Well, I really find myself needing a 3/4 ton or 1ton truck. No worries, still picking at the Nissan, And daily driving the tow truck got old real fast. I need a pickup that gets reasonable fuel Mileage, is rugged and robust, and no electronics. The Ford V8 diesels are ok, but really gutless, and the powerstroke are drive by wire , want to stay away from that, and finding a mechanical Cummins that isn't modded and thrashed in good running condition is very expensive.
The build will be ,1994 F350. Starting with the frame from an 89 f350 srw 4x4 reg cab Long box . The cab from the 94 f3504x4, bed, fenders and grille from a 1980-1986 f250, the driveline is rear sterling 10.25" full float srw axle from 89f250, front D60 are from 1995 f350, both 4.10:1 gears but that might change later to taller gears , To be determined.
Powertrain, is where it gets interesting, iv acquired a ford inline 6 turbocharged diesel engine, displacement 6.6L mated to what I believe is a 6 speed manual transmission of 1990 vintage. Haven't had a chance to check what transmission it is for sure, the engine is fully mechanical, and doesn't occupy much more space than the popular diesel swap 5.9 Cummins. Here are some pics of the junk iv collected to make this happen, doesn't look like much, but the pieces I'll be using will be rust free. Red cab is the donor engine and transmission, black cab is the one going on the truck, 1980 completish looking truck will give up the front fenders, hood and grille, I have a rust free 2 tone box but slightly banged up and rust free diesel rad support same truck as box is from to complete the body and perfect condition front and rear bumpers. Interior to be determined.