I'll be honest I still don't think that would work. Are you sure it's not a dana 44 rear axle? I would still like to see a picture of the diff cover and tags. But glad you got a shaft that will work.
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You are not the first and will not be the last to not believe it, I had the guy at my local ford dealer (sold the van) go over this over and over and over and over and you get the point, the same thing... i will try to snap a picture of the tag of the rear end although there is not need for it as the tag CLEARLY calls for a 9.75" rear end, there is no doubt about that, no question, TAG specifies a 9.75 rear end, with that being said,,, the outer bearings are 8.8", hence the problem, the reason I am replying is because there are other trucks with that rear end that may one day face the same issue,,, FORD and other stores along with junk yards ran the VIN number as well as the rear end tag numbers and the computer will more likely send you to an 8.8" rear end, do a test go to any online store and type in the car 99 e150 5.4l and look for the axles, they are either 8.8" or 9.75 in some cases neither suggested axle will fit this rear end, I did purchase one of each and right away there were both wrong,,, again I am not trying to convince anyone that this "real" or not or trying to make anyone believe anything, in fact it took weeks of calling and exchanging information with many many different sources which NONE could solve the problem I came across the solution by requesting the blue prints from manufacturers of axles and compared the actual dimensions to mine the only difference is the axle that worked is .25" shorter... It is not up to me to make anyone believe anything, what I do want to let people know is that, it is a fact of my own experience that Ford did use a 9.75" axle with the diameter of an 8.8". I learned over the course of this little job that people will continue to question my intelligence or sanity and that is fine by me because IF i had listened to the first person that told it would not work, I would have to junk my van due to the lack of options, the job is done the axle is installed there is no dispute in that. 9.75" 34 spline with outer 8.8" bearings, 2 Ford shop managers with 20+ years of experience told me NO it is not possible, the job is done,,, the facts don't lie...