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Old October 23rd, 2019, 08:47 PM
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so for planning purpose what tires and rims ( mainly backspacing) are you planning on running? and any lift or rub? thanks
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Old October 24th, 2019, 02:36 PM
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I honestly am not to that point yet. Will be soon so probably 38 tires and some 2 spacers if I had to guess.
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Old October 17th, 2020, 08:26 PM
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This thing is looking great. I am also starting a similar project except with a 2500 Silverado frame with 6.0 and 4l80. Great job and keep the photos coming.
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Old January 23rd, 2021, 09:21 PM
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Thanks very much for posting pictures of this swap. I am about to under-go the same swap and it is nice to see how someone else did it rather than completely starting from scratch. Any updates?
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Old January 24th, 2021, 12:39 PM
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Sorry for the lack of updates. I have been working on a Wagoneer and that took up the last 6 months or so.

A few weeks back I started back on the M715. Here are a few pics.

-Pulled the engine and mated it to the transmission.
-Cut the engine mounts off the frame (this was a real SOB)
-Moved the mounts back two inches and rewelded to frame to give better clearance.
-Finished the very last bed mount
-Started to do fender work with a mini sledge for the heavy steel and a slap spoon/hammer/dolly. Turned out really nice.
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Old January 24th, 2021, 12:42 PM
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Engine mount pics before mods
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Old January 24th, 2021, 12:43 PM
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Engine mounts removed. This took a 4 1/2 grinder/cutting disks, a saw zaw, cold chisel/hammer and alot of patience.

In only took pics of one side removed, but they both came out the same way....... very difficult.

Also a trick I used....... I took a small level and drilled two guide holes in each mount, then when the mounts were removed, I used a level and transferred both holes back two inches (total I wanted to move the engine back. Then used drilled two pilot holes on the frame...... lined those up with the holes in the mounts and easy job.... tack in place.
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Old January 24th, 2021, 12:48 PM
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Mounts repositioned and tacked.

I will finalize welds when I am done with the drivetrain.

Note..... I had to move the transmission mounts back also. did not get pics, but simply drilled holes in the trans plate/frame. Took less than 15 minutes.
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Old January 24th, 2021, 12:50 PM
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Engine reinstalled and with about 1/2" gap between the back of engine/valve covers and the firewall....... Also left me 3-4" or so in the front of the engine.
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Old January 24th, 2021, 12:52 PM
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Next step....... putting some blocks under the front clip with rubber mounts. I just put a jack under the clip and the top bolt where the fender/cab mount. And raised with the jack until all the fender bolts lined up well. Measured that and made some blocks.
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