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axle lug pattern change

Discussion in 'Modified Alpine' started by mototron, Nov 5, 2019.

  1. mototron

    mototron Platinum Level Sponsor

    Has anyone drilled a a 4 lug pattern into a 83 7.5 ranger 5 bolt axle?
    I was thinking about welding in steel plugs in the old holes and redrill to the sunbeam 4 lug pattern
    Thanks
    Rocco
     
  2. PROCRAFT

    PROCRAFT Gold Level Sponsor

    I did, drilled 5x4.5 plugged the holes as you said, however be aware they work harden when you weld.
     
  3. 260Alpine

    260Alpine Silver Level Sponsor

    Rocco, 4 X 4.5 (MGB) is easy. Same circle. Reuse one hole, opposite one is in-between and the other two are close but works good! For 4 X 4.25 (Sunbeam) I would make a template and rotate it until the bolt holes clear. No need to plug the 5 bolt holes.
     
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2019
  4. 260Alpine

    260Alpine Silver Level Sponsor

    Rocco, you could weld up the Sunbeam front hubs and drill to the Ford 5 lug pattern Like Joel suggests also. The Fox body Mustang is Sunbeam 4 lug pattern but axles are too long. Dutchman can shorten and respline them.
     
  5. 260Alpine

    260Alpine Silver Level Sponsor

    Or you could remove front studs and redrill to MGB 4 X 4.5 in-between the 4 X 4.25. Here is a pic of Ranger rear axle and drum converted to MGB 4 lug. Ranger drum and axle drilled to MGB 4 lug.png
     
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2019
  6. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    WHy go to the trouble of switching to drums? Converting to Disc seems more efficient?
     
  7. PROCRAFT

    PROCRAFT Gold Level Sponsor

    Looks like he has a drum axle I'd redrill as he proposes and stick with the drums nothing wrong with drum brakes just not in Vogue?
     
  8. 260Alpine

    260Alpine Silver Level Sponsor

    Dan, The Ranger axle comes with drums. There is a good write up on switching to Mustang disks on the Ranger Station.
     
  9. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    You Gents'are correct! I did not word my comments adequately! Knew they were drums. Just wondering why going to the trouble of the change and not converting to Disc.

    Joel made a great comment about the drum not being in Vogue! Joel's work has been a bit of a guide to me in making decisions for my Alpines. Just go back through the POST he has made, look at the workmanship on display.

    I do not particularly like the braking system (drums) on the Alpine rear! Prefer the disc because they seem much simpler and provide better performance.

    Again, in my thinking, I can not understand why FORD didn't go with Disc on the Ranger!

    Waiting on your (Jim) retirement:)
     
  10. 260Alpine

    260Alpine Silver Level Sponsor

    Lots of Ideas Dan, But I too am envious of Joel's Workmanship! A little over 2 months until retirement! Now if I can convince the wife the car projects are priority over the Honey Do List!
     
  11. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    Don't plan on it..... The Honey Do's will be first:)
     
  12. PROCRAFT

    PROCRAFT Gold Level Sponsor

    I'm working in the yard right now.
     
  13. PROCRAFT

    PROCRAFT Gold Level Sponsor

    Disc's are great as you say,but there's. Always the E Brake issue,in that case you can just buy a kit.
     

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