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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-09-2000, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Ford front D44 + Chevy D44 spindles = ?????

Okay, if you read my earlier post, the IFS is finally on my last nerves. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/mad.gif[/img] I'm determined to get rid of it now. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/mad.gif[/img] Damn thing just isn't up to how I 'wheel (and I don't think I even rag on it that hard), and it just was never ment to be lifted. So it's time to start getting in to this Dana 44 swap. I need to find a D44 from a late 70's Ford truck, and make it the Chevy 6 lug pattern. I've been told that this is pretty much an off/on swap, but I dunno. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] The guy who told me this said that you just put everything from the spindles out of a Chevy 6 lug D44 onto the Ford D44 housing and tubes. Is this true? I hope so, I want to make it as parts store basic as possible. Meaning my non-mechanical @ss can buy any part for it at the local NAPA, AutoZone, Kragen, who ever. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img] What would I need to do this? My plan is to eventually upgrade it with ORD shafts when I have more money and am going up to the 35's and 6" lift. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif[/img] Until then the stock shafts should be good. Also, anyone got a clue on how the steering should be hooked up on this? I'd like crossover steering, but since I am only going to do this 3" lift now, then later the 6", as long as the 3" steering works, I don't care to much. Anyone know what the best year Ford D44 is to use, and what Chevy D44 spindles/etc will fit right? Thanks.
I know this is kinda confusing and jumbled, but any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Re: Ford front D44 + Chevy D44 spindles = ?????

Some of the early year Dana 44s have a smaller inner bearing. My neighbor has a 69 Bronco and was telling me about a D44 swap and mentioned the spindles and backing plates. There were a few other details involved but I can't remember them all right now. I'll see if I can talk to him and see if he can tell me.


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Re: Ford front D44 + Chevy D44 spindles = ?????

I saw an article a while back about a 88 & up Chevy pickup converted to a straight axle using a f*rd dana 44 front end. There were certain years that had different widths that worked with Chevy framerails and spring hanger alignment. Let me dig through my old back issues and i can scan and post it for you.

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I have done some looking into this. I was going to put a Dana44 under my IFS Ford, so I needed a solid. I found one from a 76 F-250 but it was a drum brake, closed knuckle 44. Since I wanted disks and open knuckles, I was told that the knuckles and everything out from a Chevy would work. I ended up using a 44 from a 79 and didn't have to make any changes, but I did find that the rotors and everything fit on the Ford spindle. I think if you found a 44 from a 73-79 F-250 (leaf sprung) and knuckles-out from a 73-78 Chevy 44, you shouldn't have any problems.

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this swamp will work even though the ford has the pumpkin on the drivers side and the chevy t-case drops on the passangers??

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Mudd_Rat, the t-case front drive shaft is on the drivers side on '88 and up Chevy's [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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i am only familiar with the old chevys. good to know.

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Re: Ford front D44 + Chevy D44 spindles = ?????

Kona, if you could find those, or even just tell me the issue and magazine, I'd greatly appreciate it man.

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Re: Ford front D44 + Chevy D44 spindles = ?????

Sorry, been busy trying to get my truck finished. It was in the March & April 97 issues of Four Wheeler. They used a F*rd dana 60 front axle but perhaps the information can relate to the dana 44 version.

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