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Old 08-18-2005, 09:52 AM
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68-79 Nova/Cam Rear Susp Help for 49 Chev PU

Novice needs some pointers in going to scrapyard to find a rear suspension for my 49 3600 PU.
From what I learned the 68-79 Nova or Camaro 10 bolt rear suspension is a good fit for this conversion. However being a novice at the scrap yard (and in other rebuild areas) what should I be looking for or looking out for?
Then I read the 10 bolt is good if it's an 8.5 but if its 8.2 then it may be weak if I stick any decent power in the truck so how do you tell?

Since I live over 50 mile to the nearest scrap yard numerous trips are not pleasent with 2.79 diesel and hard to schedule around work schedules.

If there are any other good conversions out there as well, that info would be appreciated.

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Actually the mid 70's Camaro and Firebird rear ends are the best fit, IMHO anyway. As I understand it the 8.2 isn't necessarily weaker than the 8.5 10 bolt but your gear selection is somewhat limited with the smaller unit. I have an 8.2 posi unit out of a 78 Firebird in my '53 3100 and the best gears I could stuff into that small housing was 3:08. That worked for me since I wanted the truck set up mostly for highway driving. That rear however is fully capable of handling the torque of the early hemi which is under the hood.

My suggestion would be to look for the 8.5 10 bolt simply for the better gear selection. If your looking for a good rear just for a cruiser then you may be able to pick up the smaller unit a bit cheaper. My 8.2 10 bolt ran me $90 at a swap meet.
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Here's a site with pictures of 8.5, 8.2, & 7.5 rear ends, among others:

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