My fault on the previous post I said 12 bolt and actually meant 10 bolt. Big difference in the cost of those two.
I used Dodge Caravan rear springs on my 53. Cost me $40 at a wrecking yard. They are simple bolt on units and only require you to make one bracket and weld it to the outside of the frame rail. Combine this with a mid 70's Camaro/Firebird 10 bolt Posi and everything more or less just bolts together. You can run conventional traction bars or do what I did and design your own "Cal Track" type units. (Cal Track traction devices are used on a lot of pro street race cars. <a href="http://www.calvertracing.com/" target="_blank">http://www.calvertracing.com/</a>)
I chose a rear with drum brakes but they are available with disks and the mid 70's years are within an inch of being the correct width.
A four link is really not necessary for the street, unless you're producing mega hp. Its totally adjustable and was really designed for racing. I run a ladder bar system on my pro-street car (street rod not race car) which is similar to a four bar and the thing rides like a race car/truck. The four bar is a bit smoother but really is more than you need for a daily driver. If you're going to be doing any real racing though I'd use one.
The Jag suspension has disks and although the chunk is easily repaired the rest of the components aren't cheap to fix. Yes it's really beautiful but if I was going to go that far I'd use a Vette rear. At least you know that will handle just about whatever amount of hp you throw at it. Just my personal preference. The Jag will work. I just don't like the idea of using foreign car parts on a street rod. That being said my pro-street car has Toyota seats and my 53 pickup has a Mazda wiper motor.
If you want to see how I did my rearend then just go to my site and check out the 53 Chevy pickup pics.
<a href="http://www.hotrodsandhemis.com" target="_blank">http://www.hotrodsandhemis.com</a>
[ November 10, 2002: Message edited by: Centerline ]</p>