Originally Posted by Nuzzy
As for the axle, an AMC 20 will be stronger than a D44 if the 2-piece shafts are replaced with 1-pieces and the tubes are welded (4 separate half inch long welds around the tube per side) to the center chunk. May be a more economical solution than sourcing a D44...
This is true when speaking of the ring & pinion design, but I would hesitate to say that about the axle as a whole without a simple truss in addition to the stitch welding. I agree in general - pick up a 1-pc shaft kit, do the welding work, and don't worry about it.
PMing you about the tub.