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Yesterday 08:43 PM
timothale
versailles rear

I've had a Few over the years , somewhere I have a pile of info about them. I traded the last one as partial swap for the glass 32 roadster body. Not much interchanges with them. bearings, caliper brackets, pinion flange are unique. The Ford design sliding calipers tend to wear out one side of the rotor. whenever I have one apart I sand-buff and lube the mating sliding surfaces. They are narrow, can easily swaped into an early mustang. Most are geared around 2.50, one had a detroit locker. I ended up doing a couple 8.8 in the wrecking yard builds. Fox mustang 8.8, 2 short ranger 5 bolt axle shafts and Lincoln Town car rear disc,

---------- Post added at 08:43 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:38 PM ----------

I have a 9 3/8 lincoln Disc rear under one of my T bucket projects. 5 on 5 pattern. I have always read that big lincolns and some of the big T birds were the 9 3/8 gears, but if you do some grinding on a big 9 housing you can get the 9 3/8 pumpkin in the large 9 .
Yesterday 07:03 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by 1971BB427 View Post
I'll take a tape to the bolt pattern on the axle I got, and let you know what measurements are for the 8.8" Exploder.
There is no hurry but if you would do that at your convenience it would be great.

Thank you,
John
Yesterday 06:46 PM
1971BB427
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The Versailles has the big bearings, 9 3/8 gear set but 4 1/2 lug pattern. I think it has the 2 1/2 inch brake spacing but have not measured it....just what I have read.

John
I'll take a tape to the bolt pattern on the axle I got, and let you know what measurements are for the 8.8" Exploder.
Yesterday 06:09 PM
123pugsy I got my valve spring compressor tool done the other day.










Then I found a broken damper spring and the fun begins....








Got some new springs and they are .125" too short on the installed height....arrghhh.....

I'm thinking of taking the dampers from the new springs and shoving them into the old springs. They do seem to fit nicely.
Yesterday 05:51 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by 1971BB427 View Post
Yes, I think you're right about the brakes John. Not sure if the axle pattern is the same on the Versailles and the Explorer, as I believe Versailles are large bearings, and may take a different bracket. But a drum configuration would work, or be doable if you opened up the holes.

Yes, I also did some street racing in hi school, and just after. Then when I came home from the military I started racing my BBC Camaro for about 16 years. It got where the car was tired, and so was I. Quit in '89, and hadn't been on a strip again until 3 years ago. These Billetproof events are a great way to race and just have fun. You can run your car as much or as little as you like, and win or lose you can return and run again. I'm really enjoying them, but only do this one race each summer.
The Versailles has the big bearings, 9 3/8 gear set but 4 1/2 lug pattern. I think it has the 2 1/2 inch brake spacing but have not measured it....just what I have read.

John
Yesterday 05:24 PM
1971BB427 Yes, I think you're right about the brakes John. Not sure if the axle pattern is the same on the Versailles and the Explorer, as I believe Versailles are large bearings, and may take a different bracket. But a drum configuration would work, or be doable if you opened up the holes.

Yes, I also did some street racing in hi school, and just after. Then when I came home from the military I started racing my BBC Camaro for about 16 years. It got where the car was tired, and so was I. Quit in '89, and hadn't been on a strip again until 3 years ago. These Billetproof events are a great way to race and just have fun. You can run your car as much or as little as you like, and win or lose you can return and run again. I'm really enjoying them, but only do this one race each summer.
Yesterday 05:13 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by 1971BB427 View Post
Wish I'd seen your request earlier John! What exactly are you looking for in Explorer brakes? Discs, drums, front, or rear? I went and got the axle this morning. Took me a couple hours to get it out and loaded. Also got spring plates, U bolts, and driveline rear flanged joint. The total came to $102.65, but all I could find in limited slip rear axles was 3.73 ratio. Not a biggie, but did want to try a 4.10 if my current axle ever blew up.
Really nice axle though, with low mileage, from a '94 drum rear Explorer. I'll have no clean up to do, so just store it for now.
LOL, I have a Lincoln Versailles rear for the '53. It has some really funky disc brake calipers with emergency brakes that work with a plunger through the caliper. If you can find them remanufactured, they are pricey. I think the smart thing would be to replace the brakes with something a little more conventional even if it is with drum brakes.


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Just got this video link sent to me by a friend! The 2nd match up is my Falcon, and a buddy's '56 Chevy. The last match up is a couple more friends, and Robbie's Willys coupe snaps an axle on the launch! Fortunately he didn't get too out of shape, and saved it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0nqWJ7wKTc
That has to be a ball. While I did some street racing as a foolish kid, I have never driven a car down the strip. I know I have missed out on some fun.

