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1954 rear end
#1359084 Thu May 07 2020 02:59 PM
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What or who's rear-end can I or should I replaced mu trucks rear with. It will not be for speed just to cruise with. I've been told a S10 with 50" plate to plate space.

Re: 1954 rear end
jeeper #1359089 Thu May 07 2020 03:17 PM
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It's not all that easy. Be aware when you replace the rear end in a closed drive truck you also have to replace the transmission and find a driveshaft to fit the new conversion. Another issue is the wheel bolt pattern, your 54 has a 6 lug pattern. Car and small trucks use a 5 lug pattern except S-10 4x4's. In addition the spring pads have to be re-positioned to match your existing configuration. Other things to consider are brake cables and lines. Some fabrication skills are involved and of course $$.
Fred

Re: 1954 rear end
jeeper #1359096 Thu May 07 2020 03:49 PM
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I can cruise all day at 65 MPH in my 1954 Suburban.

Lower RPM installing 3.90 to 3.55 Ring & Pinion conversion (you will need a 4.11 rear-end R&P ring carrier).
Buy/use an installation kit - your drive-line noise will noticeably decrease.

Radial truck tires on the original 16" wheels (gets a wider diameter that results in lower RPM.

No matter what you do:
- check and adjust all brake system parts
- check and adjust all front suspension parts
- check all front/rear sdpring attachment points


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: 1954 rear end
rfs56trk #1359412 Sat May 09 2020 10:13 PM
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Tks, will start to look for S10 4x4. In the 93-2002 years??

Re: 1954 rear end
jeeper #1359422 Sat May 09 2020 11:01 PM
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Shop Shark
This has confused me. I have a 54 3/4 ton and it has an open drive line. I think it's stock?


Old enough to know better, too young to resist.
Re: 1954 rear end
jeeper #1359424 Sat May 09 2020 11:06 PM
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Posts: 30,433
ace skiver
That is correct.

1954 was the first year for an open driveshaft in the 3600.
1954 was the last year for an enclosed driveshaft in a 3100.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: 1954 rear end
jeeper #1359434 Sun May 10 2020 12:13 AM
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Master Gabster
I have a 1979 Nova with 2.73 gears with a T5 trans in 54 235.. Works well in flat land and so so in the Smokie Mountains.


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Re: 1954 rear end
tclederman #1359472 Sun May 10 2020 03:41 AM
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Originally Posted by tclederman
That is correct.

1954 was the first year for an open driveshaft in the 3600.
1954 was the last year for an enclosed driveshaft in a 3100.
Thank you for that. I have been confused about that since the first time I looked through the optional see through bed.


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Re: 1954 rear end
jeeper #1359520 Sun May 10 2020 01:03 PM
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Shop Shark
The 2003-2012 Chevy Colorado had 6x5.5 bolt pattern. They had the same width rearend as the S10.


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Re: 1954 rear end
jeeper #1359822 Mon May 11 2020 07:31 PM
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I have a lead on the front of a mustang 11; any suggestions on this for the 3100 1954 truck

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