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Old 10-25-2002, 09:29 PM
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I have a 63 Nova SS that I'm putting a big block in. The power won't do much good if I can't put it to the ground. I can physically fit a 275/60-15 tire on an 8" rim in the back but clearance is very minimum and will take a little more work to have the proper clearance.
I would like to know of anyone or sites that may share some suspension "tricks" to get this thing to hook up - some real world experiences and 60ft times would be helpfull. I am considering the Cal-Tracs bars, and my monoleafs should probably be upgraded to multileafs and I've read that some are sucessfull with placing the shocks vertical. I know that there are a lot of Super Stock cars etc. that hook up very well - what are their secrets??
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Well from past experience of a big block in a 64 Nova the first thing you should do is tie the front frame section to the rear with some rails and install a roll cage for more rigidity! My body (car) flexed so much that the windshield popped out and layed across the hood! Mini tubs will let yo put a wider wheel and tire combo in there as will moveing the spring hangers to the inside of the frame and you will need a stronger rear end. Hope this helps rather than scares you.
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mine didn't blow the windshield out but it did break the factory roof welds and along the quarters! big blocks need cages and tubs.
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Gotta caged and full tubbed 64 Chevelle. Building a sbc 406, 2.02 heads, Was a big block Bracket racer till the owner blew up his last engine and gave it up for a stock 67/68 TA, what do they call that FX? Mostly stock? I'm putting steel floors in place of the aluminum and going to run all the fiber glass, just adding hinges and latches, want to make lifting up the hood a one man opperation again. Gonna have some fun with this baby, for sure!!

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I have the frame connectors already, a 10 point rollcage is part of the plan, and I have the Mustang suspension installed with a crossmember from Arizona Nova. Can you tell me more about the combination and how it ran?? I will have a 454 with a PG trans and Dana 60.
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