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Old 05-02-2003, 02:27 AM
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I just purchased a 1957 Chevy 3100 last week. The previous owner told me that it had a rear end out of a '77 pontiac and the front spindles came from a '72 nova to make it all 5 lug.

From what I can tell, the '72 Nova didn't have a straight axle so I'm not sure whether the front spindles were replaced or just the drum. Is there any way of identifying these parts??? <img src="graemlins/spank.gif" border="0" alt="[spank]" />

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The 72 nova definetly didnt have a straight axle. More then likly it was sub framed. The nova and camaro are a pretty popular sub frame for that truck. I just finished putting a 79 camaro front end in my 56 chevy. You can try to identify the front end by getting a part number off a wheel bearing or rotor and take it to the parts store (napa is a good one for this)
Does your truck have a straight axle? If so some drums will fit, but you cant take the spindle off a straight axle.you could still use the above method to identify them. Good luck.
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Check the numbers off the bearings and take it to a Napa Parts store. They should be able to give you the info.
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If you can't locate the ID numbers on the rearend carrier or axle tube then just pull the brake shoes when the time comes to replace them and the counter guy will have a book with pictures of various brake shoes and he can match them up for you.
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The truck has not been subframed, I still have the straight axle. The previous owner said he changed spindles so the front end would have 5 lugs. I only need to know so I can buy new wheel cylinders.

I only plan on using this setup until I decide to part with the money for a new ifs setup later this year. I had thought about staying with the straight axle but I wanted disc brakes and a drop of about 3 inches. By the time I rebuilt the components, added the brakes, and bought new springs I figured I would have probably spent about the same as a mustang 2 setup.

Thanks for your help.
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