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Old 07-20-2011, 06:59 PM
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66 c10 6 to 5 lug on all 4, and diskbrakes/drop.

I hope someone can help me. I am new to threads and new to restoring vehicles. i have a 66 chevy c10 shortbed that i am somewhat restoring. I also have a 72 c10 longbed that is a doner truck. I want to drop put disk brakes on and convert from 6 to 5 lug. My 72 has 5 lugs and disk brakes, i pretty sure i can use these. But how do i convert the rear to 5? can i use the drums from the 72, or can use the whole axle, does this even work? I am on a budget and would like to use as much from the 72 as possible. I realize i can but all this stuff . I plan to buy 2 1/2" drop spindles for front and 3" drop coil springs for rear. Do i need anything else balljoints, brakelines etc.. or can i just use those from the 72? Also I plan on buying the master/boster set and proportioning valve, or can i just use the master from the 72? Please someone help! I'm getting really overwhelmed researching all this online! Just give me a starting point. I am just learning about mechanics so i need to Know everything i will need and not in crazy slang terms, Someone help the newcomer!!! thanx!

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Rear end cut the U bolts off both switch 'em.72 Automatic ? If so better rear end ratio.(for highway driving) Try Stovebolt.com for tech info.brake lines they rusty at all.New ones cheaper than a crash. Tip for new builders don't cut corners it allways comes back to bite you.
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thanx for the reply! yeah it's an automatic. I will buy new brakelines. How do i know if its positraction or not? Is the 66 posi? Is the 72 posi.? I would like to know about both because I was thinking of just buying the 5lug conversion axles on the ECE website, Or should i do the swap? Thank you so much for your help!!!
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buy u-bolts much cheaper. jack rear up so both wheels spin posi both rotate same direction.
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thanks again!

One more question. Ive heard that the rear end on the 72 is wider than the 66, is this true? thanx so much!
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i put a 69 in my 51 maybe an inch diff. check the rear arms of both trucks for rust can change arms and all.
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i measured it a 1 1/2". will affect anything? thats 3/4" on each side.
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Make sure of wheel/tire rub points,correct backspacing.Will corner better.
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