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01-03-2013 02:30 PM
ajatruck Thanks for the info!!! Its great reading!!
01-02-2013 11:30 PM
crownver For disc brakes you'll need a 96 or newer Explorer rear. Bear in mind I haven't put it in yet, but I know there'll be some cutting and welding involved to make it fit. It's not a bolt in. Here's a good article from Ford Truck enthusiasts that's good reading. About 1/2 way down there's info on Explorer rear ends.

1948 through 1960 Ford F-1 and F-100 Rear Axle (differential) Swaps .: Articles
01-02-2013 10:34 PM
ajatruck I heard that too!! Do you know what year explorer axles work for this?? I am guessing the smaller older explorers like 03 and older, not sure the year they went with the bigger body!! Thanks alot for the info!!!
01-02-2013 10:02 PM
crownver If you use a Ford Exporer axle you can get it with posi and disc brakes. Gives you a 5 on 4.5 wheel pattern so you can go with the same disc brake kit for the front.
01-02-2013 09:58 PM
crownver I meant if you put the leaf springs below the axle on the front you might run into clearance problems. Dropped axle is the way to go. I might try to drop the axle myself, like this SUSPENSION, Dropping axles - THE H.A.M.B. if I work up the courage!
01-02-2013 09:24 PM
ajatruck What kind of clearance problems do you think I will run into? Want to go with about a 3 inch drop axle and the Toyota steering with a total disc brake conversion!!
01-02-2013 09:14 PM
ajatruck Thank you for the info!!! Any help is great!!!
01-02-2013 09:13 PM
crownver I have a '50 F47 (Canadian F1) that I hope to start 1 day. I plan on dropping the front axle, and using an Explorer rear with the springs mounted below. You can do the same with the front axle but you might run into clearance problems. I've got the steering box and the rear end, but that's as far as I have gone.
01-02-2013 09:04 PM
crownver Here's a site with information on the steering box switch.

Toyota Steering Box Swap For 1948-1960 Trucks .: Articles

Biggest problem is the pitman arm. There is a kit available here

Mid Fifty F-100 Parts - Search

with everything you need. The Ford site is a good one for info on dropping your axle.
01-02-2013 08:20 PM
1949 Ford F1

Hi i am new to this site and have a 49 F1 and want to install power steering and have heard the Toyota gear box works well, also want to lower the truck any suggestions and info?? I already own a Toyota 4x4 for the donor gear box and am using the stock F1 frame.. thanks

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