How about some Scout drivetrain parts for your Jeep project?
I don't hit the junkyards as frequently as I used to, but I haven't been stumbling into old Scouts like I used to. In fact, it was a junkyard Scout that actually got me into Jeeps. I ran into an old Scout 80 with a Warn Overdrive attached to the Spicer 18. I yanked the Warn, then bought my little orange flattie to put it in.
I don't think I'll be hitting this particular Scout for any parts, though. Under the hood was the Nissan-sourced SD33 diesel engine.Yeah, it's a diesel, but it also put out 96hp and only 137lb-ft. I don't care how efficient it is, that's gonna be painfully slow. No Scout diesel for me.
The transmission was a TF727 auto. It's a good three-speed auto and one of the only 3 three-speed autos I'd consider: a TH400, C6, or TF727. Still, I'm a bit gun shy about autos. If I'm swapping transmissions into anything I'm going manual. No Scout transmission for me.
The T-case was a Dana 20 with 2:1 Low. I like the Dana 20, but if I were even going to build another Dana 20-equipped vehicle I'd use Bronco gears in it to get the 2.46:1 Low. And if I'm doing that, I may as well use a Dana 300 since I've currently got two of them waiting in the wings. No Scout transmission for me.
The axles are Dana 44 front and rear. The rear is a good centered unit with 30-spline flanged shafts. Swapping in a Jeep is cake 'cause all you have to do is cut off and reweld the spring perches. The front is a passenger-drop, open-knuckle, disc-brake unit. The bummer is Scout front axles don't run a great deal of caster, so when you angle the pinion up for use in a Jeep you're running at zero-or even negative caster unless you cut and turn the knuckles. Also, the spring pad spacing is pretty wide, so you're gonna have to outboard your spring perches on an older Jeep. And finally, the overall width of the Scout axles is right around that of Wagoneer axles (58-59-ish inches), which have better internal hubs and more parts availability. No Scout axles for me.
Well, maybe I'll go snag that rear axle...if it's still there.