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Old 11-26-2012, 12:59 PM
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1940 chev pickup rearend

I have a 1940 chev pick up and have a 2003 trailblazer rear, will this fit with some mods to it? or what other rears are good. planning on mus 11 front end and small block chev. I have a welding and fab shop so the mods should be easy. come from old school like to use things out of junk yards to a certain degree thanks for any help steve

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Check the pinion offset on the Trailblazer rear end. If it's offset much then you will probably want to find something that is more centered. The Trailblazer rear end also might be too wide for what you want. The 40 wasn't very wide, so you might want a 1st gen Camaro rear end instead. Updated leaf springs and shackles would also be a good idea.
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well we messured up the trailbalzer and it is to wide so now looking at 83 monte carlo setup which seems like it should work ... what ever we end up with we will be going with a four link and trackbar maybe with airbags but no compressor or tank just a fiiting to blow up manually
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:16 PM
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The Monte Carlo rear end is 58 inches wide. It's not very strong, so don't try to put much power to it. It's the small 7.5 rear end with 26 spline axles.
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I used a 9" out of an early 70s Cougar in my 39. 60" wide if i remember correctly. If you are using stock rear fenders you want 58-60" overall. Then figure out your backspacing on your wheels.
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another option

With a M II front end you could run Ford pattern front rotors ,5 on 4.5 , then build a mustang 5.0 8.8 rear, junk yard parts, Use ranger 5 bolt axles ( they are different left to right, get two the same length as the mustang, and use lincoln town car rear disc brakes. all bolt together, that will be narrower. Or look for an Explorer V8 with an 8.8, better axles, disc and internal small drum E brakes.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:32 AM
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FOX mustang rear end is 59 1/2 inches wide. The 1st gen Camaro rear end is 60 inches wide. The SN95 Mustang rear end is about 61 inches wide and already has 5 lug axles with 5 on 4 1/2 bolt pattern.
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