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Old 10-29-2005, 07:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im fairly sure the answer is yes, just dont have any proof.

When I built the car from an I6 to a V8, I got a granada rear due to lack of finding a mustang rear close, or cheep.
That setup was fine. I put my fresh 289, and C4 behind the 2.79 gears in the granada rear.

Not racing around, and wanted the driveability on freeways (was at the time my daily driver)
Now, I have converted the C4 to a T5, and the 2.79's are useless for 5th gear unless im traveling over 80 mph.

I have been searching lightly for a pumpkin to replace the 2.79's with 3.00 - 3.25.

I came across a 1965 Falcon rear end (5 lug 8 inch, V8 falcon) and it looks just like the original 65'-66' mustangs (the housing shrinks where the Ubolts go over).

The rear end has 3.25 gears, and I can take the whole rear end... Drum to Drum... home for $100

Best part is, its only 1 block away from my house. Im going to pick it up next week, after payday. Anyone have any proof to backup my assumption?

- P.S. I love finding good deals on parts when your not desperate to get them, and they just come to you! - woulda cost me like $60 just to have one shipped, not to mention other fees and most not as low as $100

I Guess the whole question im trying to ask, is are they the same widths?

Thanks - Jacob
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Old 10-29-2005, 07:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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why not just swap the centersections? They are both 8-inchers
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Old 10-29-2005, 07:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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the granada rear is a bit wider then stock (maybe 1" to 1 1/2" total - forget specifics) - would be nice to put the original width / style rear end in the car if i can.
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THEN: Have a 5.0 HO and complete EFI setup to install when I collect parts and am tired of my 289

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Old 10-30-2005, 08:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm pretty sure the '65 Falcon and '65 Mustang rear end dimensions are identical. I swapped a '64 1/2 HiPo Mustang 9" rear end into my '65 Comet Caliente many years ago. A very straight-forward "bolt-in" swap.

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Old 10-30-2005, 11:17 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Ford rear dimesions:

65-66 Mustang 57.25 inches
67-70 Mustang 59.25 inches
71-73 Mustang 61.25 inches
77-81 Versailles 58.50 inches
74 Maverick 8" 56.50 inches
75 Mustang II 8" 57.00 inches
57-59 Ranchero and station wagon rears, 57.25 inches
66-77 Bronco 9", 58 inches
77-81 Granada/Versailles, 58 inches
67-71 Comet, Cougar, Mustang, Fairlane, 59.25 inches
71-73 Mustang, 61.25 inches
64 Falcon 58 inches
67 Cougar 60 inches

There's more but these are generally the most common found.
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Old 10-30-2005, 11:28 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 10-30-2005, 07:59 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Well, I measured the rear end Axle face to Axle face, and got a measurement of 57.50" - wich is incorrect from that chart telling me it was 58"

I had my old 4 lug rear in my backyard, measured it axle face to axle face and got 57.25, so it is overall 1/4" longer wich is 1/8" on each side. Too little of a difference for me to care. Thanks. Anyone know if there are many 57.50" axles? if that falcon shoulda had a 58" ext...?
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THEN: Have a 5.0 HO and complete EFI setup to install when I collect parts and am tired of my 289

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