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Ribbed 14BFF Van Housing?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Beast388, Feb 17, 2003.

  1. Beast388

    Beast388 1/2 ton status

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    I found this picture on ebay a couple of days ago. The ad stated that this housing was from a van. You can see in the pic that housing is heavily ribbed on the outside. Has anyone else seen such an animal? If so, any idea what the OEM application was?
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  2. nvrenuf

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    I'm pretty sure that all 14 bolt housings produced from 87 or 88 on had that ribbing. My 91 V series crew cab as one.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
    My 91 V series crew cab as one

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    Mine too! No real difference with the ribs, although it does get the pumpkin slide over rocks a little better than catching on that big lip on the older ones. I think the ribbed housing appeared in 89 or 90 - but I have no real facts to back it up.
     
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    The ribs could be for better cooling at road speeds.Looks cool too. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Used for strengthening the carrier. Somewhere down the line of development it was most likely noisey. It does add to cooling. You will usually find this on most aluminum carriers.
     
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    I'm pretty sure that all 14 bolt housings produced from 87 or 88 on had that ribbing. My 91 V series crew cab as one.

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    <font color="green"> It wasn't used as early as 87, my 14bFF is from an 87 and doesn't have those. It does appear to be thicker on the bottom than alot of 14 bolts though, since the lip isn't very big at all. </font>
     
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    A friend of mine has one that came out of a '90 model crew cab that looks like that. Man that thing is beefy! The part of the center housing where that tubes slide in is over 1 inch thick!



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