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Old 03-03-2006, 23:17   #1 (permalink)
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confused mark VIII rear in a 66 mustang?

i have parts from 93 mark VIII rear suspension (diff, axle, spindles, brakes) and would pick up struts/shocks and anything else needed for a swap INTO my 66 mustang if anyone knows how possible/hard it would be to do this swap/conversion. want to convert to 4 wheel disk brakes and my girl had the parts left over from a donor car. i want to know if anyone has any pointers and or suggestions on how (and IF) i should go about doing this. now, i want to improve on the cars handeling for the time being til i can afford something better and ya just can't beat free parts. i wanna know what i'm getting into before i take the stuff from her house.
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Re: mark VIII suspension in a 66 mustang?

What research have you done? Do you know if the axle housing width is compatible? That would be the first consideration.
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Re: mark VIII suspension in a 66 mustang?

no research as of yet. my girlfriend has the differential and half shafts (i believe, the piece from the diff to the wheels). i wanna at the very least use the halfshafts cause my stang's got 4 lug now and i wanna convert it later. i figured this would be the best place to start finding this stuff out, ford guys would know what could be interchanged. im prolly gonna end up going with a 9" limited slip anyways, but i figured it's be and improvement for now. plus it's FREE!!!
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Re: mark VIII suspension in a 66 mustang?

The Mark 8.8 is going to be wider than your stock rear- almost guaranteed. You should have leaf springs in the back right now, unless you've done a coilover conversion. The Mark suspension swap would be a huge pain in the ass.

If I can, I'd recommend you pass on those parts and find ways to upgrade your stock components to do as you like.

No offense at all, but a conversion that dramatic is one of those things that if you need to ask, you're probably better off finding an easier route. Trust me- I've had many failed projects because they were out of my league and I couldn't complete them.
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Re: mark VIII suspension in a 66 mustang?

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The Mark 8.8 is going to be wider than your stock rear- almost guaranteed. You should have leaf springs in the back right now, unless you've done a coilover conversion. The Mark suspension swap would be a huge pain in the ass.

If I can, I'd recommend you pass on those parts and find ways to upgrade your stock components to do as you like.

No offense at all, but a conversion that dramatic is one of those things that if you need to ask, you're probably better off finding an easier route. Trust me- I've had many failed projects because they were out of my league and I couldn't complete them.
thanks for the heads up. i figured i'd try to salvage the diff, at least, for now and possibly the shafts. i actuallly dont even have the suspension parts, i just wasn't thinkin clearly when i titled this thread. it's more the rear end.

i was hoping to be able to use the shafts at the very least to save myself about a grand on converting the rear to disc and 5 lug. i'm pickin up the front disc kit and have the parts from the mark VIII to mount in the rear, if they can. well, i'll just have to see this weekend.

i am going out for knee surgery (BOTH knees and one at a time!) before too long and i'm just lookin to find out anything i can do to this car that will help me bide my time while i'm healin. i don't wanna turn into a lazy couch potato! plus, not doing ANYTHING for (aprox) 18 months will drive me past insane!!!!!
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