I've talked about my Dad's '02 3500 before, and while he's not currently driving, we still have it. Its a one owner, mid 60k original mileage, and near perfect still except for some fading clear coat on the roof that's developed recently.
My oldest is ready to start driving this year, and the wife and I have been looking at vehicle options for him. One thought we had was to convert the 3500 dually to a single rear wheel and let him drive it. Its slow, good economy, dual airbags and should be safe. Its perhaps a little bigger for a new driver, but should be safe. I did a search on conversions but had to piece together info, and I called a local diesel shop but they didn't have much to offer either. From what I've pieced together, here's what I need to change to make this work:
Wheels (including the spare)
and we're looking at a small flatbed to replace the bed.
Has anyone done this before? is this a stupid endeavor that will just end up with a messed up truck after all is done? By converting it to a single rear wheel (and likely using a 2500 rear axle) will I need to have it inspected by the State Patrol?
If this truck had normal mileage for an '02, I wouldn't bother, but the low mileage and family history has made me at least think about it and start researching.