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truck axles

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 1979jimmy350, Jun 9, 2004.

  1. 1979jimmy350

    1979jimmy350 1/2 ton status

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    What kind of axles were used in the early fiftys. I am looking at buying a 1951 Chevy Two wheel drive truck. The owner says it is half ton but it has eight lugs and a rear full floater. The diff is huge even bigger then a 14 bolt. What kind of axle could this be? And are they any good?
     
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    rear end should be an Eaton.... and the front end was made by a company called Napco, they made Factory 4wd conversions back in the 50's.
     
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    Are these rear axles any good? would this truck be worth buying?
     
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    i like the rear eatons... i think there are different sizes,, i think the bigger of the two has like a 10.5 or a 11 inch ring gear.. you can use 14ff axle shafts and detroit locker, and i think you use the side gears too... somone will chime in and correct me. but yea the rear eaton is good...
     
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    1951 eh...? how much they want?
    If you need specifics I have a shop manual for those years,
    I own a 1956 pick-up too.
    i'd love to have it 4 wheel, good luck finding a NAPCO though. You mihgt be able to retro fit something though????
    -anyone with a napco get ahold of me first! /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
     

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