Dana 44 or Build Dana 30
So title is pretty clear. I have a Dana30 in right now. I have a 4cyl so that is all I need for the time being, but next year a V8 is going to be dropped in. How strong or weak is the Dana 30 compared to the Dana 35? Should I invest in a locker and solid axle conversion, or just get a Dana 44? It is my understanding the Dana 44 will also have a drag link spot on the knuckle above the spring which is perfect for SOA. This right? I have seen 44's going for $250, but that is stock with an open diff. Then of course I would be installing a locker eventually. I always hear of the 35 crapping out, and even mine did, but I never hear of the 30 up front having many problems so I really am curious what it can handle.
Complete rebuild axle/engine/everything swap in progress:
Parts already gathered for assembly: 2001 Ford 302, 1990 Mustang GT 5.0 ECU and wiring, NP435, NP205, Pair of axles from 04' F350 SuperDuty (Sterling 10.5 Posi rear, Dana 60HP Front-Both Disk Brakes 3.73 Gears), 37" H1 Tires, 9" lift TJ Coils for 2 link conversion in front, Stage 2 Clutch Kit, 3 Row Aluminum Radiator, Chevy Astro Steering box (4" front Stretch), XJ Rear Leaf Springs (6" Rear Stretch), and lots more.