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Old 01-09-2004, 10:43 PM
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rearend swap for a nova

I have a 63 nova it came with a 4-lug rearend and i was wondering if anyone knows what car would be a direct swap or what year and cars come with a 51" width rearend. it doesnt have to be a direct swap but if i could find one with a 51" width i could make it fit.


any info would be great,
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I believe that an S-10 rearend is very close to that width!
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Don't laugh, look at a Ford 8.8. They should be right around there and Explorers used rear disc.

The 8.8 is equivalent to a 12 bolt. In fact, I've read that all the bearing in a 8.8, directly interchange with a 12 bolt Chevy!
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'65-'67 Chevy II 5-lug axle assembly should fit a '63.
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I have a 63 nova it came with a 4-lug rearend and i was wondering if anyone knows what car would be a direct swap

any info would be great
thanks

I would just re drill the axles and brake drums......to the stanard 5 on 4.75 Chevrolet 5 lug pattern ...

Moser Engineering ( and lots of others ) can do this....

I have used Moser before......and always satisfied with the work, the price and the turnaround time.....

http://www.moserengineering.com/mose...opservices.htm
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I have a 63 nova it came with a 4-lug rearend and i was wondering if anyone knows what car would be a direct swap or what year and cars come with a 51" width rearend. it doesnt have to be a direct swap but if i could find one with a 51" width i could make it fit.


any info would be great,
thanks
I think you mis-measured that width. There is nothing that is that narrow except little English sports cars..

S10s are about 57.....

You are probably more like 56 wide.

Has anybody out there actually measured a 63 Nova?????

What's the spring width too.?????
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I think you mis-measured that width. There is nothing that is that narrow except little English sports cars..

He most likely made the mistake of measuring from the backing plate....to the backing plate.

The most accurate way is like this........



The other way will not take into account the difference in widths of the various brake drums. Some are 1 and 1/2 and some are as wide as 3 inches. The difference can throw the TRUE reading off by 2 or more inches.


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good call duece, you just saved me a trip to the garage .....my 63 had a different measurement
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A re drill is an easy way to go. Go buy a rear drums for a 64-67, pull the axle knock out THREE of the four studs. Bring them to a machine shop with the eight new studs have the flanges re drilled and the studs installed if you have a drill press you can do it at home, just place the drum over the axle, using a transfer punch mark the four new holes drill install studs. I will be doing this with the wifes 62.
Other options are
1. 64-67 direct bolt in
2. S10 pickup they are about 55" flange to flange (about 2" narrower or so)
3. S10 Blazer, 58-59, can't remember about 3/4" wider than stock.

The s10's use a 7.5/7.625 ring gear, not real strong, will hold up to small v8 300 or less hp. Novas are light so this could be a good choice. I will be using a Blazer rear in the 62 on down the road, with Camaro disc's (direct bolt on).
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