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Old 10-15-2004, 10:51 AM
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53 Chev Pick-up rearends

I am presently collecting data on what components to buy for my pick-up.I have seen that some people use the mid 70's camaro rearend and some use the ford 9" rearend.Could someone tell me which one they recommend and why or is it more just personal preference on what rearend to use.

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Mine came with a GM 10-bolt 3.54, 6-lug already in it. The prior owner did a hacked up job of mounting it to the springs but otherwise it was a prefect fit. Being 6-lug and 3.54, it had to have come from some pickup. You can see some pictures of how I cleaned up the installation in my Journal.
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Thx Willys....nice journal....I know Centerline used a camaro rearend...I like to meet someone that used a Ford 9" rearend
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I imagine you can find a 9" that would fit perfectly, width wise. They wer put into all kinds of cars. Frankly, I prefer the Ford 8" & 9" Hotchkiss style with its removable gear case and sealed wheel bearings. The GM Salisbury type seems a little hokey with it's integral gears and roller bearings that ride directly on the axle shaft.

Problem would be the bolt pattern if you wanted to keep the stock wheels but most people go with custom wheels so no big deal. My suggestion is do what I do - go to Pick-A-Part with your trusty tape measure and find the perfect one!
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You need to ask yourself a question before you decide which rear you want to use. That questions is how much strength do you really need. Are you building a cruiser, hot rod, street strip version or do you think you're going to see some serious horsepower and the track often?

The Camaro or Firebird 10 bolt will serve fine for anything up to and including a street strip combination. If you're looking at 400 hp or greater then probably the 9" would be a better choice. For extreme duty I would use a Dana 60 but the GM 12 bolt and 9" can be built to handle that kind of power as well.

So, what you use should really depend on what you intend to do with the truck. When you make that decision then you just need to look for the rear end you want in a width that will work for your application.

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Thx Centerline and Willys....My first thought was to use a camaro rearend but other friends of mine are trying to talk me into a ford 9".Its nice to hear other peoples opinions and reasons when it comes to design changes.The truck will be a cross between a cruiser and a hotrod.

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Then go 9". You won't be sorry.
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Just to throw in my $.02.

I used a rearend out of a Nova. If you can (and it shouldn't be a problem) a 74-78 Nova, Skylark, etc. will be the right width. Most of thse were 10 bolt rearends but they should handle most street/cruiser power.
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