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Old 09-21-2011, 09:24 PM
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58 panel rear end, change the ring and pinion?

Have a 58 panel truck gears are to steep for me for highway cruising 70 miles hour turning 4000rpms can you change out the ring and pinion or do I need to go with a different rear end.? And what would work, was looking for something like the 355s I have in the goat.

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Stick an automatic with overdrive in it. Probably be a lot easier and cheaper than a gear swap in this case, and you'd have the best of both worlds.
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There were only two gear ratios offered for that rear end. The standard 3.90 and then then the 4.10 for ones with a overdrive.

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You will need to either change the complete rear end ( which is what I did on my 55 ) or switch to a overdrive transmission. Your engine ... will be a determining factor. For most folks ... changing the complete rear end is easier ... because they want to get away from the 6 lug wheel pattern anyway. I installed a 1957 Ford 9 inch rear end under mine. Partly because I had one and ... they are strong and easy to work on. The center section bolts out ... making gear changes easy.

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