Originally Posted by Mark_ZZ3
you have a good point. I'll check and see what donors I can find locally. A Ford HP 60 would be a good starting point. Narrow the axles to something "standard" which can be sourced rather than custom made. I'd get big brakes, manual hubs, and pretty much indestructable for my rig.
... I'd need more HP just to move that much more weight! LOL.
Too bad the D30 is so so small.
I just built a ford hp 60. Turned a bin of parts and a housing into a wheelable front. I think I have 2.2k into it. Stock shafts, mismatched lock outs, cheepo spartan, favor ($100) regear, cheep r & p, and hours of work. So I saved money and have an ok front axle.
If I went with yukon gears, chromos, slugs, detroit, reid knuckles, nice high steer, 35 spline outers, etc.... would be in another 3k. Sooooo. I will be mail ordering my next axles will all the goodies. Save time and cost is comparable.