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Old 07-28-2003, 05:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I searched, but no luck d44 yj ?

Maybe more of a t-case question then a dana 44 question, maybe both.

Anyway here is the deal, i am in need of an engine transplant, My 4.2 is in rough shape, and frankly i dont feel like rebuilding it.

So i would like to find a 4.3 or a 350

With that being said, i have located and found an sm465 to go behind it.

Here lies the dilemna I may be purchasing a 1984 dana 44 from a ford f-250 hub to hub complete. for $150...seems to good to pass up, will get me 8 lug like my rear 14 bolt. Will hold me over until i can afford a 60 a year or two down the road etc. Unless of course you can talk me out of it

Now the problem is ford is drivers drop, chevy is pass. SO i dont know which t-cases will easily bolt to the 465 that are drivers drop. I dont wanna spend a meelion dollars ( i dont have a meelion dollars). Any idears?

maybe i should pass on the 44 and find a chevy 44?
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Old 07-28-2003, 08:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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An 84 44 from a ford will be TTB not a solid axle 44 so pass on it. If you want to run the 465 then for sure run a chevy or dodge 44 because for one they are the simple way to go and second is they are easyer to find. With the chevy 44 the spring centers will be close enough to be a drop in as long as you want a 69.5" wide frontend. If not then the Dodge will be 67 with 32" spring centers so you will need to cut some off the long side in order to do it right since your spring centers are 30.75.
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I don't know for sure, but it may be difficult to run Ford 8 lug 44 with 15" wheels. I had an 8 lug Ford and it had the huge 2 piston calipers. I don't know, better at least look in to that before you buy it.

I would just narrow a Chevy 44 so that the cast perch in the housing ends up in the right spot. Just narrow the long a few inches. The Chevy fronts are always 3" wider than Chevy rears so it will work out good.

The 14 bolt could also be converted to 5 or 6 lug. Search for that info too. I know you are on a budget and this is all stuff that can be done for near dirt cheap.
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Old 07-28-2003, 09:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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A 5/6 lug 14 won't be done for cheap. 15" rims won't fit without a fair amount of grinding unless you have wheels with 3" or less back spacing.
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guess i am gonna have to look into that 44, the way the guy had it worded it sounded like a straight axle i will have to get pics

15 inch rims on a chevy 44 isnt a worry of mine, i have done it before, though i will prolly just get 16.5's to save the grind time.

I wasnt planning on narrowing the axles, was gonna run em like i bought em.

Gotta sell my yota before i can get wrenching, just trying to do some research before i get started....hmmmm too many options, not enough money
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Old 07-29-2003, 09:14 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I would think an 84 F250 would have a solid front axle. It isn't a half ton.
To get a 15" wheel to fit over the calipers you will have to grind a section of the caliper down which is dependent on backspacing.
Rather than deal with the headache of adapters and transfer cases I would wait on a Chevy 44 or 60. You get a flattop knuckle for high steer on the 44 and the passenger side drop.
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Old 07-29-2003, 09:28 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I would think an 84 F250 would have a solid front axle. It isn't a half ton.
You're right it isnt a half ton. Unfortunately you have to go to a one ton to get a solid front axle. TTB is found under 3/4 ton as well as 1/2 ton. The difference is 3/4's have leaf springs instead of coils.

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