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Old 11-18-2002, 02:27 PM
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Question 66 Ford Mustang rear end gears

Is anyone familiar what gear size came stock in the '66 Mustang Coupe? I'm in the process of planning out a restomod kinda thing, and what I'm aiming for is something very streetable, but with really good low end torque. I want to be able to race (street only, perhaps 1 city block in distance) but not completely toss fuel economy out the window.

Any recommendations? I think its an 8" rear end, though I am not too familiar with cars yet (am learning).

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unless it was originally a six cylinder with 4 bolt lugs it is probably an eight inch, gears are available for it but posi units are very rare.
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Would an upgrade to a bigger rearend give more parts availability? What kind of added weight would increasing the rearend add?

I think I read somewhere that they originally came with 3.00" gears. Should I try and switch those out with something bigger? 3.5"?
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If you are interested send me a PM with your e-mail address and I can e-mail you info I have on rear axle codes, trans codes, paint codes, and stuff. There were actually many different axle ratios available in '66. The most common was probably the 3.00. <a href="http://www.ridgenet.net/~biesiade/Fordrears.html" target="_blank">Click here</a> for a link for 8-inch or 9-inch question. The site gives gear ratios by ID tag on rear. The paper I have gives it by vin breakdown. 3.00 is basically economy highway gears. If you want a little extra kick without overdueing it 3.50 would be pretty good without an overdrive trans. I have 3.70's in mine and she revs pretty high on the interstates (I also have stock diameter tires which makes a difference). I also switched to a 9-inch rear due to the lack of available parts for the 8-inch. Gears is something you'll have to decide on based on what you really want out of your car. Mine does mostly local and back road cruising so I don't mind the higher rpm's that much, but if I was doing a lot of highway driving or long trips I would probably prefer between 3.25 and 3.50 with my stock tires. But if you're looking to rip from light to light and limited highway use I think 3.70's make a nice choice.
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