I have a friend who is wanting to trade his 88 F 250 for an 85 Chevy blazer. The blazer has a newly rebuilt 350 dropped in, and I`m guessing a 700R4 tranny with an NP 208 T case (please correct me if I`m wrong). It has some rust and a couple of minor holes. It also has open 10 bolts front and rear with 3:42 gears. My auto teacher is the current owner and he`s going to weld in a new floor, replace the bent front axle, and fix the rear window. My friend wants to get it and use it as a DD. My teacher estimates that it gets around 12-14 MPG, which would beat the crap out of the F 250`s mileage. Does that sound right to you guys? And does it sound like a good deal? It`s currently stock and my friend wants to modify it down the road. We were thinking along the lines of a FF 8 lug D60 rear from a military dodge pickup that from what I`ve researched, has 4:10s. For the front, we`d use a D44. The only one around here has 6 lug hubs, but there are two 8 lug 10 bolts here and I was wondering if it was possible to swap 10 bolt hubs onto a D44. Then, for a lift we were thinking of doing a 52" spring swap in the front and a home made shackle flip in the rear. Then run 35" tires that I have laying around until he can get a set of H2 tires and wheels. And finally, give it a higher clearance skid plate and probably a lunchbox locker in the rear. I was thinking that that would be the best plan for his intentions and budget. What do you guys think?