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1962 Ford Falcon 8 inch Rear End

Hi,

I have a chance to buy an 8" rear end out of a 1962 Ford Falcon for $50.00. I plan to use a 302 engine and 8" rear in my 1928 Ford Tudor.

Questions: Will it fit? or might it be too wide for the full fendered 28 Tudor?

What should I look at when inspecting that 8" rear? Is it a good deal and what are the gear ratios likely in that rear end (assuming it is all original still)?

What transmission would be a good mate with the 302 and the 8" rear? ( 5 speed or automatic?

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Hi,

I have a chance to buy an 8" rear end out of a 1962 Ford Falcon for $50.00. I plan to use a 302 engine and 8" rear in my 1928 Ford Tudor.

Questions: Will it fit? or might it be too wide for the full fendered 28 Tudor?

What should I look at when inspecting that 8" rear? Is it a good deal and what are the gear ratios likely in that rear end (assuming it is all original still)?

What transmission would be a good mate with the 302 and the 8" rear? ( 5 speed or automatic?

Thanks
Merki

1962 Falcons were not built with 8 inch rear differentials.

I would find out where this 8 inch diff came from. perhaps measure the diff for fitment.

I would suspect the 8 inch diff would be from a Maverick Ford car.

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what did the V-8 falcoons use?
could it be from a 63 or newer?
just athought, the tag on the rear will tell the tale.

for 50 bucks, i'd buy it anyway...
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what did the V-8 falcoons use?
could it be from a 63 or newer?
just athought, the tag on the rear will tell the tale.

for 50 bucks, i'd buy it anyway...
If the tag was on the diff or any code off the rear diff.

A visual of the diff would help too.

an 8 inch differential with a mild 302 would be a great setup.

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As pointed out there wasn't an 8 inch in a '62 Falcon, it may be one pulled from a Mustang ('65-'66), but it may be just a regular old 6 cylinder rear. An 8 inch looks much like a shrunken 9". If it is an intregal carrier rear, it's not one to get. Posting a pic as suggested would help in identifying. I have people try to sell me things that aren't what they believe on a regular basis. Most times it's because they have been told by someone else what it "is", the uninformed educating the less informed....a buyer beware area for sure. If it has 5 bolt axles, that's a positive indicator...unless they have been drilled.
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If it is a pre 68 8" rearend they will have a tapered 28 spline axle with I think, (not 100% sure) four vertical ribbed case. The post 68 cases are much stronger and will have 28 spline non tapered axles.
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Is it 4 or 5 lug? I'm thinking 7.5 rear but not sure. 8" inch rears in mavericks came with 2.79 and 3.00 gear ratios but you can get about any ratio you want
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if it is the original '62 rear, it would be a 7 1/4" with 4 lugs.. but a 'Maverick 6cyl rear end ( bolt in ) is a 4 lug 8".. '65 6cyl Mustang has an 8" rear, with 4 lugs, and is special/ desirable to use, but I can't remember what is special about it.... all of these rear ends could fit the Falcon, and if it has been mod'd, just going to have to check
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If the falcon is going to be a parts car I would look for a 5 lug 8 inch since you can get a lot better choice of wheels
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If the falcon is going to be a parts car I would look for a 5 lug 8 inch since you can get a lot better choice of wheels
just have to swap the axles with 5 lug axles... because of the popularity of the Maverick rear, they are being produced
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just have to swap the axles with 5 lug axles... because of the popularity of the Maverick rear, they are being produced
I never thought about that. I fool with mavericks so I have plenty of 8 inches and never thought about swapping axles
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