Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Fairhaven, MA
Bronco Info: 1996 Eddie-Bauer 5.8/1974 Bronco 351C
Well, winter is starting to wind down here, so I took the Bronco & Plow to the car wash and gave her a good blasting to get the salt and sand off yesterday. Having a body lift really aids in the process, lol. I put it up on the drive on lift and left the plow on, just in case we get another storm; then I uncovered the '57 and brought it home. (was a good day for it so I took the little Irish women for corn beef & cabbage while it was out)
My plan is to pull the front end out of it, install new ball joints and gears into the Desolate housings and put it back together and see how it sits, then adjust/modify/fabricate my front suspension accordingly. I had originally wanted to go with 5.89's for the Dana and 5.83's for the 9". Well, I had saved a few bucks and decided to buy the gears and a case spreader for the Dana today. I had a spreader and I let a good friend borrow it, unfortunately, he passed away and it got sold by the family with the rest of his tools. Story of my life, oh well, new one will be here next week.
Unfortunately the gears didn't go according to plan; while they do make 5.89's for the Dana 44, they do not make them in reverse cut gears. Therefore, the shortest gear I could find with a reverse cut gear were 5.38's. This left me two choices for the 9", 5.29 & 5.43's, the 5.29's were too far apart, IMO, for the 5.38 Dana then the 5.43's, plus the 5'43's will gave me a little extra in 2WD, although I would probably never be able to tell them apart.
Anyways, I didn't pull the trigger on the gears for the 9"; I'm probably gonna wait until I get the front done in case I need to spend more money on any surprises I might find. The 5.43's will probably come later in the summer.
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