Beautiful, Ken. I think I like the '79 better than the '77.
In all seriousness though, I'm getting that more and more....without driving and inspecting both, it's hard to really compare the two dents!
Things that are similar that we didn't want to negotiate with when purchasing them:
-Full frame off restorations
-400, c6, np205
-6 inch lifts
One thing my wife and I love about having them both, passing them down to our two boys (brothers; need I say more about competition and such?), is that both are INCREDIBLE in their own ways!
1) FAR more comfortable driving down the road; was really built to drive like a modern vehicle with more insulation in the doors and dash, softer suspension, etc. While the c6, np205, and 400 will still put some modern trucks to shame in regards to working, I don't think it was built to work and won't outwork the 79 if they were both used as trucks should be used.
2) More flashy; more chrome; more showy; more high end parts like the engine build.
1) LITERALLY rides like a truck should ride....when I drive the 79, I feel DIFFERENT than driving the 77 cause it feels like it should or like it was designed; is cool; feels right! It was re-built like it was originally designed to be built. It's louder, less comfortable, but rugged and can actually be worked.
3) More plain; simple; appeals to more people at first glance due to it's simplicity and the fact that it is a REAL truck.