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11-10-2014 11:08 PM
dsraven What you will need to know is the width, gear ratio, is it a posi or not, what condition is it in, does it come with brakes etc, is it drum or disc brakes, will it have e brake cables etc. Then, remember that the pumkin maybe offset so the axles are different lengths, what size and spline are thw ales, and the banjo is possibly offset so it may interfere with current exhaust system etc.also you will need to weld on some spring pads to match your truck. If disc brakes you will need a master cylinder to match as well. I used a ford 8.8 from an explorer that came with disc brakes, posi, 3.73 ratio and large diameter axles. Pulled it from picknpull for cheap. Came with park brake cables and almost new brakes. Couldn,t go wrong for the price.
11-10-2014 01:16 PM
ogre it depends on how wide it is
11-10-2014 12:31 PM
Oregonite It depends on what it is out of.
11-10-2014 09:52 AM
MDUB20
Rear end Options

What do you guys think about a ford 9 inch rear end for my 55 3200? I have an opportunity to pick one up for $120. Is it a good fit for the truck? Is it a good price? What would be a better option? Thanks
10-07-2014 12:51 PM
MDUB20
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Think about moving the gas tank out of the cab as well. It wouldn't be that hard to do and would be a lot safer.
CHeck out the ford 8.8 rear axle from a ford explorer. They are pretty tough and easy to redrill the axle flange to whatever wheel pattern you want.
The gas tank was already moved my mother in law and her boyfriend but it seems like a somewhat crappy job. I am definitely going to have to take it out and do it correctly
10-07-2014 12:49 PM
MDUB20
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imo... the cluster in the tf trucks defines classic and they are easy to clean up

Yeah that does clean up really well. I may consider it...thanks
10-05-2014 08:27 PM
Oregonite I agree with ogre about keeping the original analog cluster.
10-05-2014 01:21 PM
ogre
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I seen this really cool digital gage cluster with the shape and design of the classic one, I'm thinking I might want to put that in as well.
imo... the cluster in the tf trucks defines classic and they are easy to clean up

10-05-2014 12:06 PM
Oregonite If you want to clean up your firewall they make a frame mounted bracket for a Mustang II power brake vacuum canister and master cylinder for a 4 speed tranny. The ones for automatic trans. are different. Also they have drop down stainless battery boxes that mount on the passenger side frame rail.
10-05-2014 09:44 AM
dsraven Think about moving the gas tank out of the cab as well. It wouldn't be that hard to do and would be a lot safer.
CHeck out the ford 8.8 rear axle from a ford explorer. They are pretty tough and easy to redrill the axle flange to whatever wheel pattern you want.
10-04-2014 06:18 PM
Oregonite I really like the Volare front suspension. I bought a 1980 Volare for $150.00 so price was right.
10-04-2014 01:58 PM
MDUB20
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while this thread has some good information... try over here too The 1947 - 1959 Chevrolet & GMC Pickups Message Board - The 1947 - Present Chevrolet & GMC Truck Message Board Network
a lot depends on what front suspension your going to run because wheel bolt patterns change
most of the parts you sold were worth scrap value, if you got more then you did good
though i would have kept the drive shaft it would have worked with most trans/rearend combos

so now.. what are your plans with the truck and welcome to this thread
I ended up selling it all for $600. Still not completely done with planning yet but so far we are dropping in a 350 engine and 350 transmission that came out of a 79 camaro, I think. Installing disc brakes and power steering and hoping to keep the rest of the truck as classic as possible. I may consider putting in a steering column and tilt wheel but I haven't looked at any of that yet either. I seen this really cool digital gage cluster with the shape and design of the classic one, I'm thinking I might want to put that in as well.
10-04-2014 01:53 PM
MDUB20
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I know how you feel, I recently completed a 1957 Chevy 3200. I used a '70 Camaro front clip, 350engine, 350 trans, and the rearend from a '79 Camaro 10 bolt posi. Had to change the u-joints, but the drive shaft fit.
I was leaning toward Camaro suspension and rearends as well. How have they been so far?
10-04-2014 01:51 PM
MDUB20
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Are you going to run the stock front suspension? If you are you should have used the stock rear-end if it was still in good shape. It had 3:90 gears which are a good match for a 4-spd. I ran mine hard for 10 years until I decided to put in a Volare front suspension, then I had to find a 5 hole rearend. I used a '70 Camaro 10 bolt. It is the perfect width. I have 8x15 in. wheels with 275-15 tires on the rear. The drive-line would had been another part you could have used. But if you are going to put a front clip in you made the right choice of selling it all. It looks like you have a fairly solid start from looking at the photos how much rust was in the doors, fenders and cab corners? A lot of guys are running straight axles. They have lowering leaf springs and disc brake kits for them. Then you C-notch the frame for the rear-end to get it low to ground.

Yeah I plan on installing power steering and converting to disc brakes in the front as well. Someone suggested using a ford 9" rear end or a chevy 12 bolt. But I was thinking about going with the camaro 10 bolt. I haven't had a great deal of time to research either of them yet. Has the Volare front suspension worked out well for you so far? There isn't a whole lot of rust ont he truck, mostly on the passenger side step and in the door hinge areas. Other than that I think its pretty rust free.
10-03-2014 01:13 PM
DOUBLEDICK The rearend out of a 73 to 87 chevy truck is the right width and you can use the stock 55 parking brake cables.I run an 87 12 bolt. You do have to cut off the stock laef pads and weld on a set of 2 inch leaf pads.You can order those from Jegs.You can get one in 5 or 6 lug to match the front.
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