The engine was discontinued in new trucks F-Series afterand new SUVs Explorer afterbut remains available for purchase from Ford Performance Parts as a crate engine. The designations of 'Windsor' and 'Cleveland' were derived from the locations of manufacture: Windsor, Ontario and Cleveland, Ohio.
The engine was designed as a successor to the Ford Y-block engine. Production began in for installation in the model year Ford Fairlane and Mercury Meteor. From the mids through the s, the Ford Small Block engine was also marinized for use in smaller recreational boats.
For the model year, Ford began phasing in their new Modular V8 engine to replace the small-block, beginning with the Lincoln Town Car and continuing through the s. The small-block engine was introduced in the Ford Fairlane. The engine uses a separate aluminum timing chain cover, which differentiates it from the later series Cleveland engines that use an integrated timing cover. All Ford Small Block engines use two-valve-per-cylinder heads, with "2V" and "4V" designations indicating the number of barrels or venturi in the carburetor.
The valves are in-line and use straight six-bolt valve covers. Coolant is routed out of the block through the intake manifold. Two additional displacements were produced during the engine's history. The W so identified to distinguish from the series Cleveland C uses a taller block than the other engines in the series to avoid excessively short connecting rods. The first attempt mated a tunnel-port head to a cu in block, but the displacement proved to be too small to deliver the desired power.
The next iteration of the engine mated an improved head design to the cu in block, producing the famous "Boss ". The heads from the Boss became the production heads on the series Cleveland engines, which used the same bore spacing and head bolt configuration as the small block engines.
As the s drew to a close, Ford began the design of a new OHC V8 to replace the venerable small block design. The Modular 4. Through the rest of the decade, Ford gradually shifted V8 applications to the Modular engine, with the Mustang transitioning in Even as the small block neared the end of its life, development continued, with new cylinder heads introduced for the Ford Explorer in American sales in new vehicles ended with the Ford Explorer, but the engine continues to be offered for sale as a crate engine from Ford Racing and Performance Parts.
All of the July through August engines used a five-bolt bell housing, with all s and s being of this configuration, but the changed to the six-bolt arrangement at this time - the change was made due to transmission utilization issues i. The block mount pads and the cylinder wall contour of the and engines changed in January—February with the introduction of the variant — all and engine blocks up to this time featured 'corrugated wall' construction with two freeze plugs on the side of each bank and engine mount hole pitch distances of 6 inch.
All three block variants from this point on featured the straight wall method of construction, three freeze plugs and an engine mount hole pitch distance of seven inches. The corrugated wall method of block construction had caused cleaning difficulties in the foundry from day one and a change was phased in. An advanced, compact, thinwall-casting design, it was 24 in wide, 29 in long, and In stock form, it used a two-barrel carburetor and a compression ratio of 8.
Valve diameters were 1. The was phased out in April due to a lack of demand after abouthad been produced. The second version of the Fairlane V8, introduced during the middle of the model year Marchhad a larger bore of 3. Compression ratio was raised fractionally to 8.
For the and car model years, the valve head diameters remained the same as thebut for the car model year, they were enlarged to 1. Rated power was not changed. Inthe became the base engine on full-sized Ford sedans. Later in the model year, its availability was expanded to the Ford Falcon and Mercury Comet. The special rally version of the Falcon and Comet and early AC Cobra sports cars of used a high-performance version of the with higher compression, hotter camshaft timing, upgraded connecting rods, valves with larger diameter valve stems, stronger valve springs and a four-barrel carburetor.
This engine was termed the HP by Ford and was specifically made for Carroll Shelby — about were made. The — Sunbeam Tiger Mk I used the Bore was expanded to 4.See all 1 photos. Ford started phasing out the metal tags in the late '80s, replacing them with a sticker located on the axletube by the brakes.
Use nickel rod and weld the tubes all the way around where they enter the housing. This can be seen only with the cover off; without an ID tag, you can't spot a TractionLok from the outside. Only truck versions have leaf-spring pads. This is the companion flange where the yoke bolts. The has a inch width for the U-joint, and the has a inch width. The is usually found in Ford trucks. The aftermarket sells flanges of various widths for added strength and conversions for Jeeps, all of which fit either the original or series universal U-Joints.
