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1941 chevy coupe rear end swap

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by monkeyboy71, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. monkeyboy71
    Joined: Sep 10, 2011
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    I am building a simple and dirty 41. I would like to replace the original rear end with a newer model 6 lug so I can keep the original wheels. Anyone done this? What measurement am I looking to match? Is that hub to hub? Thanks for any insight
     
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  2. NashRodMan
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    I did this and used a rear end from a 2008 Colorado 2wd. I only had to cut out the original spring perches and weld in new ones in proper location. Works like a charm with the Camaro T5 s speed tranny and a hot little Chevy 292 I6.

    Paul
     
  3. tri 5 chevy rears bolt in, 68-74 novas work but need new saddles
     
  4. Are you still running the 6 with standard (torque tube ) transmission?
    If so, You'll have to convert the output shaft to take a universal joint( open drive).
     
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  5. Normbc9
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    I used a '94 S-10 rear axle assembly (3:42) and the drive line with a T-5 against a 292 inline six and the whole enchilada is doing its job well. There are many versions of the T-5. Go to "www.inliners.org" and then to Tech Tips. Look at the T-5 section. The variety of tranny gears is impressive.
    Normbc9
     
  6. Hot Rod Chris
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    might want to look into a 60's truck axle. If I remember correctly l, that was what I used on mine years ago.
     
  7. monkeyboy71
    Joined: Sep 10, 2011
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    from Phoenix

    Thanks all. Good info.

    I have a 283 and turbo 350 combo to drop in. So I will be getting a new drive shaft to link it all up.

    The measurements, roughly, are 56 inches from the inside hubs. The hubs are 3 inches deep. And there is 50 inches from the outside of the frame to the outside of the frame.

    So I should be ok with anything that is 54-56 inches.

    I guy I know who has a 1985 K5 Blazer rear end with 373 gears so I'm going to measure that up and see if it will work.

    I also know a yard with a handful of the rear ends you guys mentioned so I'll get out there and check in on those as well.

    Looking under the car this morning - after I pulled the fuel tank - I'm thinking I will need to mount a shock bar, too.
     
  8. supercab78
    Joined: Dec 19, 2011
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    Better check the wheel hole spacing on the late model six lug rearends. They may be metric and not match up to your old rims.
     

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