over the years layitlow has seen this question 1000x's. do skirts fit on a lifted impala....this could be a thread dedicated to skirt clearance issues. and make it easier on the backyard builder to find parts for his project. there are few options available.
1. narrow stock rear end
2. versaille rear end.
3. gbody rear end.
4 toyota rear end.
personally i have ran a narrowed stock rear end on 3 occasions. usually with 6 to 8 batteries. i have heard of stories where axles pop out while driving. some tack weld the bearing in place. IMO that doesnt fix the issue causing this problem. stock impala rear end i would say 59 to 64 (never owned a 58) is 60 inches wide from wheel mount surface to wheel mount surface. the ultimate goal is to have a rear end that is atleast 58 inches wide from wheel mount surface to wheel mount surface. that means the face of the drums or rotor where lug nuts go..............subtract 3 inches for each drum leaves you with 52 inch axle housing from flange to flange. narrowing the stock impala axle 1 inch on each side will achieve this. narrowing the stock axle is probably the cheapest solution to the skirt problem. a few hundred dollars. you can probably get away with not narrowing it and running x7 wheels with skirts (on stock suspesnion) but have to take it easy on turns or else the skirt will pop off. what some people forget when narrowing their axle is that if you go too narrow, you cant run the stock wheels on it anymore because the tires/wheels will rub the frame rails. you will only be left to run reverse wheels on the car.
the lincoln versaille rear end is considered the holy grail of lowriding axles for a few reasons. the downside to the versaille rear end is, if you find one that isnt complete with brakes, its not a good idea to buy it, parts are hard to find.
1. you dont have to narrow
2. you dont have to run a wishbone or a y-bone. you can run the stock panhard and banana bar setup
3. it has disc brakes with rotors small enough to clear our 13 inch wheels.
4. it is stronger than the stock impala axles
you can also run ford granada rear ends those are said to be 58 inch wide, but are drum brakes.
you can also run toyota axles, but im not personally sure about the years of those, and it seems like its a big secret on here, hoarding information doesnt do anything for the public but whatever.
you can also run ford truck rear ends or bronco rear ends but those have to be narrowed to 58 inches.
comparing rear axles is like comparing hydraulic products everyone has their own opinion on what works best, but more than 1 approach works.
share what info you know about running skirts on a lifted 58 to 64 impala in this topic.
here are some pics of cars ive owned with skirts and x7 wheels.
stock impala rear end narrowed with 13x7 daytons and skirts.
another 64 stock impala rear end narrowe with 13x7 daytons and skirts. plenty of clearance
here is a 60 impala with cruiser skirts, lifted on 13x7 dayton, zenith an roadstars.
plenty of clearance
here is a lincoln versaille rear end that i will be rebuilding and adding updates on. this is for my 62 with skirts and roadster knock offs
when swapping rear ends you will need the brackets off the stock impala rear end. currie rear ends sells the brackets.
share your info on anything related to rear axles and skirts, disc brakes, brackets, websites, suppliers, years and models, etc. NO SECRETS