Haven't posted anything here since around 2012. Ground up restorations take longer then I had anticipated. And with the changes I've decided to incorporate, a lot more money. But I expected this. TCI front and rear suspension kits etc. Here's a pic of the car prior to disassembly.
I have a 1965 Falcon Ranchero undergoing a full restoration. Body's still in the shop but I have the 1965 289 built along with the 1985 Mustang 5.0 HO World Class Tremec T5 I'm running behind it. It's also been very well built. They're bolted together and ready for a fit check as soon as I get the body back.
Pic of engine and trans. The valve covers are temporary.
I'm ready to build the 8" rear end. Wish I had a 9" but the budget is already blown out of the sky on this one. I'm trying to figure out what gear ratio I want in the rear end. I'm going for a nice "hole shot" along with a decent fuel mileage at hiway speeds. I would like to be turning around 2,500 RPM in the 5th gear overdrive at 70 MPH. I won't be drag racing this car but I will occasionally have some fun with it. Okay, maybe a little more then occasionally. I found an online calculator that comes up with a 3.08:1 ratio. It'll be a posi rear end.
I'd like to get some opinions on this rather then just trusting this calculator. I know you'll have more questions, wheel height etc. etc. that I will be more then happy to answer. I restore antique radios and belong to 3 related forums. I know forums are the best place to get good info and lots of ideas.
So if anyone would like to share some of your ideas concerning this 8" posi differential ratio I'd sure like to hear them.