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1952 Chevy 3600 rear end

I'm currently tearing down my 52 p/u so I can sand and paint the frame. I will be using an SBC 350 (later built up to 383) but am looking for a rear end that would fit well on the 52 frame and will match the 5 x 4.75 bolt pattern of the IFS I will be bolting to the frame. Anybody have any ideas of what rear end I should be looking for? Also looking for a good manual tranny to use. Thanks in advance.

-Greg

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I'm currently tearing down my 52 p/u so I can sand and paint the frame. I will be using an SBC 350 (later built up to 383) but am looking for a rear end that would fit well on the 52 frame and will match the 5 x 4.75 bolt pattern of the IFS I will be bolting to the frame. Anybody have any ideas of what rear end I should be looking for? Also looking for a good manual tranny to use. Thanks in advance.

-Greg
I think this has been asked before. Go to top of page & click on Search, then Advanced, search in Trans-Rear section. I can't remember which Rear was recommended. Most likely an 8.5" 10-Bolt from an S-10 or 8.8" Ford from a Ranger/ Explorer.
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S-10 is about five inches too narrow. The Camaro from I think it is 76-82 is the exact same width and will bolt in with a simple hole being drilled in the spring pad further forward to match the one on the stock truck springs.

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the fords were not 4.75" wheel bolt pattern though

most gm cars and s-10 trucks were.

except wagons and some B bodies

how wide apart are the spring packs under this truck?

go to a junkyard and measure some different gm car or s10 rears

4x4 s-10 rears are the right bolt pattern and are wider than 2wd ones

the spring pack distance on the s-series is wider than even the full size trucks were, 40" and 42.5" center to center on the full szie trucks. the s-series rear frame rails were farther apart from each other than the C/K trucks ones were.


i have no idea what it is under a 52
the closest i have ever had is a '53 6400 2 ton grain truck, and many '67 and '68 C-30 duallies.

good luck
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The '68 to '78 Nova rear end is a popular swap for these trucks. Also first gen Camaro rear ends are the same width. These rear ends are 60 inches wide overall, which should be pretty close to what you have now. You will have to remove the spring perches and get a set that match the perches on your truck rear end. You will have to put them in the right location and at the right angle.
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The '68 to '78 Nova rear end is a popular swap for these trucks. Also first gen Camaro rear ends are the same width. These rear ends are 60 inches wide overall, which should be pretty close to what you have now. You will have to remove the spring perches and get a set that match the perches on your truck rear end. You will have to put them in the right location and at the right angle.
Nope, the early Camaro and Nova are something like 58 or 56 I don't remember. The truck is 60. I had a 67 12 bolt in my truck, the tires hit bed sides and the wheels were reversed! Stock wheels couldn't have even been installed.

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I used a 1979 Camaro differential in a 48 Chev truck of the 3/4 ton rating. I shortened the frame and bed into a short bed spec.. a lot of work, but it also removed most of the rust cancer at each corner of the bed.

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I did my best to find a chart showing all the widths on line but couldn't come up with one that had an AD truck in it. One did say that the Camaro was 60 inches but I sware that one I looked at a while ago for a fiend showed less, and I KNOW the 67 rear was narrower than my trucks rear by a few inches. At least that is what my 50 year old brain is telling me I did back 25 years ago.

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I am completely positive that the '67 to '69 Camaro and '68 to '78 Nova rear ends are 60 inches wide. I've built a few hundred of these rear ends and I know what they measure. The axles are 29 5/8 inches long with a 3/4 inch cross shaft between them, which comes to 60 inches. The '64 to '67 Chevelle rear ends are also the same width. The '68 to '72 Chevelle and '70 to '81 Camaro rear ends are 61 inches wide. I don't remember exactly what the '40s and '50s GM truck rear ends are, but they are not too far off of 60 inches. The '62 to '67 Chevy II Nova rear ends are 58 inches wide, which is also the same as the '78 and later G body rear ends. I've also got a few '59 Ford Fairlane rear ends that are 58 inches wide.
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Thank you for all of your replies. I do know that the truck is 60" total width so a nova or camaro rear is what I'll look for. I will measure the perches once I finish removing the bed. Can't wait to get started. This will be my first build and I'm lucky enough to have some friends here with most of the tools I'll need.

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here is a link to chevytrucks.org article by carl ham
lots of specs for old trucks
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S-10 is about five inches too narrow.

The only 8.5 you'll find in an S-10 will be under the ZR2 and it's 5 inches WIDER than the regular 4X4 rears.
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Actually the later 2wd 4.3 5 speed S10 also had the 8.5 rear end.
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I keep forgetting they upgraded the later ones, mostly because I don't like the looks of that series truck.
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Thank you OGRE for that website. I am currently reading through it and am definitely interested in the info in it. It's exactly what I've been looking for. I'll definitely have to start going on a hunt at some of the local junk yards. Thanks again.

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