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Old 07-19-2013, 01:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ford axle on my Chevy sas?!

I just purchased my Chevy truck with an sas. Owner had no idea what axle it was but said it was ford. It has driver side pumpkin and looks like a Dana 44 to me but I am just guessing. The hubs seem to be Chevy as they are 6 lug with warn locking hubs. The stamp on it says c35862. I want to know what it is from someone with experience and is anyone has idea about hubs cause it needs new brakes and rotors. Phone won't let me upload so here is the link Mobile Uploads Photos by supercycle91 | Photobucket
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yup, looks like Ford 3/4 ton D44 with Chevy outters. Should take standard Chevy 1/2 ton 4x4 (late 70's early 80's?) rotors/pads/calipers, I would guess.
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yup, looks like Ford 3/4 ton D44 with Chevy outters. Should take standard Chevy 1/2 ton 4x4 (late 70's early 80's?) rotors/pads/calipers, I would guess.
Thanks man. Dana 44 hd? Or just Dana 44 how do you tell. When people do these sas and put on Chevy hubs do they keep original calipers or switch them over to late 70s early 80s calipers? It's a 96 Chevy silverado if that matters
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Thanks man. Dana 44 hd? Or just Dana 44 how do you tell. When people do these sas and put on Chevy hubs do they keep original calipers or switch them over to late 70s early 80s calipers? It's a 96 Chevy silverado if that matters
To the best of my knowledge, there is no "Dana 44 HD"... The late 70's Ford 3/4 tons had 8 lug, leaf sprung Dana 44 axles, which shared the same guts as the 1/2 ton variety from the knuckle inward (discrepency on inner shaft lengths, but I've swapped in 3/4 ton D44 inners for 1/2 ton/Bronco inners and visa versa with no issues....the issue came with the stub shafts and the snap ring groove location, in my experience) Ford 1/2 ton Dana 44's had single piston calipers with drive in slide pins, and the 3/4 ton Dana 44's had dual piston calipers also with drive in slide pins, so it's obviously not Ford brakes. It appears that the axle you have has all Chevy stuff from the balljoints out; 6 lug hub, "flat top knuckles", and floating single piston caliper. If the caliper bracket isn't custom or one-off, then i'd assume it's just Chevy 1/2 ton rotors and calipers; couldn't honestly say of what exact vintage.
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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93 Fummins you are probably right.
The caliper brackets are one piece Chevy application. They made 2 styles, I have the same on my 76 Chevy 3/4 ton external hub 8 lug dana 44 which is referred to as an HD. Dana never referred to these axles as HD Dana 44's. Ford did, they upgraded the axle weight rating to 3800 or 3850 lbs for the external hub axles. It also looks like Chevy shock brackets were welded to the axle. Basically you have a hybrid Dana 44. Ford style driver drop housing with Chevy 6 lug Knuckles, spindles,brakes and hubs. My 76 Chevy has a 8400 LB GVW with the external hub axle. Funny thing is the disc brake version of this axle has the same size wheel bearings as a 10 bolt front end.
Dana has an online reference for their front and rear axles and have downloadable manuals with schematics and part numbers.
How bout some pictures of the rest of the truck, I have been thinking about a solid axle swap on my 92 full size Blazer 6 lug. It has a 14 bolt semi-float with a locker and a Ford dana 44 with Chevy 6 lug outers would be easy and I could keep my 6 lug bolt pattern.
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on my axle i used d44 knuckles from a chevy i got off here and the spindles off a 10b i had with dana caliper mounts. when i orderd brake parts i just told them a 85 k5. everything has been working for about 5 months now. even drilled my hubs and rotors for metric studs to match the 14sf 6lugger rear ive got. axle is a 79hp44. only other thing is the inner shafts are ford and the outer stub is from a 10b aswell
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