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Old 08-02-2009, 03:03 PM
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1953 Buick Sub Frame Question

Hello All, I have recently been forced due to financial reasons sell my beloved 57 Chevy that I raised from a pup, it was a done car and I will miss it dearly but moving on I have found a 1953 Buick special 2 door hard top project to occupy my time. My question is this, I would like to install a Camaro sub frame in it and was checking to see if anyone else had already completed such a project and could offer any suggestion on how to proceed. I do not have the sub frame yet so if you think of a better match for a donor car than a Camaro let me know that as well. I have installed Camaro subs in other car and that was my reason for the choice. I live in Southeastern PA so if you know of any good old car junkyard let me know that as well. I have just brought the car home and not yet even measure the wheel base or track width so I am only guessing the Camaro will work. And help you could give would be greatly appreciated
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Old 08-03-2009, 08:15 AM
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I am curious as to why you want to install a Camaro subframe? Why not just rebuild the Buick front suspension? The Buick suspension gives a very comfortable ride and handles well for the type/style of driving you would be doing with that car. What, if any, advantage is there to swapping to the Camaro subframe?
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I was thinking for the upgrades modern suspension with disc brakes and power steering. The factory suspension is kingpin, drum brakes and manual steering. By the time I rebuild it and hunt down the power assist unit and hoses if one is available, the cost would by far and away more then me rebuilding a mid 70ís Camaro sub frame and reaping all the benefits in one shot.
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If your going to go with a clip,The Nova is a little narrower,Then the Camaro..
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I had thought about using the nova clip but the front steering of the Camaro sub makes it easier for header clearance, I have still not gotten around to measuring my track width but I donít think the Camaro is too wide for the Buick, I also thought about using the S10 front because it is front steer and narrower than the Camaro.
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