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matt spew
01-19-2010, 04:40 PM
i found a dana 60 and a 14 bolt out of a chevy witch has the gears i want and lockers but i own a 78 ford 250. just wondering how much of a bitch it would be to put, i would have to find a 205 out of a chevy, would i need new drive shafts it would be about the same lenght what about steering does anyone no more about this then me also is a chevy frame wider then my ford

01-19-2010, 05:05 PM
the rear will work but the front will be a low pinion and really not what ya want .. imo

01-19-2010, 05:37 PM
the front will be a low pinion and really not what ya want .. imo


just find a ford one then you dont have to get a different t case. your just making more work for yourself with chevy axles.
your 60 rear is strong enuf you dont need a 14bolt. it would be less work to make my wider 92-97 ford d60 work. just mount the leafs on the outside of the frame insted of under it.

01-20-2010, 12:04 AM
im pretty sure that would just be a downgrade swapping that junk

not completely sure, but pretty sure

matt spew
01-20-2010, 04:14 PM
it actually was a 70 and a 60 not a 14 bolt and after look under my truck their noway i can do with alot of work but they were 2000 on craigeslist for a chevy dana60 front 4:56 with a detroit and a dana 70 rear with the same thats why i was think about. i think the add said they were ready to bolt in and wheel so if someone could use chevy stuff its worth checking out. but the newer ford 60s are they wid enough to build spring hangers on the out side of the frame like the back. would the spring perches line up then.

Ginger Snaps
01-20-2010, 05:24 PM
why not leave the rear diff in it its plenty strong enough and trying to fuck around with a tcase and all the other shit is pointless just buy a 78/79 dana 60 from a 350

FU Toolbag
01-20-2010, 06:52 PM
If these are the axles you are getting, just use em. Going to the newer ford hp axles have very wide spring perches and limmited steering as a result. The t-case problem is simple. Use your ooriginal setup with a divorced dodge/chev case, or get a doubler for a 203 and mate it to a ford 205. The d 60 is a good axle for the rear, unless your running 40+ tires. I've snapped a couple 31 splined ones just in the backyard.

Ideally, a 78/79 would be better, but ya use what ya got.

matt spew
01-20-2010, 09:19 PM
yeah thats what i will do is find that year 60 but i priced out all the stuff for getting a 60 front and lockers and gears and a stronger pair of axles and the bills were adding up to build to diffs so i figure id check out whats invovled in putting in chevy diff if i could get them already set up for cheap. it would be cheap to do that either so i just got to wait and find a 78 d60

01-20-2010, 09:23 PM
Just wait till you find the right one Matt your just gonna waste the money of swapping your Tcase and all the other shit that goes with it[cheers]

FU Toolbag
01-20-2010, 10:46 PM
At one point I had a ford hpd60 in the front of my cruiser with a 350 and a 2wd sm465 and a divorced ford 205. We swaped that out for a married 205 on a t18 with a scatersheild redrilled for the ford tranny, running a ford clutch with a chev flywheel and pressure plate. Not a problem at all, just gotta think outside the box a little.

Ginger Snaps
01-20-2010, 11:36 PM
yeah but so much bullshit to get something to work when you can find a 78/79 ford 60 just gotta look and ask around...