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john parks 11-09-2003 05:22 PM

rear end swap
i want to swap a 67 camaro rear end for a 73 nova 8.5 rear,is it true that i have to shorten my drive shaft for the 8.5, i have a m 4 speed trans in the car,if so how do i shorten the drive shaft to accomodate the long pinion snout? thanks

jimfulco 11-10-2003 09:15 PM

I'd say try it like it is first. My '69 Nova (8.2") used a driveshaft from a '72 (8.5") just fine, & vice versa. In fact I used the '69 shaft in the '72 for 100,000 miles or so. But I also saw where a guy at another site put an 8.5 in his older car (8.2), & he had to get a 1" shorter driveshaft. For measuring info:

Find a good driveshaft shop & they can shorten it for you.

Robinson Robin 11-10-2003 09:36 PM

Why are you swapping a 67 camaro rear end in your nova. I assume its a 8.2" 10 bolt in the camaro which would be a step down from the 8.5" not to mention the 8.2 will be harder to find parts for and often will cost more. I have seen cases where people have swapped to a 8.5" 10 bolt from and 8.2" and had to get shorter drive shaft but apparently some people haven't either.

Pianoman 11-11-2003 01:47 PM

Im having an 8,5" axle in my '68 Camaro. The only thing we did was to move the mounts on the banjo. I kept the axle as it was.
I think its fair to say that not many would easily spot that I have a wider axle. I think the difference is 1" or so.
Keep in mind to have absolut equal angles on both mounts and watch the pinion angle.

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