Right, the article mentions factory or dealer. I assume if the brace that goes on the outside of the frame is riveted it would be factory equipment. I doubt the dealership would be using rivets for addons.
For the kickdown cable there are different lengths. You don't have to have one if you think it's causing problems. I replaced the one on my k10 and it was 40". It appears to fit many GMs. Buick, oldsmobile, Pontiac...so your spare one may work.
I had a similar issue with atf on the top of my engine and exhaust manifold. It turned out to be a clogged vent tube. A TH350 with the vent on the left side like the pic. When the trans was warm atf would come out of the fill tube since that was the path of least resistance. I used a pick to...
I have the same on my 78 k10 Silverado.
I thought about taking it off, it's worn out. Every other piece of trim is aluminum (or some type of metal) on my truck. Why did GM think plastic on the hood was a good idea?
Right, my 87 with saddle interior also uses the brown one.
I also use this site for parts. They try to keep their parts as close to original as possible.
They call it dark saddle tan.
You probably have the dark brown one.
It was used with mahogany and saddle interior.
Here is where mine came from
I needed a burgundy one for my k5
I'm in the same boat. I think it would be better to swap my 78 k10 4x4 cab.
I can find 2wd by me but not 4x4 that are rust free.
Forgot to mention, a 2wd with manual will also have the removable high trans hump you need.