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Dana 60 identification

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Gmck2500mudder, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. Gmck2500mudder

    Gmck2500mudder Registered Member

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    The other day the front end in my truck locked up. I took off the cover and found that it is totally ****ed . I have a guy near my house who has a truck for sale with a dana 60 in the front and back. How can identify whether or not they are truly dana 60s. How much is one dana 60 worth?
    Also. The guy will give me a transfer case but the gears are done. Can I buy new gears for a 205?
     
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    The easiest way to ID a GM D60 Front is:
    1) King pin knuckles instead of ball joint
    2) 3-ubolts and 2 bolts into the axle housing on the pass. side. instead of 4 u-bolts
    3) "60F" Stamped on the front of the housing (lower right side of the pumpkin)
     
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    Any idea what one is worth? Is it common to have one in the front and one in the back?
     
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    Not in a chevy, it should have a 14b in the back. If it is a Dodge then yes it is. The 60 was the top single rear wheel axle in a Dodge. The 60 rear was the top rear axle in Fords for quite a while too. Look for the 60f if its a 44 it will have 44 written there. I have met tons of poeple with Chevys that have d44s and 14bs and have told me that they were 60s front and rear though.
     
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    This is what the top of a D60 kingpin knuckle looks like:

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    (this is the steering arm side)


    GM used some D60 rears back in the early 70's.. But most were 16 spline shafts...

    And on the Np205 gears, contact Kyle at North West Fab... He is in the Vendor section! :thumb:
     
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    K. I got the guy to read the numbers off the diff cover, off of the front end and the numbers were: C37986. I think. I was kinda muddy and hrd to read but that is what i got.

    Can this help to identify whether or not it is a dana 60. I got these numbers over the phone and its a pretty good drive to go back just to find out that its not worth it. So if i could figure this out before i go back that would be great. Any help would be awsome.
     
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    I used the D60 bible over on pirate... they link to Dana's site where you can search for a bill of material (BOM) on dana stuff. I put that number in, and it didn't find anything. My guess is, the number is incomplete. Dana didn't stamp it very deeply into the metal, so its a real biaaatch to read and the guy may have left off a couple of digits covered by dirt or something.

    Did you ask him how many bolts holds the steering arm on? leaf spring u-bolt vs studs count would help too...

    j
     
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    The BOM # with be on the axle tube and NOT on the diff cover.

    BOM location:
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    Photo courtesy of BV D60 bible.
     
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    What could the number on the diff cover tell me?
     
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    So the number that I have wont tell me anything?
     
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    not as far as I know. I mis-read your post... I thought he got it off the tube. Its pretty much the only number of use. If I was you I'd make sure the u-bolt/steering arm bolt count was 60-like and then just go out and see the dang thing. If the guy would snap some pics it would help a lot. lol!

    j
     
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    I agree with Jek. either get pics and then go out there... Or make sure the knuckle tops had a square 4 bolt pattern and the drivers side spring mount had (1) u-bolt and (2) bolts/studs...
     
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    Thanks a lot for all your help lads. Ill try to get those pics and post them.
     

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