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Old 03-30-2005, 03:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Front Ford Metric D60 to 8 on 6.5 conversion

Okay, this isn't my axle, but this guy I know has a "late model ball joint"
Ford D60 front with the metric lug pattern. He has a 14 bolt rear axle and
wants to convert the front D60 to the same lug pattern as the 14 bolt... 8 on 6.5.
How would you go about doing that ??? I did some searching and didn't find
anything specific. Maybe because I didn't search for the right thing. :shrug:
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Old 03-31-2005, 07:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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BTT, I have heard of people doing, but it was never cheap, I would just get a matching 10.5 rear and new wheels
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BTT, I have heard of people doing, but it was never cheap, I would just get a matching 10.5 rear and new wheels

Well, he already has the 14 bolt installed and it's set up the way he wants.
He's just tired of breaking the front D44 stuff, so he got that D60 for next
to nothing and would like to use it.
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he might come out ahead by selling it and finding a 8X6.5 60. they bring a good price. since he got for next to nothing, just a thought.
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Nobody knows, huh.
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Old 03-31-2005, 02:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Nobody knows, huh.
Is he gonna run the unit bearing knuckles?
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Call Steve G at Diff Eng and see if he knows. I would imagine you can use the later hubs from a 93-98 or whatever year they stopped using the 8x6.5 hubs maybe. If anyone know he would.

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Call Steve G at Diff Eng and see if he knows. I would imagine you can use the later hubs from a 93-98 or whatever year they stopped using the 8x6.5 hubs maybe. If anyone know he would.

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Thanks, I passed that info along.
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You might also try finding a 1 ton Ford van. They didn't change to the metric bolt pattern till later than the Superduty's did. I don't know for sure but I think the vans still had 8 on 6.5 until at least 2000 or 2001.

Might not work but it might be a direction to look at...
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You might also try finding a 1 ton Ford van. They didn't change to the metric bolt pattern till later than the Superduty's did. I don't know for sure but I think the vans still had 8 on 6.5 until at least 2000 or 2001.

Might not work but it might be a direction to look at...
I think he is looking for FRONT AXLE parts. Not THAT many late model 4x4 one ton vans running around.
You are right though, the vans did not switch over to the metric pattern unitil later on. Makes for an easy disc brake conversion for Sterling axles.
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easiest would be to have a set of 1" wheel spacers made out of steel that convert from the 8 on 170 to 8 on 6.5... You MAY also be able to turn the hub 1/16th of a turn and drill a new set of lug holes at 8 on 6.5...
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What about a older twin traction beam front end from a 1 ton truck, will that outer stuff transfer over. I have one of those sitting on a pallet because we did a solid axle swap on a truck that had it. It has 8 on 6.5 with ball joints and big hubs(to big to be Dana 44).. The brake caliper brackets look to be cast into the outer knuckle so you would have to run the Ford brakes.. I haven't pulled it apart internally but it sure looks like a Twin Traction Beam Dana 60.
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Run some hummer wheels I have centers that have both pattern in them so this way you could just leave it alone and run the 8x6.5 on the reat and 8x170 on the front but all 4 wheels can bolt on either.

Or redrill the hub/rotor in between each of the other 8 holes.
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Call Steve G at Diff Eng and see if he knows. I would imagine you can use the later hubs from a 93-98 or whatever year they stopped using the 8x6.5 hubs maybe. If anyone know he would.

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It is easy to reindex 8 on 6.5 in between the 170MM, but i no longer provide this service. steve differential eng. inc.
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