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Old 09-03-2008, 04:56 PM
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52 chevy on 96 caprice

I'd like to drop my 52 chevy 2 door onto a 96 chevy caprice frame. the wheel base on the 52 is 118 the width is 66" not exact,my measurements.
I can't find anything on the caprice measurements. any suggestions before I bite off more then I can chew? anyone have aexact measurements for these two?

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'49-'52 Chevy is 115" wheelbase
'91-'96 Impala is 115.9" and the overall width is 77"

my thinking is that it is too wide.... IMO, frame swaps on '49-54 Chevy's are not all that common.. you can put a clip on your front end, and put a 4 link on the rear using the stock frame, easier than you would be trying to make the body fit a frame, that is likely too big
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I agree with Matt, but would take it a step further and use the Caprice front and rear clips welded to the early Chevy center section where it bolts to the body 1/3, 1/3, 1/3. That way, you can set the body at the exact ride height and attitude you want to end up at without using goofy cut springs, lowered spindles or any of the other stupid stuff guys do to cars. Stock Caprice suspension, brakes and steering. What a concept!!!!
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