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MG MGB GT V8 Factory Originals Technical - Ford Axle question
|Do the Ford 9' axle shafts fit the 8" 27 spline diff?|
There was a mention of it in the archives but I couldn't tell if they had to be resplined.
Also, I found this on Ebay. Looks like the one to get if you live in the AZ area. Should be the 4 1/2 bolt spacing and ratio.
|Yes.I built my 8" using axles from a 9".I actually pulled several axles from early Ford trucks to try and find ones that were physically larger in diameter,and I did find a pair that had a larger od than most.But all the axles had the same spline as the 8".|
Where did you have your axles made?
|Well I made my rear end sort of ass-backwards.I used an 8" Ford center section but used the MG tubes so that the spring mounts and brakes and everything else required no mods.So my axles are Ford spline on the inside and MG spline on the outside.There is an article on it with pictures somewhere in a past issue of the V8 Newsletter.It is very labor intensive and would not be cheap if you could not do the work yourself so the traditional narrowing method is better.I know I wouldn't want to do another one that way! Dale|
|Dale, we think alike. I've used the MG axle tubes on the outboard of the Ford diff. Couldn't stand the thought of the Ford brakes. I'm waiting on a quote from Dutchman motorsports to machine the outboard bearing/spline section of the axle. I've got the housing finished and it looks great. Finding someone to do the machine work on the axles has been a search.|
The dutchman is in Portland Or where I live. I have them do all of my axle and housing work. They do excellent work.
They do custom axles to fit your needs just ask.
|The axles for my narrowed Ford 8" were made by Mosier of Indiana.|
|Thanks for the info Garret. They were recomended by Currie too. I'll let you all know how it turns out.|
|What at are people paying to narrow the ford rearend to fit an MG?|
|I had Ted Lathrop of FastCars, Inc do the narrowing and straigtening on my Ford diff. When I get home, I will dig out the invoices and relay the costs on to you. While having Ted do this work, I also had Wilwood calipers and discs and an Auburn 3.29 LSD installed in place of the 2.79 that was stock on this Ford Grenada differential.|
|Moser Engineering website breaks down costs for all axle rework activity.|
A shortened housing/shortened & resplined shafts/revised wheel stud pattern/redrilled rotors or drums to match will cost about $300.
|Thanks for the site Graham.|
|I just got a quote from Dutchman to machine the axles. About $400 to machine the outboard end to match the MGB axle end and heat treat it.|
I shortend the axle housing myself and spliced the B axle tubes on the Ford 8" diff. All together I should have about $600 in the rear.
|How do you keep the axles straight while you weld it it doest seem you would have no room for error or your axle wouldnt track right. Denny|
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|I made bushings with a 2" ID that slip into the tubes where the wheel bearings go,then ran a 2" bar all the way through both bushings.With this in place the tubes did not distort at all when welded,the bar turned very nicely with only .001" clearance between the bar and the bushings.|
|Where the tube fit in the housing it's tapered. I made spacers to match the axle tube and housing and then they fit so tight I had to press them in. They didn't move at all.|
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