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Yesterday 07:36 PM
John long Just a quick update.....I have the third member and axle housing painted and almost have the lowering blocks built.

I could not come up with 1 3/4 inch stock so the lowering blocks were a little labor intensive but for a really frugal guy it worked out fine.

John





Blasted and painted the shock mounts and bottom plates...








On to building the brakes and getting a rolling chassis.............

Life is good indeed.
02-07-2017 06:36 AM
deadbodyman How does this vid look to you guys ?
02-05-2017 06:33 PM
Too Many Projects
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Originally Posted by deadbodyman View Post
I don't mind singing off key a little . You should hear my banjo playing. all Im saying is keep in mind when doing yours some of us are wanting to do THIS work for the first time too.
Are there clutches in a possi rear that need adjusting too?
I am looking at the pic on a tablet and it looks like an S10 axle. Yes, they have clutch plates that can wear down and need shimming. Better still, would be to replace them. Singing off key is only 1 part of an incorrect set up. Having the teeth wear off prematurely is the not good part. There are vids and tips on youtube for this.
02-05-2017 06:09 AM
deadbodyman I don't mind singing off key a little . You should hear my banjo playing. all Im saying is keep in mind when doing yours some of us are wanting to do THIS work for the first time too.
Are there clutches in a possi rear that need adjusting too?
02-03-2017 01:45 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post
But...but....setting up and shimming is a fun little project......
I actually enjoy it compared to some of the grunt work that needs doing building a rod.
That may be true but I am not the guy to lead him through joy of setting up a rear end. I have only done one and it sings off key!

John
02-03-2017 08:26 AM
123pugsy
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With yours being GM, I'm not sure I will be doing much that will help you. The GM carrier is part of the axle housing but the Ford is a bolt in carrier. All I have to do with a Ford is unbolt one gear set and bolt another one in. To change ratios in your rear the gears will have to be changed, shimmed and set up.

If I were in your shoes I might be tempted to be on the lokout for a ford rear. They certainly simplify the gear selection.

John
But...but....setting up and shimming is a fun little project......
I actually enjoy it compared to some of the grunt work that needs doing building a rod.
02-03-2017 08:17 AM
John long
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Well the whole truck kinda goes completely opposite of what everyone else does, ford motor gm rear, Nissan truck.
Im told its a GM10 bolt Possi but it could be out of a subberu for all I know. I want to change the gears to make it quicker light to light.
With yours being GM, I'm not sure I will be doing much that will help you. The GM carrier is part of the axle housing but the Ford is a bolt in carrier. All I have to do with a Ford is unbolt one gear set and bolt another one in. To change ratios in your rear the gears will have to be changed, shimmed and set up.

If I were in your shoes I might be tempted to be on the lokout for a ford rear. They certainly simplify the gear selection.

John
02-03-2017 07:20 AM
deadbodyman
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What kind of a rear end is under the truck now Mike?

John
Well the whole truck kinda goes completely opposite of what everyone else does, ford motor gm rear, Nissan truck.
Im told its a GM10 bolt Possi but it could be out of a subberu for all I know. I want to change the gears to make it quicker light to light.
02-02-2017 11:33 AM
John long WAAAHOOOOO!

My brake drums came today that I had hoped would work. Who would have thought that 70 Galaxie drums would be what I need for 62 Galaxie brakes on a 79 Versailles rear end.

Ain't life just plum goooood!

John



The bearing retainers came this morning also. Another bulls eye!

02-02-2017 09:49 AM
John long
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Originally Posted by boothboy View Post
Like all of the discount places, they are tools. Whoever has the best prices wins. Yes they ship from different warehouses also. What I like to do is to obtain the manufacturer's skew number from where ever and plug it into Amazon. 90% of the time they have the same part and free shipping.

For a more thorough search what I do is find the original part number or manufacturer's skew number and plug it into Google. Then wade through all the internet sites for the best price. As you know the real price is the end cost after shipping and tax is applied.
Also don't forget Ebay.

BB
Absolutely correct but I had not thought about checking Amazon. That is a great idea.

I do use Ebay a lot. Frequently they are the best deal. I had 2 quarter inch thick bearing retainers delivered this morning for my rear end. 12 bucks with free shipping delivered from Ebay. You just can't neat that.

John
02-02-2017 09:21 AM
boothboy
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
I used Rockauto to verify what I had. Their data base is very good about giving you in depth specifications and dimensions of their parts which allowed me to find out what I had and needed.

The bad thing about Rockauto was/is when you put an order together made up of 8-10 parts it will ship from 4 different warehouses costing you a fortune in shipping charges. I did not enter the order because 10 lbs of parts was going to cost me about 21 dollars for freight from the 4 locations.

Is Parts Geek better? If so, I will try them.

John
Like all of the discount places, they are tools. Whoever has the best prices wins. Yes they ship from different warehouses also. What I like to do is to obtain the manufacturer's skew number from where ever and plug it into Amazon. 90% of the time they have the same part and free shipping.

For a more thorough search what I do is find the original part number or manufacturer's skew number and plug it into Google. Then wade through all the internet sites for the best price. As you know the real price is the end cost after shipping and tax is applied.
Also don't forget Ebay.

BB
02-02-2017 06:52 AM
John long
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Originally Posted by deadbodyman View Post
John ,Im really interested in how your doing the rear end. I've never had one apart and Ive learnd a ton from you already but It would be great if you could into more detail when putting it back together, I want to do one myself and want to be able to swap out my gears in my little truck.
What kind of a rear end is under the truck now Mike?

John
02-01-2017 10:23 PM
deadbodyman
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
I have really gotton lucky with these brakes. The 11 inch brakes my buddy gave me are the right axle offset, the right bolt pattern, and as luck would have it they are high performance 11 x 2 1/2 '62 Galaxie brakes. 2 1/4 wide shoes are pretty common but 11 x 2 1/2 are pretty rare in cars. They may be more common in pick ups, I'm not sure. I did spend 2 nights going through brake drum specifications looking for drums that were the same size that had a big enough register (center) hole. It looks like a 1970 Galaxie with 428 will work. Got a couple on order. We will see.

I cut my spring perches off today and cleaned the axle housing inside and out. The new bearings are pressed on the axles.

Pretty close to starting to get this thing together But have to order brake parts first and clean/paint the housing and backing plates.

John



John ,Im really interested in how your doing the rear end. I've never had one apart and Ive learnd a ton from you already but It would be great if you could into more detail when putting it back together, I want to do one myself and want to be able to swap out my gears in my little truck.
02-01-2017 08:52 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by boothboy View Post
John if you don't both Rock Auto and P)arts Geek have Motorcraft parts if that helps.

BB
I used Rockauto to verify what I had. Their data base is very good about giving you in depth specifications and dimensions of their parts which allowed me to find out what I had and needed.

The bad thing about Rockauto was/is when you put an order together made up of 8-10 parts it will ship from 4 different warehouses costing you a fortune in shipping charges. I did not enter the order because 10 lbs of parts was going to cost me about 21 dollars for freight from the 4 locations.

Is Parts Geek better? If so, I will try them.

John
02-01-2017 07:52 PM
boothboy John if you don't both Rock Auto and P)arts Geek have Motorcraft parts if that helps.

BB
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