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Old 02-28-2011, 07:06 PM
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Do I really need Camaro sub frame?? 51 Chev

I was all set to try and put a Camaro sub frame on my 51 Chevy project. First off I don't want to cut my 60 yr old perfectly good frame. Second, the stock suspension doesn't seem all that different from the Camaro, except of course the disc brakes which I can add using the kit off ebay.
I'm 62 so I remember driving these old cars, and at the time they didn't seem all that bad.
I've dubbed around with IH Scouts and light trucks but have never done much with suspension except to swap springs and axles.
A sub frame swap seems suited for a more talented person than me. I've read up on the Mustang ll units but I can't afford that.
I am putting a 283 in the car and I'm sure I'll have no serious problems with the mounting.
So I guess brings me to my question.
I'm a new guy on this site and so far I'm quite pleased with the level of knowledge and the willingness to share it. BTW I will put a better rear axle in. Thanks for any response.

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car or truck?

I've got 4 70"s & 80's jag suspensions on pallets lined up to go in our projects.. Jag conversions are very popular in the UK, australia and N Z the local yards charge us $ 100 each for front or rear, we pull . They are mounted on a drop out crosmember. big brakes, rear steer R & P chevy 4.75 wheels fit. dana -salsberry 44 gears . A lot of picts posted on the HAMB site about jag conversions. 53sled posted his build of his car, the frames are the same for those years... check out the HAMB "" Jaguar IFS swap onto 1953 Chevy Coupe w/ pics""

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Thanks much for the info. That looks like something I could handle. Hopefully I can find a Jag up here in NH. The yards crushed soooo many nice old vehicles the last time scrap was high. Maybe someone with some insight saved a few of these. Regards, Mike
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re : Do I really need Camaro sub frame?? 51 Chev

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I was all set to try and put a Camaro sub frame on my 51 Chevy project. First off I don't want to cut my 60 yr old perfectly good frame. Second, the stock suspension doesn't seem all that different from the Camaro, except of course the disc brakes which I can add using the kit off ebay.
I'm 62 so I remember driving these old cars, and at the time they didn't seem all that bad.
I've dubbed around with IH Scouts and light trucks but have never done much with suspension except to swap springs and axles.
A sub frame swap seems suited for a more talented person than me. I've read up on the Mustang ll units but I can't afford that.
I am putting a 283 in the car and I'm sure I'll have no serious problems with the mounting.
So I guess brings me to my question.
I'm a new guy on this site and so far I'm quite pleased with the level of knowledge and the willingness to share it. BTW I will put a better rear axle in. Thanks for any response.
I'm my honest opinion, since I upgraded my own front end on my '50 Chevy, I would ( if in your shoes ) add that disc brake upgrade from E-bay, and also check out all the cool stuff, you can add to your current { '54 Chev -compatible with '53 Chev Corvette ) hardware, which I have also done to my own front-end.
I personally like the box frame and it's strength, and saw no reason why I should hack up my front end, if I can simply upgrade it all with bolt ons !
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I found an 89 XJ6 with a seized motor but everything else in good shape. There seems to be some confusion as to wheather this is a series three or four car. I don't have the front end out yet but it looks like a fit. Not sure if I'll use the rear axel too. I am going to use those comfy seats. I'm thinking if I use lots of parts from the Jag I should call my (51) Chevy a Chevuar. I brought the 283 (1965) heads to the machine for inspection/magflux. I won't spring for the hardened valve seats, I'll just use the addative. My income has decreased dramatically so unfortunately I'll need to be frugal. Maybe I should have found a newer motor. Thanks for al the input. I'd post pics but it's not much to look at just yet.
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I have done a handfull of these vehicles and I recommend using the stock suspension and aftermarket brakes as long as you are fine without powersteering. You can get a bushing kit from paragon. This link should help you. http://www.chevytalk.org/fusionbb/sh...9-1954_Chevys/
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