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Old 05-20-2008, 10:03 PM
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'77 Nova Sub-frame/rear end into '49 Chevy Fleetline???

OK...I think I have spent all day searching around and hopefully I didn't miss this!

I have a chance to get a '77 Nova donor car for a good deal and I would like to hear any thoughts anyone has on putting the sub-frame on a '49 Chevy Fleetline???

I also would like to put the rear end in???

(I can weld and I have more time than money)

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks Guys!

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While the 49 is wider than the 41-48 (IIRC), I think the Nova subframe will still be wider than you would like. You will probably have to buy narrowed control arms and maybe special offset wheels. Since you have both on hand, do a lot of measuring, particularly with the wheels turned. If you want to see what a Camaro (similar to the Nova) subframe did for my 41, go to my project journal, view from the most recent, go to page 20 and entry #37. There are links to articles I wrote about it. I would go with a MII. That's what I did on my 41.
The rear should work nice. You may have to relocate the perches. I would replace the springs as soon as you can afford it. The stockers are only meant to hold the car up, not transfer torque. Without the torque tube, they will now wind up under acceleration and braking. They are prone to breakage. Chassis Engineering makes a nice conversion kit.
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Sounds good

Thanks for the info! I really appreciate the help!
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I am building a 1950 Fleetline. I had a Nova donor car but decided not to use it. I thought the rear end was a bit too wide. I went with a G body malibu rear end.
The sub frames on those cars may cause trouble around the radiator support because of the front mounted steering sector. I built a 1949 chevy pickup and had a little trouble with it.
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