To prevent warping from heat, don't use a torch and avoid extended use of a die grinder while modifying an 8. The pinion-gear shaft diameter is larger than on a 9-inch and the same size as on a Chevy bolt. Fox-body axles use a four-lug wheel pattern. Factory 8. All Factory Ratios: 2. It will tell you the gear ratio, rearend style, and whether it has limited-slip. Also on the tag is an ID number, which, untilincluded four to five letters, no numbers. Almost all 8.
The first number refers to the plant where it was built, and the next three refer to the ratio and type. The numbers can also tell you what car the rearend came in, though you need to look up the info online or in a Ford manual, as there are thousands of codes. First appearing inthe 8. There are 24 different Fords that offered the 8. The weakest points of the 8.
Ford 8.8-inch Axle Builder’s Guide
The spline axles 1. You can buy aftermarket spline axles, but that will also require a new carrier and side gears. Most '91'01 Explorers have 8. Most 8. The '86'93 Mustangs have The '94'98 axles are 0. The '99'04 is another 0. The 8.
The aftermarket sells C-clip-eliminator kits that retain the axles with flanges at the ends of the axletubes. Close Ad. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter.Earlier models were equipped with drum brakes and different splined axles.
Unscrew the vent fitting on the passenger side axle tube. You will be able to see the wall thickness of the tube. Look in the Drivers side door jamb on the door. The Explorer 8. Technically, no. It takes two cuts to narrow the Explorer 8. You also need to weld the tubes back together.
It takes 2 cuts to remove the correct length of tube needed to narrow the axle and one weld to stick it back together. If you look at the Explorer 8. You are basically narrowing the Driver's side to the same length as the passenger side, so you need 2 passenger side axles.
Once you narrow the Driver's side, you will install the shorter axle just as it would be from the factory.
There is no use at all for the longer Driver's side axle. Generally speaking, it is easier than most rear ends and is often considered a DIY weekend job. You need general metal working tools such as a grinder and a welder.
You should also have the knowledge regarding use of your tools and experience with them. Remember, if your cut is crooked and your weld is crappy, you could split the axle tube while driving and cause serious harm or even death to yourself or people around you. You should have a few years of experience, a strong capable welder, and confidence in your work. You should use a capable welder and be proficient with the welder you intend to use.
You might. Every install is different. You should know what you are installing your narrowed diff into and what is needed to adapt it to your vehicle. Leaf spring perches, coil spring buckets, 4 link tabs, and so many more parts can be purchased online from a multitude of vendors. Just remember to order parts for a 3. Parts are usually listed for the diameter 3.
Everything can be easily purchased from upgraded brakes, to stronger axles, different gear ratios, upgraded gears, different lockers, and so on It literally is near endless because the Ford 8. Just remember you will have TWO passenger side axles if you choose to order upgraded axles.
This section covers the selection and installation of perches and accessories required to install the now narrowed Ford Explorer 8. This section covers the strip down and measurements in preparation for cutting and welding to narrow the Ford Explorer 8. Welding Practice Metal.
Housing: 36 lbs. Axles: Medium Journal, spline lbs. Housing: 38 lbs. Axles: Large Journal, spline - 18 Lbs. Housing: 39 lbs. Axles: 20 lbs. Rotors: 10 lbs. If you are concerned about the weight And if your 9 inch has the small axle bearings, you can use the smaller but lighter 8 inch brake backing plates and drums.
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Scrounger’s Guide - Ford 8.8 Rear Axle
Atomic Industry www. Our Affiliate Link Policy. Twitter Instagram.See all 13 photos. If there is an industry standard for rearend strength and durability, it has to be the Ford 9-inch.
But the days of finding a Mustang-width 9-inch housing in the junkyard that you can use for a typical leaf-spring street machine are rare. Even the big rear-axle companies like Currie, Moser, and Strange now make their own housings rather than try to find decent cores.
But there is an alternative-the Ford Mustang 8. Why should you care about the Ford 8. The biggest reason is there are thousands of Fox-body Mustangs with 8. This rearend is lighter than a 9-inch and is as strong as a bolt except for the axlesand many Mustangs came from the factory with Traction-Lok limited-slip differentials.
