Axles finally came in 3.5 weeks later. They are the Ten Factory axles. I know a lot of guys on here like the superior or moser axles, but I like the warranty and reviews on the Tens, so I went with them. Putting them together is pretty simple if you have a shop press. I've rebuilt several axles and diffs, and this is pretty easy stuff. The hardest part is maneuvering the axle in the shop press while you have the drum backing plate, outer seal and seal guard on the axle. Its like handling a 50 lb drumstick (like the chicken kind). I will say the only thing I didn't like about the TenFactory axles was how tight the press fit on the bearings and retainers was. I've pushed a ton of bearings, but these were way tighter than any I've dealt with. A six ton press wouldn't have been able to do it.
The PO screwed up my driver side axle tube with a pry bar trying to remove the seal, and that is why there was so much gear oil in my drum brake. The two little snake bites tore the new seal up when he re-installed it. I simply took my dremel with a grinder bit and ground at them until they were flush with the tube. Then I used the wire brush the smooth the grind spot down. It left two little holes, but I smeared a thin silicon film in the tube on the seal bore before I pushed it in, so it should hold fine.
Also, I needed a .030" shim on the passenger side, and the driveline shop in town told me they are impossible to find in town, and they need to be ordered. They also told me they make their own! So I, not wanting to wait another eternity, made my own as well. I bought a piece of 16 ga. steel (I think it was 16, all I know is it was like .031"). Traced my old .060" shim that came off the axle, cut it out with tin snips, drilled the little holes, jigsaw cut the big hole, straightened, and deburred it. It took 1.5 hours, but it came out really well. I got a little crazy with the jigsaw in one spot, but it'll work. All in all, the axles were pretty easy to install, and they look awesome too with the black oxide coating and metal colored sticker in the center.
I'm looking for a Scout II Dana 300. Drop me a line if you have any leads. Thanks