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Old 04-09-2003, 09:40 PM
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Hey there- I have a 73 half ton pickup back end and would like to use the rearend under my project car(34 Olds coupe). The web sites I have looked at pretty well describe the cars that I could salvage a nine inch from but little mention regarding trucks. It is a 9 inch, but no idea what the third member is geared to as there is no tag. I want to be sure it can be narrowed and re-geared to my needs. Any advice on this? Thanks in advance. Mike

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Old 04-10-2003, 02:22 PM
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That site lists the 73 Ford 1/2 ton at 65 inches wide.

The down side of this rear is the weird 5 on 5.5 inch bolt pattern. I suggest finding a rear the width you need and SAVE money overall. It should be less expensive to just get the rear end you need width wise than to pay someone to narrow the 73 truck rear and deal with the wheel pattern.

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Deuce Roadster- Thanks for the info and the thoughts. I live in Fairbanks Alaska and there are some things that are not so easy to come by, including a 9 inch that is the right width. The good news is that this rear end was free and there is a shop in town that can narrow it with a jig. A buddy works there and will do it for free. My costs will be whatever I need to do to the third member and getting the axles shortened. I am told that the 5 on 5.5 is the better hub plate to work with , because I can have a new pattern milled to the 4 3/4 that I want and ther is plenty of face area to do so. I am going to take the ring gear out tonight to see what I have to work with. Thanks again. Mike
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