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53 Commander Coupe Rear Axle

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  • 53 Commander Coupe Rear Axle

    Assuming the axle is original, what is it? It looks like a Dana 44, but I know more about early Ford banjos & 8"/9" rears than I do Dana anythings...[)]

    If Dana 44 - which spline count should the axles have - 10 or 30?

    Thanks!

    Daddy always said, if yer gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough & I'm one tough sumbitch!
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  • #2
    It is a Dana 44. It's a low spline count on the axles, don't remember what it is, but definitely not 30.

    nate

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    • #3
      quote:Originally posted by Flat Ernie

      If Dana 44 - which spline count should the axles have - 10 or 30?
      19


      Dick Steinkamp
      Bellingham, WA
      Dick Steinkamp
      Bellingham, WA

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      • #4
        quote:Originally posted by Dick Steinkamp

        quote:Originally posted by Flat Ernie

        If Dana 44 - which spline count should the axles have - 10 or 30?
        19


        Dick Steinkamp
        Bellingham, WA
        Thanks! That's what I meant, 19 - not 10!! Darn 0 & 9 are right next to each other - who put them there![:I][)][:I]

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        • #5
          BTW, if you ever need rear axle parts, try

          http://www.ring-pinion.com/


          Their tech department helped me with all the bits I needed to build a 3:54 TT rear for my 59 Scotsman truck. They didn't giggle when I told them what I was trying to do, or what I was working on.


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          • #6
            quote:Originally posted by JDP

            BTW, if you ever need rear axle parts, try

            http://www.ring-pinion.com/
            Randy's is just south of me in Everett, WA.


            I've also had good luck with these guys...

            http://www.reiderracing.com/

            They are in Michigan.


            These guys seem to have the best price on the Richmond Gear Powertrax Lock Right...

            http://www.rocky-road.com/lockright.html

            $285 and it fits into your existing open rear end. They make one for a 19 spline Dana 44. A true locker for you drag race fans. Ted turned me on to it.






            Dick Steinkamp
            Bellingham, WA

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            • #7
              quote:Originally posted by Dick Steinkamp


              These guys seem to have the best price on the Richmond Gear Powertrax Lock Right...

              http://www.rocky-road.com/lockright.html

              $285 and it fits into your existing open rear end. They make one for a 19 spline Dana 44. A true locker for you drag race fans. Ted turned me on to it.
              You driving that lockright on the street? How is it? Noisy like a detroit?

              Thanks!

              Daddy always said, if yer gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough & I'm one tough sumbitch!
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              Daddy always said, if yer gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough & I\'m one tough sumbiatch!

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              • #8
                quote:Originally posted by Flat Ernie
                You driving that lockright on the street? How is it? Noisy like a detroit?
                Not yet. I don't think they are supposed to be noisy, but they will lock up in a turn if you are giving it some gas (especially a stick shift) which will chirp the tires a little.

                In the end, EVERY car is a compromise. Depends about what your hot buttons are and what your budget is

                http://www.offroadexchange.com/dakota_lockright.htmhttp://www.4lo.com/94jeep/lock-right-d35c/install.html

                "I've driven a few times since, it drives just as before. Unless you knew it was there it would be hard telling. So far I give it an A+


                Dick Steinkamp
                Bellingham, WA

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                • #9
                  Dick, I used to run a Tripple D, dual drive but they were bought out by Detroit gear and are now called True-tracs. A nicer unit for around town and gives a better bite for tracks that some morron drools oil on before your pass.

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                  • #10
                    quote:Originally posted by Alan

                    Dick, I used to run a Tripple D, dual drive but they were bought out by Detroit gear and are now called True-tracs. A nicer unit for around town and gives a better bite for tracks that some morron drools oil on before your pass.
                    Nothing comes up for me on a Google search for True-tracs (or true trax, or tru trax or tru tracs or tru tracks). Maybe they are discontinued?

                    The biggest prob is finding an aftermarket unit for a 19 SPLINE Dana 44. Plenty around for the 30 spline units. Auburn Gear might be the only other one around that I could find. Dana Spicer(later Precision Gear) did make a PowerLok for the 19 spline. They are discontinued, however, but you might be able to find one in stock at a dealer left over.



                    Dick Steinkamp
                    Bellingham, WA

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                    • #11
                      Try Detroit Gear Tru-trac

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                      • #12
                        Would a 30 spline unit bolt into a Stude housing? I'm thinking that since Fairborn has convinced Moser to make the flanged replacement axles, it might be possible to have a few sets made in 30-spline which would be a better all around setup.

                        Keep in mind that I have NO idea if there's any meaningful differences between the two other than the spline count. If there are, that might be a deal killer.

                        just a thought,

                        nate

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                        • #13
                          quote:Originally posted by Alan

                          Try Detroit Gear Tru-trac
                          OK, I found it under Truetrac. Nothing for a 19 spline Dana 44.




                          Dick Steinkamp
                          Bellingham, WA

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                          • #14
                            Dick, When I bought my last tru-trac for Stude I was told that you had to buy the unit for a Jeep with a Dana 44. Detroit gear does not make anymore the 19 spline unit. So you would have to upgrade to the 30 spline axles. But when I went to National Drive Train service in Las Vegas. The had some of the 19 spline units left. $350. When you come down next week I will lay out both a detroit Locker and a Tru-trac so you can see what they are like.

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                            • #15
                              For Dana 44 19-spl, I could only find

                              Power-Lok
                              No-slip
                              Lock-Right
                              Detroit Locker

                              Hard to beat the price of the Lock-Right though...

                              Daddy always said, if yer gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough & I'm one tough sumbitch!
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