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Old 02-04-2009, 01:27 PM
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upgrade 62 chevy truck rear suspension.

i am working on a 62 chevy truck. I have always disliked the suspension under these models. They just seam to squrlly. i would like to put some sort of a corvette rearend or a camaro. 4.11 or so. Not sure if it is even possible.But i want a solid stance in the rear. Is it possable to change out the rear susp. and could i put a 4.11 under it with out major mods. thanks for any info.
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Is this the rear suspension with the long trailing arms and coil springs?

You do realize that this suspension setup is the basis on Nascar race cars?.......a very solid setup. Probably all you need are some better bushings and a more solid panhard bar.
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yes it is the susp. your thinking of. and no i didnt no that about the nascar.
thats good info. Thanks. in past i havnt realy messed with the suspension on any of my projcts. Mainly concentraited on the motor and tranny. but i realized that suspension means a lot in street rod also. Thanks again.
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Harley, the Truck Arm suspension is a great setup. Like stated above, nascar uses the same principle design. These guy's sell this design to retro fit into a number of cars, rods & trucks.>>>> http://www.hotrodstohell.net/

http://www.hotrodstohell.net/catalog/catalog.htm

http://www.hotrodstohell.net/truckar...karm_index.htm
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you dont need another suspension set up, your truck arm setup is designed to lift the rearend upon power transfer, which transfers weight to the front, just the way you want it.

take the words from a wise man ( all pontiac people are wise) replace the bushings, and pan hard.

the only downfall to this type suspension is that its not very good for air ride, due to the pinion angle changes throuout the lift.

if you seak to replace the rearend with another model, all you need to do is determine the length of the rearend (backing plate to backing plate)
if the donar rearend is a leaf spring car, cut the shackles off and
USE A ANGLE FINDER to set pinion angle at ride heighth.

if your looking for lift, do a 4 link, it minimumizes pinion angle changes..

i built my own truck arm in my 1930 olds coupe, and it handles and gets traction quite well!

good luck.
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thanks for the info.
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