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another $100 junk yard find!

so i stumbled across this today. 100 bucks, 54K


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specs, 2001 crown victoria 8.8, 28 spline, 2.73 ratio.

i wonder what my plans may be for this?
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Looks like someones getting disc brakes!
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lucky....
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Awesome now for the mounting and reconditioning part of the conversion.
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damn your good!

heres the axle tore down
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lucky me, new parking brake shoes!
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some parts
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i'm not sure if this is going to work. i will need a right side hose for the left side as the left side on the crown vic has the T built into it. i hope the axle shaft will be in the right place.
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Awesome now for the mounting and reconditioning part of the conversion.
i have done some homework, these should just "bolt" to the ranger tubes.

everything is in good shape, minor cleaning and machining of the rotors.

i wont be cleaning and painting things as i live on a dirt road and will just trash them anyway off roading.
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So that disc set-up should just bolt to the stock ranger 8.8?
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sweet.
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it should bolt to the stock 28 spline. i will have to weld a bracket for the hoses and make a tab for the support bracket. i'm hoping to have it done next monday.
parking brake cables will be an issue i'll deal with if i get the swap to work.
they did however leave all the cables intact!
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I remember someone else saying something like that. I'm very intrested in this
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the crown vic rotors are almost identical to the explorer rotors. this is promising.

the only concern i have it weather or not the ranger axle shaft is going to be in the right place. we'll see i guess.
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have fun with it man!!


I love my stock rear disc
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You will have good highway mpgs if you stay with that ratio
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You will have good highway mpgs if you stay with that ratio
haha, i don't think his truck would move with that ratio.


hes using the brakes off the axle for his truck.
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does that thing have a chrome cover or something?
it looks shiny.
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uh ok kevin lol.

the only part of that axle i am using is the brakes.
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does that thing have a chrome cover or something?
it looks shiny.
very thin aluminum cover that is worthless and week.
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Good find. You should have swapped to a coil sprung rear axle!
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very thin aluminum cover that is worthless and weak.
ah damn, to bad its thin, it would match my front cover.
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well somewhat bad news, the bolt pattern is a tad different, so some grinding and welding was needed.

all cleaned up and ready to go.
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i had to grind the holes out a tad on the caliper bracket, so for extra measure i just welded it to the housing as well as bolted it. i dont care if its permanent , i even entertained welding it all the way around!
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the brake hose bracket i just simply bolted to the spring perch and used a self tapper. then cut the line and re-flared it to a bubble flare. bled the system and all is good
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next week i'll see if i can get the parking brake hooked up. i can say this, it stops a lot different now!
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So is there any welding absolutely necessary for this?
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i welded it because i didn't want the bracket coming loose from the housing. 2 of the 4 bolts fit flush on the bracket.

looked closer at the axle and it was from a 95 crown vic.
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after driving it for a few days i can say, maybe the best 100 bucks i have spent so far!

now i am wondering if i should get new dirt shields?
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Why not go with a 31 spline expo rear with 4.10's?
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why? i already have 4.56's and a loc-rite.

that would have been more work welding on spring perches and shock mounts, swapping gears and needing a new locker. and cost way more then 100 bucks.

the explorer rotors are almost identical and so are the pads.

i have maybe 3 hours of my time into this.
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