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Re: 14 bolt axle swap info
Grigg #1340896 Tue Jan 07 2020 05:55 PM
Joined: May 2019
Posts: 5
New Guy
I am doing the 14 bolt conversion on my 1951 GMC 253-22, I acquired a 1976 C&C axle for $100. I am going to utilize the drum brake conversion to single wheel 13x3.5, I am in the process of having two spacers made for the backing plate. I found, through Summit, Currie spring pads, 2 inch width, 3 inch tube size, also having them machined to 3.375. The hardest part so far has been the removal of the old spring pads. The rear came with 3.73 gears but unfortunately water got inside and ruined the gears, so I am converting to 4.10. Also the spider gear cross snapped an end off and took out the carrier, so all new parts inside.

I will provide an update once I have the spacers, to see how everything is going to line up. The biggest problem I have with the HO72, are the brakes, the real reason for the 14 bolt swap, the rear is in really good shape otherwise.

My only concern about the 4.10 gears will be the loss of power from 5.13 gears but will like freeway speeds better. The current engine is a 248 bored .060 over.

Re: 14 bolt axle swap info
Grigg #1341201 Thu Jan 09 2020 03:47 PM
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Posts: 9,146
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Sounds like a reasonable plan.
I doubt you feel a loss of "power" with the faster 4.10 gears. Actually I expect you will appreciate the improvement in how it drives on the highway so much you then wish you had the 3.73 gears you wanted to start with.

When you get a chance please start a new thread so we can follow along with your progress.
If you learn things that need incorporating in this thread then we'll add them here later.
I've noticed technical "how to" threads become less and less useful the longer they get.

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Re: 14 bolt axle swap info
Grigg #1341261 Thu Jan 09 2020 11:07 PM
Joined: May 2019
Posts: 5
New Guy
Thanks Grigg, I will start a new thread. documenting with pictures. I received the spacers today and they fit perfectly, so well done on the drawing.

Re: 14 bolt axle swap info
Grigg #1341289 Fri Jan 10 2020 01:50 AM
Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 440
Shop Shark
Wow Grigg!
Amazing research and engineering on your part! I have a headache just reading through it! The time and dedication you put into this well appreciated!
You never cease to amaze!

Last edited by 53 green 1- ton; Fri Jan 10 2020 01:52 AM.

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Re: 14 bolt axle swap info
Grigg #1352475 Mon Mar 30 2020 10:48 PM
Joined: Feb 2017
Posts: 27
Wrench Fetcher
Thanks for all the info. I have studied this post and numerous others. I have made the T5 swap into my 52 Chevy 3600 and have the Eaton 4.57 rear end. I want to make the 14 Bolt swap with a 3.73 ratio and the 8 lugs and full floating axle. Knowing I need the 63.5" WMS, puts me into the C&C DRW (73-91) or a SRW (89-00) and changing the hubs with a DRW. I have had no luck finding either here in Florida or anywhere else for that matter. Any suggestions on where to find the 14 bolt axle? Junkyards here are saying Obama really removed a lot of these during the cash for crash era? Is there any other axle that would work for the 3600?

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