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Old 02-17-2002, 12:58 PM
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I have a 79 Malibu Classic. I am trying to find a 9 inch ford rearend. Does anybody know what kind of rear would fit the best for my car?

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Old 02-17-2002, 01:28 PM
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What is wrong with the 8.5 in 10 bolt Chevrolet rear end that you have now? I am running a 8.5 in. Chevy 10 bolt under my 30 model A highboy coupe have 330 HP driving it , works good for me. This way my Ford coupe is all Chevy except the body. Did not want to use a Ford 9 inch and try to keep up with the Jones. The main rule of hot rodding is that there is no rules.
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If you check out FatMan Fabrication web page, he has a list of rearends and the width of each as well as what they came out of. If you know what width your rearend is under your car, you may narrow down the search by checking it out to find what is close to the same in a 9" Ford. Unless you are going to be running mega horses and in 1/4 mile sections, the 10 bolt thats in it should do OK. If you dont like the gears, It's kinda costly to change that, and you may be limited to how much change you can do depending on the rearend housing that is already under your car. Then there is always the problem of different bolt patterns on the Ford and GM products. You can change that also, but it takes more $$$.
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If you check out FatMan Fabrication web page, he has a list of rearends and the width of each as well as what they came out of. If you know what width your rearend is under your car, you may narrow down the search by checking it out to find what is close to the same in a 9" Ford. Unless you are going to be running mega horses and in 1/4 mile sections, the 10 bolt thats in it should do OK. If you dont like the gears, It's kinda costly to change that, and you may be limited to how much change you can do depending on the rearend housing that is already under your car. Then there is always the problem of different bolt patterns on the Ford and GM products. You can change that also, but it takes more $$$.
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I believe the reason he is looking for a 9 inch is that his car came with the baby 10 bolt, not the 8.5 inch. As for another rear end, I used a 12 bolt out of a Chevelle in my 78 LeMans. Upper control arms were a tight fit, but other than that, It worked great! I wouldn't turn down a big 10 from one of the earlier G bodies, as they are really just about as strong as a 12 bolt. As for a 9 inch, it will take lots of fabrication work.

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I put a 9 inch with discs in the rear of my 80 malibu. It took some measuring ,fabricating and some welding but its a trick peice.Look for a Lincoln Versailles, they were an over glorified Granada.I cant remember what the width was but this will be the closest to the original width that you will find.they were a leaf spring car so to make it to a coil spring rear it will take swapping the brackets or machining new ones. I beleive it was about 3/4" narrower (not sure) If you plan on running mag wheels you should be able to get a wheel with the proper offset to make it work. I used wheels off a late 70's z28 (like the 71-72 chevelles) they are a steel rally painted the same colour as the car. Anyway they were a very tight fit i actually had to machine a 3/8" spacer to get a little clearance ( i had the axles redrilled to chev bolt pattern). You may be able to use a spacer/ford to chevy wheel adapter? You will also need to get an adjustable proportioning valve.This job is a fair amount of work without some measuring and fab skills and a welder.You maybe farther ahead buying a predone unit? thats up to you.I would suggest making a jig if you are going to tackle it by yourself.While you are at it give some thought to relocating the upper trailing arm mounting point (on the diff). Moved it up (sorry cant remember how much) so that the angles would intersect at @ the center of the car. It hooks up awesome. I run a 383 stroker in my car and i can hardly turn the rear tires, the car literally pushes the front tires on a brake stand. I usually have to let off the brake so the the car doesnt shake to much.
If you are serious about it you could email me and i will try to answer some more questions
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P.S. you can check out my car i have it for sale in the for sale section
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Thank you all for your replies. I think i am going to stick with my 10 bolt that i have right now.
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