John
Yesterday 04:36 PM
1971BB427 Just got this video link sent to me by a friend! The 2nd match up is my Falcon, and a buddy's '56 Chevy. The last match up is a couple more friends, and Robbie's Willys coupe snaps an axle on the launch! Fortunately he didn't get too out of shape, and saved it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0nqWJ7wKTc
Yesterday 03:44 PM
1971BB427
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
LOL, I still hate you but pick me up a set of Explorer brakes while you are there.

John
Wish I'd seen your request earlier John! What exactly are you looking for in Explorer brakes? Discs, drums, front, or rear? I went and got the axle this morning. Took me a couple hours to get it out and loaded. Also got spring plates, U bolts, and driveline rear flanged joint. The total came to $102.65, but all I could find in limited slip rear axles was 3.73 ratio. Not a biggie, but did want to try a 4.10 if my current axle ever blew up.
Really nice axle though, with low mileage, from a '94 drum rear Explorer. I'll have no clean up to do, so just store it for now.
Yesterday 09:08 AM
John long
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Nice relaxing day yesterday. Just goofed off most of the morning, and then hit the cruise out at Beaches/PIR in the evening. Hit 90 degrees, but in the shade of the back row trees, and a breeze, it was really nice. Slow night until around 6:00 when people started showing up.
Going to hit the Pick N Pull half price sale today, and grab a spare 8.8" Ford rear axle in a limited slip 4.10 ratio. Can't pass up the $100 price today for a good spare, or future project.
LOL, I still hate you but pick me up a set of Explorer brakes while you are there.

John
Yesterday 08:46 AM
1971BB427 Nice relaxing day yesterday. Just goofed off most of the morning, and then hit the cruise out at Beaches/PIR in the evening. Hit 90 degrees, but in the shade of the back row trees, and a breeze, it was really nice. Slow night until around 6:00 when people started showing up.
Going to hit the Pick N Pull half price sale today, and grab a spare 8.8" Ford rear axle in a limited slip 4.10 ratio. Can't pass up the $100 price today for a good spare, or future project.
Yesterday 12:19 AM
tech69 nice work there, John.

Losing my mind without work. I can't really go out in the garage cause I have to help my wife with the kids so I'm just trying to enjoy it while I can. I did get my buck done and both sides of the new tank are taking shape, but one side is being stubborn and doesn't have the right bend so I'll work on that, but this tank is gonna be pretty clean looking, and cute. It's tiny-lololol it's gonna have a grill in the front like a real football helmet with 49ers logo and the way the tank looks it won't look as gimmicky as I thought. It will actually look cool so that's rad. So today I just watched my kids and when momma took them to the park I banged on the new tank sides. I also had to fax proof of my wages to unemployment cause my scum bag boss isn't honest with his taxes. It's ok though cause everyone he thinks he has fooled knows he's a scammer and won't do business with him anymore. The best part is the fraud department will probably alert the franchise tax board of his ways. Thing is, I know this cockroach and he's going to make up a lie and tell the coworkers I called the state/county on him but in actuality his dishonesty is what caused it, just like it has all his other problems.
08-26-2014 10:55 PM
silentpoet Spent 2-3 hours yesterday replacing the HID bulbs in my daily driver. 50 bucks for generic Chinese bulbs(pair) versus 90+ for one bulb plus labor from Toyota. I figure I saved about 450 or so. But all the time I was looking at my caddy and thinking it would be a 20 minute job on it.
08-26-2014 03:57 PM
Too Many Projects Cut out the weak spot on the rocker.







All better now...



Moved on to the bucket seat mounts. I had the left one welded in a couple years ago but the seat was offset to the left because I used the outer hole to locate it. Cut them off and started over...



Got them both done and grabbed the shifter hump. Drew a line around it for cutting.





And 30 seconds later, we have a hole.

08-26-2014 07:33 AM
MARTINSR I had a brother in law come by my work yesterday with his Rav4 that the muffler had disconnected from the center pipe. On the phone it sounded like it was "rotted" from what he was saying, it didn't add up and I was hoping he was wrong. He has little money and that would have SUCKED for him. I was thrilled to see that the pipe had simply broken in half at a previous repair where they had put a sleeve over it. He came by my house last night and I was able to weld it for him lickity split along with adding a gusset so hopefully it doesn't happen again.

But they make that damn thing without a hanger all the way from the engine to the muffler, kinda odd. Most systems like that would have another hanger in front of the rear axle area. So ALL the forces are going right on that bend before the muffler.

Brian
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