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I need some axle advice !
I have a 1979 wagoneer ,360 , full time 4 wheel drive . Borg warner transfer case,chevy turbo 400 trany. rear bearing went out , lost my axle while towing a trailer full of new furniture ( sweet !) Ruined the axle and housing around the brakes . Possibly ruined the rear gears in the pumkin as I had
to shove the axle back in to get towed off the road . ( bad noises )
Anyway , I also have a 1982 wagoneer I bought recently because I wanted
the motor . ( supposedly this guy dumped 4 grand into it and I paid 800 bucks for the whole jeep.) I want to know if I can swap the entire rear end and front end from the 82 to the 79.( the 82 has half the miles) I don't want to replace axles as I have not done any major mechanical work since I was in the army a decade ago , but it looks feasible to swap the entire end . The 82 jeep is 2 wheel drive , shift into 4 and has locking hubs.
I figure if I swap the front and rear end I won't get burned with different gear ratios , or will I ? I seem to remember on 2 to 4 wheel drives that the front differential spun quicker than the rear because of different gears. Thus
pulling the front end , which is why you couldn't drive it on pavement. Am I
right or will it matter since the 82 has front hubs I can unlock ? I just need
some good advice . 79 rear tag on pumkin - 5356935 , 43-14-3-07 / front tag on pumpkin reads 5357684 , 3-07-43-14 . 82 jeep no rear tag on pumpkin , front tag reads 5959666 , 3-31-43-13.
I would like to part out the 82 into the 79 anyway , because I have spent
some time and money on the 79 and the 82 ( minus the top of the motor)
is a real piece of crap , big time ! Help .......
Last edited by beardog; 03-27-2009 at 06:05 AM.