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John’s Industries Introduces New Orbit 480 Degree Third Member Assembly Tool

johnsJohn’s Industries, the premier provider of 9” Ford third members, rear axles and housings  to street rodders, drag racers, off roaders and muscle car enthusiasts, introduces the Orbit 480°, a patent pending fixture that eliminates strain and injury while increasing speed and precision for the assembly of 9” rear differentials.

The design and development of the Orbit 480° was a culmination of John Melchiori’s, owner of John’s Industries, 30 years of experience in the classic car and motorsports industries.  With a focus to increase safety by eliminating potential injury causing actions during third member assembling, the Orbit 480° keeps the assembler in a comfortable, upright position.

The Orbit 480 – The Fastest Assembly Vise Specifications

  • Designed and manufactured specifically for assembling Ford 9” third members
  • User can access every angle during the procedure with ease
  • Rotates in all directions for unlimited third member positioning
  • Mounts securely to any workbench
  • Faster assembly from start to finish
  • User-friendly, increase workplace safety
  • Provides the muscle for assembling 9” third member – no more heavy lifting
  • Quality made in the USA – corrosion resistant and easy to clean

With safety comes convenience. The Orbit 480° mounts to any workbench and rotates vertically and horizontally without requiring the assembler to reposition parts. The fixture eliminates the typical scenario of an assembler’s continual adjustment of the third member and rendering potential damage to the parts and injury to the worker. “The average 9-inch third member weighs about 80 pounds,” said Melchiori. “The Orbit 480° improves safety, lowers assembly time and increases productivity and precision which greatly benefits automotive and performance shops when time is money.”

The Orbit 480° retails for $479.00 and has been used and tested by professionals in the industry. Johnny Greaves, one of the winningest drivers in off-road racing history, said that the fixture’s quality is “top notch, very nicely built and very well thought out.” Additionally, Greaves said, “This tool has helped make the process of changing gears much easier!  I would definitely recommend it to other teams for time saving!”

A proud provider of made in the USA products from their facility in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, John’s Industries has built a trusted reputation through quality parts and superior customer service and continues to be a preferred supplier amongst car builders and racers. John’s Industries owner, John Melchiori, concluded, “We expect performance parts to be constructed with a meticulous attention to detail. Drawing off of my first hand experiences in assembling third members, I knew we could devise an innovative and user-friendly tool that is dedicated to saving time, eliminating damage to parts and increasing productivity levels.”

About John’s Industries:

For over 30 years, John’s Industries has provided top quality, Made in the USA, 9” Ford third members, rear axles and housings to street rodders, drag racers, off roaders and muscle car enthusiasts. Their parts have been featured and used in several award winning show and performance cars including the recent SEMA Battle of the Builders’ first place 1969 Camaro built by Kyle Tucker and the Detroit Speed team. Additional prominent builders who use John’s Industries’ parts include Ringbrothers, Danchuk, Woody’s Hot Rodz, Pete & Jake’s Hot Rod Parts, Fatman Fabrication and Street Rods by Michael.

More information on John’s Industries can be found at or by calling 800-3332-3450.


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