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Old 06-04-2004, 12:58 PM
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I have a 51 Chevy 2 dr and considering a Nova or Camaro front end. I do not really want to clip the frame, Has any one done this by just using the nova crossmember and suspension? Any tips?

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Old 06-07-2004, 09:58 AM
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Your '51 already has an IFS, It is the same suspension as the '53-62 Corvette. If your just looking for disc brakes, there are conversion kits out there.



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Fat 50; thanks for the reply. Actually, while it does have IFS it still has kingpins and a few other parts which may be costly to rebuild or replace. I am considering a small block and wonder if the stock steering components would be an issue. Power steering would be a plus with the SBC. I have seen several V8's and the only clean ones are running nova subs but I do not want to clip mine, if the stock steering is not a real issue I will use it.
Going to Goodguys this week in Indy, will check out a few.
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I've checked out several '49-54's running around the Detriot area with V-8's. There seems to be 3 main setups (lumping them into 3) Stock front, Mustang II on stock frame rails, and "clipped" front ends. The stock front suspension will hold the V no problem (the I6 is something like 41 pounds heavier than a SCB, go figure)
The Mustang II setups are pretty slick (you get discs, rack and pinion and easy parts availibilty) The stock suspension can be converted to disc ( I used ECI for the plates) but theres a warning about keeping an eye on the tie rods due to greater braking force trying to toe the wheels in on hard braking. And last is the "clipped" cars, some of them i would be afraid to have the drive next to me on the road, while others look like GM themselves did the conversion.


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The thing that got me thinking about this was a FATMAN ad, They advertise a hub to hub setup starting about $1500.
Now that sounded a little pricey (being the frugal individual I am) untill I started trying to locate stock parts, and I need it all.

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