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Old 10-17-2007, 08:45 PM
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Rear Axle @ Frame

Hi just a couple of questions maybe you can help me with??
First what woud be a correct rear end to put under my 1953 Chevy Pickup 1/2 ton 5 window??
Second- Does anyone know if a 1985 chevy 1/2 ton short box frame will work to mount my 53 onto???
Any if not all feedback would be most welcome

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Mid 70's Camaro or Firebird rear is within an inch of being the correct width. I have a 78 Firebird rear in mine.

Is your stock frame all butchered up or rusted out? If it's not, its a lot easier to update the stock frame with an IFS kit and new rear leafs than swap frames.
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Rear Axle/Frame?

The first thing that you need to do, is decide which year of frame that you are going to use under your '53 before you decide on which rear axle to use. You will have some difficulty fitting your '53 Cab onto an '85 frame because of the difference between the frame rail widths. Trucks built in the '50's had frame rails about 30 inches apart, todays generation of trucks have rails spaced about 36-40 inches apart. You would have to build custom mounting brackets on the '85 frame to bolt the '53 cab to it. Once you have the cab bolted down properly, then you can decide which rear axle to use. If your going to have "big" horsepower in this truck, then you might want to consider a "Ford" 9 inch or a 12 bolt GM rear axle. If you use a GM axle, then it should bolt-up without to much trouble. You would have to make some modifications to the "Ford" rear housing to make it fit the GM chassis. Good luck in your efforts! Your's, Westfaliaguy.
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