Been dealing with other crap lately, so not much done. Got the rear dana 80 axle pulled. Took longer than it should've, both floor jacks were giving me problems, and because the truck was parked on pea gravel, on an incline, at an angle, the damn thing was doing its damndest to fall on me!
I've sort of got a plan on how to marry the 2wd nv4500 to my ford np205:
4x4 nv4500 trannies seem to cost $1800+ around here, so I think it's much cheaper to convert my 2wd to 4x4, using these two parts. Not to mention I know my tranny is good.
I think the cast iron tailshaft housing is technically stronger than the oem aluminum 4x4 tailshaft housing.
The mainshaft is fully splined and supposedly better than the oem one.
I planned on rebuilding the tranny anyway, so I was going to tear it apart anyway.
I can save a bit getting the housing and shaft from ebay. Just not sure if they will be of similar quality.
Then, to get my np205 to marry it, I just need this expensive kit:
The only problem being that I have to clearance a notch into the mounting surface of the cast iron tailshaft housing above, to clear the shift forks from the np205.
Then I'll get driveshaft lengths figured out.
I reckon this will be the most expensive part of this swap, other than the donor truck.
I really want to keep a married transfer case for simplicity and strength. I'm hoping to be able to use the stock ford transfer case side mount, and just reposition it wherever the t-case ends up.
Going to a divorced setup would require a different version of the np205, which would be likely just as expensive. And I know mine works.
Getting a dodge version would have the front axle yoke on the wrong side of the truck.
And I really want to stick with a 205 as opposed to the nv241 that came in these dodges, not to mention, I only bought a 2wd dodge.
So, what do you all think of my plan? Any problems you foresee? Gotta pay to play, any way I figure it.