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Old 04-03-2005, 11:12 PM
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Doesn't anyone use the Volare clip anymore?

I did a Volare clip this winter on a 57 Chevy pickup. I know of several people around these parts that have done them on different applications with good success. I'm surprised I can't find anything about them on this site. Are they as good as an aftermarket M11 kit?, probably not but not everyone can afford to shell out that kind of money. I paid $150.00 for one that the wrecker pulled. It was in good shape and included everything. The install went pretty well with a bit of advice, I was able to retain the original frame and it's got adjustable torsion suspension to boot.

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Old 04-04-2005, 12:09 AM
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The only Mopar clip rig I know of, is a friend's 56 F-100. I think he said it was out of a Cordoba, but I'm certain it wasn't a Volare. It sits low, and looks really cool, plus, holds up a 429/C-6. He tells me it rides and drives very well.
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Packrat, they call it a Volare clip, but actually the torsion bar set-up was used in several models over several years. ie. 76-80 F body Volare and Aspen and 77-89 M body Diplomat, Gran Fury, Lebaron, Town and Country, New Yorker and Fifth Avenue. That's a lot of cars over a lot of years. There's no scarcity of these vehicles at the wreckers. It has 11" disc brakes and an integrated power steering box. The whole assembly drops out in one piece. Don't get me wrong, there are disadvantages to this clip too. The steering box can make ds motor mounts a challenge. Wheels are limited to 5 on 4 1/2 and the width (60" track) can be a limiting factor too. Overall, though, it's probably one of the easiest IFS conversions to do.
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i know they are really great when they work and the parts are good but i also heard that they don't make replacement parts for them. i don't know how true that is but you probably do by now
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Old 04-05-2005, 08:50 AM
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I think that's a rumor perpetuated by those that sell the expensive kits. i've had no problem buying any of the front end parts I needed. One guy told me you can't buy the torsion bars themselves but I don't know why you would want to buy a torsion bar. They don't wear out.
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This the frontend i'm using in my 55 f100. Had no trouble getting parts for it. tThe truck handles like a dream and the brakes and power steering all mated up well with my GM parts.
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Old 04-06-2005, 12:50 AM
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I put a 1980 Chrysler clip under my 53 Ford Sedan about five years ago and Love it. I have a 351m/auto/9"rear and the car handles, rides and stops great. It's our daily driver and we go all over in it. Iv'e always thought the MII front ends work good on earlier and lighter cars but bigger heavier cars need a stronger front end. I happy with my choice and would do it again.
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Those clips came on the heels of Corvair IFS conversions as rodders were searching for a good IFS upgrade in the 60s & early 70s. The MII turned out to be the perfect compromise of function, fit, and looks so quickly took over the market. Volare clips work fine, are available and fit pickups well. However they are just too big and ugly for a classic hot rod so their niche is understandably small.
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I have seen much info in regards to using the Volare front end on Ford PUs, but very little about using on a Chevy of any year. But, you say you did it OK- can you give any info about probs/solutions you ran into. I have a 52 3100 I am trying to decide what to do with-thanx.
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Volare Clip

This is an interesting article on the installation.

http://www.clubfte.com/users/jniolon...ip/volare.html
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This is an interesting article on the installation.

http://www.clubfte.com/users/jniolon...ip/volare.html
Ugly but very functional!!
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For your Chevy

1963-1987 INDEPENDENT FRONT SUSPENSION UPGRADE FOR 1947-1955 1ST. SERIES TRUCKS

http://www.chevytrucks.org/tech/1963...%20UPGRADE.htm
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volare clip

I used one on my 37 terraplane with good results.I made brackets to weld it in because if I was to far off on the setup it would be easer to change.I also used a kcar power rack.I am running a mopar drive train so I used the power steering pump from the mopar[340].A buddy of mine used one in his 37 plymouth an didnt like it,so he gave it to me for my 37 dodge tr.which I have not insalled yet.
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1963-1987 INDEPENDENT FRONT SUSPENSION UPGRADE FOR 1947-1955 1ST. SERIES TRUCKS

http://www.chevytrucks.org/tech/1963...%20UPGRADE.htm
That one has been around for a long time too but that 5 1/2" track width difference is a killer. Almost impossible to find a good looking wheel combo to overcome it. Otherwise it is a sweet conversion.
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I did a Volare clip this winter on a 57 Chevy pickup. I know of several people around these parts that have done them on different applications with good success. I'm surprised I can't find anything about them on this site. Are they as good as an aftermarket M11 kit?, probably not but not everyone can afford to shell out that kind of money. I paid $150.00 for one that the wrecker pulled. It was in good shape and included everything. The install went pretty well with a bit of advice, I was able to retain the original frame and it's got adjustable torsion suspension to boot.


do you have any info, specs, pics on the install ?? i just need a few questions answered before i move forward with my project 55.....thanks, jim
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