Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Apple Valley, CA
Re: rear end / wheels
+1 on the nova rear axle. I found a 8.5 from a '74 nova at the pick n pull. I scored the complete rear end minus the brake drums (didn't need 'em) for $80 and they threw in the multi leaf springs too, no extra charge.
Keep in mind, you'll have to shorten your driveshaft when going to the 8.5" rear. The 8.5" rear end pinion sticks towards the front longer than the 8.2, so the driveshaft is shorter. Another option is if there is a 2nd gen camaro at the yard, grab the driveshaft because it is the correct length since 2nd gen camaros had the same wheelbase as first gen, but the 2nd gen used the 8.5" shaft. You may have to swap the yoke on the driveshafts depending on your transmission.