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    terry cronk
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    8.5 installed

    Post  terry cronk on Mon May 23, 2016 11:26 am

    Awhile back I bought the 1979 Caprice.  It was sooooo cheap it didn't even have AC.

    This spring I purchased an 8.5 from a Roadmaster at a salvage yard.   Brought it home and proceeded to tear it down for redo.

    I got all the new and used parts powder coated and brakes installed w/new drums and axles, along with 3.73 gears/posi..

    Custom made brake lines from Inlinetube.com.  Fit great.

    So after all was bolted together, I took the rearend to a fellow to install.   He has a lift and all tools necessary.

    After cutting all the control arms off, and the remainder of bolts etc., he proceeded to install it, bleed the brakes etc..

    It went well.   Adding the rollbar that was there with the initial purchase.  It sits up in the back because of overload springs.

    Altogether it looks great.  Handles much better on the road also.

    Here are a few pictures.





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    Re: 8.5 installed

    Post  terry cronk on Thu May 26, 2016 9:46 am

    I need to correct something.

    I didn't install a "ROLLBAR", it was the stock Buick "SWAY" bar.

    The upper and lower control arms are new stock second generation versions.

    I did put poly bushings in the upper carrier ears.   The stock ones were more costly.

    With the turbo 350 transmission it hums right along.  There may be a 700R4 in the future.

    Along with a 383.

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