In the collection or parts I had on-hand for my Scout II Racer project, I had a '63 Travelall rear Dana 44. The rest of my collection of spare axles consisted of a Dana 30 front end with shot drums.
I'd received a late 70s Ford 3/4T Dana 60 rear axle, and I needed to start making a little room in front of the garage/shop for manuevering stuff..
When my Scout II "Racer" project vehicles showed up, I was short some axles (and other things). I was given a Dana 44 rear end from a '63 Travelall - full width with 3.73 gears. I didn't have a front axle. I thought about using the Dana 30 front axle I had (my only spare I was willing to donate to the racer) but John and Pansy Comer said, "Uh.. no, Tom!" and so my search for a front end started..
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Then I got in my Travelall, and set the stereo radio station and started to pull out, looked left and.. What the .... !!!
There was my Travelette, the one nice vehicle I own, SMASHED, about 10 feet farther back then it was when I'd parked it, and now sitting on the curb.
I had searched for a few years to find my tow-rig, and finally found one in nice shape that I could afford.. and then someone plows into it while parked in front of the garage.
I spoke to Chris on the phone about it, and it was still for sale. I talked Blair into making the 30 mile drive to Livingston to have a look-see for me. The feedback was favorable.
While going to Billings for their rally around June 23rd in 2001, Michelle and I borrowed Blair's Bronco (leaving my loaded Travelall and trailer in town) and headed to Livingston to see the truck in person.
After an hour of looking and putting around the trailer park and discussion, I wrote a check and received a title. Chris threw in a couple 2wd 727s and a few carbs, while I fixed a sloppilly installed driveshaft U-bolt and crossed my fingers, along with scraping some of the carbon off of the distributor cap - that made a big difference!