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Old 11-12-2005, 07:24 PM
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36 coupe

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i just picked up a 36 chevy coupe and it needs alot of work. Most of the work i have done with cars is old chevy muscle cars so this is a first for me and know little about these vehicles. I hope some one can help answer a few questions for me.

1 - It has no rear end so I would like to put a chevy rear end in it..preferabley a 12 bolt....... but a 9 inch would be considered. Im wondering out of what car can i steal one from that is the same if not close to the original width?? i have heard late 70's nova would work best ?

2- i plan on putting a big block in ..probably a 454. i dont plan on dragging it, just buzzing around town. would it be a good idea to box the frame?

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Early Chevys had a lot of wood in the body and you'll have to deal with that as well. However if you're considering a big block I would definitely box the frame. That engine will have a lot of torque and Chevy frames of that vintage aren't the strongest in the world so yes, box it.

I don't think a Nova rear will fit. The 36's are quite narrow cars and you'll probably need to have any 12 bolt or even Ford 9" narrowed if you want the tires to be correctly located in the fenders, otherwise they'll stick out and look ridiculous. An option might be an S-10 rear but I don't think I'd use one of them with a big block. The best thing to do is measure the existing rear (backing plate to backing plate) and take a trip to your local wrecking yard.

THIS link will give you a good idea which cars to look for based on the measurements you come up with.

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if I get an axle that is somewhat close cant I make up the difference in backspacing ? I would like to use some meats and no fenders

just a thought
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I used a late Nova rear end in the 30 Ford coupe in my Avitar. It was a little too wide but I got some wheels with a lot of back spaceing and it is just right now.
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I have a chryco 8 3/4 "A" body (duster,dart) under my 35, it is all most to narrow. You could also use a ford mustang or mavrick diff. They would be a little wider then the A body chryco.
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thanks for the info guys, it helps

if anyone else has any suggestions or info on what they have done or used I would appreciate it.
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i was given a pontiac axle out of a GS ..i beleive. Measures 55 from backing plate to backing plate and roughly 60 inches mounting surface to mounting surface.
anyone use anything with these measurment?
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Gilby 246,

I have a 35 Chevy Master coupe that I am building with a Nova rear that fits very well. Could provide the dimensions if you need. The leafs / hangers are from Chassis Engineering West Branch, IA.
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yes please, that would be very helpfull
I dont have the original rear end so I cant use it as reference.
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Inside backing plate to inside backing plate is 53 inches.

Any questions be happy to help.
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Don't forget about the s 10 rear end. I have a friend with a hot 350 Chevy in his truck and the original rear is still holding up. He even went and got a 9" made up to put under his truck, but that 9" is still sitting in his garage. And if you look hard enough you could maybe come up with a rear with the posi. I don't know what type of budget you are on, but for me cheaper is better.

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Good Luck

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thanks !!! I appreciate it !
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