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Old 03-25-2007, 10:06 AM
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How do I identify a GM front end?

I purchased a 56 ford f-100 from an estate. It has a 400ci chevy 4 bolt engine, and a GM front clip in it. I need to purchase some parts for the front end and I don't know what the clip came out of. The brother of the guy who owned the truck said "HE THINKS" the engine and the front clip came from the same doner car. Are there any #'s on any of the front end parts that I can use to determine the year and model of vehicle it came from?

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The engine ID number? VIN code will tell what vehicle the engine came from. The date code will tell you the year, month and day is was cast.
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Don't the spindles and pitman arm have ID numbers on them? Alot of times you can narrow it down some by looking at key features, is it a front steer or rear steer?

Is it the big steering box or the intermediate box?

Has the crossmember been widened?
I did some wok one time on a 56 that had a 78 caprice front end in it. The guy said they used it because of the wider width, as a mid sized car clip would have had to be widened.

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