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Mustang66
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posted 06-05-2002 04:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mustang66   Click Here to Email Mustang66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there a 8.8 that will bolt in my 66 Coupe with out haveing to shortin the axle tubes??Thanks for the help Robert

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Moneymaker
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posted 06-05-2002 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to M&M Robert.
A Ranger 8.8 will bolt in. You will have to get the drive shaft length checked and use the appropriate universal joint.

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Alex Denysenko
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mvendl
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posted 06-05-2002 05:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mvendl   Click Here to Email mvendl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So, at risk of sounding stupid, all ya gotta do is unbolt the whole rear end from the ranger and slap it under the pony? Will it just bolt up or is there any "welding/modifications" to the mounts that need to be done. Also, why would ford put an 8.8 in a Ranger when the output doesnt really warrant it..? When did Ford do away with the 8inchers that they put in the 66, or did they? heh heh, too many questions. Sorry

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Moneymaker
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posted 06-05-2002 06:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just about a bolt Mark. You will have to adapt the brakes and lines, along with some drive shaft work. Suffice to say, FoMoCo engineers and bean counters found it much cheaper to produce a Spicer type differential(cover) for the masses as opposed to the Hotchkiss (drop out 8 and 9 inch)units. The performance output has nothing to do with it, it's all a matter of economics.

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Alex Denysenko
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NHRA/IHRA/SRA member
NHRA and IHRA SS/LA National Record Holder '00, '01, & '02
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Part time secret agent license #0089
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67coupe
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posted 06-05-2002 10:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 67coupe   Click Here to Email 67coupe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
one thing they didnt mention is that only the 4.0l rangers and exporlers had8.8 rears and the ranger perch is on the wrong side .

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Josh
67 coupe with 351c
94 Explorer
30 model A currently rustbucket
in process 67 convt with efi 5.0 and t5

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Moneymaker
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posted 06-05-2002 10:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
DAMN! I always mix up those Explorer and Ranger rear ends.

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Alex Denysenko
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NHRA/IHRA/SRA member
NHRA and IHRA SS/LA National Record Holder '00, '01, & '02
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TomP
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posted 06-05-2002 11:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ranger has the springs above, Exploder has the below the housing. U joint flange it a bolt on round thing that can be adapted to a normal u-joint used in the early cars.

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Mustang66
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posted 06-06-2002 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mustang66   Click Here to Email Mustang66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the Info.I do have a 8 inch out of a 66 but I have heard a 8.8 is stronger and cheaper to build.

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wildstang
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posted 06-06-2002 12:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wildstang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also believe the explorer rear is 3 inches wider than the ranger. I have a question about the brakes, I have a 92 explorer rear and was wondering if the whole rear brake set up could be bolted to a 8 inch. I think these have the 10 X 2 or 2.5 inch shoes I will have to check when I get home. Thanks.

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TomP
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posted 06-07-2002 02:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
check this out here...
http://hammer.prohosting.com/~66boss/

click on "chassis"

the backing plate bolt pattern is the same, but the axles stick out farther i think i recall ... there Musta been some reason i have these 10 x 2 1/2" Explorer rear brakes still sitting here after having to build a complete rear end for a guy.

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67coupe
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posted 06-07-2002 07:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 67coupe   Click Here to Email 67coupe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
the91-94 exporler rear is 2 inches narrower than the 95 to presant because of the drum brakes use a shorter axle like fox body to sn95 drum and disk axles are diff in length

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Josh
67 coupe with 351c
94 Explorer
30 model A currently rustbucket
in process 67 convt with efi 5.0 and t5

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