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Age: 50
Loc: Middle Georgia
Reg: 07-07-11
09-13-20 10:54 AM - Post#2803384    

I just started back working on my 54 Belair (powerglide) after many years. Finally started the engine this weekend after a full rebuild...first time shes run in almost 10 years. Once running, and looking the setup over...I realized a need a carrier bearing in the rear....Which brings me to a couple options.

1. If I replace the carrier bearing in the rear...will the ring and pinion have to be re-setup or can i just get by with a bearing swap?

2. If I decide to swap to a open axle assembly can the powerglide in there now (just rebuilt) still be used and if so...what has to be converted?

3. If i decide to keep the rear axle assembly as is now (all stock)and just rebuild complex is the closes torque tube system....I know just looking it seems expensive tp refurbish.

4. If I do swap to a open rear, and the trans has to be swapped...any suggestion on who sells the adapter plate and required parts...any places of choice?

thanks....been little while since working with this car and things are starting to come back.

54 Belair 4 door. Auto.

Put together a piece at a time....twice.

If GM had as hard a time finding parts as I do they would have been out of business years ago.


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09-14-20 12:54 PM - Post#2803467    
    In response to hobbypoor

Hi John,

I'm having a hard time with the terminology. I'm not sure what the carrier bearing is. I've had the pinon out of my car, and did not find it to be too hard to work with.


Scott Acton
1954 Chevy Bel Air 2-door

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09-14-20 09:56 PM - Post#2803494    
    In response to dsacton

I have heard, tho I don't know if this is true, that '53-'54 Corvettes had open rear ends. Again, if true, there must have been some kind of adaptor on the back of the PG that allowed for an open U-joint. If you could find that adaptor, you could make an open rear end work with your present PG. And there may be other ways also. Tom Parsons would know.

1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.


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