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Old 11-01-2005, 07:41 PM
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Rear end for Model A

I was told that I can use a 1995 or later Chevy S10 2WD rear that is 54" on my project rod. Is this correct I have seen some on eBay with disk brakes and Emergency brakes cables for around $250, drum brakes w/cables as low as $150. The others a Ford 8" or 9" rears off a Mustang. Can I hear any ones thoughts on this.I have a new chassis so anything is possible at this point. I have a setup for a 4 bar triangulated rear setup. What's the difference in a 9" 8" or 8.8 rear nomenclature?

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A 8 inch Ford has the center section that is removable from the front....the 8.8 has gears that come out the rear......under a bolt on cover.



This is a 8 inch center minus the gears......

Most knowledgeable rodders measure the rear end this way......



A V8 Maverick 8 inch series rear end is 56 inches ......measured the way shown above........and it considered by many to be the best all round rear end for a Model A.......with fenders......without fenders........lot of folks use the 57 to 59 Ford car....it is a 9 inch series rear end and is stronger. It is also 2 inches wider........measured like above....

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Great

Thanks Deuce,
for the great info and photos, I will be checking out some salvage yards ( junk yards) this week end. What year Maverick's and I know they are hard to find now? I guess I can make up some difference by getting off set wheels when I'm ready.
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I used a Chevy 10 bolt off of a 72 Nova on my Model A , it was a little too wide but I ordered wheels with a deeper back spacing to compensate. It worked out just great.
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What is the measurement hub to hub on the nova rear? Thanks for the info
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You might also look at the '94 and newer mustangs with 8.8" differentials. You can get them with disc brakes and Auburn limited slip center section. 53.5 " wide
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A 8 inch Ford has the center section that is removable from the front....the 8.8 has gears that come out the rear......under a bolt on cover.



This is a 8 inch center minus the gears......

Most knowledgeable rodders measure the rear end this way......



A V8 Maverick 8 inch series rear end is 56 inches ......measured the way shown above........and it considered by many to be the best all round rear end for a Model A.......with fenders......without fenders........lot of folks use the 57 to 59 Ford car....it is a 9 inch series rear end and is stronger. It is also 2 inches wider........measured like above....

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I read your response on this thread about the Maverick rear end. I measured mine from housing flange to housing flange and came up with a figure of about 51 or so inches. Still in the car with wheels and tires on it. I note in the thread that you measured from the axle ends. If you still have the axle housing out and available can you measure the housing end to end and also give me a measurement on the spring perchs, distance in from end of housing? I want to convert my 32 from a buggy spring to paralell leaf and I have heard that the Maverick set up will work, springs and all. I am not impressed with the Pete and Jakes wishbone setup that I have in the car now. Doesn't ride worth a damned. Thanks for your help.

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If you still have the axle housing out and available can you measure the housing end to end and also give me a measurement on the spring perchs, distance in from end of housing?
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The rear end shown is NOT a Maverick rear end....It is a 9 inch Ford, not a 8 inch Maverick so the measurement you request would not be of any use...

The reason for measuring the way I do is that different cars have different brake drum widths.....and that will throw off the backing plate to backing plate measurement. Some Fords have a 1 and 3/4...others a 2 ...and some are even 2 and 1/4 or 2 and 1/2.




My 32 3W had parallel leaf springs.......if you look closely you can see them at the rear......I am taking all that out and going on coils..like my 32 Roadster. I have never found a set of parallel leaf springs with the right spring rate for a 32....

I am redoing the entire car.....here is a photo taken yesterday.....welding on the frame....

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DEUCE,

Thanks for the reply. I know that the ride won't of Cadillac quality but it would be one heck of a lot better than the old buggy spring. I have tried everything to get that to work and it rides like a fully loaded gravel truck with no travel on the spring set up. Since you measured to the axle flange and got 56" I have to believe that the standard Maverick rear end is about 52" from housing flange to housing flange. I can get a used housing locally and just put in new bearing on the axles, after getting it cleaned up and painted. The rear gears I can just transfer into the new housing so all I need then is the springs, shackles and mounts for the frame (I may be able to make these). I'll see if the guy I talked to about the used housing has them also. Once you get your frame put together with coils, if you remember, send me a photo, I'd be interested in how you approached it. I may look to do that at a later date. I plan on redoing the whole car in a year or so. Right now I need to put my time into getting my new house and shop built so thought that the leaf spring setup might be easy enough to install in a short period of time.

By the way, your car is almost a replica of mine. I filled my roof but I did not chop it. Maybe should have!!! Yours will handle better with the new suspension. What color are you thinking about when you paint it?

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What color are you thinking about when you paint it?

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Like Henry Ford said.........any color you want as long as it's black....



This photo is kind of old........but this is the basic " LOOK " I am after. Mine will not have the cowl lights, deck lid handle and will have stock 32 headlights.



It will match my 32 roadster ( ABOVE ) .......hopefully ...
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DEUCE,

Good looking cars no matter what shape they are in. Mine is what the previous owner called a "Root Beer" color. It was painted 79 Chrysler Brown. Not a bad color. Not my preference but that may change when I go after it later. Thanks for the info and good luck.

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