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Old 10-20-2007, 08:29 AM
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lowerin rear 53 chevy pu

i guess i should of asked before.does anybody known if i will have a problem with the torque tube or driveshaft if i lower the rear 5 to 6 inches?what to do if there is a problem.is there any way to install a regular drive shaft?thanks.

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By all means change the drive train before customizing the truck. Any investment in modifying the TT drive is wasted. Get a 6-lug late model Chevy pickup rear end, a U-jointed later 3-speed tranny (or automatic if that is the way you want to go) and have a new drive shaft made. Another problem; the stock rear you have has 4:10 gears so you can't go freeway speeds w/o screaming engine. W/ a little junk yard scrounging the conversion can be quite economical.

If you want to go back to stock height, here is the riser block height you need using stock springs. If you want 6" drop, you need to relocate the spring hangers and possibly notch the frame rails. Another option is to convert to coil-overs or even coil springs since the late model Chevy rear you get will be set up for coils.
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lowering a 53 pu

all right this is the deal.i have a small block but would like to keep the six with the three on the tree.can i get a get a later three speed to work with the column shift and get a clutch that will work,spline,diameter,flywheel?then driveshaft and rear would be easy.what tranny would work?i am sure i could try to get linkage to work with the column shift.thanks.
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Sure can. Your next question will be 'Which parts do I need?". Can't answer that one. All I know is when I got my '53 pickup it had a late model 235 straight 6, a 3 on the tree tranny, open driveline and late model (70s?) 3.54 Salisbury rear end. My guess is the engine and tranny came from a '56-62 truck (open driveline 235 & 3spd) and the drive shaft and 6-lug rear from a 70s pickup. In fact that conversion is the norm on '54 and earlier old style oil splasher 235/closed drive line trucks. Really common to find it since folks got tired fooling with the old tech and the later stuff drops right in. Too bad you didn't come around about 2 years ago - I sold the tranny/clutch on ebaY and installed a 200R4 OD automatic on my 235.
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driveline swap

just wanted to say thanks willys 36 for the info,i will look into it.the rear will be easy,just don't think the tranny will be.
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