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65_289
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posted 08-29-2001 01:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65_289   Click Here to Email 65_289     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So I think my father and I are gonna go next weekend and hunt the boneyards for a 9 inch. There is an all-Ford junkyard (makes you feel nice, huh?) around here. So what vehicles should I look for one? Stangs, Broncos, etc. Also, are there any ones that came w/ 31 spline axles stock? (wishful thinking). This could take a while to find a good one....

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posted 08-29-2001 02:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Check this chart first,

https://mustangsandmore.com/ubb/FordRearDimensions.html

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posted 08-29-2001 02:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65_289   Click Here to Email 65_289     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by steve'66:
Check this chart first,

https://mustangsandmore.com/ubb/FordRearDimensions.html

SteveW


Good stuff there. How much should one cost?

P.S. this site rocks!! quick answers, good advice. Keep it up!!

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posted 08-29-2001 04:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Depends on whether or not the guy knows what he's got. Maybe $200-$500 depending on which one you find. A lot of the Versilles rears are being snapped up the the Chebbie guys (they fit early Camaros too). The versilles is really a little too wide for your '65 though. Look for a 57/58 Ranchero, station wagon, Merc., or even Edsels. These rears are bolt in.


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posted 08-29-2001 05:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65_289   Click Here to Email 65_289     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What if I bought a housing, had it cut, then bought a complete 3rd member from Currie for $900 and got some axles? That way, it would be all new parts, and, since the 3rd member is already assembled, I could do the install myself and save the labor money!!

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n2oMike
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posted 08-29-2001 05:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unfortunately, rear ends aren't cheap... and good posi units and gears aren't that easy to find in the boneyards anymore.

If you do find a junkyard that has a lot of old stuff, any 57-59 full size Ford has a bolt-in housing for a 65-66 mustang. It's not the strongest housing in the world, but is easy and fits well.

It is an exact clone of the 65-66 housing, except it is a 9", and it's tubes don't neck down at the end where the U-bolts attach. It's 3" all the way to the flanges.

To install it, you just have to buy 3" U-bolts and drill out the bottom plates (or slapper bars, if you have that type) for the wider bolts.

If a 28 spline center section is used, you can even re-use the stock axles out of the 8". The original 65-66 mustang brakes bolt up too.

The spring perches on the 57-59 housing are VERY flimsy. I rolled them over (bent em') on the street with radials. They NEED to be boxed in by welding a piece of plate from the end of the perch to the housing. It's no big deal... just a metal plate a couple inches square (2 per side), that any muffler shop can buzz in there in no time if you don't have a welder.

One thing that DOES need address is driveshaft length. The 9" center section is a little longer than the 8". It also came with a variety of pinion yokes. (the part the driveshaft bolts to) There are four main types, a long wide one, long narrow, short wide, and short narrow.
The long one requires additional shortening of the driveshaft, and the wide unit requires a larger U-joint. The most common seem to be the large wide one and the short narrow. Just be aware of what you get.

Good Luck!

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posted 08-29-2001 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by 65_289:
Also, are there any ones that came w/ 31 spline axles stock

Nothing came with 31 spline axles that will fit a 65-66 mustang. These have to be ordered aftermarket. Moser is a good supplier, and aren't that expensive.

As far as the center section is concerned, look at 1/2 ton 4WD trucks. Many of these came with 31 spline axles and traction lock units. Most have 3.50 gears. However, they are very hard to find in the boneyards anymore.

The 65-66 mustang (and 57-59 ford) came with the "small" housing ends.

If you decide to use 31 spline axles with small bearing housing ends,(axle bearing by on the end of the housing next to the brakes), you'll need to specify an O-ring axle bearing, because there is no room for an axle seal.

My advice... If you get an aftermarket housing, which cost around $300, and are very strong, go with the large housing ends. This will allow you to run a real axle seal, and upgrade to even larger 33 or 35 spline axles in the future... if the need arose.

Although the 57-59 units are great for the street, I eventually upgraded to an aftermarket housing after bending a couple of them on the strip using slicks and nitrous... I ordered an aftermarket housing with the small housing ends since I already had aftermarket 31 spline Moser axles with the small bearings.

