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Old 06-18-2003, 12:09 AM
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rearend swap 56 chevy truck

Is there a 6 lug rearend that will fit my 56 chevy pickup that will give me a higher ratio than the original so I can run less rpms on the highway. I am staying with the straight axle for now because of cost, can't afford an ifs, hopefully later on down the road. The stock rearend is just to slow. I am running a small block with a turbo 350 tranny.

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Measure your rear end form center hole to center hole, then backing plate to backing plate. After you have your dimensions take a look at theolder chevy blazers and pick ups. you may have to move the spring saddles. If things measure up Before you buy think of what rim you will use and its back spacing what will the overall width be. You dont want the rear end installed and then the tires wont go under the fenders. Also if you dont have to have six lug you could simply change your ring and pinion? Randys ring and pinion we help you get the right set for your needs. Hope this helps.
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You might want to try a company called Patricks. They make a 3:38 ring and pinion replacement for around $350.00. Might be a little easier to change. 1-520-836-1117
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I would change the rear to a Chevrolet passenger car with a 3.08 -3.42 gear ratio. It would have the common 5 on 4.75 wheel pattern.

THEN find a set of 53 -54 Chevrolet passenger car front hubs and brake drums. They bolt right on your truck. This will give you the same 5 on 4.75 wheel pattern ALL THE WAY around.

I did this on my 55 Cameo years ago.




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Thanks for the information. I like the idea of swapping the rear and changing the hubs on the front. Sounds like it may be the least expensive way to go.

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