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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-05-2004, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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Good Base Truck

I looking at buyin a good truck to start with and just recently found an 86 scottsdale. 350 Rebuilt engine, 700 tranny, basically all stock, had a paint job about 4 years ago so there are patches of surface rust where the rocks get thrown behind the wheels. Bed has a failed hurculiner project in it, half scraped away and comming off. Right side fuel tank needs to be replaced. Just wondering if this would be a good daily driver truck/weekend worrior type, and what about's I should offer the guy for it?
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Re: Good Base Truck

I'd say wait for a 3/4 or 1 ton.
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Re: Good Base Truck

What will I gain with the 3/4 or 1 ton besides a stronger frame and front/rear diff?
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Re: Good Base Truck

The stronger diffs are the main plus to the 3/4 and 1 tons.
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Yep my 79 has a 10 bolt rear and its going, doesn't take much abuse. I got lucky with the D-44 front, and I have a 14-bolt for it just waiting till i can afford the gears 3/4 0r 1-ton's usually still have a dana 44 front they just have heavier outers.
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Diff stregnnth and ability to run with big tires and not break them. Just about everyone that wheels a 1/2 ton hard swaps front/rear axles for 3/4 or 1 ton pieces, so why not start with a 1 ton? Plus, 1/2 tons just arent' that strong, everythign from teh tranny to the tcase to the axles. I'll never buy another 1/2 ton truck if the truck i need is offered as 3/4 or 1 ton.
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Re: Good Base Truck

I really don't plan on running anything larger than 33's in the future with a 4 inch lift. I basically want a nice stock look for the time being while I get all of the restoration done on it. If it turns out I can afford more later, is it conceiveable to drop in better front rear diffs without too much damage to the pocket book?
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I still stay go 3/4 ton at least, you can beat on it harder, it will be more reliable, and be less work in the long run.
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Re: Good Base Truck

It'll do just fine as long as you get a good deal on it. I have a half ton and get around just fine with it.

A heavy 3/4 ton will get you a 14SF rear and 8 lug 10 bolt in the front. Other than that, they're identical to a 1/2 ton. There are more options though.

A 1 ton will get you a 14FF rear and Dana 60 in the front. The c-channel on the frame is 2" taller under the cab and the frame is made of a stronger steel. It also has beefier crossmembers. There are even more options such as a bigblock. It will either have a TH400/NP205 or a SM465/NP205 combination.
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