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modifying the atlas axle

Postby BROWNYS V6 » Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:19 pm

so I got this idea, dunno if it will work but here goes, ive just swopped out my atlas axle off my mk3, but eventually would like to reinstall it, stronger, better ratio's, but if you want to run a different pcd no bloody good. ive got another square tube axle, tried to sell it, no one wanted it, so sod it im gonna chop it up, plan is to remove the ends where the bearings/hubs attach and weld it onto my atlas axle so I can run square tube hubs and halfshafts, redrilled to my chosen pcd, obviously though I need to respline the shafts to fit my atlas diff, this is where it gets tricky, either chop the spline bit off, get the shafts resplined then narrow the axle to suit, or could I get a pair of mk5 shafts as they are a bit longer, get those resplined without having to narrow the axle.
does it make sense or am I talking bollocks :?:
does anyone know how much longer mk5 halfshafts are than a mk3 shaft
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Re: modifying the atlas axle

Postby dumper » Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:51 am

Try https://www.rallydesign.co.uk they do parts for atlas axle
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Re: modifying the atlas axle

Postby Chuggy » Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:41 am

It makes sense to me, where there is a will and all that, with a bit of research you can usually find some part from another vehicle out of the Ford parts bin to make projects work.

There is another useful link here too Paul,
https://www.classicfordmag.co.uk/wp-con ... c-ford.pdf
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Re: modifying the atlas axle

Postby dumper » Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:47 am

Chuggy wrote:It makes sense to me, where there is a will and all that, with a bit of research you can usually find some part from another vehicle out of the Ford parts bin to make projects work.

There is another useful link here too Paul,
https://www.classicfordmag.co.uk/wp-con ... c-ford.pdf

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Re: modifying the atlas axle

Postby BROWNYS V6 » Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:41 pm

cheers guys, been thinking about this mod for a while now, after spending ages looking for a better ratio for the square tube axle ive just put on the van, and not being able to find one, its a no brainer, good thing is all the new parts ive just bought and fitted to the square tube axle will swop over to the modded atlas, bar the shafts of course, got to get it done some how,
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Re: modifying the atlas axle

Postby bj928 » Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:46 pm

just to let u know, i'm planning on bringing a couple of transit mk8 american axles home with me (i'm working stateside), they are factory LSD, and 3.73 ration, i will be using 1 with a new 3.09 ration and aftermarket LSD, but the other is for test fits and maybe sell, i believe they are slightly wider than the mk6/7, so wider than the mk 3/4/5, the axle itself is the very strong Ford 9.75, and its fitted to lots of vehicles in the US, and the transit one keeps the 5x160 pcd, also working with someone else to change the pcd to 6x135 (same as f150 ford ) this opens up a world of new alloys that are weight rated way more than any transit should carry
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Re: modifying the atlas axle

Postby BROWNYS V6 » Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:04 pm

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Cheers bj928 but i think it will be too wide for my 9 inch wide wheels, and ive found a pair of mk4 shafts, jus gotta go pick em up, so tonight ive been dismantling the atlas
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Re: modifying the atlas axle

Postby BROWNYS V6 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:57 pm

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Been and borrowed a mk4 shaft (cheers gav) to se if my crazy plan will work, first off i thought no but after a quick measure up i think it will, the longer shafts are waisted wberd i need to Re spline them, but the overral diameter iz bigger zo i think it could work out ok :mrgreen:
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Re: modifying the atlas axle

Postby BROWNYS V6 » Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:48 pm

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Been making a table to mount my axle on, so i can start chopping the ends off
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Re: modifying the atlas axle

Postby Cider Andy » Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:34 am

Looking good!
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Re: modifying the atlas axle

Postby BROWNYS V6 » Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:33 pm

cheers andy,
managed to get round too see gavin on here, and collect my other long halfshaft(thanks mate) jus need to dig out the mk3 axle from the spares bin and get chopping :mrgreen:
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Re: modifying the atlas axle

Postby conrod » Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:00 pm

would a P100 axle be a solution? They are an Atlas type, with floating hubs, and the Transit PCD. Not sure if they would be wide enough for a Transit though.
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Re: modifying the atlas axle

Postby BROWNYS V6 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:56 pm

p100 is too narrow I think, someone else on here tried one :wink:
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