Axles - classic Ford replacement or upgrade

Many owners of traditional Fords are having problems finding axles or axle components to fit their cars. Andy Robinson Race Cars have been building axles for competition and fast road use for over 30 years and have used that experience to develop a range of offerings to overcome these difficulties. These are all available for both English and Atlas axles and are based on one piece forged shafts. The easiest is a straight replacement for the standard shaft, stronger than standard but still a simple bolt-in. Next up is a stronger shaft which is still a bolt-in and then an offering based on replacement of the outer bearing but retaining standard track. The toughest offering replaces the diff with limited slip one from Gripper Diffs which also allows for a deeper and stronger spline where the shaft fits into the side gears. Finally ARRC can supply custom sized shafts and/or modify housings to suit almost any application; the most common of these, shown below, is to fit new housings at the ends of the axle to allow for bigger bearings.

The picture shows, from front to back, Anglia, standard Cortina, up-rated Cortina and Lotus Cortina.

Standard Ford axle upgrade by replacing the ends on a Cortina axle with those from an Escort.

The top axle is complete, the bottom has new ends ready to be fitted. This modifications allows original Cortina shafts to be used but with the deeper bearings and greater strength of the Escort.

Fully welded ends, in this case retaining original width. A similar process can accommodate narrowing of the axle and/or fitting larger ends to allow thicker axles.
Comparison of ends shows bigger bearing depth on the Escort end above.

 

 

A fully fabricated axle based on American Ford 9 inch components but with normal classic Ford stud pattern to allow original wheels to be fitted. This axle was built for a 1200 horsepower Sierra Cosworth but similar axles could be built to suit any model from an Anglia upwards.
Date 08-Mar-2011
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