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Welding Axle Tubes to the Housing?

I picked up a 8.8 Rear out of a 93 explorer. It will be going in my 53 chevy. I am wondering if I should weld the axle tubes to the housing, or if it is unnecessary? Any recommendations?

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first make sure its gonna fit ? 53 car or truck ? measure your 53 rear end backing plate to backing plate where the drum brakes are, most folks do it inside like 55 inches or so ? then i am betting the ford had coil springs and you have leaf springs ? have to weld on spring purches and set your pinion angel ? then have axles fixed for chevy bolt pattern ? it can be done ? but wont be cheap !!! you might be better off with like a 10 bolt out of nova or something ? its up to you ? good luck !!!!!!! and even with the nova rear end you'll need to weld on spring purches to the housing like 20-30 bucks a pair and set you pinion angle your allowed 7 degress difference or it will eat u-joints up !!!!!!! you'll need a unversal pro tractor for this, tool about 10 bucks at sears ? round guage with a flat spot on one side shows you degress !!!

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first make sure its gonna fit ? 53 car or truck ? measure your 53 rear end backing plate to backing plate where the drum brakes are, most folks do it inside like 55 inches or so ? then i am betting the ford had coil springs and you have leaf springs ? have to weld on spring purches and set your pinion angel ? then have axles fixed for chevy bolt pattern ? it can be done ? but wont be cheap !!! you might be better off with like a 10 bolt out of nova or something ? its up to you ? good luck !!!!!!!

Explorer rears are a perfect fit for 49-54 chevy cars. 1/2 inch narrower than stock at 59.5". And I am getting different leaf springs so all thats needed is to cut off old leaf spring perches, reweld new ones, and voila! And it doesn't bother me to have a ford bolt pattern as I will be using different size wheels on the rear. Plus they come with 3.73's, 31 spline, and posi's.

I just know some high HP guys weld the tubes, just not sure if I should or just leave 'em be.
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If you're gonna be Drag racing= Hard lauches w/slicks, weld them, if not it wont be needed.
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