Well, the Dodgect has been parked since January with a bunch of stuff stored in it so that I could use the garage as a workspace for the house projects. Got quite a bit of stuff done and now have a little time to shift focus back to vehicles. I need to redo the VW's front brakes for upcoming inspection so I need the Dodge as my backup driver. Brought the van out of its parking cubby and emptied it (mostly) in prep for its role. I also managed to find a few things for it while it was parked and since I pulled it out.
I got some pieces from the junkyard; a spare carrier for the right rear door and another to fit on the left door. I prefer the left and it looks like it will work with the 8x6.5" wheel with its big 245/75R 16 tire.
And the right door will even clear the tire with the spare mounted on the left.
I still need to address the noisy rear axle on my van and found another Dana 60 full floater in the junkyard and although it's very rusty that is no indication of its internal condition. Question is, is it worth the gamble to get it as a replacement for mine (about $275) rather than buy a rebuild kit and new gear set for mine (closer to $500)?
The tag is so rusty I can't decipher the gear ratio or any other info from it.
More info as I learn it.