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Old 09-23-2006, 03:58 PM
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Best Way To Sub-frame 54 Pickup

I Am Wanting To Install A Nova Sub-frame Under A 1954 Chevy 1/2 Ton Pickup. Any Suggestions Or Pointers Would Be Appreciated. Also Considered Putting A Mustang Front End Under It. Any Thoughts?? Also What About The Rear-end , What Will Fit?? Thanks In Advance??

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Hey Ireland
I'm building a 57 that has a 67 chevelle clip grafted on and a 4 link in the rear.
If you go with the Nova clip make sure you get everything square and level. Be sure and check the width of the frame rails to make sure the are the same.
If I had mine to do over and money wasn't a factor I would put in one of the newer suspensions from Art Morrison or Chris Alston.
You can see some pics of mine here.
Good luck with your truck.
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This is one of the most asked and heavily debated subjects in this area of
Some say sub frame and other prefer the Pinto/Mustang II ...

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There are Mustang II setups that you can buy from one of several manufacturers.

, Fatman and TCI are ones that I have installed and had experience with. All good companies. (all three have their idiosyncrasies, but none of them bad)

The advantages of a MII kit are,
All new stuff, you don't have to replace any worn out suspension parts such as ball joints, rod ends bushings..etc, etc.

Rack and pinion steering.

Correct steering geometry and anti dive angles built in for your application, Correct hub to hub widths are available for your application.

You can pick the drop you want with different cut crossmembers and dropped spindles. Heidts and Fatman can provide an installed spindle height in relation to the frame measurement to help you select your drop. ( I don't know if TCI does it now or not)

You can pick your wheel bolt pattern and upgrade the brakes for an additional charge.

Ease of installation on non stub frame type MII kits.. Box the frame, drop the crossmember in place and weld it up.

You do not have to section your frame and deal with a possible mismatch in width, frame section dimension, ride height , or rebuild bumper brackets and sheet metal radiator mounts.

Stock frame boxing plates are provided when necessary.

Less inner fender trimming and modification than a clip.

More choices in type of construction, stamped, forged or tubular upper and lower control arms, coil over type shocks or airbags for less money than buying them to fit a donor car clip.

That ought to be enough to let you know which way to start looking.

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Thanks for the responses as I do appreciate the help. This will get me going!
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