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Old 03-02-2015, 09:10 PM   #1
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I am working on a '97 Dolphin MH on a Ford Chassis, It has a straight axle and leaf springs on the front and I believe it is a 460 V-8, also 161' wheels with 235/85 R16 LRE tires. My question is does anyone know what the chassis model numbers were on this year. I know some of the newer ones are on an F-53 but have no idea on this one.
Any help will be greatly appreciated, I need to order end links for both the front and rear sway bars and would like to know the chassis model before I tear it apart.
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Old 03-02-2015, 09:22 PM   #2
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All the Class A Ford Chassises are F53. Don't know when they started but at least through the 90's.
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Thanks Chuck that was what I needed, I appreciate your quick reply.
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Old 03-03-2015, 02:49 PM   #4
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Hi Frank,

There are quite a few of us on the forum who have the older 460 F53 models so feel free to ask any questions. One of us will probably know.

Be sure to look closely at the big bushings where your rear sway bar attaches to the axle. Those bushings are usually in poor condition or maybe even missing (fallen out). The only place you can get new ones is from a guy on eBay selling poly replacements.

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Thanks Nick, In process of replacing 2 brake lines up front, when I get that done then pull the front wheels , bleed the front brakes and see what is there, I know it needs the endlinks front and rear, will check the rear bushings when I get back there, also will have to replace a wheel seal in the rear. Owner has started it and run it every couple three weeks for the last couple years, so it starts and runs , sounds pretty good. but it has been sitting on grass for the last 5 years so we will see what we get into after the brakes are working.
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Well, brake lines are in and the front end is jacked up and the tires are off, opened the bleeders on the front and got fluid running, but not bled yet, had to send owner for more brake fluid, then I ran out of time, DW had Drs appointment and had to run her there. Tomorrow, pull calipers and rotors to check and pack bearings. Will keep you guys updated on my progress(which will be slow). Hope the spring pins are not frozen that hold the calipers in.
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Hi Frank. Have you dealt with those odd-ball Ford pins before? Those caliper slide pins have a rubber center section and if they've been in there for any length of time the rubber tends to deteriorate and stay compressed. New ones are not expensive and should be installed with the special silicone-based grease that Ford recommends.

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Thanks Nick, I haven't done this type yet, but I did get them out today, they were snug coming out and had spring in them, the brakes had been changed around 5000 miles ago, and 5 years, they appeared to have been changed when the brakes were done.
Got the calipers off today without a problem, also got the rotors off and on the bench to pack the bearings tomorrow and clean some of the rust off. Got the swaybar links off also, so the new ones can be ordered.
That was all because the golf course was calling me.
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Frank, how did you fit that baby under your awning?? Hehehehe!!
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Rail, my awning is high enough to drive it under, lol. It feels good to get my hands on something new, but I see why I retired.
Got the bearing packed this morning and used a flapper wheel on my 4" grinder to clean the rust off the rotors, they came out really well. That's all for today, is raining and I might melt if I get wet.
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Update on the Dolphin, the brakes on the front are back on and bled. finished the endlinks and greased the front end and the u joints yesterday. Also put the new tires on. Now onto the back end. It is raining this morning and golf this afternoon, so maybe tomorrow. Good thing that no one is in a hurry.
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Tires off the right rear, off to get new ones installed on the rims, and the endlink is changed on the right side, it started raining, so didn't get more done. Tomorrow, pull the caliper and the rear seal and clean up the rotor and brake pads.
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Rear seal is changed, brakes bled and new tires on the right rear. Went to the left side, endlinks are done, rotor cleaned up, went to bleed the brakes on left and blew another brake line, this time in the rear of the frame rail. GRRRRRR. the rest of the line looks good all the way to the front, it blew at one of the clamps where there is a downward bend. Oh well, something for another day, golf today.
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Hi Frank, it sounds like you have had your hands busy, at the auto shop we specialized (did a lot of) brake lines, the great northeast and salt on the roads. we bought brake line in rolls and had tools to form all the different ends, came in very handy, also had the scan tools to do the vehicle bleeds. Its nice that you can walk away. looks like you got it on the run.
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