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I am looking for the easiest way to get a 5 lug rear end installed in my 1962 with trailing arms torsion bar suspension. Talk is get a 1971 or 1972 5 lug and it will bolt right in? What do you guys know about this?
 

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For the front suspension you would unbolt the complete front crossmember from the '72 and swap it into your '62. This means you no longer will have torsion bars, replaced by the '72 coil spring suspension. Lots to do here....

For the rear that would be a bolt in also. Be mindful though that the '72 rear is 1-1/2" wider than your current '62. If your current rear axle has good gears and is usable you could simply pull the rear axles and have them welded and re-drilled.

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Mecca it is a bolt in except the panhard bar is sligthly differant, they sell conversion bars thru CPP or Early Classic Enterprises, as far as the front suspension, yes the complete crossmember can be used but there is a frame width differamce from the 60 to 62 trucks from the 63 to 66, you can buy a 5 lug disc set up thru CPP to bolt up to your torsion bar suspension...
 

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A later 5 hole trailing arm rear end will bolt up to a 63 with modification of the panhard rod. Not so with the 60 thru 62.that frame is much different the 62 frame is wider and its boxed. The easiest way would remove all the brackets and pads from your existing rear end and weld them to a replacement 5 lug one.
 
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