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Old 07-07-2007, 06:58 AM
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350 chevy into 1952 Chevy truck

whaz-up fellow street rodders!
In my 1952 3/4 ton pick-up I would like to place in a 350 engine pushing no more than 400hp along with a turbo tranny, the thing is I really want to keep the stock suspension and up grade to disc-brakes and repack the rear end. I do not care about new cross member at all as long as I get decent ride and braking for a 50yro+ truck and that the engine do not throw out the rear-end could you street rodders help me out with some advice please.

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Welcome to Hotrodders.com

Those year trucks are getting real popular lately.

1) installing the 350 engine will be no problem

2) I suggest finding and using a 700R4 or a 2004R overdrive transmission instead of the Turbo tranny to gain the Overdrive.

3) That year truck has a enclosed driveshaft ... I believe ... so issues will arise trying to use the 350/automatic transmission because they use a exposed driveshaft. Go here for a list of donor rear ends ... http://carnut.com/specs/rear.html

I would use a 9 inch Ford ( but I always do ... whatever I work on ) But a original, stock 55 to 59 Chevrolet 1/2 ton rear end could work. They have 6 lug wheels and a 3.90 or 4.11 rear end ratio ( great with the Overdrive 700R4 )

4) For the front brake conversion to disc ... I do not have a suggestion.

Hopefully one of our members has done that

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If you want to keep it all GM then any mid 70's Camaro or Firebird 10 bolt will fit perfectly.

This is my '53 and it has a 78 Firebird 10 bolt with 3.08 gearing.

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Here's a link for a disc conversion from Brothers. There's probably info for a power booster if you look around or if you even want one. Also, since it's a 3/4T, make sure the brakes in the link are not for a 1/2t. Just a thought to make sure you don't under size them. Or maybe it will work for both. Good luck, John

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