All you have to do is cut off the coil-spring brackets, weld on leaf-spring mounts, and perhaps add a different pinion snout, and you're ready to go with an inexpensive yet strong rear-axle assembly. It will never get any easier or cheaper than this. For us, it started with a search for a performance replacement for the lame 8-inch rearend in our Car Craft '67 six-cylinder Mustang. The stock four-lug axles had to go and there was no good reason to invest in the weak 8-inch.
We also had an 8. This led us to consider that this inexpensive 8. Frankly, we don't expect a ton of Chevy guys to pick up on this idea, but that just leaves more 8. We're already planning on snapping up another 8. But for now, let's see how this 8. Ford 8. Most rear axles are described by their ring-gear diameters, with larger being better. A Ford 9-inch has a ring-gear diameter of, you guessed it, 9 inches closely followed by the bolt at 8. Another strength consideration is pinion-shaft diameter.
Here, the 8. By comparison, the Ford 9-inch pinion shaft measures only 1. The Achilles' heel of the stock 8. Ford eventually rectified this oversight and upgraded the ''99 Mustang 8. These rear-axle assemblies are now beginning to populate the recycling yards and should be available at a decent price. These housings are slightly wider than the ''93 housings and may actually fit some of the wider leaf-spring-car requirements, so keep that in mind as well.
The point of all this is that the Ford 8. The original Fox-body 8. And the best part is you won't spend a ton of money to get there. Pumping Iron-Strength-Building The 8. If you are planning to put at least hp through a Ford 8. Rather than buy aftermarket spline axles, the smart move is to upgrade to stronger spline pieces.
This will also require a spline limited slip. Moser, Strange, and others offer both better axles and several choices when it comes to differentials with the clutch-type Eaton-style limited slips being the least expensive.
An excellent choice if you plan on doing both drag racing and abusing the apexes on the occasional road course is Eaton Detroit Truetrac gear-style limited slip. This unit is more expensive but applies the power in a corner more efficiently than clutch-type units and will not wear out in your lifetime.See all 6 photos.
Ever wonder how your Jeep's axles rank against the rest of the axlehousing world? Wonder no more. Here's how we rank 'em from the geeky weaklings to the all-star axle jocks. Of course, you'll find a few axles missing from the list. Many axles don't make good swaps, are not readily available, or they just have no aftermarket support to speak of.Martyn Ford And Olivier Richters - Giant Vs Giant
When compiling the list, we took the strength of the entire axle assembly in stock form into consideration. This included the gears, housings, axleshafts, and so on. Of course, there are multiple versions of many of these axles.
Some are significantly weaker than their newer counterparts, and we've made notes where we could. We also threw in some tips on what to watch out for and keep in mind, whether you're looking to make a swap to something bigger or keep what ya got. To identify what axle came in your Jeep, check out "Axle Axtravaganza" in the May '07 issue.
Front Axles weakest to strongest Dana 25 It shares similar closed-knuckle parts with the Dana 27 and It has several weak points when overtired and overpowered, including axletubes, differential gears, shafts, and steering joints.
Dana 27 See Dana also has a marginally larger ring gear. Low-pinion Dana 30 The shafts and small sized U-joints are its weakest parts. Also has weak axletubes. However, it has lots of aftermarket support. The 'and-later inner shafts are large spline parts. The 'and-earlier axles have weaker spline shafts. Toyota 8-inch A stout axle for its compact size. Aftermarket Birfields can beef it up. It can actually make for an OK Jeep swap, but it's often frowned upon for being an import axle.
High-Pinion Dana 30 It's one of our favorites when found without the axle-disconnect system. Early versions can be converted to larger U-joints with factory and aftermarket parts.
Air time will bend the tubes. This axle has lots of aftermarket support. The only real gain in strength is in the gears and inner axleshafts larger diameter and more splines. It has lots of aftermarket support but limited available ratios if you're using the stock Rubicon differentials. Toyota Land Cruiser They're getting harder to find, but they're still usable for a Jeep albeit an expensive oddball possibility.
It's not a popular swap or one that makes sense unless you have the axles already. Even then, you may be better off selling them. They have slightly smaller spline shafts and thinner axletubes. However, almost all the bolt knuckle components and stub shafts interchange with the open-knuckle Dana It's a usable full-width axle, but we'd prefer a Dana Both left- and right-side pinion versions are common and lots of parts interchange between different 4x4s that used some version of the Dana It has a good cost-to-strength ratio and can be easily upgraded in many areas because it has plenty of aftermarket support.
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