Rear end install

Discussion in 'Suspension, Steering, Brake & Wheel Topics' started by blake22, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. blake22

    blake22 Veteran Member

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    Well last night I pulled a rear end out of my 79 parts car and cleaned it all up. Ive painted it andit looks pretty good. Since im replacing the leafs that are on the car should I put the rear end and leaf springs in as one or do the leafs then the rear end? Ijust want to make it easyer on myself. Also, does anyone know the rear leaf spring shackle bushings part numbers? The idiots at my local autozone couldn't find it
     
  2. EricsZ28

    EricsZ28 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Here and there...
    The rear end goes on top of the leaf springs... Here is mine when with everything loosely connected. I installed it and tightened everything up (I removed the tires when I installed the assembly, lol ;) ):

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    I bought my bushings from NPD...
     
  3. warped

    warped Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    I can't imagine trying to install the springs and rear end together. I would install the front of the springs, then set the rear on jack stands in position and bring up the rear of the springs to the shackles. Lower the rear into position on the springs and bolt the springs to the rear. Sorry, can't give any part numbers for the bushings. Good luck.
     
  4. EricsZ28

    EricsZ28 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Actually, the locating pins and perches on the rear and leaf springs help locate the assembly. I tightened everything up enough to lock the assembly together, but still allow some play. Piece of cake.
     
  5. blake22

    blake22 Veteran Member

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    Haha if you took a pic of mine and where it is it would be exactly the same!! Did you paint your cover or is that chrome? I painted mine
     
  6. blake22

    blake22 Veteran Member

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    They are called "shackle bushings" right?
     
  7. fnoblitt

    fnoblitt Veteran Member

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    national parts depot(800-235-3445) has the bushings. part#c-7524-2a $3.50 each
     
  8. frankz

    frankz Veteran Member

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    I used to go that route also but have since built a cradle that allows me to lift the rear as an assembly.
     
  9. blake22

    blake22 Veteran Member

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    That sounds cool!! I might have to do that... Thanks for the number!
     
  10. EricsZ28

    EricsZ28 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Yeah - painted. It turned out nice.

    I did eventually replace it with a TA Performance rear-end girdle cover for a little extra peace of mind. My 383 has a bit of torque and it hooks halfway decent...
     

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