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Question Camaro rear in a deuce?

I recently bought a '32 Ford chassis set up with what I was told was a 69 Camarao rear end complete with what what looks like and attempt to make it a 4 bar linkaga and a panhard bar. 10 bolts, drum brakes and theoretically 3:08gears. It measures about 53" beteween the inner brake flanges, about 50" between inside egdes of the rear tires. So:
1. How can I tell what this thing really is-gearing, posi, suitability? Also, any idea how a full-fendered coupe body is going to fit over this thing? Thanks.

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To figure out the gear ratio jack up one rear tire and put the tranny in neutral. With that one tire in the air attempt to turn the tire. If the tire doesn't turn on your first attempt with a little bit on strength, then its not going to. This means you have posi. If it does move and turns freely with the other rear tire touching the ground, spin the tire two full revolutions and have somebody on the ground counting the number of revolutions the driveshaft turns. If driveshaft turns about three and a half times then your gear ratio is either 3.50 or 3.55, if it turns three and three quarters then its probably 3.73s or something. The reason that you have to turn the tire twice is because the tire planted solidly on the ground makes the spider gears in the differential multiply the times the tire needed to be turned. If you have a posi, you would need to jack up both rear tires and turn them only one revolution. If it really is a 10 bolt it should take some abuse but not too much...i emphasize some. If you put a lot of torque and big sticky tires on it and go to the races, its not going to last for long. For street performance with a few strip runs it should be plenty fine.
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Sounds like that rear end is quite a bit too wide.

In a '32, you are looking for 55-56" from drum to drum, hub to hub. - that is maximun width, or where the wheel seats on the drum. With this width rearend, you can put an 8" wheel with 3 1/2" backspacing under a fender. It will be just inside the lip.

Since you have 53" flange to flange, the drums and backing plate assembly is about 4", so you have 60-61" at the ends. Your tires will stick out of the fenders about 2-3" per side. That will look pretty dumb....haha!

What works best in a '32 is a 8" Ford rear end from a Maverick- they are the perfect width - 56". You can also get a 9" from an early Granada, I say early since the later ones had a Dana-styler rearend with c-clips and a bolt on rear cover. The early Granada 9" is 58" wide, and you could order your wheels with an extra inch of backspace.

Good luck with the project.
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