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Old 10-30-2002, 05:29 PM
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Question 53 chevy rear end

Hi I am new to this board. I have been reading some of the questions and responces and I know there is someone out there that can help me out. I am working on a 53 station wagon,that I am putting a T-5 tranny behind the 235 6. My question is with the rearend. I currently have a 56 rearend that I plan on using,the mounting brackets on the rearend are in the same placement except the mounts are in different places that when it is bolted up it causes the rearend to be 1 1/2 to 2 inches forward in the wheel well. I know that the bracket can be cut off the original and welded to the 56 rearend. Are there springs that will place the rearend in the proper placement that will require no cutting or welding. Are there other ways to do this , and what is the best way to do this. I know alot people change their 49-54 chevys to open drive lines, any and all help will be appreciated. Thanks

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most people just redrill the spring perch on axle and corresponding bottom plate for the correct ofset and bolt it in.
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BOB has it right. Just drill the spring pads with a hole (probably 1/2") the proper distance from the current hole and the rear end will be perfect.
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BOBCRMAN, WILLYS36 Thanks for the information. Sorry if I sound a little slow, I have very little experience with rearends. If I understand you are telling me to drill a hole in the location 1 1/2 to 2 inches(whatever it measures exactly) through the springs, and place a bolt through it remove the old bolt, move the rearend back and that will take care of the placement problem. If this is right you have just made my day. If I misunderstand please help to clearify. Will this cause the ride to be any different? I would think 1 to 2 inches would not make any real difference in the ride. Thank you very much.
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you got it, works every time
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Thanks again for the information. This is going to be easier than I thought. Now I can focus on the rebuild of the rearend.
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WAIT!!!!! NO!!!!!! not through the springs. Leave the springs and bolt alone. Drill the new hole in the spring mounting pad that is attached to the rear end housing. That is made of 1/8" thick mild steel. The springs are tempered spring steel. Even if you could drill them accurately, the old hole left behind would cause them to snap in two at the first bump. DON'T DRILL THE SPRINGS!!!!!!
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woops! read that too fast no definately not through the springs through the flat part of the perch. sorry
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And I would not use the '56 for anything get at least a 57 cause they had much bigger bearings on the wheels and together with the pumpkin that was a weak spot in 55 56 rear ends.
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Great I think I got it now. Drill the hole toward the front of the pad, this will push the rearend back to where it needs to be. The next question is will there be any problem with the placement of the shocks? Will they line up right? or will I have to make changes? Wally Can you tell me anymore about the rearend? I just plan on using the car as a daily driver,not looking to hotrod although that would be fun. Like I said before I know very little about rearends and rear suspensions. Thanks again for the help.
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Bingo! Don't know about shock mount compatability but that isn't really a problem. You should be able to weld in a bracket at the right location if the shocks don't line up with the old location.
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