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Old 12-06-2012, 11:16 AM   #391
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Hey Tango.........
How about a Dana, Eaton or Spicer rear end...???? Or possible a 2 speed ???

here is a big info page for larger truck eaton, spicer,and roadranger trans , and rear ends.
http://www.roadranger.com/Roadranger...=1162919212501
look at the catalog at the very bottom of the page
http://www.roadranger.com/ecm/idcplg...ILE&dID=270906

hope this helps....
I guess since you shelled out the big bucks for the ALLISON Trans you'll get a chance to shell out some more $$$ for your rear end.....

http://www.truckpartsinc.com/custompage.asp?pg=rearends
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:26 PM   #392
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Hey Tango, I wasn't suggesting a frame swap--just another way to come up with the rear axle you need. Buy a truck with the proper ratio, swap axles and re-sell the donor truck. Jack
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Called my truck parts guy today. There has got to be 100 of them parked on ranches all over the state. He'll put some feelers out.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:36 PM   #394
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Gracias Guys --- the trick with swapping rear ends is what to do about rims & wheels. I want to try and keep the original 20" wheels and the only other rear ends that I can mount them on seem to be harder to find than the 5.43 gears. '56 to '59 1.5 ton Chevy truck rear ends are the only ones that they can be mounted on without adapters that put a lot of stress on duallies.
So for now, the hunt is still centered on finding the 5.43 R & P. Here's hoping one of Bansil's neighbors turns out to have a set...or two.

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Old 12-07-2012, 04:05 AM   #395
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Biggest problem has been,when a certain "person" decide cash for clunkers was a good idea and this whole "clean" the country has had a huge impact on the old yard/field art...did notice a neighbor has a very old bus of some sort half buried in the hillside as a basement gotta check that out.
Curious was that rearend used in other vehicles of the time?ford or dodge?
I know the ratio what is the rearend model name number
Also if you can pm me some pics from the front and rear so I can take them next weekend to an old jy I'm going to,they have piles of old stuff
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:55 AM   #396
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Hey Bansil --- I know what you mean...a ride in the country just isn't the same these days. I miss all the yard & field art/clunkers. To me. growing up when I did, they were an integral and endearing part of the American landscape. Not to mention a precious natural resource.

As for this rear end, it was only on '41 to early '47 1.5 ton Chevy trucks. No others. And as I said before, the 5.14 was the "standard" and the 6.14 was an "option" but for whatever reasons, the 6.14 seems to be what everyone wanted back then and is much more common. I do have a couple of pix that I will shoot you, but for the most part, they tend to look pretty much the same from the outside and any stamped numbers are all but impossible to find on them without sandblasting them clean. Even then, many have no markings at all except directly on the inner surface of the ring gear itself which is very clearly marked with "38 - 7"...which is the number of gear teeth for the 5.43....or... "37 - 6" which is the 6.14.

More often than not,"field trucks" that have been sitting for a long time will have the wheel/brakes rust welded in place and you cannot rotate the wheels to get a count so pulling the inspection plate and checking the stamp is the only way to tell what it is.

The best full axle replacement option appears to be a 1.5 T Chevy duallie from '56 to 59.

And I will up my reward from $20 @ Taco Bell to $50 @ the steakhouse of your choice for anyone who secures a usable 5.43 set!
The lifetime Skoolie membership offer still stands.

Many thanks to all.
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Not a 5-43 but close???

If you find a ring and pinion do you have all the other parts? seals, bearings etc....


http://www.ebay.com/itm/DANA-44-5-38-RI ... es&vxp=mtr
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Hey GreyEagle --- Many thanks bud. But as it turns out, that is the same fellow I visited with last Sunday and his was another 6.14. The search continues. Beginning to think the 5.43 rear end is like Big Foot...or the Yeti...or the Chupacabra...more rumor and legend than anything else so far.

As far as bearings and seals, they are still available. Not necessarily easy to come by, but at least not made out of Unobtanium.
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Give this place a call: The Gear House 406-449-7490

They do custom stuff as well. Wont hurt to see what they say.
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