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Unread 11-14-2010, 06:10 PM   #61
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I brushed it on and I think it came out real good. Now I just got a reply from a guy who has a dana 44 out of cj7 and he says I can have it for $150. Not sure about gear ratio but I think I may be able to change them myself if I had to. What do you think good deal right????

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Unread 11-14-2010, 06:12 PM   #62
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Great deal I think on a D44, I'd be all over it!
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Unread 11-20-2010, 01:09 PM   #63
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Well I picked up the Dana 44 this morning and I am real happy with the purchase, $150 not bad.

I do have a question about the axles that it came with. One axle looks different than the other?


What do you guys think? Maybe one was replaced for a reason?
I should have some more update pics for tonight of the frame and rear hopefully painted.
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Unread 11-20-2010, 02:54 PM   #64
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I'm pretty sure the bottom one is stock and the top one looks to be an old school Mosier Engineering axle.
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Unread 11-20-2010, 05:50 PM   #65
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Coiz and I figured out that the gears in the Dana 44 are 2:73's. I guess I will be doing gears after I find out what ratio the 30 in front has in it. Just scrubbed the dana 44 with marine clean and metal ready, so now I will try to get a coat of por15 on it in the morning.
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Unread 11-20-2010, 08:04 PM   #66
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I just found this thread! Great work! I bet your heart sunk when you kept finding nothing but rust! Good score on the tub and roll bar....
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Unread 11-20-2010, 08:12 PM   #67
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Just got caught up on your build. Frame looks great and you're making great progress. You sure have a knack for getting awesome CL scores.
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Unread 11-22-2010, 10:01 AM   #68
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Thanks for the kind words guys.
I finally got a coat of por15 on the rear. I do have a question about gears, do you think that 3:73's will be enough for 33" tires? If not I need to start doing some home work .
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Unread 11-22-2010, 10:14 AM   #69
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Did you coat the inside of your "whole" frame with rustoleum? and if so what is the technique to get the paint inside?
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Unread 11-22-2010, 10:20 AM   #70
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Did you coat the inside of your "whole" frame with rustoleum? and if so what is the technique to get the paint inside?
Yes I actually got the idea from another member here. Since the rear crossmember was shot anyway I removed it and taped the holes in the frame. I just poured the rustoleum into the frame and let it sit on one side then turned and added more rustoleum then turned again etc. It was a mess but I think it got everything inside the frame covered.
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Unread 11-22-2010, 10:26 AM   #71
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Hey VERT could I send you a list of things I need for my CJ and have you find me great deals like you come up with?

On your gears. How are planning on using the Jeep? That would have some impact on gearing. 3.73 and 33" tires aren;t a bad match especially for a DD. I had 32s and 3.73 gears and didn't mind it that way.
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Unread 11-22-2010, 10:37 AM   #72
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Hey Jim, most of the stuff here on the northeast is crap but I have found some good deals. It feels like im doing more shopping than building lately. On the gearing I plan on using the jeep for some trails, beach and some DD when the weather is nice. There are not to many places to wheel where I am. How do you think the 2:73's would be with 33's?
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Unread 11-22-2010, 11:26 AM   #73
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Hey Jim, most of the stuff here on the northeast is crap but I have found some good deals. It feels like im doing more shopping than building lately. On the gearing I plan on using the jeep for some trails, beach and some DD when the weather is nice. There are not to many places to wheel where I am. How do you think the 2:73's would be with 33's?
Great deals anywhere you're getting them.

You're keeping the inline-6 aren't you. 2:73 is a bit high for anything off road in my opinion but that's me. Here's something that hurts me on projects. I get all wrapped up in getting it just right that I end up taking forever to get finsihed. Here you have an excellent rear axle and are at the place where you could change gears, maybe put a locker of some kind in and spend a good bit of extra money or you coulod use what you have and maybe be just as satisfied, save that money and get your CJ on thr road sooner. You could change the gears later and without much trouble if these don't work out.

To answer your question though. I think with 33's you'll you'll find yourself staying in the lower gears longer on the road and it'll be a bit sluggish in passing. On the trail you have 4 low so that'll take care of that, and not having much experience in sand I can' say.
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Unread 11-22-2010, 11:50 AM   #74
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lol like the old racecars that had to be pushed to get going because the lack of low end . If you arent into wheeling or there isnt much wheeling I have to agree with 3:73's but since its a 4 spd possibly 3:55's for top speed at low rpms.
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