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The legendary Crew Cab Cummins. When I began this project, Dodge did not make a crew cab with the Cummins Turbo Diesel engine. Being the hot rodder that I am, this didn't deter me. It took me a while to come up with everything I needed: A crew cab pickup of a classy year, a CTD parts truck with the 12V engine that doesn't require a lot of management.

Along the way I learned a lot of things. For instance, did you know that the NV4500 transmission and the A518 Transmission are the same length, but the Getrag G360 is 9 inches shorter? This became important because my parts truck was an automatic, and while I wanted to keep the automatic, I wanted to keep the big solid Dana divorced transfer case that was in the 69 truck even more. The automatic was exactly the right length to mate up with the transfer case using just a U-joint. As this would be hard on the U-joint, as well as making replacement very difficult, I wound up having to get a Getrag so I could have a short jack shaft between the transmission and transfer case. I think if I had it to do all over again, I might have found a 4wd cummins parts truck and used the trans and transfer case from it.

Stay tuned for a blog on "How to build a sweptline cummins"