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Old 01-29-2010, 07:45 PM
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1970 Lincoln Mk III rear end question

I have a rear end from a 1970 Lincoln Mk III. It has a 9 3/8" center section with 2.70 gears, and 31-spline axles. I am replacing the center with a 9" 3.70 limited slip unit. Anyway, there are some kind of gadgets located on the ends of the axles, by the brakes. There are wires coming out of these things. I have to guess that these units are sensors for something, but I don't have a clue what. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Since this rear is going into a '27 Ford roadster, I really don't think I will be needing these things. So can I just remove them and forget them, or will I be kicking myself later? Thanks

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Old 01-29-2010, 07:52 PM
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I'm not sure what they are, but for a generic application like yours you can ignore or remove them, they would only be of use to an installation in the original Lincoln. May be some type of "E-brake left on" sensor or or pad wear sensor.
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Some of the Lincolns had "Skid Control" that may be what the sensors are for.
http://www.fordification.com/tech/rearends_ford05.htm
http://www.fordification.com/tech/rearends_ford08.htm
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Skid control...That's what those things are for. Thanks for the info!
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Interesting info, I guess "ABS brakes" aren't as newfangled technology as the car companies would like you to believe
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You guys got me curious, so I did some Googling and found an article in Hemmings, where I spotted the following quote: "An advanced safety feature came on every Mark III in 1970 - the Sure-Track Brake System offered rear-wheel-only anti-lock braking down to four mph". Mystery solved. Thanks again.
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