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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Feb 19th, 02, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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I just found out that my 69 Camaro has a rear end from a 68 - 72 chevelle. At least that's what I think it is. 12 bolt positraction, but the brake lines on the rear end are not like on a Camaro. The guys at Fine Lines told me it was from a Chevelle. Is this a good swap for my camaro? I thought that the chevelle rear end is wider than the Camaro.It still has mono leaf springs. What do i need to do to cahnge to multi leaf? Thanks for any help.

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All chevelles came with coil springs... Are there 2 loops (one on each side) at the top of the pumpkin? Can you get the stamping off it?

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yes there are loops on the top of the pumpkin. I have not cleaned it up enough to see any numbers.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Feb 19th, 02, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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The brake lines on the rear end meet in the middle on top of the differential. The tee is mounted with a bracket. I understand that all camaro brake lines meet on the left side of the differential. Is that right?

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Feb 19th, 02, 03:07 PM
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What an odd swap. Yes, the lines come together at the left side of the diff.

If you want to add multi-leaf springs, then you should remove the mono leaf pearches. Most places will charge $80-100 to remove the old ones and weld the new ones on. Make sure they are capable of installing them correctly. Then, while it's there, have them remove the mounts for the coil springs.

I thought they were wider too. What backspacing are your wheels? Do they stick out too far?

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Feb 19th, 02, 03:50 PM
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you don't need to change perches to change springs, you just need to get a little creative on the guide pin. a spacer with a hole drilled in it will cover that. and you will need shock extenders and longer u-bolts.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Feb 20th, 02, 04:09 PM
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The 68-72 Chevelle rear end is wider. I have been running 12 bolt out of a 66 Chevelle which is the same width as the Camaro rear end. I had to cut off the coil spring mounts and welded on the Camaro leaf pads. That was 25 years ago and I have not had a single problem with the setup. Back in the mid 70's this was a common swap. But then back in the 70's you could still find muscle cars in the salvage yards.

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