New and Re­built Driveshafts

Making our flattie fly

Jp Magazine - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - By Chris Fox jped­i­tor@jp­magazine.com Pho­tog­ra­phy: Chris Fox

It would have been so easy to toss a few 1310 U-joints onto the old front and rear drive- shafts 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 dif­fer­entstyle 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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