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Finally got the entire body and chassis epoxy primed!!! It looks so much better in one color. http://pic2.picturetrail.com/VOL998/4000387/8301014/123536421.jpg

Also, there are some reference shots of the original markings on the rear axle assembly (NJ car). I got most of them, but not sure about a couple. There is a yellow stripe around the driver's side of the housing where the bearing race welds to the tube. I've heard that marking is put on prior to paint, but I've seen restored cars showing the stripe. Which is correct? There are remnants of various numbers on the housing. I think at least one of them is a 31 for the 31 spline axles. Not sure of the others. Any guesses? http://pic2.picturetrail.com/VOL998/4000387/8301014/123536434.jpg

http://pic2.picturetrail.com/VOL998/4000387/8301014/123536427.jpg

http://pic2.picturetrail.com/VOL998/4000387/8301014/123536424.jpg

http://pic2.picturetrail.com/VOL998/4000387/8301014/123536433.jpg

Axle so far:

http://pic2.picturetrail.com/VOL998/4000387/8301014/123536406.jpg

http://pic2.picturetrail.com/VOL998/4000387/8301014/123536408.jpg

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Yep! Very familiar with "Poppy"! Different factory, so some of the markings are different. I've noticed the brake line mounting hole fixture markings are different betwen SJ and NJ. Where my brake hose mounts, there was a single green stripe passing through the center of the hole, while SJ cars have two stripes on either side of the hole. My housing vent hole has two white stripes on either side. I think the yeloow smudge is actually a number. It looks like the first number is a one, but the second is smeared.
 

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SInce the rearends were not assembled at SJ or NJ the differences are not due to different factories but more likely running changes. The Sterling Plant was one that was used for rearend assembly. Not sure how many different plants Ford and Mercury used at that time
 

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I've seen the yellow on the inside of the tube also so it is likely an indicator to the assemblier rather than to the installer of the rearend (hub and brakes would hide it from them.

On the housing I've only seen a couple and I've never shaved this area to determine which is on top of which

Nice job Didn't find another number on the 3rd member or marks on the backing plate?
 

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Jeff. Thanks for the input. Assembly plant markings make sense. No, I did not find any other descernable markings on the pumpkin or the backing plates. I'll review my pictures again more closely.
 
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