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Author Topic:   Identifying pinto spindles
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 376
posted January 10, 2005 04:39 PM  
I'm looking to buy some pinto spindles, but the guy that has them does'nt know what year they are. Is there any way to tell if they are pre-1974? I need them for a DW-8,& I was told that I need 74 or newer.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 36
posted January 10, 2005 05:22 PM  
We have a wrecking yard and I looked it up and the notes show differant casting #'s
74 up will have starting D4 or D5; older will be D1 D2 or D3. If they have cast numbers, our notes sometimes shows this and you cant find numbers otherwise get yourself a for sure right one and compare. Hope this helps

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 195
posted January 10, 2005 09:51 PM  
You can generally tell by the asking price!LOL!!!

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 376
posted January 11, 2005 04:44 AM  
there's always got a be a wisea$$ in the bunch don't there. How ya doin? Long time no hear from. Hope ya had a great holiday.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 879
posted January 11, 2005 07:22 AM  
'74-'81 Pinto & Bobcat, '74-'78 Mustang 2 cars w/ disc brake are what you need. I have come across a '72 Pinto station wagon w/ disc brakes, but the spindles were shorter and puny lookin. The '74 and newer are beefy lookin pieces. Go to ebay and look at some on there to give you an idea of what to look for. Also, there'll be a big dot on the top face of the spindle above the kingpin if they're oem. Hope this helps.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 753
posted January 11, 2005 04:08 PM  
Yeah the first two letter number combination on ford parts is the year. D4 would be 74 C=60 D=70 E=80 and so on.

Hope that helps

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 376
posted January 11, 2005 04:10 PM  
Ebay is where these are at that I was thinking about bidding on. The seller said these had a D3 stamped on them,(thanks JDTURNLEFT), but said they had been reamed for a DirtWorks. I was told by DW that they run 74 & up pinto spindles. Whats the diff?

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 119
posted January 11, 2005 05:19 PM  
One is 6 1/8 inch and the other is 7 1/8 inch from top ball joint surface to bottom ball joint surface. If my memory serves me correct I used the 7 1/8 inch. That what Harris calls for. I'll measure tonight if I am wrong I let you know.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 376
posted January 11, 2005 08:26 PM  
I just got an e-mail from Andy at DW. He said 74 & up only for our DW-8. Thanks guys for all the help. Yall have a great 2005 season.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 280
posted January 11, 2005 09:29 PM  
Try this

Prices start at $25. EVen with shipping it's way cheaper. I've asked and gotten digital pics from salvage yards before I bought things.

Good luck,

[This message has been edited by superdave (edited January 11, 2005).]

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 34
posted January 12, 2005 08:16 AM  
From what I have found, If you check the thread on the end of the spindle where the hub goes on, If the thread is all the way to the end it is a pre 74 short spindle. If the thread stops about 7/16" from the end it is a 74 or newer tall spindle. If it still has the rotor on it, all you need to do is take the dust cap off to check.Can not say that this is 100 percent true, but it has worked on all the ones that I have checked.

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