I built and raced more than a half dozen bracket cars, with 455 Pontiac power. They all turned 60 ft times in the 1.60's or low 1.70's. These were all footbrakers, so there were no shock loads put on the joints. Never broke a joint or stock axle.
Most of these cars had 12 bolt Chevy rear ends, which required the small 1310 U-joint. So, I used the Lakewood 3R/1310 conversion joint. I have no idea who made the joints. Today, you can go online and crossover these conversion joints to just about every brand name there is. But, I think there are only a few u-joint manufacturers.
Some of the different brands even have the same part numbers. And example is a Precision #372
& a Moog #372
--obviously the same joint.
These joints are also made by Neapco, GMB, & Spicer. The Spicer seems to be the highest priced. Don't know that they are any stronger or better in any way. The conversion joint number is 5-3022x. But when I Google that number tonight, most sights say that joint has been discontinued.
Neapco 3-3130 3R / 1310 Conversion U Joint - Drivetrain America
GMB 240 0356 Universal Joint | eBay
O'Reilly's & Carquest seem to be the cheapest I can find, right now. That Carquest # is obviously the same as a GMB brand. I've read that GMB joints are made in Japan, & are good quality. Don't have a clue if this is so or not. Online info is not always correct.
MasterPro U-Joint 372 - Combination Universal Joint | O'Reilly Auto Parts
CarQuest Universal Joint 240 0356 | eBay
Now, I realize that some do not need the crossover joint. But, this is just to show that when you find the correct part # for the joint you need, you can cross the number over to different brands and find the best price. Looks to me like most common joints are available for about $10. You can pay 2 or 3 times that. But, I don't know that you'll get a better quality joint. But then, I'm not a U-joint expert. Even if you decide on the highest priced brand available, you can Google to find the best price, and save a few bucks.
Here are the greasable & nongreasable Spicer S44/3R series joints.
The Precision/Moog 534G greasable joint is about $11 shipped. Don't know if the Spicer is better or not. ?
Neapco looks to be #2-3011
There are some who say Spicer joints are best, and would use nothing else.