Re: Full Floating Dana 44 (homebrew version)
Personally, I think you could do anything you wanted. If you have your own machine-shop capability, and welding, you could do it for 'dirt'. As for using the front spindles, hubs, and brake parts, just look at some of the stock early jeeps. That is exactly what jeep did. Here's an off-beat example from my own stable.... I wanted to retain the stock-looking appearance of the rear axle on a WWII jeep. (Stock, it came as a full-floater, with a weak 23 differential and axles.) And, I wanted to put a 44 under it. So, I grafted on the full-floating parts from the model 23, used later brakes, and used early CJ front spindles and hubs. The 44 diff came from 'who-knows-where'... I picked it out of the boneyard. And, I have no idea what the axles came from. They are boneyard items, too, that were re-machined to fit. I picked them off the ground, in the area where the vans and pickups sit. The point is, you can do whatever is within your capability or budget.