Although I've never had a problem with leaks, if I had it to do over again, I'd have gone with the large housing ends. This would allow the use of a real axle seal, and the upgrade to larger axles... which might be a necessity once a better rear suspension and stronger engine are installed.

So far, the 31 Moser axles have been bulletproof.

Good Luck!

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302 4-speed 289 heads
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http://www.geocities.com/motorcitymustang/cmml/cmml_mburch.html
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posted 08-29-2001 05:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another note about the centersection...

For tough duty, spend the $100 it takes to purchase a "Daytona" pinion support. The pinion support is the part that bolts to the front of the case. It is what the pinion rides in. The Daytona unit uses significantly larger bearings, fits any case, and increases load capacity by a large margin. Use the iron Ford unit available from Motorsport. The aftermarket aluminum units don't have the oiling holes that are necessary for regular street use.

As far as cases are concerned, standard cases are -fairly- strong, but I busted the caps off the back of one on a hard launch. Aftermarket cases are around $300, and are downright bulletproof. Original Ford "N" cases are a little stronger than the stockers, and can be found for $200 or so.

My current rear end consists of a Ford "N" case that I got for $40 by luck and a Daytona pinion support. I've used a full spool, and that's great for the track, but now use a Detroit Locker since my car sees a lot of street duty. I'm still not all that secure with the old case, and would like to have an aftermarket one.

4-speeds are TOUGH on rear ends when launched WFO with the nitrous on! Automatic equipped cars are much easier on things, and don't need as much overkill as their clucth equipped brothers. Shock loads are hell on the drivetrain.

Good Luck!

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posted 08-29-2001 06:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You got all that?

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posted 08-29-2001 06:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65_289   Click Here to Email 65_289     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
[slack-jawed yokel voice]Duh, I just want my car to go fast.[/slack-jawed yokel voice]

That is alot to digest. I am not going to be putting down much more than 300 at the wheels. I don't know if I need an aluminum case, Daytona support, etc.

Moser has axles for $145 a pair. If I bought a pair, and a completet 3rd member from Perogie/Currie, and got a housing, what else would I need? Could I re-use my brakes?

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posted 08-29-2001 07:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 65_289:
I am not going to be putting down much more than 300 at the wheels. I don't know if I need an aluminum case, Daytona support, etc.

Moser has axles for $145 a pair Could I re-use my brakes?


You should be fine with a standard case, standard pinion support, 28 spline axles, and any trac-loc as long as WFO launching on slicks isn't planned. To use the standard brakes, you'll just need to specify the factory "small" housing ends.

There are two different trac-locs... a 2-pinion and a 4-pinion. The 4-pinion unit is fairly stout and will take quite a bit of abuse.

Most aftermarket housings will have 3" tubes all the way to the end, so you'll need to purchase 3" U-bolts and drill out the bottom plates for the larger bolts.

The 57-59 housing should be fine as well as long as the spring perches are boxed.

Be aware that the driveshaft will need shortened.

Good Luck!

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302 4-speed 289 heads
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posted 08-29-2001 07:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65_289   Click Here to Email 65_289     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by n2oMike:
You should be fine with a standard case, standard pinion support, 28 spline axles, and any trac-loc as long as WFO launching on slicks isn't planned. To use the standard brakes, you'll just need to specify the factory "small" housing ends.

So if 28 spline would be ok, then why bother switching out the 8 inch?

Also, I have some cheater slicks, and I will be launching those between 3k-4k. Once I get 4.11's, I will probably go to ET Drags or Hoosiers.


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posted 08-29-2001 08:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bluestreek   Click Here to Email bluestreek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by n2oMike:

The 57-59 housing should be fine as well as long as the spring perches are boxed.



I don't think my spring perches are boxed.. Is this a problem?

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posted 08-29-2001 08:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by bluestreek:
I don't think my spring perches are boxed.. Is this a problem?

It is if you have a 57-59 rearend you'll most likely have problems. No emergency though. They can be boxed with the housing still bolted in the car. Just make a couple rectangular steel pieces and have someone weld them in place. It will keep the ends of the perches from getting rolled over from axle torque.

