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Old 09-18-2012, 07:01 PM
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1985 Corvette suspension help

I am new to building street rods. I have a lot of experience in Chrysler restoration. Now, I am trying to build a tri-5 stepside pickup. I havent found what I want yet but I did run across a 1985 corvette that was rolled. The price is great ( $2500) but I dont know enough about using the suspension on anything much less on an older truck frame. I would think that the frame needs to be boxed but, can I use the suspension for this project??? I dont want to let a (hopefully) great opportunity get away.

Is there some where to look for the information?
Is this worth buying to do the project?
Should I just buy a modern frame and use the suspension?
What about using the whole front clip? can you do that?

1) The corvette still runs and drives althought will not pass inspection with a crushed roof and no glass.

2) Engine will be stock for reliability and would like my wife to be able to use it.

3) My mechanical skill level is pretty good, 27 years as a bucket truck builder/installer. They would bring in a cab and chassis and we would rebuild and install the unit with outriggers to a finished truck. lots of experience dealing with frames and double walled frames.

3) 7 years as a production welder and certified in 2 positions ( need a little practice its been a while)

I appreciate your patience with a newbee!!
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