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decoding (diff) tag 1955 Ford

Hello I need help (decoding) my rearend (diff) tag its is a 1955 vintage

Codes on rearend tag or!

2 79-8-551A

Thanks for any help with this (diff) (tag)


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The best source for that info is when asking supply them with the top and bottom codes in your VIN tag also what model Ford you have.From 1949-56 Ford sedans had one style and Station wagons were another completely different style,someone may have swapped rears because the numbers you posted show it as a 8" Maverick rear with 2.79 gears.I moderate the 1952-56 Ford social group on the HAMB and the Maverick rear swap is common on early Fords for two reasons,#1 it is slightly narrower which helps when doing a wheel upgrade or going to a more modern wider tire as these Fords have very shallow wheel wells.#2 is the ratio selection with the 8" is much better back in the 50's we had lower speed limits and stock ratios for example a 6 cyl w/Overdrive had 4:10's with standard trans it was 3:90 as was the 8 cyl with Overdrive with todays higher cruising speeds that really will kill fuel mileage and really wind up the old motors.Posting a picture of the rear driveshaft yoke will really be the telltale.

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