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Easiest 57 Chevy wagon RR end swap.

My friend Ed has a 57 210 wagon with a 307 / 4-speed.The original rear end is howling at highway speeds.I was wondering if anyone has done a swap with a junkyard rr end that already has the correct width,lug bolt pattern etc.He isn't taking the car to the drags or anything.The motor is bone stock 2-bbl,so no H.P. issues.I am aware of the coil vs leaf perch issue.This seems like a common car-maybe one rr end is the simplest swap over any other.Thanks in advance.

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55-57 rears are a bolt in..........If he wants to just replace the centre section (pumpkin) a 55-64 Chevy will fit. Before anything, check the wheel bearings........and "U" joints. It may be something simple like that.
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The above exploded photo is of a 9 inch Ford but the 57 Chevrolet rear end is basically the same. Like poncho62 says ... look at the simple things first. The axle bearings go bad and make noise. The center section could be low on fluid and now needs replacement. The 57 Chevrolet rear end is a fairly easy rear end to work on ( much easier than the later model 10 bolt and 12 bolt Chevrolet rears that came along later ).

Center sections ( like shown above ) interchange from 1955 to 1964. Try to find one with a big " P " ... they are the ones with a POSI.

If you decide to change rear ends completely ... these cars have the same basic rear end widths of 60 inches

55-64 Chevy Car, 67-69 Camaro, 64-67 Chevelle, 68-74 Nova, 71-73 Mustang/Cougar,

The Camaro and Nova are the most used under a 57 Chevrolet. I like to use a 57 - 59 Ford rear end myself. It is 2 inches more narrow and has a wider range of gear ratios and a much better supply of parts available.
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Too bad you're so far away.....
I have an original 10 bolt, 3:08 single track rear end, complete with brakes & drums from a '64 El Camino, that I'd give away to get it out of my way .
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....and just to confuse ya even more, eplorer rears are 59.5 wide, available with rear disc and a lot of 'em 3.73 gears and posi/limited slip....

4.5 bolt circle, though...
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