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    Default M1028 to M1028A3 Gov Conversion?

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    These are pics and observations of the 1028A3 I bought from GSA in Utah. First, I believe this truck is a Gov conversion of a 1028 (5077) into a A3. Stickers in the cab lead me to believe this was a USAF truck.

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    Suspension Pics, part of the reason the rear leafs are bowed is because the bottom spring is installed upside down...
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    Pics of the data plate:
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    I recall reading somewhere that all of the duallys were converted, not ordered that way. Maybe Jeff Symanski will pipe up on this. As recently as a couple of years ago I recall comeing across at least one person that had an uninstalled kit. Even the TM describes them as being converted.
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    Was the conversion to A3 a common thing, or a an as needed conversion of an A1 to an A3?
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    LOL, Kenny you beat me to the post.....
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    The sheetmetal on this truck is really straight, I think this will be my next resto project
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    The thing I really like is the complete install of the dual tanks, complete with the switch on the dash. Also the Dana 70 with 4:56 gears. I am curious if the helper springs on the front axle are part of the conversion?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Recovry4x4
    I recall reading somewhere that all of the duallys were converted, not ordered that way. Maybe Jeff Symanski will pipe up on this. As recently as a couple of years ago I recall comeing across at least one person that had an uninstalled kit. Even the TM describes them as being converted.
    Kenny, What did the kit include?.....A Dana 70......plus all the trimmings?
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    IIRC, the kit had data plates, the dana 70 axle, fenders, front rotor assys and hardware. I can't conclusively comment on the swaybar as the factory dually 4x4s didn't have a rear sway bar like the 2x4s did. I bought a new 4x4 dually in 86 and couldn't get a rear sway bar, I was able to get the factory indash tach though.
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