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Old 07-04-2019, 09:47 AM   #91
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That’s a nice install!
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Old 07-04-2019, 10:51 PM   #92
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Thanks, Dragsix!
Slowly coming together. Installed the AutoGear Super M22 last night, now working on a driveshaft setup. Getting close to firing up the 355 "mystery motor".
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I have also been thinking of using an 8.8 rather than a 9”. With the axle swap what was the final width result? What wheel size and offset are you planning to use? Also, are you planning on using the ebrake? Pinion offset an issue with the narrowed 8.8?

Sorry for all the questions. These have been on my mind.

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No problem, happy to answer any questions you have.
After swapping axle tube ends, I assembled the unit, spaced everything to insure axles were in proper position, clamped and welded the tubes. It ended up being 59-5/8" wide, with the drums on.
I went with 15x8 Americans, with 4" backspace for the street. Will be running 15x7 Monte Carlo steelies for vintage drag racing.
Installed '57 E-brake cable into Ford sleeves, simple swap, hooks up with stock hardware. Pinion offset is now 3/4", so negligible.
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No problem, happy to answer any questions you have.
After swapping axle tube ends, I assembled the unit, spaced everything to insure axles were in proper position, clamped and welded the tubes. It ended up being 59-5/8" wide, with the drums on.
I went with 15x8 Americans, with 4" backspace for the street. Will be running 15x7 Monte Carlo steelies for vintage drag racing.
Installed '57 E-brake cable into Ford sleeves, simple swap, hooks up with stock hardware. Pinion offset is now 3/4", so negligible.
Thanks for the information—very helpful. I am going to run 10” with a 3.75 backspace. It seems that I am going to have narrow both the left and right sides.
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After swapping axle tube ends, I assembled the unit, spaced everything to insure axles were in proper position, clamped and welded the tubes. It ended up being 59-5/8" wide, with the drums on.
Just out of curiosity, what steps did you take to ensure that weld blobs don't make their way into the gearset? Did you pull the guts out first, or find some other way to plug the tubes till welding and grinding was done? And also, did you pull the tubes clean out of the center and swap them, and if so how did you pull them?
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Trying to retrieve my pics from crashed computer. I took a bunch during the process.
I sleeved the inside of the tubes where the welds were, nothing could get inside. Just thoroughly washed everything after the saw cutting was done. Only swapped the two ends, not entire tubes.
Also, I welded the tubes to the center section, as Ford just had a couple plug welds there.
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For those that have this axle. Might someone know if the 8.8 is used only, if the explorer is a v8?
I see some specs that are 4.0 V6, in 2 HP ratings, and a v8. That spec shows the 8.8 in all of them.
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Pretty sure all Exploders used the 8.8.
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Trying to retrieve my pics from crashed computer. I took a bunch during the process.
I sleeved the inside of the tubes where the welds were, nothing could get inside. Just thoroughly washed everything after the saw cutting was done. Only swapped the two ends, not entire tubes.
Also, I welded the tubes to the center section, as Ford just had a couple plug welds there.
Are you using a wagon fuel tank?
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