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BornInAFord
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From: Bend, OR, USA
Registered: Dec 2002

posted 07-07-2003 01:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BornInAFord     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My dad's 55 Ford rear end is becoming very noisy and will need to be replaced. It looks similar to a nine inch (although not a nine-inch --that came in 57). Are these rebuildable? Are there good used rear-end sources out there? Would it be easier in the long run to upgrade to a nine-inch? Anyone else had experience with this?
It's a Y block, 3spd+OD, and a 3.73 rear ratio.
Thanks...
Daniel

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70SportsRoof
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Posts: 868
From: Glendale, AZ...soon Orange County, CA
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 07-08-2003 03:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 70SportsRoof   Click Here to Email 70SportsRoof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If it's all stock you could just get the parts from places like Mac's Antique Auto. They should have most of the parts needed for a rebuild. A nine inch rear may need some fabrication work to slip under the '55, plus the driveshaft may need some work done to it.
http://www.macsantiqueauto.com
http://www.cwmoss.com
http://www.vintageford.com
http://www.concoursparts.com
All these places should carry parts for the '55
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Gary M.-
'70 Mustang 63B (Deluxe SportsRoof)-my daily driver, '46 Ford pickup street rod, '46 Ford pickup street rod (the Mutt), '57 Ford Fairlane 500 Town Vic-waiting for resto-mod


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mellowyellow
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From: So. Fl.
Registered: Aug 2000

posted 07-10-2003 08:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BornInAFord:
My dad's 55 Ford rear end is becoming very noisy and will need to be replaced. It looks similar to a nine inch (although not a nine-inch --that came in 57). Are these rebuildable? Are there good used rear-end sources out there? Would it be easier in the long run to upgrade to a nine-inch? Anyone else had experience with this?
It's a Y block, 3spd+OD, and a 3.73 rear ratio.
Thanks...
Daniel


Didn't 57/8 wagons come with a 9" housing?

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70SportsRoof
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From: Glendale, AZ...soon Orange County, CA
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 07-10-2003 03:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 70SportsRoof   Click Here to Email 70SportsRoof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
[/B][/QUOTE]Didn't 57/8 wagons come with a 9" housing? [/B][/QUOTE]

All '57 Ford's that had a V8 had 9" rears, from Customs, Fairlanes, wagons, to trucks.

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Gary M.-
'70 Mustang 63B (Deluxe SportsRoof)-my daily driver, '46 Ford pickup street rod, '46 Ford pickup street rod (the Mutt), '57 Ford Fairlane 500 Town Vic-waiting for resto-mod

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