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was the ujoints intact
the drive shaft connects to the transmission with a ujoint if that you joint broke it would cause the drive shaft to fall and break the transmission bracket if you need anything else please let me know and be sure to rate my service when you get the chance
It is sort of to be expected that the u-joints would no longer be in tact after hitting the road at those speeds (when you're travelling at 65 mph the driveshaft is spinning a LOT faster than that). That being said at those speeds a driveshaft on the loose is kind of like a missile and can really tear stuff up. Given you description of the damage I would have to speculate that either the rear u-joint suddenly siezed more was loose enough in the caps to have come apart on it's own. It's also possible that something in the rear differential locked up snapping that u-joint like a toothpick. As far as the tailshaft and tailshaft housing on the transfer case go (this is the part behind the transmission that transmits power to the front and read driveshafts), it's hard to say. You might get away with just replacing the housing but don't be too suprised if there is further damage inside! Hope this helps!