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PORT HOPE, ONT

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Well the rearend seized up on my sons s10 pickup. I hve been reading that the way to go on this is to pickup a Ford Explorer rear and the bonis is it bolts up and has disks as well . There is talk about the offset pumpkin causing issues and others say no problem. I understand the bolt pattern is different and it is about 3ins wider .  Has anyone done this, we would like to go posi and this unit may be easier to find than the GM posi on this side of the big smoke.  Any thoughts.  Ed



-- Edited by flatblack55delivery on Thursday 12th of November 2015 08:35:09 AM

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If you want easy forget the disc unless you have them now.
Mustang is narrower, redrill axles to chev pattern. Just need leaf perches welded on.

to each his own.....

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If it's just a daily driver, original 4 or 6 cyl, you'd be way ahead just locating another S10 rear. Three inches wider means tires sticking out or having to locate different offset wheels.  Ford axle means different bolt pattern.  Converting to 4-wheel disc means (as far as I know) a different master that is designed to work with that set up. You'll be spending money on new leaf spring perches to weld to the Ford axle, new U-bolts if the axle housing are a different diameter, and you'll more than likely (by that I mean 10 times out of ten smile) need to have the drive shaft modified too (unless you get REALLY lucky and can make it work with a conversion U-joint). Yeah, I know this stuff is just typical hot rod mods, but for a daily/winter beater, I'd say it just ain't worth it.

Father in-law just scrapped an 1990 something S10 that had the 4.3 and 5 speed plus the performance suspension package on it with posi (I wanted to buy the aluminum 16" wheels off it, the dumass told me he was going to put it at the end of the driveway with $1500 on the windshield ...... instead, without saying a word, he sent her to the crusher no).  Interestingly, he said it was the best handling car (well, truck) he has ever had.

Anyhow, the point is the stock stuff that fits without modification is out there ...........

 

Just my opinion.



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^ what he said

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Just get another S10 rear. If you look around you can find the much stronger 8.5 rear that came behind the 4.3/5 speed trucks.

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go dually

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Thanks guys . Ed

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