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Ford front D44 + Chevy D44 spindles = ???????

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by AJMBLAZER, Oct 9, 2000.

  1. AJMBLAZER

    AJMBLAZER Better to be lucky than good. Premium Member

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    Okay, if you read my earlier post, the IFS is finally on my last nerves. I'm determined to get rid of it now. Damn thing just isn't up to how I 'wheel (and I don't think I even rag on it that hard), and it just was never ment to be lifted. So it's time to start getting in to this Dana 44 swap. I need to find a D44 from a late 70's Ford truck, and make it the Chevy 6 lug pattern. I've been told that this is pretty much an off/on swap, but I dunno. The guy who told me this said that you just put everything from the spindles out of a Chevy 6 lug D44 onto the Ford D44 housing and tubes. Is this true? I hope so, I want to make it as parts store basic as possible. Meaning my non-mechanical @ss can buy any part for it at the local NAPA, AutoZone, Kragen, who ever. What would I need to do this? My plan is to eventually upgrade it with ORD shafts when I have more money and am going up to the 35's and 6" lift. Until then the stock shafts should be good. Also, anyone got a clue on how the steering should be hooked up on this? I'd like crossover steering, but since I am only going to do this 3" lift now, then later the 6", as long as the 3" steering works, I don't care to much. Anyone know what the best year Ford D44 is to use, and what Chevy D44 spindles/etc will fit right? Thanks.
    I know this is kinda confusing and jumbled, but any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

    1992 Blazer Sport, 350 TBI, 4L60, 3" Gibson, K&N, 3" Rancho, 285/75R16 on 16x8 Baja's [​IMG]
     
  2. RaisedK5

    RaisedK5 1/2 ton status

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    Yeah it should fit, i've seen a bunch of articles in all the magazines about using ford rotors on chevy spindles with the backing plate, so i don't see any reason why you cant use chevy spindles ( i think they're exactly the same) hubs rotors, etc. on the ford axle.

    RaisedK5

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  3. Donovan

    Donovan 1/2 ton status

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    Now don't quote me, but look for the 77 and earlier 44 out of a 1/2 ton truck. They have coils with welded on ears which can easily taken off and it is a high pinion. Some of the early Ford Dana 44 had king pins, you don't want those. Make sure the outside knuckle looks like a chevy style. If you get a 78 and later 1/2 ford they are also High Pinions but the ears for the radius arm is all cast in there and you will have a hard time trying to weld spring perches to it. Also the disc brakes that ford uses will use a 5 bolt spindle and the chevy spindle will not work. You could just use the ford center and change out the outside knuckle with a chevy knuckle and that will work also. I am sorry if that doesn't make any sense. If you want some more info let me know and I will try to explain a little more.

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