So I have a 81 cj7
258 40 over
weber 2 barrel 38/38
Flow master 50 series
mile marker 12000 hydrolic winch
super lift 2.5 lift
Dana 30 wide track trussed and stitched, yukon cromo shafts detroit locked posin spider diff cover 4.56
heavy duty tire rods all new brakes bearings warn premium hubs
Amc20 trussed stitched, 4.56 Detroit one piece shafts. Wide track
T18a 7.32 1st gear
Dana 20 case twin stick.
Super swamper sx 36x12.50x15
get this when I got married 10 years ago I needed to reduce my bills as much as posible, so I sold my (in its day) sweet 2001 Honda civic SI and bought this jeep for 1800 cash, drove it home, and it would not start the next day. So we rebuilt the engine cleaned up the floor boards but some bed spray on it, black painted the under carriage and I drive it to work day or shine for 4 years. (north Florida) about 6 years ago it became a toy, and now im about to rework this thing over and keep it daily drivable bit not particle.
Soon to get and be documented in this build will be.
Dana30 rebuild diff, my gas peddle broke the ring pinion when I hit a bridge piling in a creek crossing. I thought I was just spinning in mud but no it was a hard hit.
Holbrook long leaf springs. 3" lift Said to be real nice handling and good articulation. I'll stretch the front an inch or two. And the rear a inch or two. rancho 9000 adjustable shocks. Custom shock mounts, not sure how yet?
Newer wrangler tub made to look like a cj7, bed lined and painted nice, body armor corner guards rock sliders, and metal cloak front fenders, the rear will be cut maybe Even comp cut. Rember 36" on 3 inch lift and I plan on bigger tires when I build my HP44 front, one day.
New dash, windshield frame, revolver shackles.
This thing has a fairly rusty tub right now, not really saveable. Frame looks good. Not much rust. Comments please.
These are some pics from about 4 years ago or so when it was in its prime. The 3 guys photo is is when I got a call to come help a stick friend one hour from us at 11 pm in January. We crossed water holes to pull him out a ditch. It was about 20 degrease that night when we got home. No top no heater.
This is the Dana 30 ring after Cryo (looks the same to me) the pinion and diff bearings where treated as well. I'll be selling these on about 6 months to a year along with my Dana 30 Detroit and inner Yukon cromo shafts.
So I picked up a Dana 44 hp out a 72 f150 Today. I plan to cut it down to scout II width and use my Dana 30 stuff from the balljoints out. This will give me a close WMs to the original front Dana 30.
Since I got my hands on this Dana 44 hp, I decided to mail back my Dana 30 rp and install kit to get a full Refund from randy ring and pinion, I didn't tell them that I cryo it for them. Any ways that's about 470$ back in my packet to fund the Dana 44 build like RP, install kit, ox and Cromo inner shafts. I also found a guy here in my town that cuts down axles for a hobby, he's and ex drag racer and is backed by good word of mouth. I may have him help me if I get in a bind. I'll post pics of the f150 this weekend.
Thanks, for the comments, one thing has stayed the same since we have owned this thing now for around 12 years, I have never hesitated to use it for all it's worth.
Heck the dana lp 30 may have lasted me a long time if I had not had it in 1st gear 6.32:1 tranny gear with 4.56 ring gear locked Detroit Yukon cromo shafts 760 joints to 36 12.5 15 super swamped SX (super heavy)
I was crossing the creek at night christmas eve 4 am in north Florida no top on the jeep 4 other vehicles on the trails with us, the water was flowing thu the doors and up to my knees (it was freezing out, it was sleeting badly for here) and I was like man I don't want to get stuck in this smelly cold creek swamp mud thing I'm in, at this point I was already spinning tires against old bridge pillings in the water that I did not know about, so bad Idea floored it for
What seemed like 3 seconds or so, then the front end snatched straight up, i remember seeing headlights in the tops of the trees, the still Floored jeeps, front end came down on the dry bank on the edge of the creek! The steering felt funny for a second and then I drove out and then every 5 feet or so the jeep would bind up, and then power thru it. I assume ring gear lost some teeth I'll let ya know when I open it up.
I wish I had not broken the front end so quickly cause I would have liked to report on how strong it was. But my story is clearly shows that a poor judgement call broke the diff. We have no rocks here and we need wheel speed for deep sand and sandy black mud, heck we don't even have the heavy clay mud, so I figured I'd get long life out the Dana with my i6. Stupid beer, and adrenalin combined with fear of getting stuck in cold water. Ohh well lesson learned, (it was private land)
This is some pics I took of the LP dana 30 ring and pinion gear, showing its size in relation and ratio. I know as the gear gets numerically higher the pinion gets smaller, this is critical on a small gear set, I always wished I went with 4.27 instead of the 4.56 thinking that would have made things a little stronger, if you have measurements of a Dana 30 similar to these Post em up sober can see how contact patch changes as the gear ratio does.
Any one know off hand what gear would be the strongest ratio, in a Dana 30 my Luck like some 2.76 or something useless.
Just a strange fact I've always thought about but never researched.
This week I'll post some pics of the front Hp 44 and read ford 9 inch I picked up. I'll prolly sell the 9 inch or trade it off for work on my jeep. I have a body paint guy...