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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-01-2009, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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Strength of different year scout frame and axles

We have been looking at using a scout frame and axles for a custom jeep project. How strong are the different scout frames. We were looking more at the 1974 and newer scout II's having 44 axles and power front disk brakes.

Does any one have any ideas about something to watch out for or how they will work with a small block chevy engine an trans and a lift. What are the wheelbases of the older models like the 80's or 800's or are they not something we should even look at for our project. We plan to use as much as we can, basically just swapping bodies, motor, and trans.

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The 74 and later will have the power brakes. Look for dana 44 axles, they are the strongest. The earlier scouts typically have a 100" wheel base, Dana 27/30 fronts and dana 30/44 rears. There were some with Dana 44's all the way around.

Most scouts will have the 100" wheel base, you can get the traveller which has a 108 or a 120 (I believe, would have to check the books).

As for the motor swap, check out the skunkworks section at binderplanet.com I remember seeing a 350 swap a while back.

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The Terra and Traveler are 118in wheelbase, we are trying to stay as close to a 101in wheelbase as possible. We have been looking for newer than 74 and that seems to sound like the best option for what we need.

The Scout II's have a fully boxed frame right? I may try asking around a little on binderplanet, they seem to have a lot of information, I'm just trying to find a stronger and wider setup than I have now.

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Yes, the scout II's have a fully boxed frame, at least my '74 does as does my older rigs. I have yet to see one that doesn't.

Binderplanet is the reincarnated binderbulletin. Both still exist, but all of the archives were moved to binderplanet. You should find the information you need on that site. Good luck and the folks over there are friendlier than the people on pirate.
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