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#1 bondvagabond

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 10:04 PM

Hello, I want to put a locker in my 83 e150 300 six, 4 speed overdrive manual tranny. It is my daily, so I want to only pull apart the diff once, I would like to find out what the axle spline count is, so I can order my locker, and then throw it in in one go without taking my van out of action too long. I cannot find an axle tag on it. Is there a way to know for sure which spline count it is, just by the data I have, without pulling it apart and peaking? Thanks in advance.
1983 e150, 300six, 4sp od manual, a/c, ps, swivel seat.

#2 Tom Snyder

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Posted 01 February 2011 - 08:11 AM

Does it have a 9 rearend? Its easy to pull an axle to count them. Im gonna guess it has 28 splines. Do a search in here, topic has been covered.

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Posted 01 February 2011 - 11:13 AM

Does it have a 9 rearend? Its easy to pull an axle to count them. Im gonna guess it has 28 splines. Do a search in here, topic has been covered.


It does indeed have a 9 inch. I did a search, but only found stuff on 69-74 vans, and drive shaft spline info. I didn't know if my 83 would be the same, I've found conflicting info on the internet as well, and most of the knowledgeable sounding info I have found on the web is for cars and trucks, leaving out vans all together. Called the local classic ford wrecking yard, they didn't know, local napa, they didn't know, local ford dealer parts department, you guessed it, didn't know.

If anyone know for sure, It would be great, otherwise I'll just pull er' twice.
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Posted 01 February 2011 - 02:57 PM

...without taking my van out of action too long.

Take off wheel & brake drum. Pull four nuts & axle. Put it all back. Less than an hour.

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Posted 01 February 2011 - 09:03 PM

5 minute job hahah, I'm gonna say it is a 28 spline tho.
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Posted 02 February 2011 - 12:34 AM

5 minute job hahah, I'm gonna say it is a 28 spline tho.


Ha, you guys have a lot of respect for my mechanical skills, without having seen me wrench. Would a competent mechanic be begging for a non wrenching alternative to a procedure?

Thanks again for the info.
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Posted 02 February 2011 - 05:58 PM


5 minute job hahah, I'm gonna say it is a 28 spline tho.


Ha, you guys have a lot of respect for my mechanical skills, without having seen me wrench. Would a competent mechanic be begging for a non wrenching alternative to a procedure?

Thanks again for the info.

Believe me, I knew nothing about the 9 inch when my axle was bent. It really is amazing how simple of a design it is. Pull the wheel off, Remove the brake drum, may need a little wiggle and should come off. There will be 4 nuts around the middle axle area. Unbolt them, and pull the axle out, it may need a bit of a tug then should slide out, at the end of the shaft when it is out, count the amount of splines.
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