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Hell_Fish
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posted 05-01-2003 10:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hell_Fish   Click Here to Email Hell_Fish     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On my 56 F-100, my dad added a Camaro frontend. This makes for a very nice ride, was easier to lower, and front disc brakes, but I have a Chevy bolt pattern on the front. A few options would be to install a Chevy rearend, but I want a good rear(that this already has). Anyone know if I could use a Ford rotor on a Chevy spindel? Maybe from a Granada or Lincon? I ready want to have Ford steelies on all 4 corners(with Ford baby moons) and don't want to pay a super high price for custom rims.

Thanks.

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56 F-100
Mech. for wifes 69 Mustang coupe
65 Plymouth Barracuda
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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 05-01-2003 05:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You might be able to find spacers, with separate studs. I doubt you'll find Ford rotors that fixs gm. Ford has standards, you know.

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MLariviere
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posted 05-02-2003 10:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think I would measure the spindle assy at the balljoints,and see if I could swap a Ford knuckle in there. Maybe Granada? LTD II?

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67coupe
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posted 05-11-2003 11:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 67coupe   Click Here to Email 67coupe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
we converted my buds truck from 5x5.5 to 5x 4.5 we had a local machine shop re drill the rotors he only charged us $50 to do it

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Josh
67 coupe with 351c
8.41 in the 1/8
1.90 60'
at 82.03 mph
94 Explorer
30 model A currently rustbucket
in process 67 convt with efi 5.0 and t5

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DidgeyTrucker
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posted 05-11-2003 12:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Redrilling the rotors is one option, but you must do it when the rotors need replacing.

The Camaro subframe swap is a popular one. And so are nine inch Ford rear ends. Several business that advertise in the "truck" magazines offer Camaro rotors with the Ford 4.5 bolt pattern.

If you still have the Dana44 rear under the '56, swap in a '57-'72 F-100 rear. They bolt right in and a Granada axle, backing plate and brake drum will fit and give you a 4.5 bolt pattern rear as well. A friend did this but I can't remember if it was the left or right Granada axle. The truck axles are the same length and the left car axle is shorter than the right.

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DidgeyTrucker
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posted 05-11-2003 12:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is $65 each too much to pay?

http://www.salesco.com/wheels/vintage/pricing_page_3.htm

Tracy

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Hell_Fish
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posted 05-11-2003 01:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hell_Fish   Click Here to Email Hell_Fish     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are the rotors on this page? At $65 each, I will but for wheels with a chevy bolt pattern. Thank you though.

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Dustin C
"The Mopar Guy!"
56 F-100
Mech. for wifes 69 Mustang coupe
65 Plymouth Barracuda
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