Jim Smart
December 10, 2009

We're heading down the home stretch on the driveline for Gary Schweitzer's '65 World's Fair Magic Skyway Mustang convertible. We've rebuilt his 200ci six and C4 Cruise-O-Matic, so this month, we head to Mustangs Etc. for the rear axle portion of Gary's driveline renewal. Gary's 7 1/4-inch axle housing was so badly rusted and pitted from Michigan winter road salt that it could not be restored. That's when Garrett Marks of Mustangs Etc. came to our rescue with a rust-free California core.

Technician Mike O'Brian of Mustangs Etc. gave our six-cylinder rear end his close attention, right down to rebuilding the original Ford wheel cylinders with 1/4-inch bleeders for authenticity. National Parts Depot set us up with everything vital to this rebuild-bearings, seals, and all brake parts.

The Ford 7 1/4-inch rear axle is the most forgotten axle in the industry because so little is available for them. Particularly hard to find are the ring-and-pinion gear sets. Gary's 2.83:1 gears were in excellent condition. Most are not. This means you must search for new-old-stock or excellent used to get you going again.

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