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Old 07-10-2008, 09:35 PM
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1941 dodge sub frame

I'm currently building a street rod out of a 1941 dodge business coupe. I would like to keep to install a 318 engine but would like to know what sub frame would work. I've heard a 1976 Volare front frame would fit perfectly for this application but not sure a uni-frame would be the way to go. Any other options would be appreciated.
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41 dodge

My buddy has a 1940 something Dodge coupe. I think he has a Volare clip. He runs a 318
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The Volarie subframe unbolts from the unibody........You might also havea look at a 90s Dakota subframe.
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1941 dodge business coupe

I'm looking into a 1977 Dodge Aspen(same as Volare) with a 318 and auto transmission. The front frame might be the way to go for stubbing into the 1941 Dodge. Any suggestions would be helpful.
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Aspen/Volarie clip

If you get the book by Tex Smith titled, "How to build Chrysler Plymouth Dodge Hot Rods it gives you a complete step by step explaination of how to install your Volarie front end.

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what is the track width of the dodge? when you establish that get out your tape measure and start checking front ends. anyone that says its easy usually is wrong!
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Hey...

I am working on a 41 Plymouth rod. I used the existing frame in my 273ci V8 swap. You just have to fab up your own mounts. The original frames were quite strong.

Search my username...there are some pics on there of my project. The engine and trans are in now. It's a tight fit, but it will fit.

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im selling a shelby frame that had a 360.

just to let you know i scrapped my shelby dakota.
It will come with a complete front suspension and rear hotchkiss leafs.
set up for small block 318 360 5.7 or 6.1 hemi with schumacher style mounts im not sure they were factory.
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The Volarie subframe unbolts from the unibody........You might also havea look at a 90s Dakota subframe.
'91-'96 Dakota. Disc brakes, rack & pinion steering and the "A" motor bolts right in. 60.7" front track.
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I looked at a Aspen sub frame and the only problem with that is you have to straighten out the frame to use it by welding in some type of straight tube frame. I thought that the Nova subframe was the way to go because the width is almost identical. Just my thoughts on it...
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I looked at a Aspen sub frame and the only problem with that is you have to straighten out the frame to use it by welding in some type of straight tube frame. I thought that the Nova subframe was the way to go because the width is almost identical. Just my thoughts on it...
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Thanks! I installed a chassis from a 1996 Dodge Dakota truck with motor and trans. I shortened the frame 10 inches and notched the rear frame and installed lowering spindles on the front. Sits real nice on this chassis plus have all the updated disc brakes, rack and pinion, auto trans, 5.2 litre engine with fuel injection. Still working on the project and hope to have it on the road soon.
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Thanks! I installed a chassis from a 1996 Dodge Dakota truck with motor and trans. I shortened the frame 10 inches and notched the rear frame and installed lowering spindles on the front. Sits real nice on this chassis plus have all the updated disc brakes, rack and pinion, auto trans, 5.2 litre engine with fuel injection. Still working on the project and hope to have it on the road soon.
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Good work Jim.
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any updates on the dakota frame swap??
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