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Old 11-03-2011, 06:57 PM
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Can I change ford 9 inch lug pattern to match chevy

I have a 71 nova with a ford nine inch rearend and I want to try and put rally wheels back on the car. I was curious is the realistic or should I just put some after market wheels on it and go with ford pattern on the back and chevy in front.

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71novafreak,

This can be done but the axles and brake drums must be taken to a machine shop and put on a mill. Then with some trigonometry the new holes can be drilled and then broached so the studs will not turn once they are pressed in again. If you do this be sure to put in NEW STUDS. Do not reuse the old ones.

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or you could get a wheel adaptor also
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71Novafreak,

yes the adapter is an option but there are two things to worry about before you buy them.
First if you have a high horsepower engine then the adapter might not hold together.
Second, do you have enough room in the fender-well? Stock tires and wheels might fit but if you have wider than normal tires and wheels then you add on the thickness of the adapter you will run into clearance issues. Check these things before you buy anything.

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Nine inch

I plan on have a healthy small block so I will probably leave it alone and stay with the current bolt pattern and use an after market rims for my nova thanks for all of the responses
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Easy job with an Indexing Head on a Mill.
Also if you need/want to upgrade your Axles, most Aftermarket Axles can be had with any Bolt pattern you want.
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I don't have a price breakdown, but Moser sold me a single new "stock" axle for my 8.8" and redrilled both axles and a pair of new drums in 2001 for $210. IIRC, the axle was $125 or so. That price included shipping too...

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Moser can also redrill the axle to most any pattern you desire.

If you are going to get " serious "

I would suggest buying better axles and going to 31 spline
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