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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-07-2019, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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Lincoln 9"

I have a 64 Fairlane and have been offered a complete 9" rear out of a unknown year Lincoln Versailles. I believe I've heard (read?) some where that it is almost a bolt in swap. Can anyone confirm/refute this?

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Re: Lincoln 9"

Can't verify your specific swap is go/no-go bolt-on, but I can share my own experience. I replaced the 8-inch rear in my 66 Fairlane with a 9-inch out of a 69 Cougar. Here are the differences I encountered:
1. The spring perches are in different locations - required relocating the perches.
2. The pinion yoke is further forward - required shorter driveshaft.
3. The vent tube and brake line y-block located the opposite side - had to move them.
4. The flange to flange distance is slightly longer - may cause some wheel/tire fitment issues.

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Re: Lincoln 9"

I can't say that it will. But I was always told that the 9" Lincoln rear would fit in a 66-67 Fairlane. However I have a 67 Fairlane that used to be a 6cyl car with a 71/4" rear, I swapped it out for a Merc. Monarch 8" of the same era I got for free, but the rear is 11/2" narrower and I had to move the perches to fit. Put 3.55's and a locker in it. The only good thing is I can get deeper dished rims and wider tires, but the SSBC disc kit parking brake bracket will not work, have to make a custom bracket for it.
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Re: Lincoln 9"

30 years ago, the 9" disk brake Lincoln Versailles rear was a popular swap into 65-66 mustangs. Same width, and bolts to the springs. However, the brakes are HEAVY and problematic. Plus, parts are not as easily found as they once were. If you just want 'bragging rights' of having rear disks, go for it... but it will be far from a performance upgrade. Not sure about upgrading the axles, either. Probably specific to these rears. Unless you just want to impress the car show crowd, I'd pass.

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Re: Lincoln 9"

I know that the Versaille 9" is a favorite of earlier year car swaps. I have a 54 Merc Monterey and that rear end is one of the most popular to find. If you don't take it I'm sure the owner will have NO difficulty in getting rid of it.
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I have a 64 Fairlane and have been offered a complete 9" rear out of a unknown year Lincoln Versailles. I believe I've heard (read?) some where that it is almost a bolt in swap. Can anyone confirm/refute this?

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Ron
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Here is a Reference chart...
  • 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
  • 67-73 Mustang, Torino, Ranchero, Fairlane 9" 59.25 inches to 61.25 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
  • 67 Fairlane 63.50 inches (coil springs)
  • 72 Ford Van 3/4 ton 68 inches
  • 73-86 65.25 inches
  • 57-59 Ranchero and station wagon 57.25 iches (narrowest 9" housing)
  • 66-77 Bronco 58 inches but has 5-on-5 1/2 inch diameter bolt circle
  • 67-73 Torinos, Rancheros, Fairlanes 59.25 inches or 61.25 inches
  • 67-71 Comets, Cougars, Fairlanes 59.25 inches

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