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Ford Dana 60 Front

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by SmokinLB7, Apr 20, 2007.

  1. SmokinLB7

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    I have found a 1978 Ford D60 front. What all will take to get this bad boy under my K5. I know spring perches and shock mounts. But what about the pinion and all that, and steering. Is anything going to be much differant?

    Thanks
    Zach
     
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    Spring perches are the same, pumpkin is on the wrong side though if you have a chevy.
     
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    Are you sure, because there is a guy selling a D60 out of a 78 F350 in the for sale section, and his pictures show it as a passanger side drop
     
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    I could almost swear that I read somewhere that ford didn't make the f350 4x4 until 1979. If that's the case then it was a f250 that your d60 came out of.
     
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    Yup I'm sure the two that I own are Drivers side drop and the 44 that I owned was drivers side drop and ever Ford that I have ever seen is drivers side drop.
     
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    Look at the pics again its upside down the perches are on the bottom and the steering arm is on the bottom, and that is the front end that I have.
     
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    It will bolt in, the perches are the same width. U-joint might be the same, either a 1310 or 1330. Shock mounts are different, steering might work, brakelines maybe. The big concern is driver drop. You could swap t-cases, or sell that one, buy a GM 60. Can get more for the HP60.
     
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    I knew I missed something there. I thought ford was driver drop too, but I guess I didnt really check the picture that hard...I just wanted it to be true:D
     
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    The ford high pinion D60's go for more than the GM's? Really? Cuz if that is the case, i can definatly sell this one...I can get a rediculously good deal on it.
     
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    whats a ridiculouslly good deal?

    More? eh not so sure. About the same in the scheme of things I think. Yes the high pinion setup is more desirable, but the bigger dual piston calipers are a stumbling block for a lot of people. To run 15" rims you have to convert to 3/4 ton brakes(step down in braking power) or convert to Chevy knuckles and brakes. The Ford knuckles are weaker than the Chevy units. And the wheel studs are 1/2" instead of 9/16". So in the end I think the value sits about the same between the 2. Just depends what you want.

    I sold a GM D60 to put a High Pinion Ford 60 under my S10. Glad I did, and would do it again.
     
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    $350-$400.


    Did you convert your T-Case?
     
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    wouldn't have needed to, an S10 has driver's drop. However could always use a NP-241 out of an IFS truck. But my S10 has a 203/205 doubler using a Ford 205, so its setup for the D60.
     
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    I sold a whole truck for $1400 and the guy wanted the front end only;) so $300-$400 is a screaming deal
     

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