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Old 01-25-2003, 11:44 AM
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Post 57 chev truck susp. upgrade/ ?volare or nova clip?

57 chev truck. Still searching out whether to use the Volare front suspension or a Nova clip. Volare is plentiful here. Volare looks easiest to do and it keeps the original frame rails but I'm wondering about the motor mount part, knowing where to position the motor,welding in mounts, etc. If I go with a Nova front frame clip, mounts and all are there but rad support and front bumper mounting are a bit trickier. Looking for feedback on either of these two set-ups. Cost is a factor so I'm avoiding kits.

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I have a 57 p.u. that i was planning on putting a Camero front clip under. I have the clip out of a 1977. It is a perfict fit. I saw this done at a friends house. It looks like it was made for the truck. Motor mounts, disc brakes, pwr sterring. Too cool!!!!!Can not go wrong here.
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The only thing I'd be concern with are the parts availabilities on the Volare clip. Especially if you'r away from home on a rod run and a ball joint pops loose (I had this happen to me). With a Camaro/Nova clip you'd be able to go to any Autozone and buy one or to Bubba's garage for repairs. Just my 2 cents.
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Thanks fellas, so what years/models are compatable donors for this project?
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Thanks fellas, so what years/models are compatable donors for this project?
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Dude, the 1977 Camero/fire bird is a perfict fit. It dosen`t get any better. Try it you`ll like it. I am told they can be had for $150.00 at the pull a part. Mine was given to me free. Have fun.
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To broaden the search, any generation II Camaro or Trans Am/Firebird will work. The Trans Am/Firebirds are preferable because of the heavier duty components. I have one in the barn that you can have if you want to come get it or pay the freight, AAARG!!!!

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Generally speaking the differences in subframes are not much. However, there is a major difference which, on some vehicles, can make a big difference. That is steering box position.
On 68-74 Nova clips, the box is behind the front crossmember; these clips are commonly called "rear-steer" clips. Some very early Camaros and Firebirds are this style too.
The later Camaro/Firebird clips have the steering box mounted in front of the crossmember; these are commonly called "front steer" clips.
The advantage of one style over the other simply has to do with ease of building radiator and sheet metal supports and whether steering box will be visible from front.
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