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Old 04-01-2010, 09:33 PM
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1940 Olds Coupe rear end swap

I have a 1940 Olds Coupe. Camaro front clip installed before I bought it.
It has the original rear end and I would like to upgrade and do a swap.
I am not sure what will fit. Does anyone have any recomendations for me. This is my first rod.
Any other tips or tricks for the restoration would be appreciated.
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Is this a torque tube rear end? If the engine and transmission have been swapped then the torque tube rear end was probably swapped too, so this might not be the original rear end. Most of the time when a Camaro sub frame is installed the Camaro rear end is also used.
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back in the day

Olds rear ends were the hot setup 60 years ago, strong and good brakes. probably just as strong as one from the camero donor. u joints were harder to match up for a swap.
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Is this a torque tube rear end?
Interesting bit of trivia.....Oldsmobile is the only GM brand to never have a torque tube rear end.
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olds rear

I still have the 46 olds rear in my roadster, came stock (out of a 6 cyl) with 4.56 gears, strong enough to still pull the front wheels off the ground and has never broke. and at one time someone made a few quick change set up's for the see thru housing.
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I didn't know if the Olds had a torque tube or not. I know that the '40 Chevy had a torque tube. I rebuilt one of those a few years ago. Very different from the modern rear ends.
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The guy I bought the car from said it was the original rear end.
I am still learning about this car but it looks to be original to me.
This is my first rod. I am very familiar with 72 b-body mopars. I have rebuilt 2.
Any other information on the Olds would be appreciated.
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