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Unread 01-20-2007, 06:58 PM   #16
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Oh. Ok, so if I want locking hubs (which I assume to be better/more desirable), then I want one from an F-150 with a part time t-case. I'm glad you told me that. The only one i've heard of lately would have been the wrong one.
Remember, if you get one from an f150 your not gonna be able to cut the tubes down at all to shorten it. As was previously mentioned, the 150/bronco's used coil sprung suspension and had cast wedges on the axle tubes to mount the radius arms. They cant be cut off or ground down. What your gonna need is a 3/4ton dana 44 from a leaf sprung 250 of that era, cut it down to size and swap on some 5 lug outers from a 150 or bronco.

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Unread 01-20-2007, 11:11 PM   #17
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I think I'm going to hold out for one from a grand wagoneer. I don't want to cut anything down. Till then i'll just leave my d30 open and wait for a waggy 44 or a good deal on d30 chromo shafts.
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Unread 01-21-2007, 03:52 PM   #18
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Remember, if you get one from an f150 your not gonna be able to cut the tubes down at all to shorten it. As was previously mentioned, the 150/bronco's used coil sprung suspension and had cast wedges on the axle tubes to mount the radius arms. They cant be cut off or ground down. What your gonna need is a 3/4ton dana 44 from a leaf sprung 250 of that era, cut it down to size and swap on some 5 lug outers from a 150 or bronco.
That is not completely true. The 77-79 F-150's had the two piece axle tube but at least some of the 76's had a one piece tube and disk brakes. I have one in the garage waiting until I am ready to go spring over. I was quite surprised to actually find one when I was looking for repalcement axles.
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Unread 02-13-2013, 06:17 PM   #19
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Ive been yo-yo'ing the same idea's. My LP30 is bent, the rd-30 arb locker has 3 of 6 bolts for the pneumatic cap sheared off, my axle eyes are stretching and all the mounts basically suck ***. I havent even wheeled it that hard. I've considered gettting a HP30, shaving off all the brackets and putting on a T&T truss with all the brackets and geting JJ's, chromo axles, etc... even with reusing my locker a HP30 well polished is still about 2200.00. After looking under my front end today for about 2 hrs trying to get those sheared bolts out and breaking off a screw extractor, I've decided to say F it. Im gonna source a 78 F250/F150 HP44 shave off the mounts, cut it down to 63" or so and weld on a truss, throw in a Detroit, chromo's and 4.88's, Chevy outters and run hi steer... Im tired of polishing.
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Unread 02-13-2013, 11:07 PM   #20
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Google Mr. N, his site will tell you which ford axle has a solid tube.
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Unread 02-14-2013, 12:31 PM   #21
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You can polish that 30 good enough to wheel with 35s fairly cheap.

Just go to a junk yard and get the late 90x XJ shafts. I've run 35s and 37s on mine. I'm not the craziest wheeler on the forum but I've been known to take a line or two.

If I had it to do over I would build a 44 from the start.

I just want to let you know that you can build a rig that will go the same places as a D44 for fairly cheap.

(Almost everyone I wheel with has a 44, 60 or toy axle upfront)
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Unread 02-14-2013, 02:07 PM   #22
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Get a good cheap 8.8 from an F150, it will be the same width as the D44. If you want to run bigger tires you're gonna need the extra width.
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