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Ford 9" Diff
« on: July 12, 2011, 03:17:23 pm »
Here's some good info if your looking to replace factory diff with a ford 9"



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Year & Model
   
Axle Length
   
Notes
1965-1966 Mustang    57.25 inches    
1967-1970 Mustang    59.25 inches    
1971-1973 Mustang    61.25 inches    
1977-1981 Versailles     58.50 inches    
1967-1973 Mustang, Torino, Ranchero, Fairlane    59.25 inches to
61.25 inches     
1957-1959 Ranchero and station wagon    57.25 inches    
1966-1977 Bronco    58 inches    
1977-1981 Granada/Versailles    58 inches    
1967-1971 Comet, Cougar, Mustang, Fairlane    59.25 inches    
1971-1973 Mustang    61.25 inches    
1964 Falcon    58 inches    
1967 Cougar    60 inches    
1967 Fairlane    63.50 inches     coil springs
1972 Ford Van 3/4 ton    68 inches    
1973-1986 Ford Van 3/4 ton    65.25 inches    

1957-1959 Ranchero and station wagon
   

57.25 inches
   narrowest 9" housing
1966-1977 Bronco    58 inches    5-on-5 1/2 inch diameter bolt circle
1967-1973 Torinos, Rancheros, Fairlanes    59.25 inches or
61.25 inches    
1967-1971 Comets, Cougars, Fairlanes     59.25 inches     
1975 Mustang II 8"    57.00 inches    
1974 Maverick 8"    56.50 inches    
Where To Find The Nine Inch Rear Axle

1967-1973 medium and big block Mustangs and Cougars 1966-1971 Fairlanes, Torinos, Montegos, Comets, and other Ford intermediates with big blocks.
1957-1959 V8 Fords and Mercurys
1977-1981 Lincoln Versailles & Trucks
Types Of Nine Inch Axle Housings

1967-1973 Mustang/Cougar - light duty, thinnest housing material, small axle bearings, 28 and 31 splines.
1957-1968 passenger car and 1/2 ton truck - medium duty, stronger than Mustang type, 28 and 31 splines.
Ranchero/Torino - heavy duty thick wall housing, 3.25 inch diameter axle tubes with flat tops.
1969-1977 Galaxies (coils), Lincolns (coils), and late pickups (leaf)- 3.25 inch diameter all the way to the backing plate, coil housings have upper control arm mount
How To Recognize Nine Inch Housing Centers

1957 - no dimples, flat center band up the center of the rear cover, bottom drain plug.
1958-1959 - two dimples on back of housing, flat center band, some had drain holes.
1960-1967 - two dimples, flat center band, oil level hole in back cover.
1963-1977 Lincoln, LTD, Thunderbirds had 9.375 inch centers, housings were cut away at the gasket surface for ring gear clearance, one curved rib at the front top portion of differential, strong but no gears.
Tip On Shortening Nine Inch Axles

1972 and earlier 31 spline axles have the ability to be shortened.

28 spline axles are tapered and cannot be shortened and re-splined.
1973 and later cars have a 5-on-5 bolt circle and the axles cannot be shortened.
1967-1973 Mustang axles can be identified by wheel flange:
                Oval hole = 28 splines. 
                Two large holes and counter-sunk center = 31 splines.
D. Paulson

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