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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-27-2002, 03:25 PM
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1978 Dana 60 frontend compatibility with 96 F350.

I have access to a 78 Dana 60 front end and need to find out if it can be used on a 96 F350. I am not concerned about cutting and moving the spring perches but I don't know how far over the pumpkin is on the 78 compared to the later models. I also think that the 78 has the drivers side perch cast in to the pumpkin. Anybody out there have any experience on this?
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Re: 1978 Dana 60 frontend compatibility with 96 F350.

'78/9 front:



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The earlier is about 5" further over I'm told. If you just wanna slap it under a stock '96 F350 it *might* work, those front ends don't move much with the track bar and stiff leafs. Still, it'd suck if it was banging your crossmember as you hit bumps in the road. I'd research it further.

Edit: spring pad spacing is 32" center to center on the earlier, 36" on the later.
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Re: 1978 Dana 60 frontend compatibility with 96 F350.

There should be enough room to weld new perches next to the original ones, but your biggest problem would be the driveshaft angle. It would be angled inward as well as down.
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Re: 1978 Dana 60 frontend compatibility with 96 F350.

Hell. Why not handle the driveline angle with the new perches at the same time? I would just bolt everything in place loosely and then swivel it untill I got the angle I was looking for. I think if you put 6" lift leafs up there you won't have a problem with hitting the D50 xmember. put the leafs and new perches on at the same time. line up the angle you want and weld it in place. If you still have clearanc problems then you will have to cut the crossmember but it is easilly reinforced. I'm hoping I'm makin sense. [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] NORM
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Re: 1978 Dana 60 frontend compatibility with 96 F350.

The frame width changed in 1980. So the newer truck are wider. I put a coil sprung 60 under my 79 bronco and had to use a 78-79 front end to make it fit right
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Re: 1978 Dana 60 frontend compatibility with 96 F350.

I don't mean the downward angle of the driveshaft cuz just like you said, just rotate the axle up then weld the perches. The pumpkin is closer to the center on the 78/79 D60 so the driveshaft would also be angled inward toward the center of the truck putting a lot more stress on the u-joints.
They both go for about the same price, so sell the 78/79 D60 on eBay and buy an 80-98 D60 with the money from the older one. Someone looking for a 78/79 will get his, the guy selling the 80-98 will get his money and you'll get the axle you need. EVERYONE'S HAPPY!!! [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: 1978 Dana 60 frontend compatibility with 96 F350.

you cant rotate a front axle like you can a rear because the caster will go to shlt and the steering linkage wont line up any more... to do it right you'd have to move the perches and cut and rotate the knuckles on the tubes as well, which of course is a lot more work [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]
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Re: 1978 Dana 60 frontend compatibility with 96 F350.

Well fine do that then! .... Actually that might be good to know.
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Re: 1978 Dana 60 frontend compatibility with 96 F350.

If you are interested, I have an 86 ford D60 with 4:10's that is a king pin style with the spring pad dimension you needs. If you still have the 78 D60 I would be willing to trade. I need that year for the more narrow spring spacing.
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Re: 1978 Dana 60 frontend compatibility with 96 F350.

Yup, 6 inch differance, and nope, it will not go into your new truck with out retubing the short side
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