The Mighty Merc – HP60 and 14 Bolt Refresh
These are some of the ‘jewels’ of this build. While likely overkill for what I’ll wind up doing with this rig, I at least won’t have to worry (much) about something failing in one of them.
The Dana 60 is a leftover from the Ranger part out. It had about 50,000 miles put on it since it was installed in that truck. It was built with 4.88’s, Spartan locker, high steer, and the typical GM steering setup. You can read about its original build here (Click Me) and the Reid knuckle upgrade here (Click Me).
The 14 bolt was installed in the Ranger at the same time the D60 was. Just your typical setup with ’77 K20 disc brakes, Yukon locker, and 4.88’s as well. You can read about that original build here (Click Me).
Ever since the part out of the truck, I had debated on selling the things or using them for another build. I’m glad I kept them at this point as they’re going to be rather handy to have. I pulled them out of their long term storage in the corner of my garage:
And worked on cleaning them up and going through them. Thankfully, there weren’t any nasty surprises in either one of them. So a quick wire brush job and reseal for the D60 and it was ready to go:
The 14 bolt got all of its brackets knocked off as they weren’t going to work under The Merc:
Now I just need to stuff them under The Merc!