The time has come to figure out what to do with the rear end.
The cover was pulled off the rear end in the car. I knew that it was about 2.5:1 41-17 is 2.41:1. Less than 2.73:1, so the carrier won't work with a better gear. Beside that bad news, the PO didn't have any gear lube in the rear end. Lots of rust. When I went to check the number of axle splines, I realized this is not a C-clip rear end. May have been out of an Olds. Might also explain the 11" brakes. 28 splines; not the best but good for the street.
So, I pulled the cover off the rear end in the remains of the truck where the engine came from. Good news, better news, and so-so news. 41-12 gears, so it will take aftermarket ring and pinion. The better part is that 41-12 is 3.42:1. A good street gear. The so-so part is that it has 30 spline axles. I am not sure if the parts will interchange or not. More research.
If the parts will interchange, the 3.42:1 gears and carrier will go in the 41 rear end. I will either put the 2.41:1 parts in the truck rear end if I decide to sell it as a trailer kit. The carriers will have to fit the housings and the 30 spline side gears will have to fit the 2.41:1 carrier. The 3.42:1 set will get a locker to replace the open gears.
My wife will occasionally mention how much she likes the original Barracudas with their huge back windows. I kinda like them, too. But every time I find one for sale, she shoots it down. No price, no info.
I debated whether to put the 46 Sedan Delivery here or in the Rough Stuff. Could have gone either way. $4000 OBO.
There were a lot of fat fendered Fords and Tri-Five Chevies at this meet. Did not get the info on the fat fender behind the 57. I have always had a soft spot for 57's. $7999 OBO. The windshield was right; very little rust.
Two door station wagons. What can I say. My drag car was a 2-door wagon. The 56 Parklane was marked $6500.....and SOLD. I thought I overheard $5500 but another guy said $3200. I am inclined to believe 55.
The 55 Stude is a V-8. Marked $8500 OBO.
X-frame 409's. Gets my motor running. This was a clean 63, 400 horse, 4 speed, SS. $26,500. I have too few garages and too few $.
The 52 Merc still has the flatty in place. I think it is a steal at $2200. What a custom you could make out of this.
A triplet of early 60's Fords. The 63 falcon would make a great gasser candidate. Asking price $4000. Didn't get down and check the floors, rockers, and quarters, but it might be a fair price if they are clean.
The 63 Fairlane looked like a good street cruiser candidate at $3800. Still had the 260.
If the 64 had only been a 2 door sedan it would have made it to my dream list. I guess you could make an almost T-Bolt clone with this 2 door hardtop. I think a better deal than the 63 at $2500.
There were some fine cars there as well. The Cuda had 340 emblems on the hood. Black on black. No price or info. Maybe they thought it was a car show.
The Ford was beautiful. The price was available from the owner. He was working a sale on it as I snapped the photo. I didn't want to tie up his or my time getting the price out of him.
The late 40's / early 50's panel delivery wasn't too bad. Except for the Pontiac Eight driver's door. It almost fit. A good bodyman (not me) could massage it to fit correctly. $6500
I assume the next one was a 30's Ford. It was originally a 4 door. The back doors had been welded shut, I assume when the top was chopped. I struck up a conversation with another observer. We agreed the proportions of the back side glass to door glass was way off. But if the back openings were filled, it might make a decent looking sedan delivery. But the amount of work required to clean up the bad welding would be unbelievable. $850
The Ranchero is my best of the worst. The quarters are shot. It has the straight 6 in it. $4500 OBO.
Time for my annual photos of the Chickasha Fall Swap Meet.
The first photo here is what I bought. And probably why my wife dreads my going to swap meets. The seat bottom will be a frame and spring donor for my back seat. The yard cart is for the lawn tractor to make those landscaping chores easier on my wife.
I broke out laughing when I saw the second photo. Had to add it to this year's photos.
My brother-in-law is into bikes. I called him about this one. He said $35 - $50. Bike was marked $275. I didn't even try.
I always find a hard to find intake system when I go to Chickasha. How about a Chrysler long ram intake? $1400. I have the phone number if you want it.