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Old 02-18-2012, 11:05 AM
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pro street 57 chevy p/u

i have a 55 and 57 chevy p/u. would like to know how wide of a tire and abd wheel i can run w/o cutting the frame for a pro dtreet look. also using 9 in ford rearend. width of rearend would be helpful as this is 1st my son and i have done

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Old 02-18-2012, 07:24 PM
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It's not cutting the frame that is the problem, it's moving the rear springs inboard so they're under the frame. Can be done easily using front mounts on the rear and drilling a couple of holes. Then the sky is the limit, almost.
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thanks for reply. guess i should have said that i am goin to run 4 link an do away w/ leaf springs. just wasnt sure what width rearend should be.
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Alrighty then! I made my 9 inch housing 41 1/2 flange to flange. That allows me to run a Weld 17x13.5 wheel with a 4" backspace with a Hoosier 31x16.50x17 pro street tire. It fits under the stock fenders and I have about 2" per side clearance between the frame and tire. I'm a stickler for deep rear wheels so I normally set the housing for a 3 1/2 backspace wheel which is the minimum available, usually. I will usually err slightly to the long side when setting up to weld since you can always get a little more backspace but not less. Now that I've done my final messurments, I possibly could have gone with a 15" wide wheel and 5" backspace, but would probably have had to use the same tire because I don't think you can get a bigger one in there without narrowing the frame.
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thanks so much for that answer. i should have been clearer from get go. you answered all the ? i had about this process. just got on this sight and i love it. will see bout put on sum pics later. am in process of building a new garage so we will have more room to work. i dont get to get on here too much as i drive a truck and time is tight sometime. thanks again
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My pleasure. No sense in reinventing the wheel. I had actually set mine up using the leaves and the front spring hangers + ladder bars as I was on a budget and the look was good. When I found out I couldn't run the front wheels I wanted because the Camaro front clip is a little wide, I turned to the Hiedt's short coil over control arms, etc. and that started my drive down the "road to perdition". Went to the Morrison 4 link/coil over rear and haven't looked back.(but my check book has) You'll have lots of decisions to make and sites like this can give lots of education. Good luck.
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