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Cool What width 9' rear to use on 55 Ford pickup

I'm building an old Ford pick-up with a 429/dove-c engine and C6 trans. Any suggestions as to a good 9" rear end to run with a four link? Also I'm wondering what width would be practical. I don't have a problem with tubs for clearance, but I don't want to over do it.

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Measure the truck and get one or modify one that will fit.


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Many Mid fifty's Ford pickups came with a 9" under them already. I used a housing from a 56 pickup under my 53 Ford sedan. There are two types of early 9" housings and you want the big bearing housing. The bearing hole will be 3.150 dia. and the backing plate bolt spacing = 3 1/2" wide & 2 3/8" high. You can go low buck or high dollar from there as there is a lot of factory and after market parts available. Good Luck.

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The 9 inch Ford did not come out until 1957.
They have been installed in most everything with wheels....for years.

The 57 up to early 70's F100 rear ends are almost a direct bolt in for for the 48 up F1's and the later F100's that did not have them from the factory (pre 57's). I put one in my 48 F1 back in the late 60's. They are about 61 inches (wheel mounting flange to wheel mounting flange).

Later model F150's (1973 to 1986) are a little more than 4 inches wider than the early ones.

Both still use the 5 on 5.5 Ford pickup wheel bot pattern.

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