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1951 Willys Pickup
The original Timken rear axle is so old and obscure that replacement parts are not available anymore. For the cost and power that I had in mind, a Dana 44 or a Ford 9" seemed to fit the bill. I wanted a limited slip differential with good street manners, since this would be a vehicle used mostly on the street. A Ford 9 inch was chosen.
It is possible to find a used 9 inch axle housing that is close to the correct width, then rebuild it. But I chose a new unit from Currie Enterprises.
The details of the axle are:
- Hot Rod axle housing. This has a rounded rear cover that looks better.
- Torino style late model big bearing ends.
- Ford Explorer disc brakes. These are 11" diameter solid discs with an internal drum brake used for the emergency brake.
- 31 spline Currie Performance axle shafts.
- Spring pads that are 1.75" wide on the original center to center distance of the original Willys axle. These are set so the pinion has a slight 4 degree up-angle to match the angle of the transfer case.
- Overall width of the axle from wheel mounting surface to wheel mounting surface that is the original Willys axle width of 63.5".
- The differential has a 31 spline axle output True Trac limited slip and 4.11 gears.
- The wheel bolt pattern is 5 on 5.5" diameter.
- Yoke for a 28 spline shaft and a 1310 universal joint.
Springs, shackles and shocks are discussed on the Drivetrain Mounting page.
© 2009-2012. This page last updated September 2012.
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