No, just lucky guess. The 76-77 F150 set it the best with disc brakes and weld on wedges, but the earlier drum brake ones are fine too since you would most likely have to replace it all anyway. Those will do you well. That particular set was in the running for my Jeep until I lost my mind and decided I needed D60's and 40 inch tires.
You did kind of lose your mind with the tons and 40's, but if that's the direction you want to go then I'll certainly not be the one to tell you otherwise; you have to do what you're happy with, man, and if that's building up for phodeez then so be it.
My plans for the HP44 are pretty simple...clean up the housing, truss it, and then spend the money where it counts: locker, chromoly shafts, decent universal joints, Reid knuckles and a big-a** pair of brakes. By the time I get that done I'll probably have a much better idea about where I want to locate my link mounts and what I want to do about steering. The rear is basically the same strategy: clean, strengthen, build. 4340 shafts for the 9" aren't easy to come by, but I'm not worrying myself over that particular point right now; I want to do 35-spline stuff, anyway, and those are retard-strong. Considering that I'm only going to be running 35/36/37" tires, I'll be in very
Even if you aren't selling your axles, the ones in the LJ should fetch at least $600-700 for the rear D44- at least that's what I'm hoping it will in mine.
I figured I'd ask about that much for it, when the time comes; that'll help with whatever incidentals I need to drop Greta's into the LJ and get the lockers up and running...which shouldn't be that hard, pending that the wiring is essentially similar from one year to the next.
Setting gears up is easy. The most important thing you need is patience. That and a few bucks in tools and you are good to go.
You know, I hear two different and divergent views on this particular topic: one is "it's easy if you take your time and like to be meticulous" and the other is "OH MY GOD DON'T F****** TOUCH IT OR IT'S GOING TO EXPLODE AND KILL US ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!" I figure that having an axle or two on which to work - at a convenient height, no less - that I'm not in a hurry to finish is a good way to learn what I'm doing. I don't really know how to practice welding on a housing, but I figure I can find something that will approximate the cast material, and when I can make pretty welds on it I'll feel a lot better about life. I think I've already got a decent dial indicator laying around somewhere...but if I don't, I can find one. Like I said...this is a long-term project; I'm not in any kind of hurry. I have an AntiRock to do, first.