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Old 07-30-2004, 09:01 PM
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1941 chevy frame swap

I am thinking of doing a frame swap with my 1941 Chevy Coupe.
I know I could use a Mustang sub. But don't want to pay the money. Any ideas what frames may work for this swap, I was thinking maybee an s10 but dont know. 41 Coup is 116 in. wheelbase.
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Old 07-30-2004, 10:10 PM
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I know this is always thought of,about everyone here will say do the mustang 2. Frame swaps can get into alot of work,body mounts,the curve of the frame,will you have to shorten or lenghtn the donor frame,trac width of donor frame,front sheet metal having to make that fit,front or rear steer to consider will that fit.By all means look at all your options first.
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Do you know of any good inexpensive sub frames?
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My thoughts

I have a 41 Buick and was thinking of the frame swap idea. The cheapest option I found was a cadillac swap. It had the closest dimensions and you can pick up the frame 200-300. I was talked into a camaro subframe then the person doing the work flaked on me and I ended up calling Streetrod engineering in Arizona, Buick is not your run of the mill car, but they took the dimensions from my drawings and hooked me up with a completely new front end.
I even bought one of there universal rear kits and they made additional mounts for me at my request. But to say the least I am actually going to use the original rear setup, slightly modified for a 10" rear something I was not optioning before. My $400+ universal kit is now sitting wasted on the floor, but the original, as you know resembles a 4 link suspension on steroids. and it is a lot cheaper. $0 vs 400 MMmmm.... Ok the front end cost me a bit, but it was worth it, all the holes match and I do not have to worry about fabricating anything extra since it was built for the car.
Just a note on the rear end, I plan on removing the stock springs and putting in late 70s monte carlo springs which will give me ~3in drop overall.
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I have actually done the s10 swap. What specifically do you want to know?
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Old 11-17-2014, 09:24 PM
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I know you are trying to offer help and advice, but since the thread is over 10 years old, he has probably figured it out and finished the build, or given up by now. It's easy to over look the dates, I do it sometimes too.

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Ok. Thanks
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Look at a late 70's early 80's chevelle or elcomino.
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'65 Mustang frame bolts in to a '41 Chevy!

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I like to divide the vehicle into thirds. Cut the original frame close to the firewall (leave a little sticking out) and at the rear where the front of the arch is. Use your donor front clip and rear clip and leave the original frame to mount the body. This way, you can put the body anywhere you want to as far as down in front or down in the rear or down all the way around, then weld the front and rear clips to the original frame. No need for cutting coils, dropped spindles, shorter tires or any of that other bogus horsecrap. Original OEM suspension and steering geometry.
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A 65 mustang may fit if it only had a frame.
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'65 Mustang frame bolts in to a '41 Chevy!

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A 65 mustang may fit if it only had a frame.
Brian knows that full well. He is just making a point.


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Your point is really no use for me. I was only trying to join in the conversation, as ,... have done the s-10 to 41 chevy swap. I just didnt realize it was a very old thread. The only response that really made much sense was the one about "the thirds approach". That said, that's what I get for trying to help.
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Your point is really no use for me. I was only trying to join in the conversation, as ,... have done the s-10 to 41 chevy swap. I just didnt realize it was a very old thread. The only response that really made much sense was the one about "the thirds approach". That said, that's what I get for trying to help.
I apologize if I sounded like I was putting you down. I thought you might be new enough here to think that Brian was serious. Brian has made it clear on many occasions he is not a fan of frame swaps but he is an experienced body man and certainly knows Mustangs are unibody cars.

Sorry, I did not mean to step on your toes.

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Yeah, I have a deep dislike not so much for the frame swap, it's an age old mod, how many '32 Frames are under Model A's for goodness sakes! It's imaginative, and can be the perfect solution. My dislike comes from the new fad that every single newbe with an old car is being told that the solution to all his problems are a frame swap! Yep, that is all you need, I have seen it all my life being an odd engine nut (once odd, now it's cool ) someone would get car with a Buick nailhead motor in it and it has a miss, can't fix it, can't solve the problem, just put a small block Chevy in it! Seen it all my life, crazy stuff, just fix the darn motor!

So now it's frames, the guy hasn't even driven his '50 Chevy pickup, he has no idea what his expectations are, OR worse yet he plans on driving the truck once in a while on to the local driving car hangout once a week during the summer and here he is being told he MUST change the frame, HUH?

It has became the NORM, it has became more than "a choice" it has became a MUST for every friggin car there is! I have seen guys asking about "swapping" the frame in cars like a '36 Ford sedan! OMG, just pour gas over it and burn it to the ground, its a much faster and cheaper way to ruin that '36 Ford.

Is it an option, heck yes, there are many times it's a good choice. But it isn't the MUST that it has became.

So you will see me ragging on it every time the subject comes up. It's just like someone who may hate top chops, they see that EVERY car seems to get a chop and I see his point, WHY does every car need a top chop. I will stay on my quest to open the eyes of the newbe and give him something to think about so he can make a better choice instead of just following the latest fad.

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