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I have a 1958 Fleetside Apache PU. I want to make it a street running vehicle. I don't necessarily want cheap but easiest! What is best engine, auto trans and rearend to use to make this vehicle great on gas! and on the hwy? Thanks in advance.

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305 with a 700r4 or some other O/D trans to deal with the high number rear end gears you have.


Some will boo hoo the 305, but they maybe forgot about the gas mileage.
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305 with a 700r4 or some other O/D trans to deal with the high number rear end gears you have.


Some will boo hoo the 305, but they maybe forgot about the gas mileage.
Exactly right. Small motor with tall final drive will be the best combination for mileage.
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Eng & Tranny & Rearend

So what year say Chevy Impala??? would I look for to find 305, tranny and high gear rearend??? 1980 to ??? And would this install pretty easy to the 1958 frame?? Thanks for the help!
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[QUOTE=ronhallam]So what year say Chevy Impala??? would I look for to find 305, tranny and high gear rearend??? 1980 to ??? And would this install pretty easy to the 1958 frame?? Thanks for the help! [/QUOTEYou need to post this on the 55-59 truck thread here on HR. There are experts there
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try here


55 to 59 chevy truck owners


Go to the LAST post and add your question.
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I don't think I would scrap your rear end EXCEPT if it was worn out and howling, or if you are planning a independent front end with a car type wheel bolt pattern.

I "think" a 58 truck rear is the same as the 60-62 trucks that I work on. If so, it is a very durable rear, even more so than the 63-up through modern C-Clip rears. The 60/62s use the same rear brakes and are good brakes; the 58 may be the same? The stock baseline ratio was 3.9 which will work just ducky with a lower torque motor when you hit hills on the hiway at a slower speed...like 55-60ish mph. (with a 700r4) I did a 6cyl 700r4 with 3.7 rear in a pickup, and it really could have used a 4.1 rear in those situations. Seems to me a 305 would be sweet with a 3.9 or 3.7. By the way, it was a great gear around the secondary roads and country roads.

Those rears are narrow enough to be able to fit on the 4x4 chevy truck 8" ralleys, too....or a similar deep dish wheel.
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Actually someone was trying to make it into a 4 x4.....it has a 77 Blazer front (4x4) and rear end installed.....i want to lower back to ground level........thanks for all the info...
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