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Who's running a Ford front Dana 60?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by nvrenuf, May 29, 2002.

  1. nvrenuf

    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    Who\'s running a Ford front Dana 60?

    I'm curious about mounting a Ford 60 in a 83 K30 frame. The spring perches on my 87 Ford 60 are approx. 4 1/2" wider than a Chevy 60, what is everyone doing to make it fit? Shorten the long side? The short side is shorter than a Chevy, any problems with that?
     
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    Re: Who\'s running a Ford front Dana 60?

    What are you doing about the fact that the pumpkin is on the wrong side?
     
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    Re: Who\'s running a Ford front Dana 60?

    Well, that's also something I'm trying to work out. I'm working on putting a Ford NP205 or a IFS Chevy NV241 onto a Chevy 32 spline 4spd. Worst case I can fall back on a divorced Ford NP205.

    I want to figure out the 60 first because if that wont go then there's no sense in worrying about the t-case.
     
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    Re: Who\'s running a Ford front Dana 60?

    Somewhere in the '80's Ford made the D60 front axle perches wider. The older D60's would bolt right in place of a GM D60.

    If I were you, I would either sell or trade that D60 you have for an older one with the perches in the proper location so they would bolt right in place of your GM axle.
     
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    Re: Who\'s running a Ford front Dana 60?

    Isn't Stephen Watson running a Ford 60? You might ask this question on the ORD board.
     
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    Re: Who\'s running a Ford front Dana 60?

    Thanks for the point in the right direction! I've put a post out over there.
     
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    Re: Who\'s running a Ford front Dana 60?

    Actually I think Stephen is running a Ford center section with GM outers. A little expensive to make but it does keep it simple.
     
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    Re: Who\'s running a Ford front Dana 60?

    I want to check the Diameter of the Ford 31 spline input. If it takes the same bearing as the 32 spline GM unit, swap in the GM input to a Ford 205, and redrill the case to accept the GM adaptor. Or if you are going to use the doubler, order it for the Ford case.
     
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    Re: Who\'s running a Ford front Dana 60?

    A '78 or '79 Ford Dana 60 both have the spring perches in the right place for a Chevy and they are the open knuckle king pin style. There are also a few from the 80's but I do not recall which years. And to fix the pumpkin problem, if you have the cash, get a Ford np205 with a 32 spline (I believe) input and a GM np 203. Then call Mr. Watson at ORD and get yourself a custom doubler. Walla! High pinion Dana 60 up front and 2:1 or 3.8:1 low range. WooHoo!
     
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    Re: Who\'s running a Ford front Dana 60?

    Since you already got that Ford 60, I gotta think it's worth atleast 1 1/2 times what a Chevy 60 brings. If it was me I'd sell the Ford and then you have extra $$$ for other mods after buying a Chevy 60. Just my .03$
     
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    Re: Who\'s running a Ford front Dana 60?

    John, I have a 78 Ford D60 that has not yet been installed but the spring perches are just right for the Blazer frame. I am building the cross members for the NP203 GM/NP205 Ford (ORD) doubler and if you care to see pictures of the setup go to my webshots album and look at the drive line album. I need to post some up to date photos but just have not had the time. I would look for a different axle but the Ford axles a harder to find and cost a little more. You do get a high pinion and also get the drive shaft away from the starter for more clearance so I thought it was worth the extra effort.
     
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    Re: Who\'s running a Ford front Dana 60?

    First, I really appreciate everyones input. Once again, this site is a wealth of info!! THANKS!!

    Hey Rodzzilla...

    Try this, get the size of the bearing surface on the 32 spline input gear and then get the hole size from the case. Once you've got these measurements go to an industrial bearing supply store and get real friendly with a salesperson. See if they can find a bearing that has each measurement you want, this would allow you to put the GM input gear in the Ford case with no mods.

    I did this very same thing with a TH400 / 205 combo using a 10 spline 4spd case. A local bearing parts house found a bearing that fit both sizes so I was able to put the female 32 spline input into a 10 spline 4spd case without having to bore the case. It works just fine, like it was original. In fact, unless you measure my bearing you can't tell it's not factory stuff.
     
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    Re: Who\'s running a Ford front Dana 60?

    Bill, thanks for the excellent info! Of course, now I have to figure out a way to trade someone my 87 axle for an older one. I saw your pictures, I like the clocked t-case assembly - that thing will be nice and smooth underneath!

    I do have a Chevy axle so if all else fails I can use the standard set up but since I'll be running a 4spd I wanted the high pinion advantage to make up for the hard front driveshaft angle.

    Thanks again!
     
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    Re: Who\'s running a Ford front Dana 60?

    Stephan is running a Tera 60 Housing with I think Chevy outers....
     
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    Re: Who\'s running a Ford front Dana 60?

    and a link suspension so spring perches are not an issue
     
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    Re: Who\'s running a Ford front Dana 60?

    Bust the spot welds for the tubes on the pumpkin ( heat the housing up. use a press to pull the tube ends out then switch the sides press them back in. Had a freind do that with a ford high pinion D44. works like a charm.
     

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