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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-29-1999, 10:04 AM
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73 Wagoneer running gear

A friend of mine is thinking of buying a 73 Wagoneer but he was wondering what kind of running gear these came with (D44? gear ratios etc...). The thing is beat to heck but the guy only wants 300 bones. TIA!

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 12-29-1999, 05:52 PM
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Re: 73 Wagoneer running gear

Thanks Whitewater
Actualy its a 77 wagoneer with full-time hubs. Wonderin if the outers could be swapped with GM style with the manual hubs and flat top knuckles and still use the existing axles. Any info would be apreciated!

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Re: 73 Wagoneer running gear

A '77 will have Dana 44's front and rear with either 3.07:1 ratio or optional 3.54:1, (better). Since you say it has full time hubs, then it's got a TH-400 automatic followed by a Warner Quadra Trac transfer case. Low range was optional on Q-tracs, so check the floor in front of driver's seat just inside of the hump for a small lever. If you have it, then you've got 2.57:1 low range, if not then no low range, but a Q-trac with low range could be swapped in. Milemarker has a part time conversion kit with or without 16% overdrive. I'd get the one w/o the o.d. to avoid from changing the gearing. 4WD Hardware, (800-333-5535), has these kits. The kit w/o o.d. doesn't come with a chain, so it'd be a good time to order and change as they are good for appx. 60,000 miles. When converted, xfer is then filled with ATF, rather than special Q-trac fluid. Check the side of the engine block to see if it's got a rare AMC 401 V-8 engine. The displacement is cast on the side, should be either a 2 bbl 360, 4 bbl 360 or 4 bbl 401. If 401, then you've got quite a find.
'66 Jeepster Commando w/Buick 252/4.1L V-6
'70 Wagoneer w/Buick 350 V-8
'76 Wagoneer w/AMC 401 V-8 (sold)

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