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Old 07-28-2004, 04:10 PM
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new rear end for 48 truck,please HELP!!!

does any one have a relatively easy way to upgrade my 48 chevy pickup rear end.it has a newer auto V8 but the original rear end.Im looking for the easiest way to get some speed but since this is my first project, I dont have the knowlege or cash for anything elaborate.what year and model would make a good replacement????thanks in advance.
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Any mid 70's Camaro or Firebird rear end will fit. You'll have to set the pinion angle but you'd have to do that with any rear end change.

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thanks, I was afraid you would say that only because camaro and firebird rears arent too easy to find, and not cheap.some one told me that almost any rearend,as long as the width of the drums were similar and the gearing is good, would work,is this true??thanks again,
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Any rear end with a 60"-62" width will fit but some will be more work than others. A leaf spring rear like the mid 70's Camaro/Firebird will almost bolt right in where a Ford 9" or a later model coil spring GM rear will be a bit more difficult since you'll have to weld on spring perches etc. It all depends on what you want. I bought my 76 Firebird 10 bolt posi rear at a swap meet for $80. If you keep looking you'll find one.

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I've got a 78' nova 10 bolt rearend just over 60" wide with 42 1/2" center to center measurement between the spring perches! It has a good set of 3.42's and a week posi unit. Are you ever in southern Missouri?? Springfield--Joplin area? I have had this rearend under a 63' GMC pickup but I had to move the springs a little to get things to line up. This rearend mounts on the top side of the springs and lowered my old GMC considerably!
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look for a later model 4X4 S10 BLAZER, i have been told the are the correct width for this swap....joe
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thank you all!

thanks a bunch, I think I have a great place to start!
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Also Check out:

http://www.fordtruckenthusiasts.com/...d.php?t=243194

It lists quite a few, and tells you what to look for.

Also realise that your new rear end will not likely have the proper bolt patern that the front axle has.


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