So here are a few photos of getting to where I am now:
A 1992 Dodge, so it's a first generation 5.9L Cummins which means no electronics. Only needs two wires to run: one for the starter and one for the fuel solenoid; and even then the fuel solenoid can be held open manually. That makes the electrical part of this conversion much easier.
Engine still in the donor truck:
The truck had 187,000 on the clock. The stock 5 speed manual transmission went to a buddy for his own conversion project.
Here I am pulling the engine. Slight problem: The lift is at full extension and I still need a few inches to clear the front clip:
No problem. Pull the front wheels & drop the chassis to the ground so I can get the engine out:
Engine out and getting cleaned up: