Sorry for the bad forum manners (reviving a necro thread), especially coming from a forum newbie here, but this thread covers the exact question I had. I'm picking up a '75 W300 (reg cab/flat long bed) this Friday if all goes well. However, it's pretty rusty in the usual places, so I was looking into swapping on a better cab and bed. Even with the rust issues, it's worth the extra work to me to go ahead and fix it up since it has a 440/4spd and DRW.
From reading through the replies in this thread, it sounds like it'll be possible to swap it over to a club cab and short box with a little work. Can anyone give me some details about the extra crossmember used with the Club Cab, as well as the bed mounts that need changed as well?
In order to replace the flat bed with a short utiline box I'm pretty sure I'll need to extend the bed wheel fenders to cover the dual rear wheels. Does anyone here know if there ever was a factory set of utiline bed fenders made for a DRW axle?
I usually try to find answers like these in service manuals first, but the service manual I have only covers the earlier trucks (61-71), not the 72-79 models. In the interim I'm trying to find the answers by doing a little research online for now instead. I'm going to wait to buy a service manual for this new (to me) truck until after I have it in my possession, just in case the deal falls through.
I haven't had any luck finding the answers I've been looking for on DodgeTalk, and can't even post over there yet since they still haven't approved my forum registration from a couple of days ago. I did at least find a reply to a post in their vintage truck section that said to try this website (RCC) as it's more active.
And since I didn't find a newbie intro thread section here, I'll put a little bit about me here in my first thread. I'm not new to Mopars or forums, just new to this era of Mopar truck and RCC. I was a Navy machinist (MR1) when I retired at 20 years back in '09. I've always been working on projects involving some kind of engine for most of my life. Lately I've been keeping busy up here in MT building a boat and a street legal sand rail along with various firearms of all types (I'm also a gunsmith). One more project won't kill me at this point. I think...