Good Luck!

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posted 08-29-2001 09:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 65_289:
So if 28 spline would be ok, then why bother switching out the 8 inch?
Also, I have some cheater slicks, and I will be launching those between 3k-4k. Once I get 4.11's, I will probably go to ET Drags or Hoosiers.

The biggest weakness of the 8" is it's wimpy 2-pinion trac-loc unit. These are easily broken (and quite expensive). If a Detroit Locker is used... yes they are available for the 8", then it is fairly strong. BUT, it still has a weaker pinion support, case, and smaller main caps.

If much track time is expected, you will wanting to be launching the car harder and harder... Stepping up to a 31 spline 9" will allow you a lot of room to grow, as well as giving you peace of mind when you discover the 302 lack of lower end and midrange makes it want to launch at 5k-6k rpm.

Get a decent stock case (some have thicker caps than others), install a daytona pinon support, 4-pinion trac-loc or detroit locker, and 31 spline axles. This should allow you to launch the car as hard as you want. Mix with a decent housing and driveshaft, and you're off to the races!

A solid pinion spacer is also a great idea for any ford rearend that is going to be subjected to hard use. It's a major upgrade over a standard crush sleeve. It uses shims to set bearing preload. Highly recommended.

Good Luck!

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Mike Burch
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302 4-speed 289 heads
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posted 08-29-2001 09:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Doc   Click Here to Email Doc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not that this has anything to do with this post but it is about boxing the perches. Many years ago we took Butcher's car to a big race at the old Fremont Raceway and were the very first car in the water that day, the perches were the stock 67 Comet 9" as were the U bolts. It was to be the first time on 8" slicks and as the tire started to bite just coming out of the water the perches rolled under, it broke the pinion off, bent the drive shaft, broke the tail housing off the trans and pushed the motor through the radiator. With 600 or so racers watching we put red, green and brown fluids all over the pad just out of the water, plus it beat the floor up and put a huge dent in the gas tank. Now even for a stout streeter I box the perches and get good new U bolts . The few bucks it cost to do it right coulda saved us a BIG repair bill if we had known.

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posted 08-29-2001 09:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65_289   Click Here to Email 65_289     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by n2oMike:
The biggest weakness of the 8" is it's wimpy 2-pinion trac-loc unit. These are easily broken (and quite expensive). If a Detroit Locker is used... yes they are available for the 8", then it is fairly strong. BUT, it still has a weaker pinion support, case, and smaller main caps.

If much track time is expected, you will wanting to be launching the car harder and harder... Stepping up to a 31 spline 9" will allow you a lot of room to grow, as well as giving you peace of mind when you discover the 302 lack of lower end and midrange makes it want to launch at 5k-6k rpm.

Get a decent stock case (some have thicker caps than others), install a daytona pinon support, 4-pinion trac-loc or detroit locker, and 31 spline axles. This should allow you to launch the car as hard as you want. Mix with a decent housing and driveshaft, and you're off to the races!

A solid pinion spacer is also a great idea for any ford rearend that is going to be subjected to hard use. It's a major upgrade over a standard crush sleeve. It uses shims to set bearing preload. Highly recommended.

Good Luck!


This is my daily driver that I am going to take to the track a few weekends a month, so I don't think I will be banging on it TOO hard.....

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posted 08-31-2001 09:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke   Click Here to Email Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I get the feeling some of you guys are 'fighting' the good advice from Doc and N20Mike about boxing or welding gussets in at your spring perches?

No one warned me (but I did go back and re-read my SSM traction bar instructions; where they DID "highly recommend" boxing the perches; which I failed to do) SO- I also learned the hard way -- with my 69FB w/ 302", 4-spd, old 9" slicks, without any power-adders, I wrapped up my rear end at the line,,, When I looked underneath, the driveshaft was in two pieces and the pinion was pointing straight UP at the trunk! ....Luckily, a friend at the track let me load my car on his trailer to get it home where I also found both my axles bent, leaf spring shackles bent, etc. totaling the repair costs to about $1100,....So don't be another broken parts statistic - there's no glory in it!! Spend the $35 and have the perches boxed - regardless of what housing or tires you decide to use!

