I've come to the conclusion that if you need parts for anything older than 94 you have to go to junkyards or craigslist. I have a 1980 W200 4x4 with a D44 front and D60 rear. I want to lift it and put 35's on it eventually but I need to get the mechanical stuff fixed first.
I need to know what years are a direct swap for certain parts. I need a new seat, window and door latch hardware for both doors, grill, tail light housings and dash stuff.
I know on Ford that you can swap the seats from 73-97 and they are all direct fit. Are the Dodges the same way and if so what years? I want a bench like the early 90's had with the center section that flips down for an armrest. Found a few on CL for $100-150 but would hate to buy one and find out it doesn't fit without modding the seat or the floor.
I have an 80 with a decent grill but it is showing it's age so I was thinking of swapping for like a mid 80's grill. I really love the grill my step-dads 87 Ram had.
None of my gauges work and I'm guessing the back of the cluster would fall apart if removed. I've considered the option of a sheet metal gauge housing with Autometer gauges but want to keep my options open as funds are limited and the stock cluster from a junk yard is a cheaper option.
I found a few 2500 Rams being parted out and was wondering if there are any suspension or steering parts that would be an upgrade for the older W200 stuff I have now? My power steering pump leaks bad and goes through a quart of fluid a day.
What about the brake setup from a newer Dodge? I have D44 front and D60 rear. Can I swap to the brakes from a newer truck or would I be better off sticking to what I have until I can afford an aftermarket setup?
Tail lights I feel are going to be limited to the years that match mine and only on the trucks not the RC.
Is the window regulator and door latch rods the same for this body style between the Ram and the RC? What years should I look for in the JY?
I'm going to the JY in the next week or two. If I can't figure it out by then I will attempt to figure out as much as I can at the yards. I will report back what I find.
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