you "could" use it but i wouldn't spend the $$$ on it. it will have the weaker 28 spline shafts in it. i guess you could swap the shafts but why. go find a mid to late 70's 2wd ford truck (f100 i think) some of these trucks used a 61" wide big bearing, 31spline, ford 9" that even had the stronger flanged housing.
80 cj5 "high 5"
stretched to 100" wb
I got my 9" out of a '74 Bronco and it works great. I haven't had any problems with the 28 spline axles, and neither has my friend that runs his EB with the stock axles and 33s. The transfer case should sell pretty easily, any decent body panels will also. I say go for it!
that 3/4 ton axle that some f100s had is a good axle, and may have stronger shafts, but overall, as far as ford axles go, the 9" is the toughest considering the tubes, housing, along with the shafts. but the cool thing is that the pumpkin drops out for much easier gear replacements
Joey,$500 sounds a bit high for it,I picked up a 72 last summer for $150 and drove it home.Everything works great but it is very badly rusted,no salvagable body parts except the top and glass. It has the 9inch and D44 front.Now all I need is a 203 reduction unit and adapters to bolt up to my 435 and drop them into my 77 CJ7!