I have stumbled across a D44 from a 78 Chevy. Actually a whole drivetrain, but what would be involved in changing the steering to a crossover style. Would it be as easy as changing knuckles from another axle? but which one. Point me in a direction.
first off.. are you sure its a d44.. and not a 10 bolt.. they stopped putting them in mid 77.. it is possible.. just asking.. second.. does the top of the knuckle have a flat spot on it.. with 4 bolts holding a plate on it? if it does those are the knuckles you want.. most of the early 70's chevy d44 are like this.. just not 100 % sure on the years..
you are in luck.. what H8 has done.. and a few others.. and i will be tackling this in a few weeks.. is.. you have to either make or buy brackets that bolt onto the flat top knuckle.. under the top plate... H8 says he gets them for $100 per side and that is just the bracket.. parts mike sells the entire kit.. something like $300.. not sure what it all has.. what i am going to do is.. put the tires on.. and see how far i have to bring the point of that new bracket in.. and how long it needs to be.. (you have to do this with it under the vehicle.. with the springs and tires on the axle and weight of vehicle) so you can figure out exactly what you want the bracket to look like and where the holes go... then im going to have a machine shop here mill it out.. and the holes have to be tapered.. ie. the ones on the top of the knuckle have a cone pressed down into there.. you need that in the bracket so it will remain tight... then.. im going to fab up a new tie rod bar and drag link out of some solid steel.. and thread the ends for a tie rod coupler.. and thread them on.. with tie rod ends..
this will put all of it up above your springs..