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I'm not giving this advice just to waste of my time. My car started as a stock 289 2bbl, automatic with a 2.80 open 8" rear back in high school. I'm now 33. It has gone through TONS of little baby steps along the way to running 10.6's at 129mph.

I know what the parts can handle through experience. I've had good luck with engines, but have broken almost every other part in the drivetrain! The car has had 6-7 engine combos, several different clutches, several transmissions, a couple driveshafts, many many many rearends, and more than it's share of axles.

At around $100, the Daytona pinion support is a bolt-in upgrade. Simply substitute it for the standard one (along with the larger bearings) and be happy with your $100 insurance policy. If you are starting a new carrier from scratch, it's a very good idea.

The solid pinion bearing spacer (substitutes for the crush sleeve to adjust the pinion bearing preload) is a grand upgrade as well. It's cheap too at around $15-$20. When installing, you just crank the pinion nut as tight as it will go, and it doesn't change. Crush sleeves can get further crushed with hard use, and the bearing preload is lost... which is a bad thing.

Cases come in different flavors as well. Some have thicker caps than others. Some are made of superior iron. Most say to avoid the "WAR" case. The "WAR" is part of it's casting number. It's ribbed like the famous "N" case, but is supposed to be made from inferior iron. The best Ford case is the "N" case which stands for "Nodular". It's made from better iron, and has superior ribbing and bracing. Any standard "non WAR" case with the thicker caps should hold up to 95% of the cars out there. Bulletproof aftermarket iron cases are available for around $300.

The "Equaloc" is the predecessor to the "Trac-Loc". It too, is a clutch type limited slip rear. Trac-Locs came in 2-pinion and 4-pinion units. The 4-pinion trac-locs are actually way more common around here, and are close to twice as strong as the 2-pinion variety. They are a good choice in a differential as long as they are rebuilt with new clutches and springs. A car that sees a lot of track time will benifit from the sure-footedness of the Detroit Locker. There's no "one wheel peel" with this. It aggressively locks in and out. It's not good for a lot of driving on wet roads, however. It can be done safely, but you've got to get used to it. Suddenly applying the gas in a turn can make it "Lock", giving the driver a nice little thrill. A spool is the "bomb-diggity" for the track, but is not good at all for street use... been there, done that.

57-59 Ford 28 spline axles are the worst out there. If one of these housings are used, substitute the original 65-66 mustang 8" axles. They bolt right in and fit... and are WAY stronger. The stock mustang axles hold up fairly well, actually. Hard launches on slicks will dictate 31 spline aftermarket axles. I have zero complaints with the Moser axles that have been in my car for the past several years.

We've been over housings. If you use a standard Ford housing, box the spring perches. They WILL bend and roll under with axle torque... especially with good traction. 57-59 housings are especially wimpy. An aftermarket housing is extremely strong, and costs around $300.

My car has gone from stock, to a 13.99, to a 12, to an 11, and finally into the 10's. I've always launched it as hard as it would launch (redline) and have had to leave the car at the track on several occasions due to broken rears and axles. Take the advice or leave it. I just feel that if I can take 20 minutes to give out some information that will save others hundreds of dollars and many hours of grief and frustration, I've done my job. Most folks learn this advice the HARD way... me included.

There's never time to do it right, but ALWAYS time to do it again....

Good Luck!

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Mike Burch
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302 4-speed 289 heads
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posted 08-31-2001 10:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One other item that gave me fits was the slip-yoke at the front of the driveshaft that goes into the transmission. The splines kept getting twisted on them, causing the unit to "jam" on the output shaft of the transmission. This would cause a horrible vibration. I went through several "Spicer" replacements before finally finding a good aftermarket replacement. It came from Mark Williams Enterprises, and cost $170 at the time. It also uses a #1350 U-joint (one ton truck) so a new driveshaft had to be made. I've run it several years now with zero complaints. This is a 28 spline unit, and also fits C4 automatics.

Good Luck!

