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Old 12-22-2001, 12:42 PM
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I agree with PHAT! A Ford 8 or 9 inch axle assembly has many advantages over the GM type rear. First is that you have the drop out differential design, that if needed, allows the removal and exchange of the gear "pumpkin" in about an hour. Another advantage is the axle retaining plate design, which is superior to the GM "C" clip axle retention design. Measure the width of the stock rear in your truck and then go to the salvage yard and check out a Maverick or Granada with a 8 inch. If this is to be a street rod with an occasional drag strip blast a 8 inch will work fine. Try to get one that is within an inch of your stock truck rear axle assembly width. The granada/merc monarch leaf springs actually ride very nice and frame mounting brackets can be made very easily. I suspect that you will be using a SM BLK Chev/turbo 350 trans combo for power. The stock Chevy driveline you have can be shortened and with a Napa#372 conversion U-joint, it will bolt right up to the stock 8 inch ford rear diff yoke. GOOD LUCK ON YOUR PROJECT!
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