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I have a '50 Chevy, and I want to know if anyone out there has heard much about the bolt-on crossmember kits offered. I want to lower the car and upgrade to disc brakes. I considered keeping the stock front end and adapting the spindles to accept discs, replacing the bushings on the tie rods and swaybar, and cutting a coil, but found that all the weel cylinders and master were seized.

I figure that for the price and time of replacing all of that stuff, I would be smart to buy a crossmember and scavenge the rest from the boneyard si I'm modernized. I don't have a welder, and besides, the factory front end is bolted on anyway, so what the heck. Any thoughts?
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Old 10-08-2002, 08:37 PM
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check STREET RODDER magazine one of their advertisers makes a lot of bolt in setups i just can,t remeber and i cant get to any mags right now. thanks bob
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As an alternative to the belly-button MII which isn't a bolt in, I have an article on bolting in a mid-60s or 70s 1/2 ton Chevy pickup x-member on an old Chevy frame. Requires only welding a couple of 1/2" thick spacer plates on the frame rails. Goes in with 4 bolts. You get the sway bar, coil spring suspenion, power steering and looks like it should be there.
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How is your sister? How can i get a copy of your bolt in 60`s pick up truck article? Thanks in Advance.
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i updated her condition in the "General - Where is willys36?" post. She is doing marvelously, no sign of cancer after the surgery. I'll scan and try sending the article tonite.
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Hey Willys, How about posting the article here? I would like to see it and I'm sure others would too.
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I would but it is fairly big. Can't figure how to make it smaller and still have the resolution it needs to be readable and see the picture detail. Just send me an email note @ willys36@aol.com and tell me which article you want and I'll send it to you.
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Willys, Like how many articles do ya got??????
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Well hey, it's not bolt on but if you wanna save a buncha bucks check my way - <a href="http://balder.prohosting.com/cvsgnw/page2.html" target="_blank">http://balder.prohosting.com/cvsgnw/page2.html</a>
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darn it I forgot to say this is for a nova or monte carlo clip. The monte is better as it is a little narrower. Also the nova bumper horns are just way big and take a little longer to slice and dice with the old blue flame wrench.
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I have two articles which are complementary. One is from a rod magazine and shows a lot of details but the author splits the x-member in the middle to bend it out to clear the frame. He then bends it back arond the frame and welds it. The second article is one I wrote that shows how I notch the frame rails instead of splitting the x-member. Both use a '41 Willys frame but the principles apply to any installation.
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Willys, in my search for knowledge, i would like to get both of them from you.I will be doing a clip install on the 57 pickup, and the 37 plymoth. I surely could use both of these articles.Thank you.
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I just bought a 49 chevy. coupe body, the frame is junk, i want to put the body on a later frame with floor pan left on the donor car... ( DICK DEAN ) mercury style,... What kind of chevy car would work ????? the 49 has 115 inch wheel base. has anyone done this swap with a chevy,?????
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Willys got them both , thank you.
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[quote]Originally posted by willys36@aol.com:
<strong>As an alternative to the belly-button MII which isn't a bolt in, I have an article on bolting in a mid-60s or 70s 1/2 ton Chevy pickup x-member on an old Chevy frame. Requires only welding a couple of 1/2" thick spacer plates on the frame rails. Goes in with 4 bolts. You get the sway bar, coil spring suspenion, power steering and looks like it should be there.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Willys, If you have a scaner, would you please zip a copy to me also. Maybe it will work on my '48 Fleetline.

Thank you.....Al
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