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Went to the junk-yard today

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Fletch79, Jun 3, 2003.

  1. Fletch79

    Fletch79 Registered Member

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    Tons of vehicles that came in with clean interiors and are now garbage due to on site negligence.
    Oh, well.

    The only 14-bolt full floater in the yard is under a Chevy-30 van, open diff, odometer reads 125K.
    Brakes look frozen.
    I meant to measure it, it seems too wide; not sure.
    It was too muddy, and smelled too much of rodent scat to crawl under for a closer look.
    They said $250, they pull it.
    Not sure what to do.
    Advice appreciated.

    I couldn't find any front axles worth the swap.
    I'll probably look through another yard this week.
    It's a bit of a drive though.

    There wasn't a decent overdrive tranny in the place, let alone the score that I'm hoping for of a 700R4, with adapter, still bolted to a NP208.

    I was also browsing seats.
    Mine are okay, but I'm entertaining an upgrade.
    I didn't care for any of the van or truck seats.
    I ended up looking in anything foreign that had racy styling.
    They all seem to have decent buckets in them.
    There was an '86 Toyota Supra with really comfy seats.
    6-way power on the drivers side, and all manual on the passenger.
    Talk about hugging you tight, these things could hold their own against most aftermarket seats.
    Driver's was in good shape, passenger's had a good tear that looked like it happened at the yard.
    They were a bit pricey on them, so I let it go.
    Plus, I'm not sure how much headache it would be to install them.
    Anyone know?
    Fab a bracket?
    Beat the front tab angles flat?

    So that's about it, the only thing I left with was an aftermarket control box to make the wipers intermittent.
    Found that in a Furd Bunko.
    It also had obnoxious boxes on the door panels, that I believe were externaly mounted power window motors.
    Easy install, but looked like a jury-rigged mess.
     
  2. indiana88

    indiana88 1/2 ton status

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    14 bolts from vans are wider than the rear of trucks and Blazers, but they're the same width as your front axle. It'll actually track the way it should. That's what I wanted and couldn't find a decent one.
     
  3. Fletch79

    Fletch79 Registered Member

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    That sounds goofy.

    Rear axle is not as wide as the front? From the factory?
    By how much?
    How much would the tires be moved out with the van axle?
    Will it still bolt up?

    I hate it when one answer begets a bunch more questions. /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
     
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    tomseviltwin 1/2 ton status

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    indiana88 1/2 ton status

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    Rear axles are 3 inches shorter on trucks and Blazers. Never heard a good reason why. I don't know if they have the same spring and shock mounts or not, anybody else? I know a couple of guys that use spacers, but I don't trust them.
     
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    sled_dog 1 ton status

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    1 ton axle won't bolt up out of truck or van, spring pads are differente widths. Need to move the spring pads. And yes its that way, if you look you will often think older Chevys are dog legging down the road but no its cause the rear axle is 3" shorter than the front. If you put a van axle in I believe it moves the tires out the 1.5" on each side.
     
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    Sent you a PM /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  8. Can Can

    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    From everything I've heard, the rear axle is shorter than the front to create an offset between the front and rear tires. Apparently this has something to do with creating better conditions for traction- in mud and boggy condtions the rear tires are able to ride on the "crest" of the tracks caused by the front tires. This keeps the rear tires from getting stuck in deep tracks if the front tires bog down a bit.

    Sounds good in theory, I guess...... /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif
     

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