43-8 x 5.38 axles in a CJ5 ????

43-8 x 5.38 axles in a CJ5 ????

watersteps

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CJ 5 1970 V6, being rebuilt into a Roadster
Hi Guys,
I recently picked up a 1970 CJ5 as a project. A parts jeep came with the deal, it is a 1965 thru 1969 CJ5 or M38A1. The body was junk on the parts jeep so I removed it and scrapped it. I then checked the axle housing for gear numbers and this is what I found 43-8 and 5.38 on the front and rear housing.
Could this be original or were the housing replaced???
 
Hi Guys,
I recently picked up a 1970 CJ5 as a project. A parts jeep came with the deal, it is a 1965 thru 1969 CJ5 or M38A1. The body was junk on the parts jeep so I removed it and scrapped it. I then checked the axle housing for gear numbers and this is what I found 43-8 and 5.38 on the front and rear housing.
Could this be original or were the housing replaced???
The early/mid CJ's commonly came with 4.27 and 5.38 optional.
Did you say you were building a roadster?
 
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Thanks Sasquach,

Yes I am building a roadster, WOW the pic you attached is just a little lower then I had in mind.
I am still looking for some roadster pics to help me decide how low I should go.
Thanks again, watersteps
 
hahah that roadster is crazy.

...and sometimes I look at my jeep and think I "why did I do this"...that roadster makes my jeep make perfect sense.
 
The early/mid CJ's commonly came with 4.27 and 5.38 optional.
Did you say you were building a roadster?

OMG i have to build one!
 
Yea looks cool but what would you do with it. It would get stuck pulling out of a driveway with a downward slope. Or a speed bump.
 
Yea looks cool but what would you do with it. It would get stuck pulling out of a driveway with a downward slope. Or a speed bump.
My next door neighbor has a Ford bodied Roadster and I've seen him drive it 1 time in the last 5 years.:D
 
Well I'm sure it rides on air, nothing can be driven that low to the ground.. and roadsters are just plain cool.. being a CJ just makes this one waaay cool..:cool:
 
OK, thanks a lot guys, 2 questions, what is the 43-8 stand for on the tag on the rear pumpkin? And how do you start a rebuild thread or picture story?? My last rebuild was 245 pictures.
 
43/8=5.375 ratio round up. 5.38
 
OK, thanks a lot guys, 2 questions, what is the 43-8 stand for on the tag on the rear pumpkin? And how do you start a rebuild thread or picture story?? My last rebuild was 245 pictures.

43-Ring and 8-pinion tooth count.
 
Thanks Again, I should have known that, I built a lot of rears 30 to 40 years ago and now some of it is coming back.
 
Heres more pictures of that jeep
low_ride.jpg
http://www.jeep-cj.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=6395 http://www.jeep-cj.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=6395
 
Looks like a go kart, must be fun to drive.....on the street.
 

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