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Old 06-27-2003, 04:29 PM
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corvette rear end in a street rod

This is my first post for information on this board.

Does anyone know where I can get some specs or ideas to put a early corvette rear end under a 26 T with a 2x4 tubing frame?

Any info. would be greatly appreciated. Thanks;

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Early Corvettes are non IRS...so they are like most any other 50's - 60's passenger car rear end.......

1963 was the first year for IRS suspension...the one I believe you want to use. They are not that difficult to do but be advised that all Corvette rears are too wide to fit in a T with fenders. 1968 up Corvette rears are even wider than the Corvette 1963 -1967 rears.

Narrowing one is possible $$$ but that opens up a whole new set of problems.


I put a 67 Vette IRS rear under a 56 F100 Big Window pickup years ago. I made a cradle with small wheels that held the complete rear end unit (wheel flanges straight up and down......... vertical with the rear end sitting like it should) and rolled it under the rear of the 56. Got my wheelbase correct.......and then built a rear crossmember to hook the center mount of the rear end to (keep the pinion angle in mind). Then made a rod for end side the locate the axle stubs.

Minor fabicating (shocks, driveshaft and brake lines ect) finished up the job.


This method would work for the rear of the T..........you are on your own for frame widths, wheelbase and steering


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Troy.... I posted on this subjcet a short time ago. The response that I gto was basically that they "won't work" because they are too wide. Everyone said that narrowing them changes the geometry too much. Just the motivation that I needed. I AM going to put one in my 26 Touring. According to my measurements I will need to shorten it about 5-6". I will be using coil over shocks instead of the leaf spring. The one that I have has a large wing attached to the rear cover for the mount. I am having it shortened to fit between the frame rails, as the cover also has a connector for the tie rods that run to both spindles. Do you happen to have measurements for a frame for the "T"?
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Thanks both of you,

Heres what I`ve got, I traded for this frame allready built, straight rails,wider in the rear, no kick ups. It allready has a bell droped axel and spring with spindles and steering arms mounted. It has this rear under it. There is one bolt in the mount(cast iron) holding it to the frame. Where the spring goes there is a piece of square tubing all the way across to hold every thing togeather. the axles and roters are on it and some old wheels and tires. No struts or shock mounts.

It`s a project that was started and then set for several years.
Has a body on it with full steel fenders,the tires fit the fenders pretty good.

Was hopeing someone had some diagrams or parts I could use.
Adtkart I`ll try to get some measurements tomorrow for you. I`ll try some pictures to. Thanks again.

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Troy... I was thinking about getting one of those covers that Speedway has that has the mount pad on it, so I could do away with the wing. That would make it easier to mount. The problem with that is the way it has the rods in the back. I guess it is something to do with the year of the car it came off of. I think mine is a 84, but would have to check to make sure.

Would appreciate any measurements and photos you could send.
Am also open for any suggestions.
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