I am in the process of swapping the body, tranfer case and transmission from a 1953 M38-A1 jeep over to the frame of a 1986 CJ-7....the engine i am using is a chevy 283 bolted to a T-90A transmission then out through a Dana 18 off set transfer case....I am using the AMC-20 rear end from the 86 frame and a dana 30 front axle with 3.73 gears. i have a 4" spring lift and a 3" body lift......my question to all of you in the know is this......will i have any problems using the off set transfer case and the centered inline AMC 20 rear end?? i.e....any vibration problems or u-joint failures because of the offset angle?.....to me it looks like haveing a lift put in the jeep...but instead of up and down angle it is side to side....but then i also have the up and down angle with the 4" spring lift. I have not been able to get a driveline on to check out any problems because i need to have a longer one built since the original off the M38 is to short.....but before i did this i thought i would ask if anyone has tried this or has any ideas on this set up.....thanks in advance for any answers.
I doubt there would be any problem because a U joint, CV joint, Hemi joint, or any other kind of joint you name that ends with "joint" are supposed to operate at multiple angles. the angle however isn't allowed to be too steep or esle it causes failure. so you driveshaft should work at a side-to-side and up and down angle.