Originally Posted by bjkttr
I am looking at buying a 1979 f100 it is 2wd. What will it take to make this truck 4wd and is it a good idea? I do already have a rear dana 60 a dana 44 out of a 1976 4wd f250 and divorced transfer case.
Is the '76 front axle a closed knuckle? If so i would find a newer one.
If you want to convert the current chassis to 4x4 using leaf springs, i believe skymanufacturing still sell their reverse shackle kit, wich would net you 6" lift and a spring mounting point on the front that is a bolt in install.
If this were my truck, i would probably look for a 78-79 front axle out of a bronco or f150 to swap in using coils and radius arm off the same vehicle. Then it can be converted to 8 lug to match the rear.