I'd like to get this rust bucket and use its axles...The dana 44 up front is good but I've never delt with ford 9" rears before I wanted a dana 60 in the rear. Will the 9" inch handle offroading with 35's possibly 36's?? I've heard both good and bad, but I'd rather advice from the experts,, so let me have it..
Well, Fords have always run a driver's side diff, so that's good. Dunno if the F100s used coils or not... Coils are GOOD, unless you're a hardcore mud bogger, and yes, the 9" is a plenty stout axle to run 35" tires on... hell, with the 31 spline 9" you can even run 38s or even 40s with a built 4.3 or a mild 350 (I'd just start worrying about the Dana 44 at that point)
I'm planning on doing a mostly bolt-on setup... using jeebus big grade 8s. Only things I think I'll be welding are the threaded bungs for the heim joints to spin into the links, the mounts that will bolt into the frame.
The June issue of Peterson's has a really good special on how to set up and run coil suspension. That, and coupled with what I've heard from alot of people, coils are a PITA to set up, but hella good for ride.