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Old 02-22-2010, 08:57 PM
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Thanks for the feedback. Halfton, Iíll check with TCI, swapping the hubs would expand my options. I bought the M2 off Craigslist, but I have the original buyers name and shipping label to reference. DD, those pics of dmaggardís truck are kind of what I had in mind. I think probably not quite as wide as his are though. I knew a guy years ago who used a fleetside inner fender as the tub for the stepside. It looked like a factory install.
I guess my next step is to get the Torq Thrustís in my possession so I can measure everything and determine what width diff to use. I have a line on an 8-3/4 Mopar diff out of a 69 B-body. It measures 59.2" wide. It would be plenty strong enough for my mild 350.
Nice truck, good work. I don't think you'll be disappointed w/8 3/4 mopar rear, they are real strong. Is it GMC or Chevy, we like photos, its okay to show off. olnolan

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Old 02-25-2010, 08:09 AM
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Theres a good swap meet in Decatur texas this weekend maybe I will get to go. There is a guy from chevy duty" used to be " at this swap meet every year that always has good deals on damaged parts like half price or so. I got a radiator for my truck that was only 150. because it had a small dent in the top tank. That was a dessert cooler one for an auto trans. Anyways anyone in the north texas area needs to go walk around a while.
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Hey , Tim
That Mopar rearend would work, be the same lug pattern as the front. The rearend I have in my pickup is out of a 67 Chevelle (10 bolt) , it measures 60 inches overall. I have vintage American racing 8 1/2 x 15 with 255-60-15 Radial TA's and they clear the inside and outside about 3/4 of an inch. That Mopar rearend may be too wide for 10 in wheels and tires to clear the outside edges of your fenders. But I have been told that the 8 3/4 rearend can be narrowed fairly easy buy narrowing the housing and getting the axles shortened and resplined.
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:29 PM
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Hey Gene

Hey Man, I measured for rims and tires about 50 times on my setup to get all I could get. I even replaced the missing fender braces with slightly longer homemade braces and gained about 1/4-1/2" extra. Still think a 275 will be too close for comfort on a hard rear squat. Is there any chance you could give us a photo of what the 255's look like in your fenders. I don't want to do this twice. Are yours 26" or 28" tall? olnolan
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Old 02-25-2010, 11:13 PM
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Unfortunately Halfton, the 8-3/4 will not be available for at least a month. Currently it’s in a friend’s 64 Fury Wagon. I brought the 10” rims home today. I’m considering mounting 275/60/15’s since they measure 10.8 wide. I’m determined to stuff these 10’s under the fender; the 275’s will make it easier. I’m going to pick up a Ford Ranger rearend tomorrow to use just for mock up. Ranger diff’s are 58.12” wide. By my calculations, a 59” wide diff would center the 275’s in the fender with approximately Ĺ” on either side. I would prefer at least ĺ” on either side. Olnolan, that’s a good idea with the longer fender brace. My truck is a GMC; I have more pictures on my project journal.
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I have not figured out how to post pics on here yet. On my pickup when I first lowered it and did the tires and wheels I had 275x60's on 8 1/2 wide wheels with a 60 inch wide rearend and I had about a half inch of clearance on the inside and outside. it did rub on the inside sometimes, then a couple of years ago I changed my rear suspension to a NoLimit FatBar, 4 bar kit with air bags and also changed my rear tires to 255x60 x15. Now I have about 3/4 of an inch clearance inside and out. If I stand back and look at my pickup from the side there is about 2 inches of tire showing between the top of the wheel and the edge of the fender.
Tim I don't think tires on 10 inch wheels will fit between the fenders and the side of the bed. I would go with 295x50's on ten inch wheels if you are willing to tub the inside of the bed alittle. Which ever tire you decide on mount them on the 10's and put them under the truck where you want them and measure between the mounting surface for the rearend length you need.
I would have put 10 inch wheels on the rear of my pickup if I could have found the wheels I wanted for a realistic price.
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Howdy Jasers, and welcome to the best '55 to '59 Chevy truck thread on the internet. That is one nice truck that you have.

I'm glad to see that everyone is keeping this thing alive, and making headway. Me, I'm just idling along, waiting for an opportunity to direct some funds in the direction of my poor ol' truck; always something getting in the way, it seems.

Later.
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Old 02-27-2010, 01:14 PM
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fuel tank option

I made a post to my journal about how I installed a fuel tank, but I thought I would post here also.
Here are some pictures of a tank for a 1970 Mustang (I know ford) that fits right in the rails of my truck.
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Old 02-27-2010, 01:41 PM
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bmar, I was wondering how the Mustang tank fit. Nice job. Thanks for the pictures. What are you going to do for a filler?
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I had heard the 70 Mustang tank would work but that looks like a perfect fit.
Show us a pic from the underside. I like that better than the expensive aluminum tank I used.
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:56 PM
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bmar, I was wondering how the Mustang tank fit. Nice job. Thanks for the pictures. What are you going to do for a filler?
I am not sure where I will have the gas nozzle located, so for now I cut off the Camaro fuel filler and installed it on to the tank.
I was using the Camaro sending unit for the fuel gauge, which was right on top, but the Mustang sending unit was on the outside of the tank. I decided to combine the pump and sending unit back together as one unit. The sending unit that came with the fuel pump wouldn't work with my fuel gauge as it was a 0 to 30 ohm and i need 0 to 90 ohm. you can see on the picture how I attached the sending unit by bolting it on where the original sending unit was located. Bill
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Old 02-27-2010, 10:07 PM
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I had heard the 70 Mustang tank would work but that looks like a perfect fit.
Show us a pic from the underside. I like that better than the expensive aluminum tank I used.
Gene
Here is a picture of the tank from the postings where i got my information. I had the tank pulled back out of my truck, or I would have posted my own picture. I also like the looks of the tank better than the custom tanks. Bill
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Old 02-28-2010, 05:23 PM
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No rain today!

I was able to get out and work on the GMC today, it rained all day yesterday. Just came inside for a late lunch and figured I'd post a progress report. This afternoon I've pulled off the bed and shortened the frame 9.25 inches. I still have to fish plate the outside and box the inside of the frame. Time to get back out there, not much daylight left.
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Old 02-28-2010, 07:12 PM
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Done for the day

I was only able to box one side of the frame today. Unfortunately it is hard to see in the picture, after it was painted black.
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Here's a link to more pics of my 58 rebuild!

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