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I just started this project and would like some imput from someone thats already done this suspension transplant. I have the body off the frame and want to put a C4 or C5 Corvette suspension and drive train under it. The power plant will be a 454 with a 6 speed manual behind it.
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[quote]Originally posted by Heavy Chevy:
<strong>I just started this project and would like some imput from someone thats already done this suspension transplant. I have the body off the frame and want to put a C4 or C5 Corvette suspension and drive train under it. The power plant will be a 454 with a 6 speed manual behind it.
Thanks for your help! </strong><hr></blockquote>
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Doing the same myself. Using 89 vette IRS and IFS The rear is a pretty easy job. YOll need to know the size of the tire & wheels youll be using to set the ride height.The width is right on for 275 40 17 wheels. Anytyhing wider and youll need to flatten the inner edges of the reart quarters or consider narrowing the rear end, or possible the rear of there frame $200 or so for the rear end welding and you do the light stuff. However I dont need 13" wide tires. They look goofy anyway, Always staying a little conservative is a good idea. Wait and see how many people will be running 20 inch wheels and 35 series tires in a few years? Much less driving them on the street. The front is another deal The vette control arms are set inward fron the stock 57 stuff. You can "subfrane " the front end with a rectangle steel . There are a few ways to do it but they all look clumsy. I would be ashamed to charge someone alot of cash to make the frame look like it belongs under a Hummer. TOO WIDE if proportioned like those ive seen on websites . Measure Measure and think first. Some insurance companies are getting finicky about chopping the frame in half. But there are those who insure hot rods and theyll allow it. Or so Ive heard???? I want to adapt as much as possible to the 57 frane ( it will need to be narrowed and control arn stansions built.I am willing to sacrifice a little firewall for a big block and keep the harmonic bal;ancer off the steering rack . My car will see some street driving But the people in the back seat will have to sacrifice some leg room. 57 seats are too high and when yiou lower them you loose even more leg room so the boys in the back suffer. move the seats back and lower th floor of the car about 1-2" MY floor is being replaced anyway. Surburban Roofs make great custom floors. Look at all the web sites of those who have done it . Print their images and get a good idea of what youll need to do. ITS NOT BRAIN SURGERY. Ive talked with a few custom shops and this seems to be what customizers are looking into. It wont be easy but the result will be a cleaner looking frame. And you will see them out there soon . Wish me luck Ive done Camaro subframes before in early chevy trucks but want a little nicer looking ride. Would like to talk more but I have a car to build Thanks
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