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Old 03-29-2003, 08:39 AM
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Howdy- I have a line on a 9 inch rearend out of a 74 ranchero. I haven't seen it yet, but the guys asking $200 for it. Two Q's- Does anybody know if this would have been set up with disc brakes in the back or drums? Can this 9 inch be narrowed? I have some recollectioin that the later 9 inchers couldn't be narrowed? Lookin for help. Mike

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It will have drum brakes and yes, it can be narrowed.
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If I were to change from a drum brake set up to disc brakes on a ford 9 inch how much would change in terms of overall wheel flange to wheel flange width. Thanks. Mike
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Well...none actually (except possibly the thickness of the rotor hats). The conversion you need is the LINCOLN MARK VII brakes. -Currie Enterprises- offers the adaptors to mount them.
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Depending on the car you're putting it in the width may be too wide and the narrowing expense starts making the rearend price a little steep when adding in the already pricey $200 initial cost. I'd look for a '67-'70 'stang/Cougar rearend, you should be able to get one of those for a couple hundred and not have the narrowing expense (unless you need the narrower earlier housing for a full fendered early rod). The rear you are talking about is about a hundred around here. I just sold a Versaille rear with 3.70 gears and 2 sets of new calipers (no rotors)for $450 and currently have a '70 Boss 302 rearend with a nodular center and 31 splines I'd sell for the same. It is open and has a highway gear, 3.00.
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Just a thought, but you might want to check out the bolt pattern on the rear-end as well. I have 3 nine inch rear ends and all 3 have different bolt patterns. One is out of a 74 Ranchero and is 5 on 4 1/2" (small Ford). The next is out of a 75 LTD and uses a 5 on 4 3/4" (Chevy car). The last is out of a 75 Lincoln Continental and has a 5 on 5" (Chevy truck). This may be something to consider depending on what you were going to install the rear in.
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