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Old 01-05-2003, 09:58 AM
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Post 86 comaro front suspension " in 39 olds coupe"

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I am trying to instll a comaro suspension in a 39 olds coupe , my question is , can it be done or do I need to install the complete snout.

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well it can be done the question is how badly do you wanna do it???

It shouldn't be too bad to do... alot of cutting mounts off and welding them on... umm don't know if you want the rear suspension... if you do the touque arm may be a pain.... not too sure how well the a frames and stuff will fit in the front...
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you DO realize that is a modified Mcpherson strut FE, right?


all that aside, i wouldn't.....
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The number one thing about suspension/subframe swaps for older (pre-48 or even pre-58) cars is corresponding the track width and wheelbases of the donor car and the recipient car. Often, particularly for pre-41 cars thes best option is the independent MustangII/Pinto based suspension kits with upsized brakes.
Don't attempt these things without gathering some experience at welding, etc. under your belt. In other words, don't bite off more than you can chew, 'cause if you mess up a good car you'll never recover your investment. The guy who buys it and cleans up your mess recovers your investment.
Best of luck!
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Regarding the 86 camaro suspension, the chassis on this 39 olds has a factory independent suspension .
I'm not sure if I can afford a kit suspension or if the kit would also be a lot of work.
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"the chassis on this 39 olds has a factory independent suspension"

Really?
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The 39 Olds was the first car produced that had an independent front suspension and coil springs in all 4 corners.
So the front clip has a boxed frame and cross member.My question is, what do I use to update the front suspension?
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Please dont ruin the frame and the resale value of your car, get an X member from Heidts and do the Mustang 11 type its a lot less trouble and you will be glad you did when all is said and done
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Olds had coil spring front ends as early as 1936.
I'm surprised that they have coils in the back like Buicks.
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Can I use the original LOWER Control Arms, and ad ball joints and spindles and upper Arms?

[ January 18, 2003: Message edited by: Hal Bemis ]</p>
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You noticed the upper a-arms are the shock absorbers, didn't you?
This is true of virtually all the independent fronts on GM cars through 1948. After that they had a kind-of-conventional front but the spindles mount in kingpins on the steering knuckles. 1955 brought the first bal;l joints, at least on Chevrolets!
Seriously, save your bucks, and get a mustang II/Pinto front suspension crossmember kit fron Chassis Engineering in Iowa, or most anywhere. DO it right. Some one of these places probably has a specific crossmember for your car!
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