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8.8 ford rear end for V8 beetle on s10 chassis

When I got a little more time I started tearing down the 8.8" ford rear end again. Just pulled out the bolts that hold on the brake backing plates and axle flanges. You will also have to drill out two rivets to pull the backing plate off.

8.8 ford rear end for V8 beetle on s10 chassis

Here I got the backing plate pulled off of one end of the axle.

8.8 ford rear end for V8 beetle on s10 chassis

And the other end now. Just have to pull off the flanges now.

8.8 ford rear end for V8 beetle on s10 chassis

Now I'm just down to the axle tubes and bearings. I'll wait to replace the bearings untill I get the axle cleaned up and primed with some master series silver.

8.8 ford rear end for V8 beetle on s10 chassis

Just the 8.8" rear end and all the parts I pulled off of it.

8.8 ford rear end for V8 beetle on s10 chassis

And another view.

8.8 ford rear end for V8 beetle on s10 chassis

I wanted to clean the rear end up before I primed it so I wire brushed all the heavy rust off, then scrubed it down with some dawn to get as much of the oil and grease off of it as possible and then I sand blasted it with my little sand blaster I used for the front of the frame earlier.

8.8 ford rear end for V8 beetle on s10 chassis

The rear end is now ready to be primed, and I also got my new brake calipers ready to prime and my brake rotors taped off to be painted with some high temp paint.

8.8 ford rear end for V8 beetle on s10 chassis

Here is the rear end with 2 coats of master series silver primer. It is amazing how much better it looks now. When I get the rear end of the chassis cleaned up and primed I will under coat the rest of the chassis and axle at the same time.

8.8 ford rear end for V8 beetle on s10 chassis

Just another view.

8.8 ford rear end for V8 beetle on s10 chassis

The calipers primed, I put 3 coats on these because I'll keep them silver, just to give a little contrast agains all the black.

8.8 ford rear end for V8 beetle on s10 chassis

I took the axle flanges, backing plates, and leaf spring plates to work, Alcast Company http://www.alcastcompany.com, and put them in one of our steel shot blasters and got them all cleaned up. Here they are ready to be primed.

8.8 ford rear end for V8 beetle on s10 chassis

I also bought a new differential cover because I figured it wasn't worth my time to clean up the old one, they are pretty cheap at www.rockauto.com. It was a bit oily so I cleaned it up, sanded it and primed it with some master series too.

8.8 ford rear end for V8 beetle on s10 chassis

Here I'm priming all the smaller parts, sorry for the bad lighting....... You'll also see my pinion yoke flange. I didn't get the one off of the explorer with this rear end so I ordered one from dennys drive shafts. I was even able to get one for a 1350 series U joint to match my drive shaft.

8.8 ford rear end for V8 beetle on s10 chassis

Just the axle flanges after I primed them. Now I just got to get all this stuff put back together again!



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