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Up front Ben's truck received a junkyard high-pinion Ford Dana 44, but first it was stuffed with 4.56 gears, an ARB Air Locker, new 3-inch by 1/2-inch-wall tubes, Chevy six-lug outers, and ample gusseting from Campbell Enterprises. This kept the driveshaft on the driver side and thus the NVG 241 transfer case was retained though Ben has planned upgrades of a slip-yoke eliminator kit and a 4:1 kit. The front suspension is a three-link with Panhard design, but in order to get the curved Panhard bar as low and flat as possible it was run from the passenger side to the driver side. Then in order to have the steering drag link mimic the Panhard-rod angle, a double crossover steering setup was incorporated with a passenger-side pivot.