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Re: Rear end
« Reply #60 on: October 05, 2019, 05:52:02 PM »
Nice progress!  Thanks for posting.
Working for a living gets in the way of finishing my car

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Re: Rear end
« Reply #61 on: October 05, 2019, 08:44:25 PM »
Thanks for the kind words...keeps me going.  Please don't look to hard at the welds.  Welding the center bushing in was a b...h because it's about 4 feet off the floor, dark and I can't get next to it with a helmet on.  Got my body bent at a 45 degree angle to reach, arms reaching out and abs on fire.  Good news is that the torque wants to push the pinion up and not down.  Having nightmares about my measurements being off.  If one was building a 30s, 40s, or 50s pickup this swap would be a snap.  Frame rails could be adjusted such that the track is stock to a 'vette and still be tucked under the fenders.  Hot ticket would be to get a C4 'Vette front and rear suspension.  I think the price would work out cheaper than an aftermarket I.F.S. and rear end with suspension.  Depends on how much fab you want/can do yourself.   

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Re: Rear end
« Reply #62 on: October 06, 2019, 04:47:54 PM »
Before putting the half shafts and knuckles in I wanted to torque the axle bolts.  The axle nuts are torqued to 170lbs and I just don't have the wrench that goes that high OR the a$$ to pull it.  Found a one inch drive 600 lbs torque wench that did the job with one hand.  Right tool for the right job. 


Made another stand for the knuckle and slid the left side assembly onto the pumpkin and...and...nothing fits!  The knuckle is under the frame and the dog bones come into the middle of the frame.  I must have had a defective tape measure.  Only solution that I can think of is to use the 2" X 3" frame rails that I made earlier.  Will need to scab them in about one inch inside the existing rails, then cut the originals out.  Must make sure the frame is stable when I do this. 

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Re: Rear end
« Reply #63 on: October 13, 2019, 08:00:10 PM »
Final plan is to notch the frame to get clearance for the knuckle and get the rear of the car lower.  Made a piece to scab in over the existing frame over the axle.  Weld the new piece in, then cut out 2 1/2" of the original frame.  More grinding...hate that. 

 


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