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Should I make this trade? '77 Crew Cab for '85 Regular Cab

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by mountainexplorer, Apr 22, 2002.

  1. mountainexplorer

    mountainexplorer 1/2 ton status

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    Should I make this trade? \'77 Crew Cab for \'85 Regular Cab

    I recently bought a '77 1 ton Crew Cab for $2000. My plans were to keep the 454 and the Dana 60 front, put a small block back in it and a Dana 44 and re-sell it for between $2500-$3500.

    A friend saw it and just has to have it. He wants to trade me his '85 Chevy 3/4 ton 4x4 straight across for the Crew cab. The '85 has a 4" suspension/3" body lift, aluminum wheels, 35's, visor, toolbox, etc... Body is straight. The motor is knocking (but it's one I sold to him anyway and he hadn't paid for it yet).

    The Crew Cab has a fair body, new TH400. It just has a 203 T-case. 33" tires, stock suspension, chrome wheels.

    I still get to keep the 454 and D60 out of the CC. I get the '85 needing a motor, and he gets the Crew Cab as a 3/4 ton (with a Dana 44) and without a motor. Should I do the trade?
     
  2. BowtieBlazer

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    Re: Should I make this trade? \'77 Crew Cab for \'85 Regular Cab

    sounds pretty good depending on your purposes and needs. By all means if you don't need the extra 2 doors from the crew cab I would trade you are getting a few of the best things out of it. The 454 and D60 and swapping into a more trail worthy shorter truck. Besides not getting the Th400 and having to onvert from a SF14 to a FF14 on the new truck sounds good.
     
  3. laketex

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    Re: Should I make this trade? \'77 Crew Cab for \'85 Regular Cab

    personally I wouldn't do it, but hey man it's your own life. My dream daily driver/tow rig would be a crew cab 4x4 like yours, but i'd shorten the frame and bed to make a cc swb. I'd then add cummins td power, 4" lift, and 35's. But that's just me. You ask a bunch of people, you get a bunch of answers, but they aren't in your shoes anyway, are they?
     
  4. mountainexplorer

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    Re: Should I make this trade? \'77 Crew Cab for \'85 Regular Cab

    Well, I already have an '81 1-ton 4x4 Crew Cab that I'm keeping with a 454, 4spd/205 and Dana 60. It has a 4" lift and 33's, but about to get a 6" lift and 36's or 37's. This '77 was mainly to re-sell and make some money, plus keep some parts I need for my '80 GMC truck. If I didnt have the '81 Crew Cab, I wouldnt be letting the '77 go at all. I figure the '85 sale value ought to be about the same as what I could get out of the Crew Cab...or is it?
     
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    Re: Should I make this trade? \'77 Crew Cab for \'85 Regular Cab

    Well if you get to keep the D60, by all means go for it!!
     
  6. 77K5Blazer

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    Re: Should I make this trade? \'77 Crew Cab for \'85 Regular Cab

    Well hell, if you already have one, why can't I have the other?:) LOL. I would said do the trade, but swap the FF for the SF when he's not looking! HAHA. I too, dream of a chev crew cab with custom SWB and cummins power! But... "dream in one hand and crap in the other, then see which one fills up first"
    Later...Allan
     
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    Re: Should I make this trade? \'77 Crew Cab for \'85 Regular Cab

    I guess it comes down to if you want some cash or not.If you want or need some cash then stick with your original plan.If not then trade.
     
  8. mountainexplorer

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    Re: Should I make this trade? \'77 Crew Cab for \'85 Regular Cab

    Well, I'd swap the rear end out, but I don't want to mess with re-locating the spring pads (1 ton Crew Cab vs. 3/4 ton). I am swapping out the rear 4.56 gears to match the front D60, and putting 4.10's back in the CC, along with a 4.10 D44. I guess I have enough FF 14 bolts anyway.

    I'll just sell the '85 for $3500 or so, with a SB400 or another 350. This trade also depends on his bank. He still owes $3100 on the '85. We want to swap titles, so I get the '85 and he continues payments for the $3100 remainder on the Crew Cab title.

    I dont know if the blue book values for a '77 CC and an '85 are similar enough. Anyone know? I'll have to do some checking. Hopefully no appraisals are required by the bank.
     

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