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302 4-speed 289 heads
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http://www.geocities.com/motorcitymustang/cmml/cmml_mburch.html
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posted 08-31-2001 11:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bluestreek   Click Here to Email bluestreek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike or anyone else,
I just installed a rear center section with new 4.44 gears and a spool for the track, and I had a hard time getting the driveshaft to slide forward enough to get the rear u-joint out of the pinion assy.. The driveshaft and 9" rear is not original and I have always had a vibration that comes and goes.. Would this close fit of the driveshaft possibly cause the vibration or any other problems?? Any ideas..

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quote:
Originally posted by bluestreek:
Mike or anyone else,
I just installed a rear center section with new 4.44 gears and a spool for the track, and I had a hard time getting the driveshaft to slide forward enough to get the rear u-joint out of the pinion assy.. The driveshaft and 9" rear is not original and I have always had a vibration that comes and goes.. Would this close fit of the driveshaft possibly cause the vibration or any other problems?? Any ideas..

It could. The 9" center section is longer than the 8". It can also come with different length pinoin yokes. With the car's weight on the WHEELS, I believe there should be around an inch of slack. You might call a driveshaft shop to get a more precise measurement... but the DS should be easily removable.

A new DS (that is perfectly true and the correct length), along with new U-joints can do wonders for vibration. Make sure the bushing in the tailshaft is good as well. I believe the toploader piece is interchangable with the C4 auto.

Good Luck!

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302 4-speed 289 heads
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http://www.geocities.com/motorcitymustang/cmml/cmml_mburch.html
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bluestreek
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posted 08-31-2001 12:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bluestreek   Click Here to Email bluestreek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If I remember correctly, I got the driveshaft from a salvage yard when I put the toploader and 9" rear in.. It was hard to find a DS short enough to fit the '66.. I tried to come as close to the right length as I could, but had to settle for a little longer.. I installed the yoke from the original 6cyl driveshaft along with new u-joints before mounting it..

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posted 08-31-2001 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bluestreek   Click Here to Email bluestreek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After re-reading all the posts, I'm very concerned about spring perches.. My rear housing and springs sit on an old solid 1/4" welded T-beam traction bar that's shaped like a NIKE swoosh and nothing but U-Bolts and a centering pin. I hope I described it good enough.

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posted 08-31-2001 02:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This has sure been an infomative, educational post. Thanks to the contributors!

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WHOA! are you talking about boxing the spring perches on the axle housing tubes? my whole rear end setup is basically stock except for the springs/traction bars. i run 28 spline axles in my 9 inch with a tracloc. been warned for years that i will smoke the unit but im not paying for a new posi just because this one "might" fail. the part that interests me is the "boxing the spring perches" never even considered that. can i just weld pieces in? you know i launch hard. what do you think mike?

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posted 08-31-2001 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke   Click Here to Email Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Even at the risk of repeating above postings, I'll say it again - if you're even a little concerned with your set-up; whether or not you take your car to a muffler or spring shop or do it yourself; drop the rear housing away from the leaf springs and remove your old perches, and weld in a new set of perches and box them in. Also don't forget when you or the sevice guy is doing it - ensure the proper angle of the perches is maintained in relation to the pinion..... in other words, before you cut the old ones off, check the angle, then cut them off, then tack-weld the new gussetted perches at the same angle...
..then finish the welding so as not to warp the housing tubes.

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quote:
Originally posted by chips67:
WHOA! are you talking about boxing the spring perches on the axle housing tubes? can i just weld pieces in?

Yes, and yes

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302 4-speed 289 heads
10.63 @ 129.3
http://www.geocities.com/motorcitymustang/cmml/cmml_mburch.html
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Chips:
If your perches are not rusted very much, then sure, you can box your current perches. But as I said earlier, if you are in doubt - install new perches and box them.... It's good & cheap insurance against big dollar breakage!!! Ryan

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posted 08-31-2001 05:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_C   Click Here to Email Dave_C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just as an FYI, I found an ad for a 9" that would fit your car. Correct width, Moser, 31 splines, N Case w 4.56 gears, disk brakes for $1000. Not a bad deal. Says all new, never run.

go to:
http://www.drag.race-cars.com/partbd/messages/3976.htm

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