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Old 11-12-2006, 07:05 PM
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38 Chev sedan

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I'm have just picked up the tin for a '38 Chev Sedan. What running gear would be good this body. There is no floor currently. I have a '76 Chev short box side step half ton , would the running gear be ok fo a cruiser ?
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go with a small block chevy engine like a 350 with a turbo 350 tranny and a chevy 10 bolt rear end. makes a nice cruiser
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Welcome to the site triker. The drivetrain from your short box could be used for your 38. I am not sure if the rear end is the right width though. Is there something wrong with the 76? If not keep it or sell it and find a cheap running donor car with a 350 smallblock and use the drivetrain from it. To keep things simple try to find a donor car with the same width rear end.

Lots of info and opinions here. To get the most out of the site check out the Knowledge Base and use the search function for quick answers to your questions. As well check out the Project Journals for info and inspiration. There are several 38-41 Chev's being built by members of this site. Glad to have you here and enjoy the site.
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The ideal drivetrain car for your 38 would be a Nova (68-74) or a Nova(75-up) or a Malibu (80s) midsize. That will get you engine, transmission, driveshaft, rearend, steering column, lots of electrical stuff and tires and wheels to roll around on while you're building.
Look for "granny" cars, mostly 4door sedans and wagons. Sometimes they're ratty looking but have low miles and have been well maintained.

Don't even think about dropping that body on late model chassis. Early body plus late model chassis equals JUNK 99 percent of the time. I know it seems like a simple simon solution but, take my word for it, it isn't and the results are often embarrassing.
If you don't have a frame it shouldn't be that difficult to come up with one.
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running gear

thanks everyone for the info. I can build a trike witha car engine but this body to running gear will be a litle different.
Thanx again
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Do you have the frame for the 38 that you can use or do you have to come up with a frame also?
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38 chev

Henry,
All I have is tin. There is no frame or floor. I was thinking of using a 76 Chev short box side step truck running gear. I have been told that a S10 running gear would work ' but there are a few sizes of those also. I don't have any measurements for the 38 yet. Do you have any suggestions ? Remember I live in the land of snow and salt so my choices of vehicles are likely more limited than yours.
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Well frame swaps are not easy.....but you need to measure your wheel base for the 38 as well as what track width to center your wheels up right in the fender wheels. Then you have to find a donor vehicle that has the same measurements. A S-10 may be close..... check out a early Dakota also..then the problem you will have will be the fact that the frame does not fit the car so.....that means channeling the floorboad over the frame in places. You will also have to fabricate a suppost structure for the radiator and front fenders etc as well as the other body mounts. Its not gonna be a real simple task.
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Frame ideas for your 38'

Hey...
Well I hope your build is making some progress.
I can post some pictures of my 38' to give you some ideas what I did with the chassis. I have not made up my mind regarding powertrain, and yes I have been told the same thing about using a Nova. I am buying an Ididit steering column to save some space and using a Camaro booster assy. The car has a Ford 8" and a Mustang II front end with Granada Rotors, so to buy a donor now would be only for the engine and wiring. I am not sure what the best things to do is.
Let me know and I can send you some pics if you like.
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38 frame

Thanks people,
Kwasyd if you have time to send pics that would great. I need all os the help I can get on this one. I will send some pics of my trike with the Chevette motor.
Henry I will start to get the measurements this weekend from the 38.
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Here are a couple of specs I found on the net. These are not always correct so beware. The Chevy's from1937-39 have a wheelbase of 112.25 inches and the 1940 has a WB of 113 inches. This is from the carnut site.

The rear end is 54-55 inches wide from backing plate to backing plate and these cars have that width - '39 -48 Chevrolet, '68 GTO, '41 -48 Ford, '68-72 Chevelle, '55 -57 Chevrolet, 68-69 Fairlane 6 or 8, '66 Falcon, '69 Chevrolet, '67 Mustang V-8, '69 Firebird, '69 Cougar, '71 -73 Nova, '73 Ventura, '73 Mustang. I got this info from this site (it has front suspension measurements as well).

http://50chevy.freeservers.com/Suspe...tml#Suspension

Also check out this site for original specs:

http://chevy.tocmp.com/chevyresto/39index.htm
These sould be correct as they are original Chevy manuals.
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Great site for measurements.. thanks for passing this on.
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