Will a 8.2 skylark rear end fit a 72 skylark

Discussion in 'Got gears?' started by Nick Larson, Apr 26, 2018.

  1. Nick Larson

    Nick Larson Member

    Hi guys, I have a chance to pick up a free 8.2 rear end out of a 70 skylark, my question is, will it bolt up in my 72 skylark? Or will I need to lengthen the driveshaft at all? Can I use the old drives shaft from the 4 door to my 2 door if needed?

    Thanks for the help

  2. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

    It will bolt right up. The driveshaft may be a bit short. What happened to the 8.5 in the 72?
  3. Nick Larson

    Nick Larson Member

    The bolts that hold the axles in snapped and can't get them out.
  4. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

    I would try to save that 8.5 rear. It's a much better rear than the 68-70 8.2. Cheaper to build with more parts availability. All the bolts snapped? Probably would have come right out with some heat.
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  5. Nick Larson

    Nick Larson Member

    I only tried removing the passenger side axle and snapped that bolt and now it's recessed in.
  6. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

  7. 436'd Skylark

    436'd Skylark Sweet Fancy Moses!!!!!

    If you're talking about the bolts that hold the axle bearing retainers that is no issue. They will fall right out of the axle tube on the other side of the backing plate. There isn't even a press fit.
  8. Nick Larson

    Nick Larson Member

    Thanks, I'll give it a try.
  9. monzaz

    monzaz Jim

    Yah sometimes I have to torch chevy bolt and nuts off when they get all messed up from years of rust ... Just make sure you do not screw up the flange and the retaining plate as much as possible.
  10. Bigpig455

    Bigpig455 Fastest of the slow....

    x2 on saving the 8.5. you should be able to knock the broken retainer bolts out with a punch, if it even takes that much effort. Monzaz here on the board has all the parts you need to rebuild and new bolts as well. .
  11. BrianTrick

    BrianTrick Brian Trick

    I have plenty of those T-bolts & nuts,if you need more,but you can also use a good grade 8 bolt,with a lock washer and nylon locknut.
    You might have to grind one of the flat sides of the bolt head,to clear the axle tube,but it won’t spin around when you tighten it.
  12. Nick Larson

    Nick Larson Member

    Thanks everyone for the replies! I will give try to use those ideas and fix the 8.5.

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