Narrowing a C5 rearend - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board -- Hot Rod Forum

Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Transmission - Rearend
User Name
lost password?   |   register now

LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 05-29-2008, 05:28 PM
HRC HRC is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Alaska
Posts: 12
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Narrowing a C5 rearend

Has anyone actually done this [that's on this forum]? Heard of it done in several articles, but they just mention it with no details. Also, does anyone know of the guy that makes an adapter to get rid of the C5 driveline in favor of a conventional one? Need info on both ends. Thanks, group!

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 05-29-2008, 06:11 PM
68NovaSS's Avatar
Last wiki edit: Working with chromed bolts
Last journal entry: New to me T-Bucket
Last photo:
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Nine Mile Falls/Suncrest, WA
Posts: 5,808
Wiki Edits: 9

Thanks: 231
Thanked 230 Times in 211 Posts
I don't know what would be different with a C5 differential, but it you don't have or can't build a jig and a pass-through bar to put bearings on to align the ends for welding, you might consider having it done. Where are you in Alaska? I had my fabricated 9" housing narrowed by Jay Childs, he and his dad own a chassis/hot rod shop here in Anchorage off the Old Seward Highway. He built the '41 Willy's ProMod car, lime green, that was at the car show, he does excellent work.
I'm the one your momma never told you about...

Semper Fi

Midnight Sun Street Rod Association
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 05-30-2008, 03:18 PM
HRC HRC is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Alaska
Posts: 12
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Narrowin a C5 Rearend

Hi there 68NovaSS, Thanks for the reply. Great to hear from a local. The C5 is a '97 to '05 [?] Corvette independent rearend. Cat of a different kind, so to speak. Don't know Childs, but have heard good things of him. And, sure appreciate the info on a local guy that can do a solid housing rear end, the right way. This C5 is for a '34 Ford or '35 Chev. Haven't decided yet. Seen several in the magazines mentioned, but no details. They often miss the real technical meat of an article. There's a guy down in Florida that's been doing this since the C5s came out. Before it was the C4s ['84-'96 Corvettes]. Name is Mike Adams and used to run Mike Adams Rod Shop. Builds a tube chassis using all Corvette late style suspension parts. Really nice work, but runs about $35,000 plus! Saw another article just a tiny mention of somebody getting rid of the torque tube, enclosed driveline, but no real info. These C5s and the C6s have the transmission bolted onto the rear differential, so it makes a better balance front to rear, but is a complicated system. Still, it's a swap that's been done several times. Just wanted more in depth info on it. Know that you usually narrow the half shafts 3 inches on each side for these '34s. This rear end also uses control arms [A arms], much like a conventional front end. I've heard of them being shortened as well, but then the geometry and ride change a bunch. Keep in touch, dude.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 05-30-2008, 06:11 PM
Registered User
Last photo:
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: At Speed
Age: 52
Posts: 1,653
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 6
Thanked 94 Times in 90 Posts
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 05-31-2008, 07:25 PM
HRC HRC is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Alaska
Posts: 12
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
C5 rear suspension

Thanks a bunch, Imsport! Hoped there might be someone that had info on this swap. I've contacted 21st Century to see what they have available.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Transmission - Rearend posts with photos
Gear in this thread - Powered by O'Reilly Auto Parts

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Please select your insurance company (Optional)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Welding Rearend 23 T General Rodding Tech 26 04-21-2008 06:49 PM
Narrowing a Ford 9'' rearend Dave 39 Hotrodding Basics 1 07-21-2006 03:17 AM
I need some input on putting a Ford rearend under a 1972 Dodge Dart onebadmerc Transmission - Rearend 7 12-21-2005 10:30 PM
Hotrodders Knowledge Base: Transmission - Rearend Jon Transmission - Rearend 0 11-26-2005 06:23 PM
Building a rearend narrowing alignment jig. F-1Rodder Transmission - Rearend 3 02-20-2002 01:53 PM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:39 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
Copyright 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.