Just found this, searching craigslist.
Posted: 11 days ago
1997 Dodge Ram Long Travel Rock Crawler-Custom - $7000(santa cruz)
So with my needs in life changing (going back to school, new job, etc.), I came to the conclusion to sell my '83 K20 Chevy and my '93 DD Cadillac and buy a 2WD truck. This way it is easier for me to only feed one vehicle's needs but still have fun at the same time.
Enter: the purpose of this thread. I am the proud new owner of a 1996 GMC Sierra SLT. After about a month of endless searching, I came across the truck in the next town over; practically right under my nose.
Here are a few pics of it as it sits now.
Truck -- 1996 1 ton 4x4 CTD. 260,xxx miles. New NV4500, SB clutch, SB master/salve cylinder setup. Headgasket went south.
I will probably be doing some major engine work -- I figure the rest of the drivetrain is new, might as well make the motor like new.
I am a competent metal fabricator and I plan on building a H1 hummer.
I had the opportunity to buy a good condition Hmmwv A2 rolling chassis. I almost went for it but I didn't. My reasons:
Independent suspension = drive off a 1 Foot ledge and start balancing on 2 or 3 wheels.
Portal hubs = yes they look amazing and are sweet for off road use. The con (for me) they lower your final drive ratio (higher rps on the highway lower top speed). This is very important for me as this vehicle will be my road trip machine and will see a lot of highway driving .
Parts availability = I plan on modding the engine and transmission. The factory half shafts are not meant to handle 400-500 horsepower and a ton of torque. Upgrading these costs a fortune. The dodge is sporting the proven dana 70 in rear (quite capable of easily handling that kind of power) and the dana 60 up front (an amazing axle except for the garbage unit bearings which I plan on replacing).
Cost = I have to look at...
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