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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 02, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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I have a 1968 Chevy Camaro and I was wondering what rear ends will inter change with my 68. Thank you.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 02, 05:51 PM
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Obviously, any rear end from a 67, 68, or 69 Camaro or Firebird. Also, rear ends from late 60's to mid 70's Novas and any sister car to the Nova will fit. The best rear end to get from the Nova is from the 71-74 model, which has the 8.5" ring gear. These are very strong and cheap to find and build. The only modification needed is to shorten the driveshaft a little.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 8th, 02, 09:03 AM
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Just to clarify, Not many (if any!) 71 Novas had the 8.5" rear-end. You will definitely want to get the 8.5" if you can. Best to just fing the housing and then start looking for posi parts and gears. GM used the 8.5" rear up until around 81 in Camaros and Firebirds, so those parts will interchange between rearends, but only the 72 to 74 Novas (and other x-bodies) will directly fit into the Camaro. These were all multi-leaf rears also.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 8th, 02, 11:38 AM
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hey, 75 nova will work also, same as 74 , there was a 74 and 75 at a junk yard and the 75 was in the open so i measured and checked and they are exact same with multi leafs which is what i have, it is a 8.5 10 bolt i bought complete for 40 bucks then found posi out of 78 camaro for 85 bucks, well goodluck
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 8th, 02, 02:13 PM
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Check here. It will answer all Nova rear end questions once and for all...http://www.novaresource.org/axle.htm



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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 9th, 02, 03:54 AM
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Jake,
Thanks for clearing that up... I was always under the impression that in 75, the Nova went to having a slightly wider mounting plate separation like the Camaros did in 70. I checked out that link (which I've checked out before 'cause I have a Nova...!) and it did say that everything from 68 thru 79 Nova had the same dimensions on the rear ends. The one thing you might watch out for... in late 76 or 77, I think in when some of the less powerful cars started getting the 7.5" rearend instead of the 8.5"...

Happy hunting...

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 9th, 02, 04:11 AM
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Some 72 Nova's came with mono-leaf springs. Be aware of that.

Also, at some point, they changed the U-joint size. . . 74 possibly? So you might need to either put a new end on your driveshaft, or find a specialty u-joint depending on what year you find. Not a big deal.


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