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Hot Rods 53 chevy truck axle under a fendered 32 chevy

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by fastest32, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. fastest32
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    So I have a 32 Chevy that my dad built in the 70's and he used an I beam from a 66 Gvan. I've always hated how wide that axle is and have been exploring other axles to use. I looked on Sid's website and noticed that axles from 41-54 chevy trucks are the same width and have the same spring perch width as a factory 32 Chevy axle. I found one in Houston and Im probably gonna pick it up this afternoon. Has anyody ever done this? I would hate to do it and then this one is too wide also. Any info would be helpful. Thanks.
     
  2. F-ONE
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    Do you have a tape measure?
     
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  3. fastest32
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    I do have a tape measure. Wasn't sure how much the hubs and wheels and all that would add. I was just wondering if anyone has done the same swap before and would have any helpful info.
     
  4. F-ONE
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    It should be a better fit than the 66 van axle....how much I do not know. I do know that in stock form, the 6 lug pattern dates to the 30s. Not sure about 32 as Chevy had those disk wheels in that era. So if you have the old 6 lug pattern rear it may help there.

    Likely you have a later model rear axle. There are hub/disk conversions that can be done pretty easily on that axle, mainly to match the bolt pattern for the rear.

    If you are running stock stuff...drums, hopefully it's a 51 up with the modern Bendix Brakes.

    Are you running Chevy style leafs in the front...if so good for you. Lots of folks try to spring them like a Ford.
     
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  5. fastest32
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    It has chevy style parallel leafs. I have the 5x4.75 bolt pattern front and rear right now. At least I think I do. The rear end is supposed to be out of a 57 chevy and I assumed that's what bolt pattern it used. If this front end works out I'll use 51-54 chevy car hubs and drums to match the bolt pattern. I see a lot of the dropped tube axles on speedway are "48 kp to kp centers and the chevy truck one is "50 1/2. That's an improvement over the "54 Van axle. It's cheap enough to try anyway. Thanks for the input.
     
  6. krazee
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    It's a virtual bolt in, if you want 5 x 4.75 bolt pattern add '52 - '54 car brakes and hubs. This is a bolt on, you only need to add 2 spacers on 2 of the bolts that hold the backing plates. Chev's of the 40's can supply taper rollers bearings. I first saw Tex Smith do this in the 70's on his son's '32 Chev coupe called Fuji, he also did a write up in Rod Action. I've just done it again on a '29 using a '54 pickup axle and '52 hubs. Mounted my axle on top of reached '39 pickup springs. Use the pickup steering arms, they are more substantial
     
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  7. fastest32
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    Awesome. That's exactly the kind of response I was looking for. I wonder if I can find that write up now. Thank you.
     
  8. krazee
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    Just re reading what I wrote, when adapting the car brake backing plates the top 2 holes
    line up but the bottom 2 need to be redrilled, 7/16 I think, and that's where those spacers
    fit between the spindle mounts and the backing plates.
     
  9. need louvers ?
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    Krazee beat me too it, but if you read any of the magazines from the seventies and look at any Chevy features, they ALL ran the '47-'54 type axle and spindles, and passenger car brakes.
     
  10. fastest32
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    Sounds good. I got the old hubs and drums off the truck axle. They were rusted like crazy but the spindles are in good shape. Now I'm trying to rush my buddy with a 54 car to hurry up and swap to disc brakes so I can use all his old stuff. Ha.
     

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