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Old 12-03-2012, 09:30 AM   #381
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Maybe a custom ordered rear end/ ring & pinion to match you custom ordered Allison Trans will work....
You did say it was a 38-7 ? Right.. can't hurt to ask.... only your wallet....

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The new EXCel ring and pinion gears from RICHMOND are manufactured to meet the exacting specifications required by ... GM 7.5 & 7.625 . ... What rear end ratio do I have? .... Paint the ring gear teeth with a marking compound on both the .... 36-7. 5.29. F9529. 37-7. 5.43. F9543. 38-7. 5.67. F9567. 34-6. 5.83. F9583. 35-6 ...
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:37 AM   #382
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have you posted in the classifieds on Steel Soldiers?
Might be worth a shot since the government used the 1.5 chevy's
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:07 AM   #383
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I will gladly reward the finder with a generous $20 dollar gift certificate to Taco Bell very handy when on the road...or...a lifetime subscription to Skoolie.Com essential to any bus converters sense of well being. Heck, I might just throw in both.


Ring gear: 38 teeth
Pinion Gear: 7 teeth
Wow, I am motivated now!!!
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:13 AM   #384
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Well Krud! --- drove an hour southwest to look at a '46 ton-and-a-half that was being used as a rose arbor in hopes of finding a good 5.43 rear end. No such luck. Pulled the inspection cover (the gears looked great) but right there, stamped into the ring gear was 36-7 and a GM part number...another 6.14 set. Beginning to wonder if all my Chevy truck books have the specs backwards and its' the 6.14 was really "standard".

Wasn't a total waste, as I met a great guy (high school auto mechanics teacher) who builds and races several varieties of cars, some from scratch. Really knows his stuff and has a shop twice the size of his house. May be able to help find and configure the wiring harness I need for the Allison.

Meanwhile...at least his wife's rose arbor still has good gears.

Onward!
36-7 works out to 5.14 not 6.14
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:57 PM   #385
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Sorry 'bout that...it should have read 37 & 6 for the 6.14 but I am Lysdexic. --- The 5.14 is indeed 38 & 7...or, more precisely...5.4285714 : 1.

Thanks to all for the responses. Rest assured I will follow up on any leads provided and will welcome any more that come my way. I have spoken with a couple of "gear makers" with the takeaway that it can be done...as long as I'm willing to buy a couple of thousand sets...or...buy one set at the price of 2000. Setting up to cut helical gears turns out to be somewhat involved and no one in the biz seems to think there is a big enough market to justify doing it on their own...yet. Now if I can only find 1999 other wackos to join me...

The hunt continues.
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i was going to suggest old chevy trucks....and see your post at top or stuff wanted
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the admin Steve kept coming up on hits from ebay on 41-46 trucks for sale?

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Old 12-05-2012, 07:02 PM   #388
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Thanks Bansil --- I hit Ebay almost daily for a variety of parts including the gears. There are indeed some pretty good deals there if you work at finding them. Heck...that's where I found my bus! ...and my engine...and my fuel tank...and my black tank...and...my vintage turn signals...and...

Hmmm...the way it's stacking up, I may have to start calling her the "Ebus". Then again...maybe not.
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Hey Tango. My bus came on a Ford chassis but I wanted a Chevy. I bought a complete Chevy of the right year, stripped the necessary sheet metal and tags and sold the remaining parts for what the Chevy had cost me. Maybe you could try that? Jack
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Hey Jack --- I know that in many ways dropping this body onto a newer chassis might have been easier but I'm too far into it now to switch horses. Really, the rear end is my only "big" remaining concern right now and worse case scenario has me doing a Frankenstein ("It's Frahnken-steen!") splice job to put a whole newer center section on my axle.
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