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Old 06-13-2013, 08:38 PM
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Cadilac rolling clip

I have a 2005 cadillac sts rolling front suspension w/ wheels, northstar v8, engine computer, fuse box, steering wheel, transmission, drive shaft, complete rolling rear suspension, gas lines, brake lines, gas tank.... Basically everything I would need to build a car...

My question is has anyone build a hot rod using this type of stuff, and if so did you build a frame, or use one like from a s-10. The cadillac suspension bolts to the body w like 6 bolts as does the rear suspension... would you drill holes in the frame to be able to bolt it up that way?

I also have a v6 w/ same setup.. Any suggestions?


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If I was using all of these components for a rod, I'd probably find a good body and figure out what my wheelbase would be. Then I would build the center frame out of tubular steel connecting the front and rear subframes together to the desired wheelbase length, and get a drive shaft cut to match. Personally I'd rather weld the subframes to the new center frame assembly than bolt.

That's only factoring it in at a 2 dimensional scale. In reality you'll also have to combat track width, frame width, suspension travel and how you're going to modify the body to fit the frame. It'd probably be a heck of a lot easier to start with a good rolling chassis and just make the minor modifications to swap in the engine and trans.

What are you planning on building?
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cool find on the parts! but they have not been put together ever . s10, any truck, car or van frame should work. you will have to fab up a lot . what body are you using ? any pics of the parts. you can sell them in the classifieds section .
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Been doing a little research and ran across a 1940 ford 2dr deluxe coupe that has the same wheel base with two tenths of an inch of the cadillac... Still doing research..

I know I could outfit a pushbutton start, but not sure about the dash,,, everything on the cadillac is digital, so would have to fab something to put in electronics into dash...

Just was kind of curious,,,, I've been rebuilding Cadillac STS car's and have quite a few left over parts.

Gonna hafta sell something before I can buy the project car.

Thanks again.
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you sound like the caddy sts guy. you should be able to work that part out. 2/10ths of an inch is a perfect match! What is the problem.

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No problems

Been in the middle of clipping a 07 sts and my day job... Sorry it's been a week since I posted...

I posted originally just wondering if anyone else w/ a little more experience had done something like this.

I'm painting the sts this week and when I sell it gonna give it a shot.

Thanks again, and it may be awhile, but when i get it going I'll post some pics.
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no one has done this!! good luck ! i gave you the caddy site for this!! 1966 eldorado owner And one of the top 50 in the world ! have had this prime example almost 20 years now!
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Body skin swap.

The service manager at a nearby GM dealer ship bought a late model GM front wheel drive car that had both sides totaled and broken glass. Totaled but low miles and still drivable no suspension damage. He used the floor pan with the front seats steering column, all the suspension, firewall, wiring, front inner fender panels and swaped on a 50's studebaker body skin, John Long who now has the 53 chevy convert rebuild here on the forum did a 50 Merc body skin swap on a GM platform a few years ago.
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