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    Lightbulb Blew the rear in my 55 and want to change it

    I have a '55 daily driver that I blew the rear end in the other day. I have a chance to buy a (hate to say it a Ford) 8.8 that came out of a 1996 Ford Explorer that is a 3:73 posi. I guess my question is will it pretty much bolt in to my 55 with some modifications and what needs to be done to it to get it to be street worthy. I am open to other suggestions on what other options are available to me to get my car back on the road. Thanks

    after doing some research I think I will just try to buy a new 10 bolt rear center section since the one that blew is in half. Anyone in the Magnolia Tx area know of a place to get one?
    Last edited by Franko527; 04-08-2021 at 08:07 AM. Reason: Did some research and changed my mind

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    Many tri-fivers swear to that rear end, Franko... as being a great and less expensive option to the Ford 9", for a strong rear. I have no experience with it personally, but the 3.73 gear is a good option especially if you have an OD transmission (for highway speeds).

    Hopefully someone who has done exactly what you are considering will respond, but you should expect to have to replace the spring pads, and possibly (?) to shorten the drive shaft and replace the rear U-joint...

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    I have talked to some differential people who build rears and they said sometimes with a little cutting and adjusting they could get the 8.8 to line up correctly. i don't have that kink of cash t waste if it doesn't. I have reconsidered and decided to just get a new chunk for my rear with 3:55 ratio and make it a posi, much cheaper since my housing is in good shape and i know it will bolt right in.

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    how did you blow your original rear end ?

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    It was making noise and i first thought it was the transmission, i have a 4 speed Muncie. i pulled the trans and sure enough there was a problem with it. I replaced the rans with a Muncie out of a big block corvette and took the car for a ride, still heard the noise. was bearing was going out. i got mad and revved it up and popped the clutch and BANG the rear end exploded i was real close to my house so i went and got my Kawasaki Mule and pushed the 55 home to up on my 4 post lift. I did clean up the oil on the road.

    I am leaving this morning to head to Longview to get a rear for my 55. It's like a 3 1/2 hr trip there and another 3 1/2 back home.
    Last edited by Franko527; Today at 02:38 AM. Reason: I'll be gone most of the day

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