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odb93
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posted March 05, 2003 11:33 AM  

 
I have mounted a 58" ford rearend under an 81 cutlass. When we mounted it we centered the housing under the car. We have since concluded that the pumpkin is offset about 1 1/2" to the passenger side.

Have I ******* up? Will the drive shaft stay in there?

Opinions?

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outlawstock17
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posted March 05, 2003 12:57 PM  
looks like you got a hold of a 68-72 pick-up truck rear end. are both axles the same length? 30"? the u-joint will take care of the offset. i run one just like it and mine is offset too. the good thing is you will only need one spare axle...

odb93
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posted March 05, 2003 02:57 PM  
Sorry Outlaw I got ahead of myself. The rearend came out of a 78 continental. It measures 58".

The axles are diff lengths. One is a few inches longer than the other.

So you have your's mounted like mine and you have not had any probs?

outlawstock17
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posted March 05, 2003 03:11 PM  
a ford 9" with a centered pinion will have 1 axle 4 inches longer than the other. the passengers side will be the long one. you might check yours. it sounds like you have a centered PINION housing. my pumpkin is offset to the passengers side 2 inches which makes both axles the same length. i haven't had any problems with it. you may have put the housing in upside down.

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66jj
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posted March 06, 2003 02:01 AM  
WHERE ARE YOU MEASURING, 78 CONTINENTAL DISC BRAKE REAREND IS 63.5 OUTSIDE TO OUTSIDE.... AND DEFFINITELY NOT CENTERED.

JEFF

outlawstock17
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posted March 06, 2003 07:02 AM  
i was wondering about that too, jeff. maybe he's measuring without the axles in it.

ford5
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posted March 06, 2003 07:18 AM  
i think he has a versailles rear

outlawstock17
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posted March 06, 2003 08:17 AM  
if he has a versaille rear, he has it in upside down. a versaille has a centered pinion and this puts the pumpkin off to the LEFT a little.

odb93
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posted March 06, 2003 09:24 AM  

 
I am pretty sure that it is out of a lincoln. However when we measured it there were a lot of empty cans setting around....

So I should measure with the axles in???

I dont think it is up side down. Check out the attached pic.

See the little valve on the top left side?
But if it is I will have the fastest culass running backwards this side of the mountains.

outlawstock17
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posted March 06, 2003 11:44 AM  
nope, it's not upside down. yes, you should measure it with the axle bearings fully seated in the housing.

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odb93
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posted March 06, 2003 11:56 AM  
Thanx outlaw. I will measure it after work.

o5racer
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posted March 06, 2003 10:44 PM  
When I ordered a 62 inch floater for my 80 cutlass I had them offset the pumpkin to the right so that both axles were the same length. The guys at JR acted like they had never in their life heard of running that setup. Wierd. The way I see it, it wont hurt anything, there is plenty of room for the driveshaft, and I only have one spare axle.

odb93
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posted March 10, 2003 08:38 AM  
I have measured and looked things over.

The rear end does measure about 63.

The axles measure 29 1/2 and 32. The 32 goes on the pass side.

We put everything together and I think we are going to be ok.

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