hi guys im new here, little bit bout myself, im 41 live in ky and just retired from the army, 20years 3 months, 6 days, wont talk about my mos, but i did 3 tours in iraq/afghanistan, married and have 3 daughters. and 1 1999 dodge 2500 with a v10.
now the other day i bought a 1997 3500 with a 5. 9 cummins 12 valve in it, its an automatic 2wd, to where mine is an automatic 4x4, im really wanting to put this motor in my 2500 due to the fact my dodge is like damn near new condition, and the fact it hasnt been driven in the last 11 years, very much. and best of all its paid for lol. it has a 5 inch suspension lift, 3 inch body lift, riding on 38 ssr's. so basically i really like my truck.
my questions here are, can you guys who have done this swap, tell me what im going to expect. as far as mine being 2 years newer, 4x4, ive studied alot of info that i can find, as far as the motor will sit right down in my truck,with my motor mounts, my trainny will bolt right up to it. but im having issues on the wiring end. i do not wanna switch dashes in the trucks, maybe the cluster, but it has 185000 miles on it, and mine has 3651 miles on it. also i do not care for the way the 1997 dash looks. not to mention its not in as good of shape as mine,
but i am really addiment on doing this swap. i called a place that makes wiring harnesses and he said they should be the same harness, same computer thats on the firewall in both trucks and for 800. 00 he could make me a harness, out of the two i have, but if there isnt alot of major differences, i would rather save the money and make my own harness work. as far as sensors, etc
im not the best mechanic in the world but im not stupid either, i can learn rather quick on how to do things, but i would require some assistance/help from others who have done this swap. so any inputs from you folks, would be greatly appreciated.
thank you in advance, chris