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Ford vs GM Dana 60

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by txbartman, Jan 11, 2002.

  1. txbartman

    txbartman 1/2 ton status

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    What's the difference between a Ford Dana 60 front versus a GM Dana 60 front? When looking for one, which should I look for? What should I expect to pay for a used one in decent condition?

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    At least on the older Fords, the differential was on the opposite side. [​IMG] I haven't paid enough attention to the new ones to notice if that has changed.

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    The Ford D60 does center on the drivers side and you will need to use a Ford T-case to make this setup work. The advantage is the Ford D60 has a High Pinion for ground clearance and with the drive shaft on the drivers side it leaves easy access to the starter. This is the setup that I am using so I know that it works. Bill

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    you can use a ford transfer case,or a np241 out of an ifs chevy,they too had a drivers side diff.
     
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    Ford diff is high pinion but it is on the driver side. You will need a Ford T-case to run one. Not a probleem if you were going to get the doubler, because ORD can hook you up with a GM 203 to Ford 205 custom doubler. The Ford can not run 35 spline outers because (I think) the spindle is too narrow. But you can put GM knuckles, spindles, hubs and brakes on the Ford and then run 35 spline outers. You have to change them all because the Ford knuckle has five studs and the GM knuckle has six.

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    the centersection is on the driverside i would stick with GM then it keeps it a basic swap!!

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    Isn't the high pinion just a reverse rotation ring &amp; pinion with the housing flipped upside-down? Maybe you could flip the housing on a gm d-60?

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  8. so are ford dana 60s any cheeper or more common at the junkyard? how about spring pad width?

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    No, it won't oil properly.

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    sprin pads are different from years earlly to late 70 and then the 80 go wide but i think chev frame different than for so you would have to move perchs
    (and 70-80 i think the perch on one side is cast to housing )
     
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    The casting is different for a reverse rotation diff. The internal passageway that sends lube to the pinion bearings is different, to make sure the lube gets to where it needs to be.

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    If you happen to find a Ford HP D60 I'd be happy to trade you housings and inner shafts for my Chevy stuff--you can keep the big dual piston calipers on the Ford. [​IMG]

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