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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-05-2004, 05:15 PM
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I am looking into buying a 1986 chevy 1500. the add says the truck has a 465, a dana 44 with truetrac, 6" lift, then of course says much more. so i have two questions, it lists a 14FF in its specs. what is this? i have no idea and ive thought about what i could mean for quite some time and i have no idea. also, since this is the first truck i am buying myself, does anybody have any advice of what types of questions to ask or things to look for? anything would be helpful
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 10-05-2004, 06:24 PM
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A 14 FF is a Corporate 14 Bolt Full Floater rear end. The big one. Someone must have already swapped it in since 1500's didn't come with them.

With the larger rear end, you might just want to check if the truck has been beaten up. Does it sound loose? Check the frame around the power steering box as that is a known fracture point. You can buy braces to strengthen that area.

Find out what diff is up front. This might sound stupid but check and make sure the front and rear ratios are the same.

Thats about all I can think of off the top of my head.
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 10-06-2004, 12:42 AM
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His front axle is a Dana 44, not stock on a 1986. Definately check around the steering box like Yoter suggested. The 465 means it's got a SM-465 4-speed manual transmission. If you can, I'd jack up the front end and grab onto a tire and start wiggling. See how much play may/may not be in the steering. Check ujoints, check out the lift, make sure it's not a backyard special.
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When you go see the truck, note if the front/rear are both 8 lug or 6 lug. If they are 6 lug, then its not really a 14 bolf FF like he says....
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Like the others said, definitely look it over good. With the modifications to it that you listed, it sounds like they knew what kind of axle components didn't come stock but should be hung under it for making a bulletproof trail rig....either that or they just wanted a good conversation piece for an all show and no go rig that is just meant to look tough. As far as that tranny, I had the same one of the 85's I had. Nothing like sticking the transfer case in 4 lo with the tranny in lo and having it just crawl along at a snails pace over obstacles on the trails.
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post #6 of (permalink) Old 10-09-2004, 12:18 AM
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alright, thanks a bunch everybody. it's not nearly as confusing as it was. now all i need before i call this guy is my money! ive gotta say, this is a great way to get help. especially when youre a 17 year old high school senior! thanks for everything
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