I thought about some type of locker but decided against it as I'm trying to not get too carried away.
An air locker would be ideal but I don't want to spend the money on one right now. I'm not a fabricator and I'm at a point in life where I don't have a lot of time to do much myself these days so I end up spending more $ on mostly bolt-in solutions or paying other people to do the majority of the heavy lifting. Case in point:
* My motor was rebuilt at a local but well-known performance engine shop, Jim Grubbs Motorsports (JGM) aka JGM Performance Engineering. They've done a lot of builds featured in magazines.
* Transmission was rebuilt by a local transmission shop, Tom's Transmission, that used to specialize in transmissions only but now does more general repairs as well.
* Axle is getting built by a local shop that used to specialize in axles only but now does more general repairs as well (Reeves Complete Auto Care - used to be Reeves Rear End Repair)
* Welding isn't a skill I have, nor do I have the equipment so I call up a buddy who opened his own shop (Royal Crown Customs) here in town that takes care of me. He's handled the small jobs I've had on the tow receiver and floorpans. I bought a Hydroboost and master cylinder from an 87-97 F-450 Superduty since those are the most straight forward to install without buying one of the overpriced kits. I still need to buy the Saginaw pump and mounting bracket. When I do my hydroboost brake upgrade I'll install the hydroboost unit and steering pump and get all the lines built but I'll probably drop the truck off at his place with the 78/79 power steering box I've acquired for him to install after I get the brakes done myself.
I'm trying to do each of these mods:
1 - Dana 60 front axle (power front disc brakes)
2 - Hydroboost brakes
3 - Power steering with a 4 bolt 78/79 4x4 power steering box
4 - Addition of mid 90's F series cab and chassis aft axle gas tank
5 - FiTech fuel injection - 2nd attempt
6 - GearVendors Under/Overdrive
in stages, one at a time, to minimize downtime and the chance of getting overwhelmed and frustrated.
While I do spend a good amount of time on this truck this approach ensures I have time for everything else I need to devote my time to. I've got a PM out to one of the fellas on FTE about acquiring a high pinion D60 steering arm from him. I do still manage to hit the junkyard every once in a while like I did this past Monday. I was looking for an intermittent windshield wiper switch but only found a 2 speed. I grabbed a headlight switch too since I'd like to have an original spare on hand.