Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Beaverton, Mi
Bronco Info: 1994 XLT Bronco, 5.8L, E4OD
Because if it works, it will be an somewhat inexpensive way to get a d60. A used D60 for $800-1200 dollars just insn't worth it to me. I am always on the lookiut for 1 tons to be parted out, but they are getting somewhat rare. All of the rock crawler guys are buying up the d60's left and right to resell. What should cost no more than $300-$500 more than a D44 has went through the roof, just due to demand. To add to it, none of the yards within 50 miles of me have any '70's stuff for a solid d44. Sure they are for sale on the boards for cheap prices every now and again, but why not use what I have if I can make it work. I understand that it will be a ton of work, but what have I got better to do through the winter? If I can put a 60 together for $300 (not counting the usual rebuild stuff you'd have to do on any junk yard axle anyhow) why not try? If it works, and is reasonable inexpensive, I guarantee other people will do it.
I used to run a front locked HP 44 in my CJ, I broke shafts nearly everytime out. How can you run a d44 in a truck that probably weighs 2k lbs more and make it survive w/o sinking $1000 in aftermarket shafts and joints? I realize people do it, but they don't last for me... It must be driving style. Anyhow, the bronco I am building is getting a built 460. I just dont feel comfortable with a d44, even with 33"-35" tire size and lots of horsepower.