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Old March 5th, 2006, 11:07 PM   #1
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OK I've been offered a ford van rear axle, probably something from the 1980 but not sure. probably a E250 or E350 but not sure of that either. i do know it had a 460 in it.

So what axle should it have? D60? I was told it would be a 3/4 ton.

Any reason I wouldn't want to use it? Anyone know what the width of it might be?

i guess I could go look and answer most of these questions myself but it's 50 miles away and sitting in a field.

I was thinking of a possible swap to replace the model 20 in my cherokee chief.
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Bruce pretty sure it's a D60. Not sure if they used the Sterlings under vans. The ones we have had at work all had D60's. I can't help you on width or anything else sorry.
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I was thinking the 1/2 tons had the 9 3/4" axles and the rest either had D60 or D 70s
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the 9 3/4 axles did not stasrt until 97 and they were the heavy duty 1/2tons.
I know most ford van axles were a little wider than the trucks ones
I know for sure the 1/2 ton 8.8 vans where wider not sure about the 3/4.
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I have a 97 and 99 1 ton E-350 and they measure about 67 inches drum to drum. From 92-01 the E-150's came with semi-floating 8.8, or 9.75 . The E-250's had semi-floating D60's, E-350 had either full floating D60 or D70 probably depending on if it were a super duty or not. Hopefully some of this info might be able to help.
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If its a Dana axle, go to Dana's website and run the numbers..

There's a Dana 61 also used back under some ford vans...
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the 9 3/4 axles did not stasrt until 97 and they were the heavy duty 1/2tons.
I know most ford van axles were a little wider than the trucks ones
I know for sure the 1/2 ton 8.8 vans where wider not sure about the 3/4.
my `69 galaxie had a 9 3/4 31 spline from the factory, I should know I rebuilt it twice. they made that axle way before 1980 and they used it in almost all the light trucks with the bigger engines. I know they were still building them in in the `80's
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From 80-96 1/2 ton truck had either the 9" early years 80-86ish, and from ther on it was the 8.8 until 96
97+ was 8.8 with the 6cly,and 4.6l (9.75 maybe w/offroad package not sure), 9.75 was used in the 5.4 trucks
the 9.75 axle was a brand new axle. I watched them install the line, I work at the Ford Axle plant

Ford did not make a 9.75 axle prior to 96
Ford car rear axle's were
7.5"
8.5"
8.8"
8"
9"
Truck axles
7.5"
8.8"
9"
9.75"
10.25"
10.5"
And now some IRS's not sure on the size.
Now I am not sure what they used as of non ford axles, like Dana or something else
Every Ford Rear axle came out of this plant.

As for the Van axles I know the 8.8 is wider than the truck version but not sure on the rest.
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Looking at the years, I'd be almost certain thats a Dana 61. That was the normal axle used in 3/4 ton and 1 ton 80s Ford vans.

Its a bastard dana 60, really. The gearset is different to run high gears, 3.07s, 3.31s, 3.54s.

It is possible, with a special spacer kit, to run Dana 60 gears in it, but might just be better off finding a different rear, if thats the case.

Otherwise, its the same thing as a standard rear dana 60. 9.75" ring gears, full floating 30 spline 1.31" axleshafts (i.e. Dana 44 size shafts)
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It may also be a D60HD. It would have larger spindles to take 35 spline shafts. You'd end up with custom shafts though as the van D60HDs were wider than the truck D60HDs.

I was trying my hardest to find a Ford van D60HD. I gave up after a while. I found the applications looking through a combination of different manufacturer's axle shaft and gearset books.
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