axle is a Dana 44 from a '79 Ford F150. It is missing the
knuckles out and the radius arms and coils. I can reuse some
of the parts from my TTB suspension and will have to fab up
others. I will keep visiting junkyards and looking online
for the rest of the parts I will need.
also has precision 4.88 ratio gears and a True Trac Limited
a pair of 79 coil buckets from Lightnin another Bronco
enthusiast that has completed his SAS and sent me the
buckets he didn't need.
months of searching I finally got a Dana 44 HP from a
junkyard. It included the radius arms, steering linkage and
a tire I couldn't get off out in the yard. It's not bad and
will replace my spare tire which is slightly smaller than
44 Hi Pinion. 2.25 Diameter .5" thick Tubes (no wonder
it's so heavy. drum brakes, Spicer 5-297x U-Joints The
Panhard bar has a welded on bracket where the 78 one above
might have had a small engine oil leak.
time with a pressure washer and there was an axle under all
that gunk. I highlighted it so you can tell it from the
other two axles behind it.
as far as the eye can see.
carriers Trac-Loc 4.88 in front, Open 3.38 in back
I spent a
couple more hours with a can of Gunk, a wire brush and
another power wash to get the housing and radius arms clean.
I then gave them a good coat of primer and paint.
I drove 160
miles to pick up a pair of knuckles, spindles and brake
caliper mounts to convert back to disk brakes.
New Ball Joints
I had to put heat on all but one to
remove them. Unfortunately my propane torch started acting
up on me so I will continue in the morning.
I couldn't get the original nuts on
the lower ball joints. The threads are punched to make a
lock nut out of them. They were punched too hard and the
inner ball would spin. there was nothing to grab on to so I
ground down the old upper castle nuts and used them with
cotter pins instead.
The 4.88 gears and
Trac Lok are installed and shimmed.
I ran out and got 10
5/8" x 1" Allan bolts. I need to go get a gasket but I just
got back from the store and don't feel like making another
trip right now.
The axles and brake
mounts are in place.
Testing the linkage.
Sure enough they hit the rock guard when turning. I will
have to flip the arms and re taper the holes.
The spindles are on but I have to go
buy 10 spindle / knuckle nuts.
The 7/16-20 nuts and lock washers
installed. Brake calipers in place.