0 lug nuts back on. he backed the car straight out the door and parked it and didn't notice then. The old lady that owned the car came to pick it up, drove 12 feet and the left side tires both fell off simultaneously. Needless to say, she had all kinds of damage, and he was all kinds of fired. I also saw a full size van fall off of a lift. That was impressive.
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