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ironbullet
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From: wytheville va usa
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posted 05-15-2003 03:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ironbullet   Click Here to Email ironbullet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The choices are truck style ,straight tube heavy ,easy to narrow.
The banjo style from early fords ,straight tubes easy to narrow , light because they are butt welded the axle tube doesn't stick thru into the differential area , but this also makes them slightly weaker .
I prefer the banjo style until somebody tells me different ,cause its lighter but is it tough enough ?

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kid vishus
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posted 05-15-2003 03:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think either would be fine, especailly if you weld a back brace on it. A back brace is a real nice addition to any of them, it keeps the housing from flexing at all. I owuld probably use the lighter housing, add the back brace, and not worry about it.

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Glens67
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posted 05-15-2003 03:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glens67   Click Here to Email Glens67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have one from a 66 Galaxie kinda wide but has the large bearing ends $100.00 + sipping. It is the style that has the gear relief not a smooth cover. In nice condition, coil spring style too.

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ironbullet
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posted 05-15-2003 05:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ironbullet   Click Here to Email ironbullet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the offer Glen but I'm well stocked for rearend housings here , I have a hard time running down nodulars though...

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Dave_C
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posted 05-15-2003 06:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_C   Click Here to Email Dave_C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What type of suspension will the car have? If it's ladder bar or 4 link I would use one from a early 70's Ford truck. The one I had had from a '72 1/2 ton had the smaller banjo type type center section, but it also had heavy wall straight axle tubes, big Ford bearing ends and 11" drum brakes. The other type I have seen have the large center web. These are strong, but they harder to make the ladder bar/4 link brackets fit.

I added a back brace from S&W Racecars ($50)

A pic of mine just after it was finished (before the paint) is on this page:
http://home.earthlink.net/~racrcole/index.html

Later,
David Cole

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ironbullet
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posted 05-15-2003 06:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ironbullet   Click Here to Email ironbullet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
4 link ...The banjo I'm talking about came out of a 57 or 58 ford it has straight tubes I don't foresee any problem with bracket hook up ?

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ironbullet
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posted 05-15-2003 06:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ironbullet   Click Here to Email ironbullet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
4 link ...The banjo I'm talking about came out of a 57 or 58 ford it has straight tubes I don't foresee any problem with bracket hook up ?

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