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I have a 1956 ford fairlane differential with 3.90 ratio. Would like to go to 2.90 or 3.0  What would be the easiest option? Is there something else i can bolt right up to same housing? It has 17 spline axle shafts. Thanks
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The easiest option would be to find a good diff from a mid 50s Ford that had an automatic in front of it. Those are around 3.30:1 and bolt in. A good modern diff would be the 8" from a Ranger or Exploder however the pumpkin is offset to the left so you'd need to get another right hand axle & tube to center it. Those come in a variety of ratios and custom ring & pinion sets are available if none of the stock ratios suit your needs.
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Dobie (12/17/2017)
The easiest option would be to find a good diff from a mid 50s Ford that had an automatic in front of it. Those are around 3.30:1 and bolt in. A good modern diff would be the 8" from a Ranger or Exploder however the pumpkin is offset to the left so you'd need to get another right hand axle & tube to center it. Those come in a variety of ratios and custom ring & pinion sets are available if none of the stock ratios suit your needs.

The Ranger and Explorer differentials are 8.8", not 8".  They are completely different, the 8" is a removable chunk like the Ford 9", but the 8.8" has a rear cover, and the gears must be set up in the housing.   Joe-JDC


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Eric, where are you located? It helps to put city and state in your tag line. I have a couple spare pumpkins for the 56 Ford stock rear end. I can check the gear ratios if you like and would be willing to sell at least one. Shipping may be a problem depending on where you live.

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Moonshadow,

Thankyou for the response. I live in Fond Du Lac WI. I would be interested in what you have if it is in the 2.90 to 3.00 or so ratio. Photos would be great also to confirm it is correct. I would really only need the ring and pinion I believe. Let me know . Thankyou, 
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.  There is nothing that is a bolt in in the ratios you are looking for.  The nearest would be an automatic rear which is around 3.30.  Other than that, an early (57-58) rear would bolt in but you would have to find a set of gears in the ratios you are looking for.  Usually, they are available.

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I have a 1956 ford fairlane differential with 3.90 ratio. Would like to go to 2.90 or 3.0  What would be the easiest option? Is there something else i can bolt right up to same housing? It has 17 spline axle shafts. Thanks




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They are take outs from a 56 probably 3:30's. I replaced mine with a 3:80 posi unit. Found the Detroit Gear original 56 Posi unit on EBAY several years ago. Will check tomorrow.



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56 auto rear gear is 3.22, all others that bolt in (49\/55) are 3.30. If you use a 49/55 you have to use 49/55 axles. 
What engine and trans are you running.?
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Lou is correct. 56 automatics used a 3:22 gear

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I am running a 351c with fmx 3 spd auto. Turning about 3700rpm at 60mph with 3.90 rear.


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