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Old 07-10-2019, 05:36 AM
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Tear it down, clean up the rust hole and weld a patch on it. Go slow with the welding as mentioned and you will not warp the tube. Unless you absolutely "need" a new rearend this is a free fix. Do the rebuild as recommended and you are good to go.
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Rearend hole

Why would you use this rearend, only unless it is a real restoration. Replace with a Ford 8 or 9 inch and be done forever. Spend a little money now or a lot later.
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Old towels soaked in water work great for heat dissipation. i would weld it up with towels surrounding the area and call it good. As to the sand, doubt if you got that much in it but you can wash out the rear with some solvent and refill with fresh fluid.
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A complete 1957 Pontiac axle housing will bolt into a 1955-1957 Chevrolet. All you have to do is move the brake distribution block from one side to the opposite side and make new rear wheel brake lines. The leaf spring perches are the same. You must install a conversion U-joint.

I kept blowing the gears in my 1955 Chevrolet rear end. I purchased a 1957 Pontiac axle assembly but I sold the Chevrolet before before I changed the gears and did not install the Pontiac rear end assembly in my 1955 Chevrolet.
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And 1957 Pontiac rears are laying around all over the place - someone needs to get them and put them in something!!
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Find the biggest and shortest self-tapper and install it with JB Weld. It will hold forever.
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