Bronco Forum - Full Size Ford Bronco Forum banner
1 - 19 of 19 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
27 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
OK I've tried to search the forum on this, but it won't let me search for anything with 60 or 5 in it as they are too common. So after reading about 50 posts I still haven't found my answer, so I turn to you and ask for help.

My question is: I came across what looks like a dana sixty 5 lug in a rusted out 78 bronco ranger in my buddy's pit. The owner said that it was a 60 and it definately looks like a 60. Did Ford ever offer a 60 five lug? I can't find any info on this, only for the International axle. Any help would be appreciated thanks.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,891 Posts
use4lo said:
OK I've tried to search the forum on this, but it won't let me search for anything with 60 or 5 in it as they are too common. So after reading about 50 posts I still haven't found my answer, so I turn to you and ask for help.

My question is: I came across what looks like a dana sixty 5 lug in a rusted out 78 bronco ranger in my buddy's pit. The owner said that it was a 60 and it definately looks like a 60. Did Ford ever offer a 60 five lug? I can't find any info on this, only for the International axle. Any help would be appreciated thanks.

Yes they used a 5lug 60 but not in 78, i THINK it was around 77 or older only. Also it isnt a full floater it is semi-float which is less desireable to most people. They were very rare and im not sure how many splines they came with but I heard that some are 19 spline which is really weak. Im sure it would be worth checking out though.:thumbup
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
236 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
236 Posts
use4lo said:
My question is: I came across what looks like a dana sixty 5 lug in a rusted out 78 bronco ranger in my buddy's pit. The owner said that it was a 60 and it definately looks like a 60. Did Ford ever offer a 60 five lug? I can't find any info on this, only for the International axle. Any help would be appreciated thanks.
There were some Rear Dana 44's in that time frame... I'll have to check my notes...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
27 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
all right no BOM, but there were #'s cast into the housing. They are 309 on top of the pumpkin and to the right top of the diff cover was g-32501. It's approx 65 1/2" wms
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
27 Posts
Discussion Starter · #12 ·
looks the same but can't really judge the size from those pics. I know it's not a 44, 10 bolt, 14 bolt or an 8.8. It's got a huge pumpkin, removable cover and it's in a 78 bronco as well. I'll try to get some pics next time I'm over there and hopefully the axle gods here at FSB can ID it. I'm gonna bring something to scrape the tube for the BOM hopefully it will show. Is 60 cast into the webbing somewhere. Everything I've read says it should be just lookin to comfirm this.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
236 Posts
use4lo said:
OK found the BOM 603259 which seems to make it the International axle. Now to source parts for it.
You missed the dash number! :duh


BOM Diff type Ration R&P kit Case Case kit Inner parts kit Shaft RH Shaft LH Manufacturer Model Location Year Application

603259-1 Standard 3.54 706660-1X 706664X 706668X 706671X 35455-3 35455-3 IHC 60 Rear 1971 1/2/1973 1000 & 1100 Pick-up & Station Wagon
603259-10 Trac-Lok 3.73 706660-2X 706662X 706666X 706670X 35455-3 35455-3 IHC 60 Rear 1971 1/2/1973 1000 & 1100 Pick-up & Station Wagon
603259-2 Trac-Lok 3.54 706660-1X 706662X 706666X 706670X 35455-3 35455-3 IHC 60 Rear 1971 1/2/1973 1000 & 1100 Pick-up & Station Wagon
603259-3 Standard 4.1 706660-3X 706664X 706668X 706671X 35455-3 35455-3 IHC 60 Rear 1971 1/2/1973 1000 & 1100 Pick-up & Station Wagon
603259-4 Trac-Lok 4.1 706660-3X 706662X 706666X 706670X 35455-3 35455-3 IHC 60 Rear 1971 1/2/1973 1000 & 1100 Pick-up & Station Wagon
603259-9 Standard 3.73 706660-2X 706664X 706668X 706671X 35455-3 35455-3 IHC 60 Rear 1971 1/2/1973 1000 & 1100 Pick-up & Station Wagon
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
236 Posts
THe axle shaft are the same length, good news

Old doc show length at 31 19/32" and new Doc says they are 30.94"
Only 30 spline! (Think of it as a Dana 44 with a larger ring and pinion)
So your WMS-WMS is around 65-63"


For parts, Spicer Expert site has all you need. I use Napa as they've no issues using Spicer part numbers.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
27 Posts
Discussion Starter · #16 ·
As it turns out the guy has 2 of these axles. The one in the bronco and one disassembled for spare parts. He claims it's 4.10 trac-loc in the bronco. It was all I could do to find that # with all the rust.

As far as shafts go I haven't broken any in 8.8 or the hp44. I just keep wiping out the R&P on errant stumps and rocks.

Thanks for the info again it has been very helpful
 

·
Former owner of Shadofax
Joined
·
17,026 Posts
use4lo said:
As it turns out the guy has 2 of these axles. The one in the bronco and one disassembled for spare parts. He claims it's 4.10 trac-loc in the bronco. It was all I could do to find that # with all the rust.

As far as shafts go I haven't broken any in 8.8 or the hp44. I just keep wiping out the R&P on errant stumps and rocks.

Thanks for the info again it has been very helpful
Just curious but why do you want this axle? A Semifloat 30 spline axle? you could do some modding to it, but without it being fullfloat, like Mr. N said it's got shafts like a D44 and no fullfloat to helpem out. The 8.8 shafts are bigger.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
27 Posts
Discussion Starter · #18 ·
I just blew $1900 on my SAS. I went 5 lug on my 44, then blew up the 8.8 again. The 2nd time in 8 months. I'm not breaking axle shafts just wiping out the R&P. I don't have the funds currently available to buy the 8 lug outers for the 44, new rims and a new axle as well as regear it. I would rebuild the 8.8 again temporarily but I warped the housing. A new 8.8 would require moving the stock shock mounts and rewelding the ladder bar mounts. Just does not seem worth it. I've been told I can upgrade the 60 to 8 lug later if I choose by changing the R&P, carrier, shafts and outers. Was thinking it was a good middle of the road axle till I can go full 8 lug.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
236 Posts
use4lo said:
I just blew $1900 on my SAS. I went 5 lug on my 44, then blew up the 8.8 again. The 2nd time in 8 months. I'm not breaking axle shafts just wiping out the R&P. I don't have the funds currently available to buy the 8 lug outers for the 44, new rims and a new axle as well as regear it. I would rebuild the 8.8 again temporarily but I warped the housing. A new 8.8 would require moving the stock shock mounts and rewelding the ladder bar mounts. Just does not seem worth it. I've been told I can upgrade the 60 to 8 lug later if I choose by changing the R&P, carrier, shafts and outers. Was thinking it was a good middle of the road axle till I can go full 8 lug.
It can't hurt. time to crunch some numbers and see how much it'll cost.

Also check Dana 60 axle shaft prices.
 
1 - 19 of 19 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top