<font color=purple>Nice ride. Friend of mine did exactly what you said with their Willy's. Boxed the frame & used Chevy springs. Not sure exactly how he went about it, but if you still have the Feb. 1992 issue of Off-Road
, it's on the cover & there's a story inside. Not much help, I know.
Now, on to that drivetrain. FORGET THOSE 2 1/2 TONS!!! Even though you're apparently planning to run deep pits, this is still called mud RACING. You'll just be adding completely unnecessary weight & heft, and it'll do nothing to improve your performance. If you're sold on 44's, you want a Dana 60 front with a Dana 60, Dana 70, or GM 14-Bolt rear. You should back that Hemi up with a 727, but don't go too high on the stall - maybe as much as 2,800-3,200 at most. Deep pits & big stalls (small converters) don't get along well at all. If you were planning shallow drags, you could get away with a lot more stall however. You should back that 727 with an NP205 transfer case. I'd suggest a lighter one (and a Dana 44 front axle) if not for the 44" tires you plan to run. Put one carb on your engine as twin carbs will bump you up a class most places you go. As to your 44's, you'll want to run Super Swamper TSL's up front with Boggers in the back. Do NOT run 16.5" rims. Get some 8-lug 15" wheels, or "wide 5" 15" rims. Trust me on this one, you will be glad you're not running 16.5's. As to gearing, I think Mongoose may be a bit too low on his suggestions, but it depends on the power range of that engine & the final weight of the vehicle. He might be dead on. I was thinking somewhere in the neighborhood of 5.13 or 5.38 (since you have a big-block) running second gear in the tranny, low-range in the T-case.</font color=purple>
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