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I think both VW and Daimler should think about spinning their truck operations off. Volvo and Fiat have done this, and in both instances it helped the truck operations considerably. Little or no 'synergy' between mass auto manufacturers and commercial truck manufacturers anymore.
In VW's case, I think there is a very real threat that their car business will eventually damage the truck business.
Damn hasn't this been a hoot to read ! that trans is bigger than a 900 series unless the input shaft has been changed stock should be a 1 3/4 shaft. with a 300 and those slow speed rears and a solo truck you should be fine with a twin countershaft trans the only issue I could for see would be soft spongy ground where you could really put the torque to that trans, my advice would be check with the parts man and find a clutch that will only hold a 1000 foot lbs. of torque chances are it would slip before you blow a trans. btw nice clean looking R model ! any woods truck that age that is still that straight has been maintained and cared for. doubt too many terminal UPS drivers could keep one looking like that in the woods, enjoy the ol' dog !
Rear end tq rod that runs from chassis to top of rear end with stud on 1 end cross bolt on other anybody have a reasonable price part number place to get this beside the Mack dealership..munes is about gone I can move it with my hand..