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Old 08-13-2017, 02:18 PM   #11
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So last week after a car show, I broke the rear end in my '56 while doing a burnout. Spider gear failure.

It was a 3:73 open rear end. Not a biggie, because I bought a complete diff out of a 62ish Pontiac with 3:55 and a factory posi and I've been waiting for the opportunity to install it.

What my concern is, I can't decide if I should run the 3:55 gears, or buy a set of 4:11. I don't want the car to perform any less than it does now. I only run a th350, but highway rpm isn't an issue for me because I haul it if I go any long distance, and also I have a 700r4 that someday will end up in the car.

the plus side of the 3:55 is that its already set up and can just be installed as is, where as if I buy after market gears I will have to have them set up.

I don't baby this car, and really don't want to lose performance.....

what do you guys think?
It sounds like to me you like a performance ride and have some fun, not your daily cruiser. If I were you I would go with the 4:10 gear. You don't do any highway driving so why do you need a 3:55 gear set? I'm just giving my opinion based on your driving habits. You need to install the gear set that fits your driving habits, not other peoples habits. When I had a big block in my 56 I loved going from light to light and getting on it when ever possible and had a 4:10 gear set almost installed 4:56"s, but now i'm into just cruising with my daily driver, 350 with a 700r4 with a 3:73 rear gear. It's really your choice. Knowing your own driving habits. like not babying it, tells me you won't be happy installing a 3 something gear set, that others use just to cruise around in and hit the highway. Just my opinion.
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Canadian cars are interesting sometimes.I was working in a shop in 1973,and a guy came in for repairs on what was a dead nuts look alike for a 51 Pontiac,wide trim down the center of the hood,and everything.It was a Chevy!Dont know why they would bother,but they did.
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