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Old 01-16-2005, 04:35 PM
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73-87 chevy crossmember in 47-54 chevy ad

Has any one replaced the front suspension on 47- 54 chevy truck with a front from 73-87 chevy 1/2 ton?

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Old 01-16-2005, 05:12 PM
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it's been done. look in the tech section at chevytrucks.org. i've been tempted to try this on my '50. it could be made alot lower than was shown by recessing ( raising ) the crossmember upwards into the frame. this requires alot of fittup, cutting & welding to do right & might not be a job for the inexperienced or faint of heart! i suppose if one didn't mind the wheels sticking out that some spacer plates could be made up ( i saw an old mag. article where this very swap was done this way ) or how high the truck sat up you could almost do it as a bolt-in. personally this wouldn't look right to me. i'd rather keep the straight axle than do it that way.
may just be my opinion but for someone with good fabricating skills this would be alot better than a mus. II setup. after all it's designed for a truck already, junkyards are full of 'em & there's no shortage of parts available.
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Old 01-17-2005, 07:34 AM
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Too wide...looks rather crummy when done. Its been tried many time with off set wheels and narrowing of the cross member...It all comes up nasty looking when finished. I have seen one body guy pull it off with widened fender...but one heck of a lot of work to use a junkyard part that is worn out. Stick with and axle if your tring to keep a budget or a kit. Pacer was another favorite.....still dont look all that good. Cut a lot of these swaps out and the guy allways wishes he had just done the stang II or other(vette)
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