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Old 08-11-2019, 04:03 PM   #11
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A crate rear end is going to cost you well north of $2000, and if you get one from Currie, probably north of $3,000.

If all you have is a mild SBC with an automatic and you just want to cruise, that's the definition of wasting money.

I'd have the original rebuilt or find a good used 55-64 center section (57 and up are stronger). I gave my '56 rear end away for nothing (open diff, 3.55 gears)...you should be able to find something on Craigslist or even on this board.
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Where are you from I have a used 3.08 I would let go but shipping might be a problem
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Quick Performance, for right at 2K for a complete drum brake, posi, choice of gears, all new, bolt in ready 9 inch. And none of it is 60+ year old metal. Great folks, and a trifive.com sponser.
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Quick Performance, for right at 2K for a complete drum brake, posi, choice of gears, all new, bolt in ready 9 inch. And none of it is 60+ year old metal. Great folks, and a trifive.com sponser.
Nothing wrong with 50 0r 60 year old metal, the gears and most of the bearings in my Dana 60 in my race car are that old and it runs in the 10s with slicks. Plus I built it for half that amount and did the same for my 55.
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Nothing wrong with 50 0r 60 year old metal, the gears and most of the bearings in my Dana 60 in my race car are that old and it runs in the 10s with slicks. Plus I built it for half that amount and did the same for my 55.
A Dana 60 was ten times stronger than a 55-64 Chevy rear end ever was. Not nearly the same animal. The Dana 60 was designed originally as a 3/4 ton truck rear end. If you notice the recent failures in stock tri five rear ends, there''s more catastrophic case failures and cap failures happening that did not happen in years past. That's years of abuse and metal fatigue. Metal technology and manufacturing methods are far better today then they were 60+ years ago.
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If you chunked out the ring gear carrier you just need to replace it, a 50 dollar part. The ring and pinion is somewhere around 200 bucks, and bearing and seal kit (I prefer Timken over Koyo, at a slightly higher price) and you have all the parts you need for the rebuild. The most important setting on a rearend is the pinion depth. You either need a press and lots of time for trial and error or someone who has a pinion depth gauge to set the pinion into the housing. The backlash is all that is needed to finish the set up. Again the setting can be done by trial and error with gear marking compound( in the kit) or with a dial indicator. The indicator is quick but there is a tolerance of usually 3 thousands and it's probably close enough for a new ring and pinion to take a proper set. Used gears are a different thing, but that's a different post. Good luck.
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