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Old 12-15-2010, 04:59 PM
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welcome to the site. if you read most of this thread you know i'm not a fan of subframes.
i think you save money and lots of time by going with a mustII x-member in the long run.
if your going to hire the subframe done you will save lots of cash by using a mustII x-member

i bought a volare wagon to use the subframe and ended up scrapping it in favor of a fatman mustII
with the mustII your sheetmetal bolts right back on
both require a new; steering column, wheels and brake system

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Old 12-15-2010, 08:02 PM
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eloc: you want the harsh truth? your ugly

i'm looking at the bed of your prospective truck
the lift blocks will come out, but i don't see any leaf springs
is the bed sitting on 4x6s?
looks like 4x6s bolted to the frame and the bed on top

none of this matters if your going to lower it (i wouldn't use stock springs)
but it will if your restoring
So, How was the bed originally mounted? Mine is metal on metal which makes the bed step line up pretty close to even with the bottom of the cab. Something makes me think it would be better off with a mounting pad between the bed and the frame. I don't have an Assembly manual, how was it set up from the factory? olnolan
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Old 12-15-2010, 09:00 PM
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the pad spacers where just used between the wood and the steel rails that ran across the frame. olnolan is right, the rails to frame is just metal to metal, no spacers there.
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Old 12-15-2010, 10:33 PM
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the pad spacers where just used between the wood and the steel rails that ran across the frame. olnolan is right, the rails to frame is just metal to metal, no spacers there.
I have 1/8" thick square rubber washers between the frame and the steel rails on my 57.
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Old 12-15-2010, 10:51 PM
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I Was thinking about the possibility of putting an HEI distributor in there too...
Is that not a good option?
I moved my engine forward a touch when I did a 283 to 350 swap to help fit a large cap HEI

Small cap w pertronix or similar electronic/points in-cap conversion fits no problem without moving the engine
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Old 12-15-2010, 10:55 PM
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hey Doubledick
I am building a 59 apache and googled a question and this thread popped up!!! So I joined the site and found a group of like minded gear heads so thanks. I am going to cut the cab off of a 91 chevy shortbed leaving the floorboard on the frame, Then doing the same to the 59 and set it onto the 91 floorboard.I have measured every angle on both trucks and they are very close so I don't expect too many problems at first!
Hey aeropaw, you have the hood emblem of a V8 on a 6cyl truck... I have the correct emblem for your truck - wanna trade?
Send me a PM if interested
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Old 12-15-2010, 10:58 PM
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From what I have heard the 88 and newer bench seats fit the 55/59 cabs real well. I have been looking for one for my 57.
I put a 3rd row bench seat out of an Astro van in my 59 - works great!

Also pulled adjustable 3-point seat belts out of a chevy tahoe in same grey to match the seat, also works great.

Good luck
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Old 12-15-2010, 11:03 PM
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I was looking at the pic of the rear and at how high it sits, I noticed it looks to me like it has a set of at-least 4 inch lifting blocks under it.



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Adding 4" rear blocks was standard practice when adding 4x front axle due to lack of drop like the straight axle has...
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:39 AM
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Guys I am new to the site. I have a 55 Chevy truck. I started reading the first post Friday and finished Monday evening. I want to thank everyone for the information posted it really has helped me in deciding to put a Camero or Firebird front clip on my truck and use the rear end out of the car. I will have to hire someone to do the work, but I do the research. I just want to make sure that a Camero or Firebird 1970 to 1979 will work good with my 1955 Chevy truck. I have found a 1978 Pontiac Firebird that I may call on if I can use the front clip and rear end. Advise and thank you again.
tks, Marc
Insmoose, I have never done a clip but I have seen many of them and it is the preferred way to update the suspension but you need to know your frame geometry, and be a good welder.
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Hey aeropaw, you have the hood emblem of a V8 on a 6cyl truck... I have the correct emblem for your truck - wanna trade?
Send me a PM if interested
the frame swap will give me a350/700R4 I am thinking about shaving most of the chrome. if I take it off I will get back to you.
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Aeropaw, No Limit Engineering has a DVD that shows step by step how to do a Camaro sub frame swap.
http://www.nolimit.net/
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Heres a project for someone , check it out
.http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Chevr...item3f05d4efdc
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A little over the top and very pricey !!!!!!!!!!!!!http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Chevr...item3cb372cb64
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59 apache

I am having trouble finding info on how to loose the vent windows. I have found the glass at bob's but they dont say anything else. there has to be more to it than just the glass.
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Old 12-16-2010, 02:43 PM
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I am having trouble finding info on how to loose the vent windows. I have found the glass at bob's but they dont say anything else. there has to be more to it than just the glass.
aeropaw
welcome to the thread...

check out brothers one pice window kit.
i have them in my truck, i was going with vent windows.
mine were shot and would have cost twice as much to repair, than to buy the kit.

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