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Old 01-08-2013, 02:23 PM
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1958 Chevy fleetside Transmission swap out.

Im looking to change out my tranny and rear end on 58 apachee. Curently running an older 327, was wondering what would be the best swap out (auto tranny, rearend) for this truck... Looking for good hwy croosing speed and milage.....lol this truck wonts to be a sledd and turn heads on a poor boy budget....... Thanks samm

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The 700R4 and 200 4R transmission are very popular. A 3.42 gear usually workes very well with these transmission if you run a normal size tire. If you run a tire around 28 inches tall or more then you might want to go to a 3.73. The '72 and later Nova 8.5 rear end is a good swap into these trucks and parts are easy to find for them.
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Thanks for the tip on 700r Big Gea rhead... Budy was telling me a rearend out of a s10 would be a good fit, minimal modifications.... Would you have any doughts about that rearend?? Thanks again
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A 4X4 S10 rear end would be about the right width, but most of them are the weak 7.5 10 bolt. The 8.5 would be a lot better. A 2nd gen Camaro or Firebird rear end would be just slightly wider at 61 inches, but would be the better 8.5 10 bolt. The Nova rear end is 60 inches wide. The 1st gen Camaro rear end is also 60 inches wide, but the 10 bolt is the 8.2, not the 8.5. The 8.2 would be better than the 7.5.
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