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Project Murderous Overkill, Part 2

Posted in Project Vehicles on February 3, 2006
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When I stole my 1948 Willys pickup from the wife's cousin for a song some months ago, I started planning its buildup using some of the biggest, baddest parts around. But big and bad doesn't need to mean heavy and bulky.

The Rock Jock high-pinion centersection is cast of dense 206 T6 aluminum and angles the diff cover for high clearance. The DOM tubes are pressed into the centersection bores. Then the tubes are drilled and tapped for six bolts per side that pin them in place and keep them from spinning.

Enter the Currie Enterprises aluminum Rock Jock that's going under the front of this rig. Despite having 1 1/2-inch, 35-spline inner and outer 4340 alloy shafts, a Detroit Locker, 3-inch and 0.375 wall DOM axletubes, our front axle tickles the scales at a mere 344 pounds.

That includes the steering arms, spring pads, 1350 yoke, brakes, and everything else (minus the steering linkage). When you consider how strong the components are, the weight is insane. We visited the company's shop and looked over their shoulder as they assembled the front axle in a few hours.

With a WMS-WMS measurement of 70 inches, the axle looks like it belongs on a full-size more than a Jeep, but I'm building a low and wide wheeling monster, not a show queen. Tune in next issue to see what's going on in the rear.

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Currie Enterprises
Corona, CA 92880
Motive Gear
Chicago, IL 60609
Detroit Locker
Madison Heights, MI
(800) 328-3850

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