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Old 09-10-2011, 09:44 PM
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1956 Oldsmobile.

I purchased a 1956 oldsmobile back in 03-04 and have had it sitting in my barn for the last 6-7 years now. when I picked it up I was told it had a 455 olds engine in it and a subframe out of a 1977 vista crusier. The subframe has been grafter into the frame rails and they did a decent job the steering shaft seems to be angled to hi which I'll have to look for a after marker universal joint or drop the column down so it's not at such an awkward angle. But my biggest issue is the subframe. I've slowly starting to work on this car and been teetering back and forth what I should do to rebuild the brakes and front bushings not knowing what the subframe is truely out of. I don't want to buy all the parts to later find out it's not compatable. is there any marking on the subframe that would give me info as to what it's really out of? Any help would be great.

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Old 09-11-2011, 04:45 PM
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I purchased a 1956 oldsmobile back in 03-04 and have had it sitting in my barn for the last 6-7 years now. when I picked it up I was told it had a 455 olds engine in it and a subframe out of a 1977 vista crusier. The subframe has been grafter into the frame rails and they did a decent job the steering shaft seems to be angled to hi which I'll have to look for a after marker universal joint or drop the column down so it's not at such an awkward angle. But my biggest issue is the subframe. I've slowly starting to work on this car and been teetering back and forth what I should do to rebuild the brakes and front bushings not knowing what the subframe is truely out of. I don't want to buy all the parts to later find out it's not compatable. is there any marking on the subframe that would give me info as to what it's really out of? Any help would be great.

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Well, the 1977 Vista had a full frame, not a subframe, so either the builder cut off the front part of the 77 frame, or the info you got is incorrect.
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yeah sorry for the lack of info.

Yeah they cut the frame off of whatever it was on and welded it into the old fame. I didn't mean to imply that it was an actual pre exisiting subframe.Basically they turned it into a subframe from whatever it was orginally in. I went and looked at it today and notices all of the steering componets are in the front of the cross member instead of behind it.
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Well, front steer would be 1971-96 full size, 1970-up F-body, 1975-up X-body, and 1964-up A/G body. Are the rotors 5 x 4.75" or 5 x 5"?
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Take pictures and post them, they will help ID it. You could also take one side apart and take it to a GOOD parts house.
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Get on that sun up.

Tomarrow I'll post some pics of the sub frame and I'll also see what the lug patteren is. I was up at the car today and found a few things that worry me but the car had a 455 olds engine in it when i first picked it up. After getting it to run we found that one of the pistons and cracked and put holes in the block on the way out after taking the engine out of it we found the motor mounts barely on the gross member like litterally hanging on the rear of the cross member half way. The trans cross memeber was han made out of some steel and a small peice of plate welded to it for the trans pad. whats has me concerned is on the budget I'm in(fyi) not much I'm hoping I'll be able to down grade to the chevrolet 350 and 350 trans I have sitting around. Thans you all so much for you info and time, this is probably the most excited I've been in a while since I messed up my back last year.
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some pics and more info sorry for the shakey hand

okay so I went up and got some pics today. I noticed the drivers side upper control arm has the numbers and letters 4 L3E sorry if some of the pics are grainy can't figure out why but if you all need more let me know I'll gladly go up and take some. thanks again.
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oldsmobile more pics info edit.

okay so I went back and looked, the lug patteren is 5x5 center to center. The drivers side control are has an extra number on it 14 L3E And I doubt these pics will help much heres a few more.
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