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Old 11-21-2002, 09:53 AM
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I am currently starting to build a 38 plymouth coupe that i would like to keep mostly mopar including a stroked 400/727 trans and either a noarrowed 9" or dana 60 rearend. I have a front suspension out of a 76 aspen r/t that I would like to use. It appears to be a little wider than the current rail width. I would also like to use 2X4 mechanical tubing for constucting the frame. I would greatly appreciate any ideas being that this is my first total build.
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Got your note but not sure how you found me. I thought I had something posted but unable to find it. Anyway, I've got a Volare front clip sitting in my garage that I probably won't use on my 37 plymouth. I also want to stay as Mopar as possible. Made the mistake of not checking out alot of advice I got on how easy the install would be and that they bolt right up. As you know, it's not and they don't. The 37 and 38 plymouth rails are much too narrow and to put it on would require an entire new front set of rails. Rails that are flat and actually spread out at the front. Everyone still raves about what good suspension they provide and with the brakes, steering, disc brakes and motor mounts it was hard to resist.

I thought about leaving the leaf springs and axle in, maybe putting in a modified leaf that would lower the front and then just dig up a disc brake conversion package. After some digging around, I am fairly convinced that there is not a conversion kit for the 37 spindles that has a 5 by 4 1/2 bolt pattern. Everything I've found is 4 3/4" and I've already changed the rear to an 8 3/4" mopar with a 4 1/2 bolt pattern. My wheels are also 4 1/2.

So I will probably be going with a mustang type IFS package. I've got a quote from J.P.L. that looks pretty good. There is also an outfit called Butch's Rod Shop that has alot of stuff for 30's Plymouths.

Down the road I would like to be able to use this Volare clip on something else but will probably put it on e bay or donate it to a bone yard locally and chalk it all up to the cost of education.
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Fletch,
Last Friday I visited someone who is currently building a 46' Dodge convert. He also used a volare front suspension which worked well excluding the steering box. The 392 hemi that he is using caused some clearance problems.He has now opted to incorporate a mustang rack instead. He also found out about the width difference between existing rails and the volare suspension. He made some templates and was succesful in tying to the existing frame work. My concern is with the overall with. Will there be clearance for the wheels. I was told that the width of the volare suspension was 2" wider than the 46'. Since i have destroyed my front axle do you know what the original with is for the 38'. I am also planning on using 2 X 4 tubing for the front rails as throughout the remaining frame work.
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On a 37 the front wheels are 50 inches backing plate to backing plate and the center of the tires is about 57 inches wide. The track width at the back wheels is 60 inches.
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