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Old 06-04-2007, 05:43 PM   #1
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Default Rear end

Hi guys,
New here looking for some hints on how to weld up the bracketry to my ford 8" rear-end.I know how to find the center but need to weld up radius rod brackets coil spring buckets shock mounts and don't know where to start.Any info would be greatly appreciated
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Old 06-04-2007, 06:30 PM   #2
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Here is a pic of Spirit brackets welded on a rear end. Always be careful when welding on the rear tube that you don't use to much heat and warp the tube.
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Old 06-06-2007, 07:24 PM   #3
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BC, what rear ends do you use on the kits you sell?

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Old 06-07-2007, 08:43 AM   #4
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In the 23 we use a 10 bolt Chevy rear end out of an S10. For the 27 the 10 bolt has to come from a 4 wheel drive blazer to be the right width. An 8.8 out of an Explorer is also a good rear end. Much harder to find in quanity.
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Old 06-07-2007, 04:52 PM   #5
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The width for the 23T is 48 inches from backing plate to backing plate and the 27T we use 52 1/2" and the 8.8 is 54"
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Old 06-08-2007, 08:01 PM   #6
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Josh, this is going to be a learning thing for me. What is the difference between a 10 bolt up grade ($200.00) and the standard S10 rear end you put on your basic frame? What is the advanage of the 10 bolt over the other? Need to know before I order.

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Old 06-28-2007, 03:06 AM   #7
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The width for the 23T is 48 inches from backing plate to backing plate and the 27T we use 52 1/2" and the 8.8 is 54"
Is that 8.8 going to be to wide for my 23T?

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Thomas,
The 8.8 will be fine...we have a 23T here for sale that has the 8.8 on it. With the 8.8 you can run the big tires!!!!
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Old 06-28-2007, 10:55 AM   #9
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That's what I like to hear Josh.

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Old 07-15-2007, 08:14 PM   #10
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Josh, I put the rearend on the frame today and it's about 2" off center. I measured from wheel to frame both sides. Is that the way it's suppose be?

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Old 07-15-2007, 09:54 PM   #11
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Do you have the front panhard rod on the rear. Every thing is jig built so it is probably something simple. The rear backing plates should be the same distance from the frame on both sides. If the pan hard rod is not the fix give us a call Mon and we will help you figure it out.
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Old 07-16-2007, 08:41 AM   #12
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455t: Get the frame and rear axle housing up on stands where you want it all and measure twice, weld once!

B.C.: I'm not too familiar with the Ford 8.8 rear axle, but isn't that the one that comes in the Mustangs? If so, lots of good hi-po parts should be available. One big advantage there.

The 7.5" ten bolt is not the strongest out there, but for these cars should be an excellent choice. Plus, lots and lots of them out there so parts are readily available. Plenty of hi-po stuff for them too.

I sure would recommend that anyone running a C-clip style axle use disc brakes to help retain the axle in case of C-clip or axle failure. Not a very common event, but it does happen.
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Old 07-16-2007, 07:29 PM   #13
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I run a 10 bolt chev rear. Installed a "Strange retainer kit" and have never had a problem with the axles. Got the kit from Jegs.
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Old 07-16-2007, 10:48 PM   #14
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rotten: Many have seal leaks with the retainer kits on street cars. Sounds like it's worked out well for you.
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Old 08-11-2007, 09:23 PM   #15
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Is the 8.8 ford rear end supposed to be 90 degrees from surface or is there a slight upswing towards the trans?

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Old 12-07-2007, 02:55 PM   #16
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called a shop finally and I don't know i guess with my ford 8" rear end it has to be cut and centered and axles shortened and resplined.So it looks good the guy says and so there is not so much side to side play. $2500.00 in labor plus parts.
This had my head spinning. I just wanted to build simple bucket not a boyd car.Can someone ease my anxieties about getting this thing together.
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Old 12-07-2007, 03:56 PM   #17
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What is the measurement from brake backing plate to brake backing plate. You don't need to center the. It sounds like someone is making a problem where there is none.
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Old 12-07-2007, 04:21 PM   #18
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Hi guys
called a shop finally and I don't know i guess with my ford 8" rear end it has to be cut and centered and axles shortened and resplined.So it looks good the guy says and so there is not so much side to side play. $2500.00 in labor plus parts.
This had my head spinning. I just wanted to build simple bucket not a boyd car.Can someone ease my anxieties about getting this thing together.
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I have an 8" Ford rearend in my Spirit frame, that's what it came with.


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Old 12-07-2007, 06:55 PM   #19
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Hey there 455T

I used a 9" out of a 1967 F100 pickup. It measures 56" from axle flange to axle flange. I centered and welded the Spirit brackets to it using measurements provided by Jeremy a couple of years ago. The pumpkin is off center to the right but it is hidden by the license plate. The axle is a little bit wide but I compensated by using 8" wide rims with a 5.5" backspace. That way, the front spacing on the rear tires matches the front spacing on my 5" front rims.

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Old 02-10-2008, 07:11 PM   #20
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as soon as the weather breaks I will get the drum to drum measurement have been tooling around with the front end and am working my way to the back.Is there any guys from the northwest indiana area that might be able to give a little encouragement or help.
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Old 02-10-2008, 11:05 PM   #21
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It's hard to be inspired at 3 below zero. I have found out though the more you figure out on these cars the more confidant you are that you will win and the problem wont. I'm doing my wiring now my hat is off to those who did this with out a kit or INTERNET. n.w. ind.
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Old 02-11-2008, 03:57 AM   #22
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If using the 10 bolt Chevy what is the widst tire that can be ran?
If the rear end is bought from Spirit does the brackets come welded on already?


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Old 02-11-2008, 04:17 AM   #23
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Well I figured oput the answer to #2.

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Old 02-11-2008, 09:44 AM   #24
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Ont he S-10 chevy rearend it is going to depend on the offset on the wheels what tire size you run.
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Mine is a 56 Chevy rear end... works just fine, takes everything I can throw at it... 335 to 1 ratio with Posi.

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