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Did a D60 or a D44 come in this truck?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by The Butcher, Oct 31, 2006.

  1. The Butcher

    The Butcher 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I found a single-cab Chevy truck (essentially gutted other than the front and rear axles) in a field the other day. It has a SF 14 bolt in the rear, but I couldn't tell what front end it had in it. Since it was a SF 14 in the back, I figure it is probably a D44 front, but it was muddy and I was in too nice of clothes to go slopping through the mud to inspect the front axle. It is an early to mid 80's Chevy. Anyone know what front axle that probably has in it?
     
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    i would have to say Dana 44
     
  3. goldwing2000

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    Providing both axles are stock, I would tend to agree with the D44 opinion.

    Any badges on the truck that tell you if it's a 3/4 or 1-ton?
     
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    1979jimmy350 1/2 ton status

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    actually i was wrong if it has a 14 sf rear most likley its a 10 bolt front
     
  5. The Butcher

    The Butcher 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    No badges on the truck.
     
  6. The Butcher

    The Butcher 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    A 10-bolt with 8 lugs?
     
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    Yeah, more than likely it's a 10-bolt 8lug. If it's 1980 or earlier it could be a D44 8lug.

    It could also be a D60, though. It'd be much more rare, but still a possibility. A model or vin # would fix many doubts.
     
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    if its a SF, no way did it have a 60 up front, unless someone was stupid enough to reweld the perches on the axles, its either 1/2 or 3/4 ton.

    having a SF in it, its definitely 82+, so look at the VIN.

    K1 = 1/2 ton
    K2 = 3/4 ton
    K3 = 1 ton
     
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    Oh, I missed the "SF" in the original post.

    More likely than anything else it's a 10bolt. 1980 was the last year for the D44.
     
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    nobody really "knows" when the last year for the 44 was. my '77 K20 is 100% stock, as was my '79 K20. the '77 has a 10 bolt, and the '79 has a 44.
     
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    "Supposedly" The last year was 1980, in which EVERY truck built that year had a D44 to clear out their remaining stock. Late 70's it's a mix, probably depending on what factory they were made at, could have a 10bolt or D44.


    But, hey, If someone has a stock D44 in their truck after 1980 I'd love to know!
     
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    and the 79 1/2 ton i sold you had a 10 bolt. i have a 77 1/2 ton d44 in my back yard also. i can't remember if ive ever seen a d44 in a '80 truck. but all 81-up trucks that ive seen had a 10 bolt in the front.
     
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    I have a 77 with a D44, and had a 78 3/4t with a 10 bolt (8 lug).
     
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    yup, it lives under a Jeep now, along with the 12 bolt.
     
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    From what I've seen, read and heard, the D44 ran in 1/2 and 3/4 ton trucks up to '82, but only in the GMC line. They also ran 10 bolts, too.

    The Chevy line ran all 10 bolts in '80 on up. When they started is still something I have not found yet. I've seen them in trucks as early as '78 but most of these years I've come across had D44's.

    Part of the reason I understand why D44's ran up to '82 in the GMC line is that they were being phased out since the cheaper 10 bolts were replacing them in which the Chevy line were already running.

    And, to clarify the original post, a SF truck would have a 10 bolt or D44, depending on the tonnage and which line of truck it is. It would never have a D60 stock.
     
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    That is what my 1990 3/4 ton Suburban came with - 14bsf and a 10 bolt - 8 lug.
     
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    You know, I think I did hear somewhere before that the GMC line ran the D44's after 1980.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies. Bottom line is I am not going to mess with it since I'm looking for a D60 anyway. I learned something new though. I wasn't aware that they made 10 bolts with 8 lugs. Thanks again for all the info!
     

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