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4horses
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From: Centennial
Registered: Jul 2006

posted 07-26-2006 11:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 4horses        Reply w/Quote
Hi I am new to this site and registered so I could ask this question of cpmaverick or anyone else who may have experience.
I am currently restomoding a 69 Mustang and decided to use a 78 Mercury Monarch Ghia (versailles) rear end I had from another project.
Did a Yahoo search and came up with information that the pinon angle needs to be corrected by wedges between the axle housing and springs. This is the first I have heard of this. I believe it is true because I have what I think are the original U bolts and they are too long and run out of threads too soon for the stock shock plates.
Do you have any information on where I could get these original wedges or do you know the angle they were so that I can maybe find a new piece, 4X4 shops I believe sell some. Thanks Dave

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KULTULZ
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From: Rockville, MD
Registered: Oct 2002

posted 07-29-2006 06:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ        Reply w/Quote
Those wedges are used to set the pinion angle of the rear in relation to the angle of the trans. They were readily available from LAKEWOOD years ago.

If your present U-BOLTS are too long to tighten properly, simply put a piece of leaf spring (or shim stock) in the stack to be able to torque the nuts down properly.

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John B
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posted 08-01-2006 06:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John B        Reply w/Quote
I find it quite a coincidence that I've just registered on this site to ask this very same question (about Versailles wedges). In any case, I followed up on the information from KULTULZ (Thanks!) and found this website;
http://lakewoodindustries.com/
If you go to the "Products" page you can do a search for "wedge" and it will show you a choice of 3 different wedge kits, meant to be used for angling traction bars. These look like they would work, but I'm not sure if the angles are right. They offer 2 degree and 4 degree wedges. Can anyone say whether these would be a suitable replacement to the Versailles wedges, and which would most closely approximate the Ford factory pieces? Thanks. John B

4horses
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From: Centennial
Registered: Jul 2006

posted 08-06-2006 03:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 4horses        Reply w/Quote
I went through a local 4X4 shop and bought 6 Deg. wedges made by Superlift part number 006.
Pinon angle now looks to be correct will have to check again when car is setting on the ground.

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