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Old 06-25-2006, 09:37 PM
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1950 dodge ?

here is my pondering and was wondering what my fellow gearheads think I am working on a 1950 dodge coronet the plan is to use it as a home for my 315 hemi got the front clip of today and am trying to decide what to do about the front end as I would like the car to stop and I have a volare sitting in the field and was thinking about using the sub in this car but after getting the sheet mettle off it looks like the hemi will just about be a drop in to the stock frame but then what to do about the goofy drum brake front end ?????????????

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Old 07-01-2006, 11:31 AM
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here is my pondering and was wondering what my fellow gearheads think I am working on a 1950 dodge coronet the plan is to use it as a home for my 315 hemi got the front clip of today and am trying to decide what to do about the front end as I would like the car to stop and I have a volare sitting in the field and was thinking about using the sub in this car but after getting the sheet mettle off it looks like the hemi will just about be a drop in to the stock frame but then what to do about the goofy drum brake front end ?????????????

One sentence you might use a Volare that has disc brakes and subframe the car any way you look at it you are going to have to do custom stuff on that 50 so why end up with a 50 steering geometry?
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One sentence you might use a Volare that has disc brakes and subframe the car any way you look at it you are going to have to do custom stuff on that 50 so why end up with a 50 steering geometry?
That was my first thought has I have the volare sub not all that concerned with the geometry as this is not really built for speed just a cruiser and I have found a disc brake kit and dropped spindles for the stock stuff but I still haven't made up my mind yet
thanks for the reply as I had pretty much given up on this post
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Old 07-01-2006, 01:40 PM
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The 50 Dodge has a strongly built A-Arm suspension system that works really good... It was really ahead of its time....just convert the stock front end over to disk brakes.
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I agree with Henry.

Also it would help if you learned to use punctuation. Trying to read a one sentence paragraph is difficult and most people won't waste their time doing it. There is also a spell checker to the right of the submit button which will help immensely.
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The 50 Dodge has a strongly built A-Arm suspension system that works really good... It was really ahead of its time....just convert the stock front end over to disk brakes.
I think thats the plan I am going with
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Old 07-01-2006, 06:16 PM
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Good info. I did not think that there would be dropped spindles for a 50 Dodge available .
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Good info. I did not think that there would be dropped spindles for a 50 Dodge available .
Surprised me to but there is really quite a bit out there for it
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Old 07-02-2006, 07:21 AM
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Plydo has a lot of aftermarket parts for them as well as information on parts swaps. Some later model spindles etc. will fit your car as well. They are re-doing thier site right now but here it is....www.plydo.com
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i have a fifty doge also ,what disc brakes did you use on the stock front end .
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I just went through a similar decision with my '56 Dodge. I had three concerns with rebuilding the stock front end and converting it to disc brakes and dropped spindles.

1 - about the most positive camber you can get out of a 50's Mopar IFS is +1 degree. Radial tires like to have around 3 to 5 degrees. If you put any rake on it, it just makes matters worse.
2 - lack of antidive built into these front ends.
3 - cost - AAJ Brake in Oregon (www.aajbrakes.com) makes a complete conversion kit for $900. ECI(ecihotrodbrakes.com ) also sells a disc brake conversion kit which is priced at $575, but does not include a dual master cylinder which they charge an additional $275 for. Fatman(www.fatmanfab.com) sells 3" dropped uprights for $395 and Kanter(www.kanter.com) has a front end rebuild kit for $440 - total $1735

I finally decided to do a front clip swap using a GM B Body (82 Olds Delta 88)donor for the front suspension, rear axle and steering column. I was able to pick the Olds up for a very low price (almost free) and GM B-Body rebuild parts are available everywhere.

I found this article on a similar swap ('55 Chrysler 300C ) which helped me visualize the job. I am just finishing up taking the measurements on the Dodge and building a jig to locate the core support and bumper mounts. I should have the Olds in the shop this week to get its measurements and to remove its donor parts - then the real fun will begin!
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