“Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.”
That rig isn't rolling through its first snowfall.
Chrome differential cover, hah. High school kid that lives on a farm, that's my bet.
I had a '72 GMC with a SB 400 granny gear 4-speed 4x4 with a 4:10 ratio. It had a spool in the front end and a locker in the rear. It was crap in ice and snow. Unless I was creeping along it would break free sliding all over the place.
I'd have to paint it.
I am of two minds about this, it is the correct passenger drop transfer case but I believe that is a later model 3/4 ton corporate front differential and lockout hubs.
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Looks like a Dana 44 to me, which could potentially be right for a GM product of that approximate age. The locking hubs are a lot newer than the truck model though, so I am thinking you're right.
That looks like a "Frankentruck" rather than a period-correct Napco conversion. Those kits included a closed-knuckle corporate front axle, driveshafts, divorced transfer case, and rear spring lift blocks.(If I recall correctly.)My first truck was a '56 Chevy Panel w/ a 265 V8, Hydramatic 4 Spd and open diff 4.11 12-bolt axle. I considered a 4WD conversion: http://oldchevytrucks.com/blog/index.php/tag/napco-4x4-system/but regained sanity when I found a clean '65 Suburban with factory 4WD.Another plan might be to place the classic body on an early Blazer chassis. More modern running gear, parts availability, compatible fuel tank location, stronger frame and wheelbases are about the same. Or do it this way:https://www.autoblog.com/2016/11/04/legacy-chevrolet-napco-4x4-conversion-review/=TW=
"period correct", "paint it", Pahhh. had a vw older than that I used to back fill a volcanic pothole in the path to black and whale beach in iceland west of keflavik. at least this thing still moves. did manage to save the beer and bait.