CJ-2A Driveshaft Upgrade & Rebuild

    CJ-2A Resto: Driveshaft Upgrades

    Chris FoxPhotographer, Writer

    It would have been so easy to toss a few 1310 U-joints onto the old front and rear driveshafts of our ’46 CJ-A build, rattle-can them with black spray paint, and call it a day. However, that wasn’t going to be the case for us. It turned out that the previous owner had swapped to a different-style driveshaft that eliminated the stock transfer case flange. Wanting our rig to be as original as possible, we reverted back to the factory-style transfer case flange for a stock emergency brake setup. That meant we needed a new and longer rear driveshaft.

    With the need for a new and stouter rear driveshaft established, and a reconditioning/rebuild of the front shaft needed to finish off the CJ-2A drivetrain, we headed over to JE Reel Driveline in Pomona, California. The company has been doing high-end driveshaft work for decades, and Jim Reel’s shop is one of the go-to spots for serious off-roaders looking for drivetrain performance replacements and upgrades. Follow along as we give you a detailed look at how it all went together, and how your classic Jeep project can benefit from JE Reel know-how.

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