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Today 06:19 PM
cozwurth Actually tinkered with a few different things today. I made quite a few more tacks on the sail panel patch on the Chevelle, and while waiting for things to cool down I tinkered with the gauges in my sister's Impala, and measured the deck height on my 327.
Today 06:19 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
What is the width of that rear end axle flange to axle flange once the long axle is swapped with the short axle?

Brian
One thing to consider is all Explorers ran OD Transmissions. Your available axle ratios will be numerically higher. I suspect 3:50 or 3:73. That may be fine for a performane car but might hit Nick's wallet with less fuel mileage.

John
Today 06:03 PM
1971BB427 We had our first car show of the season today. A small show usually, but great weather bumped it up to around 200 cars I'd guess. Next Saturday is the big Portland Transmission show, and weather is supposed to be good for that also; so expect 700-800 cars on the street around PT!
It's always good to see old friends I haven't kept up with since last summer! Spent 2 hours before the show cleaning, and waxing the Austin! Forgot how dirty it gets just sitting in the garage!
Today 06:00 PM
1971BB427
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
What is the width of that rear end axle flange to axle flange once the long axle is swapped with the short axle?

Brian
It should measure 56" for a drum rear end, and 56.5" for a disc brake rear axle Brian.
Today 12:10 AM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by 1971BB427 View Post
Next up is the Ford Explorer rear axle swap! The short side axle and tube swap makes them the perfect fit for a early round body Falcon! I have a spare sitting in my shop in 3.73 posi, with an extra short side axle. Our local Pick N Pull has half price holidays, so got one for $104, plus $10 for the spare axle! Just in case the BBC tears up my existing 8.8 Ford!
What is the width of that rear end axle flange to axle flange once the long axle is swapped with the short axle?

Brian
Yesterday 09:32 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
OMG this bike is looking so damn good! How is this for an amazing tidbit. My brother was going through photos of our uncles bike that used the license plate he is running. He found a photo of our uncle on the bike just a mile or so from my brothers house! Now the wild thing is, my brother lives about 175 miles from here in our home town where our uncle lived too!



Brian
That is just too cool Brian. I want it, I want it, I want it!!!





Got one rocker welded in today. Only had a couple of hours to work.

John




Yesterday 08:28 PM
MARTINSR OMG this bike is looking so damn good! How is this for an amazing tidbit. My brother was going through photos of our uncles bike that used the license plate he is running. He found a photo of our uncle on the bike just a mile or so from my brothers house! Now the wild thing is, my brother lives about 175 miles from here in our home town where our uncle lived too!



Brian
Yesterday 01:20 PM
496CHEVY3100
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
No, his are chromed steel with a round hole.

Brian
OK thought if he needed them he can have themas I will not need them
Yesterday 11:41 AM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by 1971BB427 View Post
Yes, you simply have the long side tube shortened @2 7/8" (don't remember the exact length?) and then drop the short side axle into it and it's the right width. It will also require the spring perches to be cut off, and a pair of $8 perches welded to the tube. Then bolt it in!
If you want 4 wheel disc brakes, buy a '94 or newer Explorer rear axle, as they are disc brake! I did this swap in my buddy's '69 Nova. Converted the front to 5x4.5" disc brakes, and dropped the 8.8" disc rear in the back. It's got fantastic braking! We tried it without a proportional valve, just to see how it stopped, and figured we'd add one later. But it stops so well, and straight that we never needed to add a prop. valve.

PS-The shortened axle ends up at around 56.5" to the overall width to wheel mounting surface. You'll also need to have a driveline built, or find one the right length. On my Falcon I am using a Super T10 4 speed, and I used a driveline from a 1st gen. Camaro with the HD front yoke, and an adapter u-joint for the Ford flange at the rear. It was the perfect length with no modifications!
That is some good stuff! Thanks

Brian
Yesterday 08:49 AM
1971BB427
Quote:
Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
So you just shorten one side?

Brian
Yes, you simply have the long side tube shortened @2 7/8" (don't remember the exact length?) and then drop the short side axle into it and it's the right width. It will also require the spring perches to be cut off, and a pair of $8 perches welded to the tube. Then bolt it in!
If you want 4 wheel disc brakes, buy a '94 or newer Explorer rear axle, as they are disc brake! I did this swap in my buddy's '69 Nova. Converted the front to 5x4.5" disc brakes, and dropped the 8.8" disc rear in the back. It's got fantastic braking! We tried it without a proportional valve, just to see how it stopped, and figured we'd add one later. But it stops so well, and straight that we never needed to add a prop. valve.

PS-The shortened axle ends up at around 56.5" to the overall width to wheel mounting surface. You'll also need to have a driveline built, or find one the right length. On my Falcon I am using a Super T10 4 speed, and I used a driveline from a 1st gen. Camaro with the HD front yoke, and an adapter u-joint for the Ford flange at the rear. It was the perfect length with no modifications!
Yesterday 07:35 AM
MARTINSR Worked a little more on my restoration project.

Brian
Yesterday 07:33 AM
MARTINSR
Quote:
Originally Posted by 496CHEVY3100 View Post
Are these the same as what Nick has now,,or are you going to change style of wheels mine are 14x5 or 14x6 ford bolt pattern 5 on a 4.5 BC,


Picture is clear until I print it then it gets fuzzy
No, his are chromed steel with a round hole.

Brian
Yesterday 07:32 AM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by idrivejunk View Post
Is it Friday yet?

Cool sun roof!

Brian
Yesterday 07:32 AM
MARTINSR
Quote:
Originally Posted by 1971BB427 View Post
Next up is the Ford Explorer rear axle swap! The short side axle and tube swap makes them the perfect fit for a early round body Falcon! I have a spare sitting in my shop in 3.73 posi, with an extra short side axle. Our local Pick N Pull has half price holidays, so got one for $104, plus $10 for the spare axle! Just in case the BBC tears up my existing 8.8 Ford!
So you just shorten one side?

Brian
Yesterday 06:59 AM
1971BB427
Quote:
Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post

So I went with the Granada. Now he will need to get a pair of 5 lug front wheels for it and plan on changing out the rear end.

Brian
Next up is the Ford Explorer rear axle swap! The short side axle and tube swap makes them the perfect fit for a early round body Falcon! I have a spare sitting in my shop in 3.73 posi, with an extra short side axle. Our local Pick N Pull has half price holidays, so got one for $104, plus $10 for the spare axle! Just in case the BBC tears up my existing 8.8 Ford!
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