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Old 04-05-2006, 05:23 PM
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Jeep mail truck straight axle question

Does anyone know what brakes will fit a jeep mail truck straight axle? It has 10" Drums on it now. If I take it to use it ,I want disc. OPen to sugggestions. Its free. Could make a good hot rod axle. Help

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Depending on the year model(you are talking about the small van type) the older ones are probably some type of Ford style & newer ones are probably Chrysler products.
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Depending on the year it could be a Dana 27, Dana 40, Dana 44, AMC 20, or countless others. Pictures or codes would help us identify it.
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Dana 44 etc

Dana 44,etc,Aren't all the axles all with gears in them? This has NO gears only a straight axle.
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Are you talking about the front axle on an older mail jeep? I thought you were talking about a rear axle, sorry.
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Jeep Straight axle

I was looking at one of those today and it had a small A body lug pattern (Mopar). I would assume you could play any game the you could on an early dart/ valiant. Kind of an interesting drive line Chevy 2.5, Mopar 904, and a real small mopar Posie rearend. Good luck post what you discover..............
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Mail to go

I would have guessed Dana 28 to 30 to 44, and 6000 others. What year, what part of the country, since its not 4x4. Rear posi Jeep has been down to many roads. Willys? If you don't know the year.Identify the engine Depending on general period Identify the rear axle Look for the numbers on top,front,rear on the passenger side tubes If not there check the other side , then inside. If you can trace the rear axle then you can hopefully use that to trace the year and the rest I would lean real heavily on the rear being Dana, or hope that it is. They used to be real helpful folks. The willys followers sometimes are great, every single part no for the entire vehicle, I hope its really old or new. let us know. mark
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One other question, Is the front axle solid drop axle or a tube.mark
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Maybe this will help. It has a link to a few sources:

http://www.freelabs.com/~whitis/mailjeep.html

http://www.4wd.com/4wdforums/showthread.php?t=834

http://local.mebcs.com/jeep/jeep.html
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Front axle is tube.
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Later model, vote for mopar. mark
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Here's how I'd do it.
Take one spindle and a 6" dial caliper to the boneyard with you and start measuring Mopar and AMC disc brake spindles. You may get lucky and find a match. If not, buy the closest ones you can find where the spindle is slightly smaller than the mail truck spindle. Take EVERYTHING from the hub nut cover to the flex hose. If you don't have access to a lathe, go to a local machine shop and have them machine the donor spindle to the mail truck spindle specs and also rig up the caliper mount for you. Go down to NAPA, get kits and rebuild the calipers and you're in business.
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brakes for Ben

Benjamin Franklin-Anyway, You could be detrimentally unmatched in brake lock in the front. I drive a old pickup a lot that always locks the front wheels first, slightly dangerous, If by some fluke this happens , in a troublesome manner, gm makes parts for it, or at least will work, after market also. mark
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