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Old June 29th, 2013, 12:03 PM   #1
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Default Chevy Dana 44 Cut & Turn For Scout

First off I have a 76 Scout 2 chassis that I am building into a truggy. Has IH 345 v8, Dana 44's front and back, s10 cab, bla bla bla so far.

I have been doing a bunch of research on the cut & turn, Chevy vs. scout axles, steering, SOA and all that stuff. I have found so much good info and I am sure most if not all of my questions have been answered.

I do how ever have a few questions, but just to be clear.

I plan to pull a Dana 44 out of a 79 GMC 3/4 ton. The truck also has a rear Corp 14 bolt which I thought about running but am quickly changing my mind as it will hang down so low. Both axles have 4:10 gears which I am planning on starting with. The scout has 307 gears which is no good to me.

I was going to go full width with the Chevy Dana 44 and Corp 14 but now plan to keep the Dana 44 rear in the scout and cut & turn the front Chevy Dana 44 to fit my chassis. The reason I plan to do this is that the SOA is already done with the Chevy axle, the gears I want are already in the Chevy axle and not having to grind into the scout axle to mount my perch on the short end is a better idea as far as strength.

So my question is: other then having to get 12* shims for the front and getting my caster correct the front should be easy. I plan to use my scout hubs and what not. What will I be needing for a drive shaft? The front one is quite dinky. Also I need to figure out my steering. I have heard "Z link". The rear will only need a gear change as its already SOA and pinion angle is good.

I hope I explained what I am doing and have made my questions clear. Thank you for all the help in advance.
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