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Old 12-16-2009, 03:44 PM
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Explorer 8.8 swap in a 53

Okay I see that the 8.8 from an explorer is a good fit for a 53 f100. I think I have located one with drum brakes on good condition locally. My question is what do I need to do to install it into my truck?
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Old 12-16-2009, 04:27 PM
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I grounded the spring perches off and welded on new ones, I got the U-bolts & spring tie plates for the shock mounts. You will only use those f you are putting the axle on top of the springs, I also got the e-brake cables & pedal, it mounted witha little modification. I also got the drive shaft from the Explorer.
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Old 12-16-2009, 04:46 PM
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Jaye hit it on the nose!! I have the same but in disc brakes!
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:30 PM
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I left my Explorer 8.8 rearend under the leafsprings. Moved the shock mounts to the front and kept the stabilzer bar in the rear. I still need to remove the old mounts. I got the leafsprings from Speedway, they have a reverse eye on one end.Got the u bolt kit from Midfifty.



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Old 12-16-2009, 06:38 PM
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he he he ... looking at an ABS sensor on the top of the diff under a 1950's model truck....

Super cheap parts, no availability problems, and any ratio you could want, locker, non-locker, drum, disc, anything. For what it's worth, I think thats a great idea ! You don't have to use the $20 a quart synthetic fluid, btw, as long as you flush it all out 80w90 works fine. You lose a .025 mpg fuel economy savings as well as the 100K service interval, but $3/qt.
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i am looking at a '96 explorer for my "donor" running gear. i found 2 @ salvage with 5.0 and auto and disc rear. both are 150,000 + on mileage. that kinda scares me a lil. the torsion bar frt end would be a thought since it has rack and pinion too. the beauty of explorer is there are a LOT of them for parts. some of the '96's also had cast iron gt-40 heads instead of the gt-40p. so header should be easierto do. lower intake was also gt-40ish as i remember. i sold an engine a few years back out of one and now i wish i hadnt.
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Or you could buy a four link setup and everything you need will be in a package and you get to ditch those leaf springs for coilovers or bags.
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Or you could buy a four link setup and everything you need will be in a package and you get to ditch those leaf springs for coilovers or bags.
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I grounded the spring perches off and welded on new ones, I got the U-bolts & spring tie plates for the shock mounts. You will only use those f you are putting the axle on top of the springs, I also got the e-brake cables & pedal, it mounted witha little modification. I also got the drive shaft from the Explorer.
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What year EXPLORER rear end is yours? Are you gonna mount the e-brake pedal in place of stock parking brake. Thanks
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Jaye looking at your pic it looks like you have a big pinion angle?
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Donald this is a pic of the e-brake pedal & it's a 94 Explorer; Roger the pinon wasn't set when the picture was taken.
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Jaye,

Have another question for you. You going frame mount or firewall mount with your brake master cylinder and booster?
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Donald it's mounted on the firewall you can see a little of it in the pic below; its from a Ford Ranger.
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I used a 8.8 out a exsplorer. used the exsplore springs and ford ranger hangers. I had to shave the hangers to narrow them to fit the perches on the rear end.

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I did mine just like Jaye. Easy swap. 96 explorer drum brakes, pics in gallery.
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