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Old 03-23-2007, 09:29 PM
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9" ford into nova swap....

I've read many posts on this and will continue to go through them...but I'll post this and maybe someone can steer me in the right direction....

I have a 74 Nova SS w/10 bolt and have a 9 inch ford I want to put in it...the 9" is roughly 5 inches narrower... what is the best way to swap this in...granted a four link kit from currie or similar would be ideal...but dont think my budget will stand it...with the uni-body how do you mount things under there... I've seem the leaf spring offset brackets, but that doesn't seem like good fix...whats the best way to relocate the mounting points....
any help would be appreciated...

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Old 03-23-2007, 10:02 PM
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I've read many posts on this and will continue to go through them...but I'll post this and maybe someone can steer me in the right direction....

I have a 74 Nova SS w/10 bolt and have a 9 inch ford I want to put in it...the 9" is roughly 5 inches narrower... what is the best way to swap this in...granted a four link kit from currie or similar would be ideal...but dont think my budget will stand it...with the uni-body how do you mount things under there... I've seem the leaf spring offset brackets, but that doesn't seem like good fix...whats the best way to relocate the mounting points....
any help would be appreciated...

Thanks
Nasty
lets move this to suspension forum....... let them guys answer .

Why not back half the car?

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Old 03-23-2007, 10:08 PM
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I have a 74 Nova SS w/10 bolt and have a 9 inch ford I want to put in it...the 9" is roughly 5 inches narrower...

Nasty

Someone must have narrowed the 9 inch Ford ... before you got it ...

I would find a 9 inch Ford that is about 58 inches ( measured this way )



1957 to 1959 Ford passenger car rears work great and almost bolt in
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Old 03-24-2007, 12:06 AM
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I have got one out of a 63 galaxy that I think is right at that 58" mark...but that is about what my 10 bolt is...and my 28x9 slicks barely fit under the fenders... but there is some room inward. figured the narrower one would allow room for bigger tires down the road...more work for sure... I may look at the galaxy rear to bolt in for now and maybe plan on back halfing the car next winter and use the narrow one...

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Old 03-24-2007, 12:09 AM
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Do you know what the bolt pattern is on the narrower one? It could be out of an older truck 57+ (5 on 5.5). They are narrower than the later ones (or so I am told).
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Old 03-24-2007, 08:16 AM
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A 63 Galaxie rear is wider than 58 inches ... by a good bit
Your Nova should be right at 60 inches ...

I put a 57 Ford one under my 69 Nova ... many years ago.
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A 57 ranchero 9" is the narrowest I believe it was 57.5" flange to flange. I had one modified to fit under my 86 cutlass.
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ya...the one i have from the galaxy is wider than 58"...more like 63"....I'll have to pull the wheels off the baja truck and measure it, its about 53" between the backing plates...so it may be close... I do believe it to be out of a truck...welds look to be original... I need a bigger shop to tear both apart....

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I finaly had time to pull the wheels off my donor axle.....its 58-3/16" +/- axle flange to flange ...and I am going to swap it out... I've got three weekends before racing starts...so baring any problems getting parts..pieces I should have no trouble getting it done... any advice from someone thats "been there done that"... looks like the axle tube is a tinge bit larger on the nine inch so my U bolts and traction bars are going to be in need of replacement...new perches... what else should I know or order to make this and easy swap????

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Now, I would have to go back into the records to get the exact info here, but...

Mid to late '70's Ford with 9"...one side is longer than the other. Find one, cut the long side down to match the short side's length and then use both of the short axles. Of course you will need to locate two of these rears to get two of the short side axles.

Width will be appx 1 or 2 inches wider than desired, but offset rims will take care of that.

Upside is that you have no need for custom axles if you should break one.
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The 57 to 72 truck 9" is narrower than the later ones by several inches. However, it has the bigger ford bolt pattern.

I have one to put in my 56, if I ever get it drivable to go pick it up .

It is basically bolt in. The later than 72 truck 9" axles are too wide for the older trucks.
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this rear is already narrow enough to go in my car... don't see any real problem with the diff offset alittle, everybody that puts one under their car can't be re-building them so the axles are equal length... I have yet to measure the bolt circle...but I am thinking it is from a truck... never thought about it... but that may limit wheel selection alittle....I go measure.....
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5 on 5-1/2"
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Came from a truck then.

If you get in a bind for wheels post up. Someone might be able to find what you need with the backspacing you need.

They even repop the old original steel wheels (modern widths) with almost any backspacing you want.
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...I don't think the 15x10 w/31x10.5 Goodyear MT's on white spoke wheels (that came on the axle) will look too good on the nova...probably won't let me line up in the groove at the track either...not much in the catalog but heavy looking truck wheels or some spendy (for me) $270ea MT wheels with a multi-pattern...

Haven't looked yet but do they make a kit to do this...perches, u-bolts whatever else you might need?? or am I making this out to be harder than it really is???

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