I am fixing to do my stepside back to a 833 4 speed. very fun on the street in a #4000 truck. I happen to have a nice hydro bell I got from member basketcase
for mine and have used a A535 5 speed (grenade waiting to happen behind a V8) NV4500 granny 5 speed in it as well.
going with a regular 4 speed this time as I have a lot more engine this go round. 360 headed 318 with a 5.9 whiplash roller cam running 3.23 but will pop in a set of 3.91 gears. my truck is tubbed & lowered and swapping to a 26" tall tire has really woke it up. the 833 4 speed should make it way more fun to play with than the 833OD and the big ratio spred it has.
mopar did make a few good manual steering/ manual brake/ manual shift trucks but none were for HP use. use the same thinking as you would for an A or B body car and the truck changes to a fun hot rod truck IMHO.
for my truck flipping the shackle and flopping axle on top of spring was the best thing I have done when going manual shift or just hooking it up off the line with no wheel spin or wheel hop issues. launches just like a #4000 roadrunner.
my 88 440 truck has an A-body 8 3/4 with 12" rim 29x15x15 M/Ts & axle flip flop
my 85 stepside has a E-body 8 3/4 with axle flip flop
all converted to manual steer/ brake/ shift/ lowered & tubbed running fattys for scratchin.
FYI--- a B-body 4 speed and pistol grip shifter fit right in the trucks
if you want mpgs the 318-2v 833OD and a 3.21 gear/235/75/15 tires works great. I got 19 mpgs on hwy