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I tried to contact Gus Averil, but my email got kicked back. Has anyone else been able to contact him, get an adapter, bought one, or make one? I want to use my torque tube rear with a modern drivetrain, and would really like some suggestions. Thanks again. Cricket
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This is member fox12303's late model Mustang 8.8" installation in a 1964 Classic. He used a 1989 model, but any Fox body axle should be the same. Don't relegate yourself to the 8.8" if running a six or even a small V-8 for a cruiser. The 7.5" axle was used in all Mustangs until 1986, even GT V-8s (and the heavier T-bird). It's stronger than most think, and it is 70-80 pounds lighter than the 8.8". Unless you plan on drag racing with slicks and a high power engine the 7.5" will be fine.  The 7.5 will also cost a lot less, as it isn't in demand like the 8.8".

The Mustang axle has some offset but it is almost identical to the original AMC axle. The Rambler axle measured 58.5", Fox Mustang is published as 59.25" - only 3/4" wider.  A tubular crossmember was used for the upper arm mounts. Look closely at the photos you will see that the crossmember is in the same location as the rear rubber brake line mount on the floor. The mount was moved to the crossmember, and you can see the end of the original mount welded to the floor. He used a Summit Racing tubular rear control arm kit. Material for the crossmember is 2" DOM tubing and 1/8" steel plate for all brackets.

The original thread is located here: He also installed a Ford 302 and AOD, but the axle install will work with any engine, even an AMC -- just need to build the appropriate driveshaft.

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Originally posted by 59ramblersuper6 59ramblersuper6 wrote:

I'm running the stock rambler wheels. I forget which size tire but they don't rub. The spacer was nessary with the wrangler d35 due to the end of the axle hub being to big. The center hole in the wheel would not fit over it. I had the spacer machined to allow the wheel to fit over the spacer center hole. The tires stick out a bit but this give a hint that the car has a little more that the 196 up its sleeve.

I'll post pics when I get started. Still far too cold and snowy to start this project.

I saw down in a different thread you mentioned the car is up and running on the truck arms. I would dearly love to hear and see the detailed install, or even a just what you did will do!

If it's posted somewhere else a line? I was off-list due to some massive depression and surgery plus MRSA issues and didn't see anything.
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