DD, you could say the original '75 grill was bad, the previous owner ran into a telephone pole in the right front. It was only cosmetic damage (smashed bumber, core support, grill, and right side fender) but amazingly, the hood was fine. Besides, I prefer the look of the earlier grill.
My truck is actually a factory original 440/4-speed/203 truck. Its the only factory 440/4-speed I've ever seen. About 2 years ago, I yanked the entire drivetrain and replaced it with a new 440 (1970 HP), 727 auto, and a used 203, all out of a '78 1-ton. Thats also where I got the front D60, that kinda came free with the '78.
It is unbelieveable how much they want for a new grille now. $650 was the last one I priced.
I am going older with my truck. I read on other threads where you are a stanch advocate of the full time unit. Well, I stumbled across a '73 W200 with two brand new remanufactured axles under it. Brand new drums, all new brake hardware from the backing plates out. But the catch is drums... all four of them.
The 44FBJ under the nose of the '75 is done... The last rebuild was done by the previous owner's shop, and they used hubs WITHOUT grease zerts. So, there is no way to lubricate it, and the front wheels are getting wobbly.
So, I am buying the Milemarker SHAFT conversion kit for the 203, and putting these basically new axles under the truck. I am taking a technology step backward, but I want wheel bearings I can relube at my leisure, in an afternoon. Plus two wheel drive. (I will report any MPG changes) And I don't go very fast anyway, and here in the desert SW, no water to get the drum brakes wet with...
The '73 was toast, (mobile home escort truck) every body panel had at least 4 dents in it... Anyone want to buy a divorced 205
Heres what it looked like when I bought it in the summer of '96. Notice the big dent in the right front. The previous owner was hunting jack rabbits, wasn't watching the road and ran into a telephone pole.
I like the detail work under the hood, looks like your truck invented the word work horse. Looks good, and strong, sure would like to hear it idle, I bought alot of my parts from a place called "YEAR ONE', thought I pass that on
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