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8.8" Ford Rear Ends - Need a width chart - 1939 Ford Coupe

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by AHotRod, Apr 6, 2007.

  1. hotrod mike
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    More good info. Thanks guys Mike
     
  2. AHotRod
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    Did you find a rear end Mike?
     
  3. tjm73
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    Plus...
    84-92 Thunderbird V6/V8 = same as the 86-93 Mustang 4x4.25" pattern.
    87-88 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe 61.5" w/disc brakes. 4x4.25" bolt pattern.
    84-92ish Lincoln Mark VII & 82-end of rear drive production Continential also 61.5" wide w/ disc brakes, BUT 5x4.5" pattern.
    94-98 Mustang 60.25" w/disc brakes and 5x4.5" pattern
    99-04 Mustang 61-5/8" w/disc brakes and 5x4.5"

    For what it's worth... the Explorer 8.8" is the best in my opinion.

    Here's why.....

    Factory 31 spline axles
    Factory Traction-Lok on the majority of them
    Came with 3.55's at a minimum, but most got 3.73's & many got 4.10's
    Disc brakes
    Integral parking brake (inside the back of the disc brakes)
    4x4.5" bolt pattern
     
  4. tomslik
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    not all exploders had rear disc plus figgure if ya DO get a disc rear it's gonna need e-brake shoes.....
     
  5. hotrod mike
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    Well, Steve says he thinks he has one. I just emailed him back. Mike
     
  6. burger
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    Check out this month's issue of Car Craft. There's an article on beefing up the 8.8 rear.
     
  7. tjm73
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    You are correct. I forgot to say that the disc brake axles showed up with the 94(?) rounded body style and were around till the new body style came out a couple years ago. The earlier Explorer's did have 10" drums and the good axles and ratios and the 5x4.5" bolt pattern too.
     
  8. coryw
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    Pretty sure you mean a 5x4.5" bolt pattern.
     
  9. tjm73
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    Your right! :rolleyes: I edited it. Damn fingers doing one thing with my mind thinking another.
     
  10. AnimalAin
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    I concur that 59 inch width is a little wide. The '59 Galaxy rear under mine is about 57 1/2 inches wide and fits like it was built for the old girl. I did run a '67 Mustang rear for a time (about 59 1/2) and it pushed the tires out a bit far.

    One thing to note is that if you are going to run hubcaps, you have a little more room to work with, since there are a bunch of different backspacings available these days.
     
  11. tomslik
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    got a 94 out back with drums but disc MIGHT have been an option...99(i think) is the last year without IRS...
     
  12. hotrod mike
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    Thanks for all the replies. Yesterday I bought a '91 Explorer rear. It has discs and 3:73's. I really appreciate all the advice. Feel free to add more if ya want. Mike
     
  13. Roothawg
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    Sam, do you still have the source for the 8.8 rears?
     
  14. Did you pass up on a drum brake 8.8? I think my Mustang 8" is going to be too narrow for my 46.
     
  15. hotrod mike
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    I asked Steve @Pasco for an Explorer disc brake rear and he had one. I didn't look for drum brake rears. Mike
     

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