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Old 10-21-2016, 04:09 PM
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Starting a 1948 mercury build

I picked up a 1948 mercury several months ago and just haven't got anything done on it yet but last week I bought another lift for my other bay so I can keep it on there to work on it and drive my 55 under it for storage. I have a small block and th350 that I am going to install but have to figure out what to do with rear axle still. I went ahead and purchased the the front disc brake kit already for the front. But I just don't know I want to spend the money to do the rear closed driveshaft to open driveshaft yoke. I can buy a used 8.5 10 bolt for that. I am already going to be running gm wheel pattern on front so would like to run the same in the rear. Is there any rear axles that seem to be real popular that fit under the rear nice. I also don't think I am going to buy the rear leaf spring kit I probably will just fab all my own brackets. I also already got a complete wiring kit so I can rewire the whole car. Right know I guess just looking for some budget ideas for rear axle setup.










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48 Merc

I'm on my 3rd Merc, love 'em. If yours has a good inner door panel / card could / would you send me a picture? The 48 I have is a disaster interior wise and I cant remember what the originals looked like. Please don't rip all the trim of.
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I will take some more pictures of the interior hopefully Sunday I will lower it back down and start tearing the front apart and getting all my brake stuff on. What all things have you done for rear axle setups since you have done several. I also think I am going to leave all the chrome on it since I have all of it in great shape for the age.
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welcome to the forum. Looks like a great project. Keep posting pictures. Good luck
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Neat ride . . .

Thanks for the pics! What motif for the finished car . . . resto? mild custom?
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It will be just more of a driver than anything. I am really just thinking a flat primer and roll on. But who knows years down the road if money allows. The wife will drive it more than me I have my ls1 55 with a turbo that I play with.
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That's cool . . .

Couple of guys in my area have similar vintage Mopars with updated drivetrains, and pretty stock bodies - dechromed, wheels, etc. They're really a neat look!!!
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Love it.. My very first Hot rod experience was a 47 Merc coupe. Nailhead Buick powered.. Crunch those old Ford gearboxes! But then they were only $15.00 at the bone yards..
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48 Merc build

I'm on my third Merc coupe now. First was a 46 with a warmed over 53 flathead. Then a 46 with a 327, stock tranny and rear. Have a 48 now, 350/350. Fatman M2,discs on the front. Leaf's in back from SAC, Camaro rear. P/S, air, tilt, tint. It's a 10 footer, but its mine.
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Looks like a fun project. I subscribed so i can watch.

I see you want a gm lug pattern(4.75x5 I'm assuming)
What is the rear axle width you need?
Drums or disc wanted?
How much power do you plan to put down?

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Yes 5x4.75 pattern is correct and I am going to say I want 60" wheel mount to wheel mount and I drum is fine with me. I also am not making a power house just basically a 327 rebuilt so maybe 260 horsepower. Will just be a driver that I can let the wife drive and I can get into Frog follies with something.
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'55 chevy rear axle is 60" approximately and is plenty strong enough for a 327/TH350 for the wife to cruise. Rear axles are 4.11, 3.70 and 3.55 from the factory.

I believe 56 and 7 are the same width, but they have beefier axle shafts, posi, etc.

Since its 60", you'll find a lot more info in the tri-5 chevy forums. Do you have the one from your chevy??
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I still have it in my 55 I Just need to finish building the replacement for my 55 and then I guess plan to use that one for the merc.
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I also did get a disc brake kit on the front the other day and forgot to get some interior pics I will try to get you some this week.
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I still have it in my 55 I Just need to finish building the replacement for my 55 and then I guess plan to use that one for the merc.
Nice how that works out.
"Gee honey, My axle will fit your Merc...yeah, so I need to spend some money on MY car, and it saves for your car"

I recommend an S-60 from Strange LOL might as well get the 4 piston disc brakes and powdercoating, right?
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