1985 Monte SS drag car build

DysonSS

DysonSS

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I have a chance to pick up a 8.8 from a 1986 mustang gt for $75 from a buddy at work. It has a posi but it’s weak and it has 2:73 gears, it also has no brake hardware. I’ve been researching the swap and depending on what you want it could get really pricy. I did find the trick chassis swap I/c brackets and control arms for $249 on their site and I already have double adjustable lowers with heim joints. Do you think it would be a good deal considering I would have to re-gear it, rebuild the posi and drill the axles?
 
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lilbowtie

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That's for you to choose - I would personally buy a bolt in nine inch w/ axle package for around $700.00(new). You get to choose want ends you want on, axle splines, and bolt pattern. Nine inch pigs are cheap and for a drag car I'd run a spool. If your close to me I have one w/ 4.11 for $200.00. Plus you have a little more insurance over the 8.8
 
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bracketchev1221

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That's for you to choose - I would personally buy a bolt in nine inch w/ axle package for around $700.00(new). You get to choose want ends you want on, axle splines, and bolt pattern. Nine inch pigs are cheap and for a drag car I'd run a spool. If your close to me I have one w/ 4.11 for $200.00. Plus you have a little more insurance over the 8.8
I think I would go with the bolt in 9” as well. I have been looking to see what would be best and I can’t beat the packages available.
 
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That's for you to choose - I would personally buy a bolt in nine inch w/ axle package for around $700.00(new). You get to choose want ends you want on, axle splines, and bolt pattern. Nine inch pigs are cheap and for a drag car I'd run a spool. If your close to me I have one w/ 4.11 for $200.00. Plus you have a little more insurance over the 8.8
That’s what I was thinking as well after I did the math I was up to $600 not including brakes. The worst part is I had a stock pile of 9 inch parts 2 years ago, one with 3:50 gears and a posi. When I sold my cutlass I sold off all those parts. Now I’m kicking myself in the a**
 
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I have a chance to pick up a 8.8 from a 1986 mustang gt for $75 from a buddy at work. It has a posi but it’s weak and it has 2:73 gears, it also has no brake hardware. I’ve been researching the swap and depending on what you want it could get really pricy. I did find the trick chassis swap I/c brackets and control arms for $249 on their site and I already have double adjustable lowers with heim joints. Do you think it would be a good deal considering I would have to re-gear it, rebuild the posi and drill the axles?
Have you considered the Explorer 8.8" swap?

https://gbodyforum.com/threads/southside-machine-performance-ford-explorer-8-8-swap-kit.70009/
 
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DysonSS

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I got just about everything I need to put the car back together. It’s like Christmas in my garage 😂. The cage was backordered and it finally showed up today. I got my entire fuel system, poly body mounts, summit 3 way adjustable drag shocks, a tci fast gate shifter, sphon rear shock relocation brackets hopefully the 15x10’s clear them if not I’ll have to drill new holes for the shock mount(they were hitting the wheels) I also have the rear seat support which is tacked in place now. I ended up getting a set of 28 10.50 Mickey Thompson e/t drags, they were on sale at Jegs I ended up paying $168 a piece. I also scored some weld draglite 15x8 front runners with almost new 26 8.50 Mickey-Thompson sportsman tires for $200. I think I’m going to end up getting a bolt in 9” from quick performance I spoke with them and a bolt in rear with 4:10’s and a drag spool with disc brakes is $1650 shipped not bad. I’ll have to save up for that. Now I just need time. I can’t wait to get this beast going.
 
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focused313

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I think I would go with the bolt in 9” as well. I have been looking to see what would be best and I can’t beat the packages available.
Have you been able to put together a package cheaper than the Quick Performance option?
 

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