That is the plan. We will have to see how the money flows this year. I will start collecting parts over the summer, and maybe do the swap in the fall. One of the guys I work with is a Ford factory diesel tech and he is willing to get involved. That will be a big help I'm sure.
The drive from PDX to Whistler is around 8 hrs if you drive 65 ish. It's not too bad at all. When we drive down to California or Mexico we sometimes go as far as Florence (if we are doing the coastal route). That makes for a full day. There is lots to see up here, but lots in your area too.
I assume you noticed the Boxer in my pack. Josey is 11. I got her off the street in Mex. the mini Dachshund is 3 (Lola), and the newest is Dexter the Weimaraner who we got in Darrington Wa. With one mexi, one yankee, and one canuck dog, we have a NAFTA meeting every day!
'98 Dodge 3500 CTD NV4500 complete with a crap load of goodies. "Bought, not built"
'11 Rubicon Unlimited OME heavies
'07 Adventurer 10T
No kids, 3 dogs, many surfboards...