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I just acquired a '78 W300, are the ramcharger parts interchangeable?? It has a 400ci. eng. 4 speed 4X4 dually w/PTO?? . Trying to ID the transfer case..poss. NP205?? the pto has me buggered...I will need an instrument cluster..no gas gage, or lights at all, would like a 4bbl carb/intake...Not a show truck, pretty ugly, no bed at all...just a plow truck...
I have same spec (I think) w300. It's a cab & chassis. 203 w/pto. Not sure what it's future is... I pulled the 9' flatdeck off a couple weeks ago.
 

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I have same spec (I think) w300. It's a cab & chassis. 203 w/pto. Not sure what it's future is... I pulled the 9' flatdeck off a couple weeks ago.
Please do not ditch the PTO, without giving me a shot at it.
 

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Please do not ditch the PTO, without giving me a shot at it.
Nah... too cool to scrap for sure. Your interest is noted. I'd like to get the 400 running before I decide too much.
 

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The 205 is a beefy transfer case for sure, but the low range is awful, and the weight sucks too.
 

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The 205 is a beefy transfer case for sure, but the low range is awful, and the weight sucks too.
I'm curious. Why is the low range awful?
 

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The 205 & 203 are both easy to shift from low to high, and back on the fly when you learn to float the gears. the 241 is harder due to the bigger gear drop. I will take the 2 to 1 low over the 3 to 1 any day.
 

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the 205 had 1:96 to 1 were as most GOOD t-cases like the 203 have 2;00 TO 1 and the 208 have 2:62 to 1 with the best being the NP 241 having a 2:72 to 1 low range till the jeep rubicon came out and had over 3:00 TO 1
 

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Back when the the NP200/201/205 were introduced trucks typically had manual transmissions with very low 1st gear ratio. Back when they were trucks. Then 4x4s & vehicles in general got feminized with automatics, then eventually dials & knobs.

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As Dean said, 1.96 to 1 is pretty paltry depending on application....2.72 to 1 is ideal IMO. I mean Bucky has a point about the manual transmission, but once you get up to 35 and 37" tires 1.96 to1 doesnt really cut it unless you have 4.88 to 5.13 gears and then if you dont have overdrive youre kinda screwed on the highway. Its all a matter of opinion, I have never had an issue with a light weight aluminum transfer case (231, 208, 241) and to me they are simple to work on. I do love my 203 for the full time function especially in PA winters, but if I had to pick between a 205 and a newer 208, 241, 231 etc Id pick newer.....but youll come around, heck you just swapped a modern transmission in and if im not mistaken its even from a chevy :)
 
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