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Old 12-23-2011, 11:07 PM
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1936 Chevy Humpback

I have been digging for a while for a project car to work on in my new double and a half garage. I came across a 1936 Chevy humpback with a few spare parts for a good price. I am wondering if there are any common cars you can swap the front end out of that is close to easily install/fab into a 36 Chevy. I have a 9" for the rearend and plans for a 350 or 383.

Any help would be great.

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which one now ?

Chevy used different front ends in the mid 30's We have a 36 pontiac that has the Chevy knee action front suspension and frame design. A lighter gage upper inverted U with a lighter gage bottom, The 37 pontiac and 36 olds have heavier gagae c channel frame . We had a 36 chevy coupe that had a parallel leaf I beam front end. The Knee action unbolts from the frame.. There are companies that make bolt in Mustang II kits for the 30's-40'd chevies. also bolt in motor mounts. If you have fab skills and tools you could check out Welder Series for parts you weld your self. It all depends if you want to spend Time or Money .
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Thanks. I have done some digging and have found a few front clips from actual mustang II's that are close to home so i will go do some measuring. The wife gave me the go ahead to buy the humpback, i spent more at the grocery store then they want for this soon to be project in my garage.
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Generally a stock MII will give the car a nose high stance unless you do some modifications to the stock crossmember.
There are many MII kits out there... the cheapest ain't always the best... lots of offshore parts of questionable quality. Personally I'd put a Ford I-beam under it... but I like using vintage stuff...
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I went and looked at the mustang II front end and found like you said it was setup a lot higher then I want to be. I just need a day off to go see/get the 36.
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A lot of guys have discovered the Jaguar XJ6 is a neat suspension that works very well with only minor mods to most cars/trucks.

It's the right width for 30's thru 50's cars, is plenty stout and parts are inexpensive. it gives you power steering and disc brakes plus coil over suspension.

They can be had for a few hundred dollars in many wrecking yards.
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I would think that a store bought crossmember, or a complete hub to hub kit , would be the easiest and worth the money
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Thanks for the info, there has to be a good 5 junkyards around i will have to take a day and go look at a few.
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I would think that a store bought crossmember, or a complete hub to hub kit , would be the easiest and worth the money
I agree but I'm not sure how much money I can afford to throw at it. This is going to be one heck of an adventure that's for sure.
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I was wondering if anyone here can give me a few tips. I am wondering how you pick an old car like the 36 Chevy onto a trailer. They want a couple of hundred dollars to deck it on a tow truck and take it the 340ish KM to my house. I found a few picker companies that will attempt to pick the car for me onto a trailer but they all say they want me to hook up the slings. Any tips??.
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make sure everything is tied down and tied shut
anything loose shoud be taken off
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By chance anyone know what the rough weight of a 36 coupe would be?
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a guess, never weighed mine, 2500-3000 pounds
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And the car fell threw. I drove a little better then 700 km today to see the humpback and it's nothing like the photos I had received. The only part on the car that wasn't caved in or rusted threw was the firewall. Time to start digging again, thanks for your help.
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