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Hi, my name is Joey Stabner from Saskatoon Saskatchewan. Me and my brother are looking at turning a 1955 GMC truck into a hotrod. It will be a first for both of us, however we will be using professional help for the extensive stuff. Anyway my question is should I clip the front end or put a whole new chasis under it, and if so to either of those what would be the best donor vehicle to use? I guess to answere that question you might want some more info. We would like to have a fuel injected 350, and maybe a 700R4 trans. We were also thinking about installing an airbag suspension system. Also we are planning on keeping the body original for now! Anyway if anyone has any info for me on this it would be greatly apreciated.

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What kind of budget? Do you have fabrication equip? Torch. vise, welder, etc.
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Your easiest route would probably be....Buy a later model truck with the engine/tranny combo you want. strip the body and all the parts you need from it and put the 55 body in it's place. Of course, you would want something with the same wheelbase etc.
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I am just finishing up a 55 chevy and have retained the original frame with aftermarket front and rear suspension, Dodge Dakota front and a four bar 9 inch Ford in the rear. Not many late model frames seem to fit very well as they are too wide and are not as flat as the ladder like stock piece. Most of the ones that I have seen are horror shows when viewed from the bottom. I might consider a clip if I could do it an an alignment machine, but you still have to mount your front sheet metal and make it look like something. A lot of the clip jobs that I have seen seem to suffer from a lack of caster and are not much fun at higher speeds. I think that when they are joined with correct alignment the joint will not be pretty or easy. Just my two cents
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Put a Nova clip on my 51 Ford pickup 10 years ago. Worked out extremely well.




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We will have all the tools necessary for we have help from a certified automotive garage. Our budget is not for sure yet but about 20 to 30 grand Cdn.
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Wish I had that kind of budget.....I have about $2000 in my truck. Of course, I did it all at home.
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