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Hot Rods Specific question: Early 60's A, What rear end choices?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by DirtyThirty, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. DirtyThirty
    Joined: Mar 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,396

    from nowhere...

    I know there are other "rear end" threads, currently, but, I'm planning my next coupe, and I want to do it early 60's drag inspired. I think a banjo looks great, but, I'm thinking they were about winding up their career, along with Flatheads, by then. I want durability, too, behind a reasonably strong Y block, or early Chevy...not sure which just yet, but one or the other.
    What was the hot setup, back then, if any real power was attempting to be put to the ground? Olds??? Chevy???
    I've been a 9" guy came with being a Blue-Blood.
    Was it common to use radius rods, or ladder bars yet?
    I am not really wanting to trust stock bones and banjo's, but, I want it to look like it belongs under there...
    REMEMBER: DRAG inspired...
    I've seen some old drag cars with just solid-mounted channel for tracking, and a bunch with rigid rears, BUT, I need streetability/flexability, without it sticking out like a sore thumb. I don't like my hot rods too overly low, so it WILL be visible.
    Any thoughts would be appreciated...

  2. Never2old
    Joined: Oct 14, 2010
    Posts: 718

    from so cal

    You can't go wrong with the 9 inch. That being said, many an Olds or Pontiac made it under hot shoebox chevys!
  3. brandon
    Joined: Jul 19, 2002
    Posts: 6,334


    olds/pontiacs , tri 5 chevys, early 50's merc, and even banjo's....
  4. AnimalAin
    Joined: Jul 20, 2002
    Posts: 3,417


    I concur. The Olds and Pontiac rears might be a tad more authentic, but are even more obsolete than the Ford rear, and not as well supported by the parts industry. Besides, nine out of ten of us couldn't tell the difference without crawling up under the car to get the close-up.

  5. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,223


    A local survivor near here, that was built in the 50s to run at Ct Dragway, ran a 283 with a 55/57 Chevy rear. It was not a high end race motor. It did have long homemade "bones" or bars running way up to the middle of the door area on the frame.

    Any higher HP drag car would have used an Olds around here. No comparison to the much weaker Chevy rear. The 57 up Olds has some aftermarket parts available like posi. the 56 and older looks the same but i don't think there is a posi available.

    The Olds "width to axle flanges" are same as 55/57 Chevy at 60".

    57 to? Ford wagon 9" was narrower if you want a deep dish wheel or reversed wheel. The GM 60" would use a wheel with more backspace to get the tire closer to the body so it won't look too wide.
  6. RAY With
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,133

    RAY With

    60's saw ford 9 inch with ladder bars at various lengths. A few diggers used the olds rear localy. The over all was the 9inch.
  7. Verminator
    Joined: Mar 27, 2007
    Posts: 816


    Seen a lot of the old altered pics running long square box tubing arms instead of the rear bones. Some drilled... The early 9" rears have the same smooth rear look as the olds or chevy rears.... and you know the ease of swapping gears. I think you need to come shopping soon, my friend !!!
  8. DirtyThirty
    Joined: Mar 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,396

    from nowhere...

    I was leaning toward Old's, but, the obvious issues with cost and availability were a factor. I guess I'm more curious about locating/suspending it. Were a lot of these cars still buggy sprung by this time? I see a lot of old pics with those home-made square tube bars, that remind me of trailing-arm suspensions, and also the A.G. coupe, but is that how that car was done??? Would it be buggy-sprung still, then??? Coil Cups???
    If so I need streetability, too, it will be driven a lot.
    I guess the P&J-type bars are a good bet, and discrete enough, and still allowing for the cross spring.
    I just wondered what was REALLY being done, suspension-wise, on these cars that I see in pics with the long, square bars, and what rears they were choosing ( though I kind of figured that part out already, I suppose...)

    Thanks for the responses!
    PAT!!! I DO need to come shopping, all right...At least have a beer, and get the hell outta N.J. for a minute...

    Sadly, all my extra $$$ is paying the painter right now!:(:D
  9. you said, "I've been a 9" guy forever..." huh, huh.

    9" Ford round back or '57 Olds if you are going for the race vibe, some fellas used '57 Chebby I think the olds punkin goes in there with a little help. Ladder bars or positrack traction bars to locate your rear.

    Everything that was dragged on the weekends by the fellas that had a couple of bucks to spend and were serious was over engineered by the early '60s.
  10. DirtyThirty
    Joined: Mar 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,396

    from nowhere...

    :rolleyes: I'm surprised no one else took the bait on that one before you! haha....
  11. I'm surpirsed than no noticed that I also gave you instructions on how to locate your rear. :)

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