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    Posted: Sep/26/2009 at 6:15pm
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I HAVE A 65 IM WONDERING IF ANYONE HAS USED A  FORD RANGER REAR END?
I THINK THE WIDTH IS CORRECT JUST WONDERING IF ANYONE HAS PUT SOMETHING UNDER AN AMERICAN WITHOUT NARROWING AND IT WORK. 
IF YOU HAVE PLEASE CHIME IN..ITS NOT ABOUT HOLDING POWER BUT BETTER BRAKES AND THE ABILITY FOR ME TO FIND PARTS EASY..THESES REAR ARE IN THE U PULL IT YARDS  
 
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Please do not cap your letters, its like YELLING......................................
 
As for the Ranger rears, the 4 cylinders and small V6's have a 7.5 inch rear, the ones with the 4.0's have the 8.8.  and the '93 --up Rangers are wider too.
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Originally posted by ramblerguy ramblerguy wrote:

sorry
Not a problem, just wanted you to be aware..................
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For the "best" of the bunch you are looking for a 90-92 Ranger with an 8.8" axle. It carries the exact width you need lots of gear options, pretty easy to put disc brakes on even thoung the drum will do the deed. Been casually looking for one witha 3:55 gear set in it for a whiel now.
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I have a 1967 american and have had the same thoughts as you regarding brakes and availability of parts. Had a quick look under my daughters 1995 mustang with a measuring tape. The good news - the width seems to be within  about a half inch of my american, it is 5 lug, and it has disc brakes! The bad news- it is a coil spring rear end. It's not a major deal to cut the coil spring stuff off and weld on leaf spring perches, but I would do a lot more measuring first. I'm still thinking this one over... and over.
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If you use offsett wheels to go with the mustang it will work.
The 80-82 ranger rear allows you to manitain factory width and bolt pattern
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Originally posted by Wrambler Wrambler wrote:

For the "best" of the bunch you are looking for a 90-92 Ranger with an 8.8" axle. It carries the exact width you need lots of gear options, pretty easy to put disc brakes on even thoung the drum will do the deed. Been casually looking for one witha 3:55 gear set in it for a whiel now.
and to get the 8.8, the truck has to have a 4.0 in it.
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Since the Explorer is pretty much a sport utility of the Ranger, I would look into those also. They already have disc brakes and have leaf spring perches which are much easier to cut off and replace than all that Mustang stuff. I have an Explorer 8.8 in my 72 Javelin. I jusy installed 06 Mustang wheels with 2" spacers to get the width I needed but without the spacers, the wheels would tuck in nice in a narrower car. You would probably still need a spacer in the front so the deeply offset Mustang wheels won't rub the suspension. I only have $290 in my wheels, tires and 4-2" spacers. There are lots of Explorers showing up at the yards now thanks to the tax payer money for clunkers law. The Mercury version even has torque links. If you get an Explores rear, make sure you get the parking brake cables as they have a special end link for the axle end.
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Originally posted by prostreetamx prostreetamx wrote:

Since the Explorer is pretty much a sport utility of the Ranger, I would look into those also. They already have disc brakes and have leaf spring perches which are much easier to cut off and replace than all that Mustang stuff. I have an Explorer 8.8 in my 72 Javelin. I jusy installed 06 Mustang wheels with 2" spacers to get the width I needed but without the spacers, the wheels would tuck in nice in a narrower car. You would probably still need a spacer in the front so the deeply offset Mustang wheels won't rub the suspension. I only have $290 in my wheels, tires and 4-2" spacers. There are lots of Explorers showing up at the yards now thanks to the tax payer money for clunkers law. The Mercury version even has torque links. If you get an Explores rear, make sure you get the parking brake cables as they have a special end link for the axle end.
And it will be wider, which is what you dont want in an american.
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