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  • Rear Axle: rear end preference

    I bought a 50 Commander Starlite and am having a S10 front clip put on. What would be a good mate for a rear end that would support the same wheels and tire sizes It will sport a 350 and a 700r transmission. Thanks for your advice in advance.

  • #2
    Why not use the S-10 rear end also?
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    • #3
      Most all brand axle flanges and drums/rotors can be drilled for any bolt pattern...
      Just pick an axle you think you'll like and make the axles fit your wheels.

      Mike

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      • #4
        Originally posted by mainmansam View Post
        I bought a 50 Commander Starlite and am having a S10 front clip put on. What would be a good mate for a rear end that would support the same wheels and tire sizes It will sport a 350 and a 700r transmission. Thanks for your advice in advance.
        Might as well keep it Chevy, makes the wheels easier. Why not a whole S10 frame modified to fit--use a 98 up rear (8.75) should be strong enough and will be right width or close. All the Stude rears that fit will be tapered hub axle type Dana 44s. Might find a 9" Ford from a Mustang, Comet or Falcon but they are getting scarce, or a 8.8 (31 spline axle) from a late Ranger or Explorer that will be close enough (58 to 60 hub to hub) but then you have the wheel pattern problem again.

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        • #5
          I agree with the thought of a complete S10 swap.
          The end goal is to take a Stude that was never going to make it back on the road, and get it back on the road.

          There have been quite a few successful S10 swaps done.
          The S10 frame is easy to stretch or shorten (when compared to other frames).
          And, if your donor S10 is nicely optioned, a lot of that can be retained.

          As far as bolt patterns go... If you get a set of Wheel Vintique wheels, you can get multiple pattern stud holes.
          HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

          Jeff


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          • #6
            Have you read this thread? http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...g-II-front-end
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            • #7
              My 52 Commander came to me with a 2002 Sonoma/S-10 rear end. It has a 3:42 gear and limited slip. The only issue is the different bolt pattern, but yours would match. It is a bit narrower than stock allowing a little more tire clearance.
              "In the heart of Arkansas."
              Searcy, Arkansas
              1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
              1952 2R pickup

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