I really liked the axle in the Dodge Van but it has the differential off center too far. Anyone need a van axle?
End result is that I have a complete 10.5, 14 bolt Cheby axle and half of another one. I guess that will be the way I go on the rear axle due to lack of cost... I think I can pull the gears out of the one in pieces and end up with the same gears in front and back. Probably higher ratio than I want but it will allow me to get it running sooner.
Well, Nick got a small block and transmission today for basically nothing from a cousin. Guy has more cousins than Carter's has pills. Hold up your hand if you know that that means. Most anyone that does will need someone to help them hold up their arm.
Looks likes there is still a slant six and transmission if anyone is interested...
Y'all should remember Nick. He came with me a number of times to Hidden Falls. He supplied the pipe the fire pits were made with. He has just bought an 80 something short bed 2x truck with a good running slant six and auto tranny. He wants to replace it with a small block of any size and a transmission to match. Anyone got a spare small block? Anyone interested in a slant six? Nick lives in Iola, works in a gas plant in Crockett and has time to travel to pick up and deliver.
So here's a question. The vehicle providing the engine for my son's Jeep was a Charger cop car. It came with a Mercedes 5 speed automatic transmission. It's a real short transmission with a flange on the back. It came off of a 5.7 Hemi. What would happen if I used that transmission and the divorced transfer case that came in the truck.
Is it strong enough for medium duty truck work? Would the gear ratios make me wish I used another transmission?
Well, I decided to buy an axle instead of getting the old Ford Dana 60 from Ernest that has been laying in fields for a couple of decades. Problem is that it had a one ton Dodge van attached to it. It didn't turn out to be what I expected or the ration I thought the VIN indicated but the price was right. $161.63 for the van from the prison system, engine and misc stuff in the back and no tranny. As soon as I get the paperwork it will go across the scales and I will come out ahead.
Axle turns out to be a Dana 60 with 4.10 gears and the springs will be easy to adapt to the '57 frame. Guess I will have to come up with some 4.10 gears to go in the HD Dana 44 in the front. Any body need any parts off of this?
I am working on this some. I have secured springs for the front axle and started on new spring mounts. I'm having trouble finding lug nuts that fit the threads on the front axle but I'm still working on it.
I found out what the rear axle is, maybe. "Differentials, Identification, Restoration & Repair" by Jim Allen and Randy Lyman has this axle identified in the book. It's listed as a Chrysler 9.63 Dropout or a RA-65. It was used in Dodge military trucks from 1946 to the mid to late 70s. It was strong enough to be used in 1 1/2 ton 6x6 vehicles and there was a front axle version made as well.
Only problem is that they say that it only came with 4.89:1 and 5.83:1. This axle is 4.11:1. Randy says it will handle tires up to 37s and that it comes with chrome steel alloy or carbon moly alloy axles that were shot peened for extra strength. The axle ends are too big to use with 8 lug wheels so it will eventually be for sale.
Once I get axles temporary attached so I can move it around, the body come off and I do a frame rebuild, attaching the 360 for the time being. Eventually the 383 will find a home here but I can't afford to rebuild it now.
The new 4500 is just not in his budget. Anyone got any good 5 speed that he can put in the Jeep. His plan is to use the Dana 300 transfer case and is open to just about any 5 speed manual he can put between the Dodge engine and the Dana 300 or what-ever.
I'm not having much time to work on this but I did buy some wheels. Having to wait on the lug nuts though, they have to be 3/4" hex to fit in the wheels.
Meantime, my son just bought a Dodge 5.7 hemi to go in his Scrambler. It had most of a Charger wrapped around it. I need him to do a build thread. He's using the D44 front axle from my Red Truck, narrowed to match the D44 rear he got from a scout.