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Old 11-28-2003, 11:07 AM
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Ford 9" Rear End Narrowing

If I put a 302 in a Ford Pinto,the stock rear end isn't going to hold the power coming from that small block,especially for drag racing.So,I have a Ford 9" Rear End out of a 1977 F-100 Custom pickup that I want to stick under the Pinto.I do know that it's too wide and I'll have to relocate the shock mounts and do something about the leaf springs.But,how do I shorten the axle sleeves?I was thinking about taking the measurements from the stocker Pinto rear and the transferring that to the 9".I have a cousin who's a professional welder and he can do all of the welding,cutting,fabricating,etc.If someone could let me know if this would be worth the trouble or not,please do.If this will be too much trouble,I could get an 8" rear from a Mustang II.But,this 9" that I have is already locked and everything.Let me know!

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The axles are cut to the right length, then the splines are machined into the ends. The axle tubes are cut and the required material is removed then welded back together taking care not to heat warp the housing. Generally this is not something the average hot rodder does at home in his garage.

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Sounds like ALOT more trouble than it's worth.I think that I'll stick with the stocker 6 3/4" and stick in a Mustang II 8" if one comes available.If I ever build that 347,I'll do the extra work for the 9" rear.

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Sounds like ALOT more trouble than it's worth.I think that I'll stick with the stocker 6 3/4" and stick in a Mustang II 8" if one comes available.If I ever build that 347,I'll do the extra work for the 9" rear.

Thanks Vince.

Nightrain

If that sounds like ALOT of trouble, how do you plan on putting a 302 in the car? If you are interested, I did the rearend for my S-10 in my shop in a days work.

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