So I bought something for my F150
MasterMario last edited by MasterMario
I already have a full float rear axle from an F250 for my truck. I have been keeping an eye out for an F250 front axle and finally came across one. The guy was parting out a truck and had the axle listed. I went and snagged it for $70 as well as a set of 8 bolt rims for another $50.
He didn't have a picture of it in the listing as he was parting out the whole truck and had a lot of other stuff in the pictures.
Here is what I picked up
Yup, it's basically the whole front half of the frame of an F250. He cut the frame in half and left the whole axle and suspension assembly together. It was actually a pleasant surprise since I thought I was getting just the axle.
I was going to weld brackets to use the F150s coil suspension, but now that I have this entire assembly I'm thinking it might be easier to cut off the hanger brackets and just bolt the axle on with the leaf spring set up.
BUT, now that I have half a frame already I am thinking it might be kind of fun to go another direction as well. I could cut the frame on my truck, shorten the whole thing up and make a super short F250. Like Stubby Bob from Roadkill.
Now, this is all plans in my head at this point and none of this is happening any time soon since I have way to many house projects to finish first.
But, when it does, I'll have all the parts I need.
Just Jeepin' last edited by
What a steal, says the man who spent dramatically more than that on a Dana 44 not too long ago.
Shop-Teacher last edited by
@just-jeepin This is the "undesirable" twin traction beam version though, probably why I got it at a discount. It's not a deal breaker for me as I probably won't ever do any serious rock climbing that would necessitate a solid axle. Still, most junkyards around here wanted around $500.
@shop-teacher The wheels were a bonus too, I just asked if he had any 8-lugs wheels for sale since he had a ton of parts and he said he had a set of steel ones for $50. Said yes without seeing them and figured they'd be pretty rusty, but as long as they worked I didn't really care. They turned out to be in really good shape and the paint on them is still shiny!
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LooseonExit last edited by
The TTB isn't all bad. To be honest, I think you made out well as that looks like the D50 version vs the D44HD. The D50 was optional in the early trucks and standard in the later models. The 50 is pretty stout. Since you don't have mounts anyways, I'd recommended looking into doing a coil swap, but it's not cheap in the least. I'm not sure any of the F150 parts are viable for this - radius arms, coil mounts, etc. The leafs ride like trash, they're pretty harsh.
@looseonexit good to know. Now that I have an axle I'll start looking into what it'll take to swap it to coils. Keeping it with the leafs would definitely be easier, but like you said coils would ride way better.