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dana 44 rear axle in pre-1953 cars

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  • Rear Axle: dana 44 rear axle in pre-1953 cars

    I was out looking at cars in a junkyard today and I noticed something I have heard rumors about, but never have seen before. A Dana 44 rear axle in a 1951 v8 car, with a t86 with no overdrive. Had a 45/11 tag on it (4.09 ratio). Not sure how rare this was to see? Did they come in a lot of 1951 and 1952 cars?
    54 Champion coupe
    48 Champion Convert

  • #2
    A Dana 44 would have been in the V-8 cars. The 6s used Dana 23 rear ends. The 51-52 rear ends are narrower than the 53-up units.
    "In the heart of Arkansas."
    Searcy, Arkansas
    1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
    1952 2R pickup


    • #3
      My '51 Commander w/automatic drive has the Dana 44.
      "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

      Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
      Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
      '33 Rockne 10,
      '51 Commander Starlight,
      '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
      '56 Sky Hawk