05-21-2007, 05:50 PM
re: S10 to '49 Olds?
Originally Posted by chieftain
I would double check with Scarebird to see whats needed with the kit.
I reused the springs that was in my 55, since they were already designed for my car. I had to shorten them up because of the differance of the spring pocket in the lower arm.
I've already chopped mine, maybe too much.
You'll may find no differance at in the spindle height differance thru the years. 62-68 tapered bearings.
62 - 68, not 62 - 70, OK
I have a catalog here thats shows 61 for Police only for tapered bearings. Ball bearings are'nt totally bad, especially with todays grease is alot better. Just about any fwd car has a ball bearing assembly. If you could get all the 58 stuff at a reasonalbe price it may be worth it.
If it gets too complicated for me, I may just do the whole 58 thing.
They have 12 x 2 1/4 drums and 1 1/8 wheel cylinders which is a big
improvement over what I have now.
The 58 rear would be nice if the guy had it. The 57-64 Pontiac/Olds 9.3" ring gear rear end is one the stronger rear ends ever made. Alot of the early gassers/hotrods used that rear end back in the day. Although 57-58 are only 29 spline, 59-64 are 31 spline and wider.
You may have to go with a more offset wheel if it pushes it out too far. I don't remember exactly how much of a differance it made. Will your currant wheels evan fit over disc brakes?
I'm currently running a set of Cragar SS 15 inch rims. Not sure I could
find them in a different offset, and I really like them on this car.
If your 41 is like my 55, it used 1/4" lines on the front as well. You'll at least need new hoses and maybe adapters to go from 1/4" to 3/16".
Already converted the front lines to 3/16 when I put in the new MC
I shorted the inner tie rod not centerlink, go thru the article , it gives some direction on shortening the inner tie rod. On mine I had to shorten them about 3". once you get them bolted up, make sure your gearbox is centered and spindles in the stright ahead and measure how much will be needed.
I kept my manual steering , just the way I like it. It's a 1 piece gearbox/column with turn signal switches.
mine is a one piece gearbox/column also, however, the horn wire is
shorted out inside somewhere, it didn't come with turn signals, and the
box has no adjustment left and has just a little play. So, I'm a candidate
for a new column/box. I may look at the 58 column/box if it is still in the
car I'm getting the front end from. It should bolt right up.
The Tempest stuff it totaly differant. From the article , I know what works and the stuff is designed for a bigger car.
Thanks again for the help, I emailed scarebird.