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Old 01-14-2010, 12:14 PM
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I am told that the Canadian Pontiac frame under my 38 Pontiac may be slightly different than an American frame(not sure)??? Does anyone have any experience in placing a modern frame or otherwise have other options for a platform under a 38 Pontiac Coupe? Thx for the consideration!

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There is a WiKi tech article here under suspensions, It might be hard to find all the factory parts they used. Some frame swaps can be easy and others can be a real pain. I would want to check out someone's build first. a front clip might be easier.
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I am told that the Canadian Pontiac frame under my 38 Pontiac may be slightly different than an American frame(not sure)??? Does anyone have any experience in placing a modern frame or otherwise have other options for a platform under a 38 Pontiac Coupe? Thx for the consideration!
Somewhere I have photos of a '40 (see my avatar) Pontiac frame that was taken when I had it apart for restoration, if that would help.

A common approach for using an existing (as opposed to a custom) frame is one from an S-10 or clones. It has disc brakes, can be had w/an 8.5" 10-bolt rear end, is capable of holding most any engine, and is common.

Obviously, changes may be needed to accommodate the wheel base, etc.
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Hi, I have a journal about my 39 Deluxe Coupe (search rwruther in the journals). I kept my stock frame, just added dropped spindle supports, shock mounts up front, 350/700R4, camaro rear end, drums all around. Send me pics of yours rwruther@wowway.com, I'll respond with pics of mine.

Hey, get any snow up there? (ha ha, little usa humor)

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I have a 37 Pontiac sedan that I modified the original frame. I used a Fatman Fabrications Front Stub to provide the modern front suspension. Out back, I removed the leaf springs and added a triangulated 4 link with coil overs. I boxed the rails and opened the center of the X to accomidate the new transmission.

When it was all said and done the cost for the changes was around $5,000 but that was to get a full rolling chassis. Most new rolling chassis setups I've found are in the $8,000 to $10,000 range.

Take a look at my journal to see if my frame is the same as yours. In the US, Pontiac used the same frame in 37 abd 38.
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Thanks,EH!

Rufus (and Ruther), thanks for the advice and connection to your journal. It looks like the same frame with the mid X pieces. As soon as I can crawl under the Coupe (YES Ruther we have just a tad of the flying white stuff) I'll do a better line up.

Cheers and Thx Good fellas
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Sorry, Cobalt and Timothale....cheers and thanks to you also!
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Most 1938 Canadian Pontiacs are actually Chevrolet cars with front sheetmetal to make it resemble a USA built Pontiac.

Does your car have 1)flathead 6 or 2)216 OHV 6 or 3)224 OHV 6?

I just read that this is a coupe. Does it have a single back window or split back window?

If you get me the full GM Canada model# and serial# from the firewall tag, I can deciper this for you.

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