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Old 06-02-2004, 08:12 PM
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How to make a stiffy?

I have a 1977 Monza 2+2 that has a 305V8 in it. I have a 350 that I'm wanting to put in and it will have about 400HP. The car will probably never see the track (or very rarely). I intend on putting in a TH350 tranny and a stronger rear end. What can I do to stiffen up the suspension that wont cost me an arm and a leg. I have a friend that is a good welder and has offered me his help. Are there and pre-made kits out there I can get? Thanks for the help.

Mike

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Well when i want a stiffy....errr....whoops i guess you meant suspension. If you're up for it PST makes polyurethane bushing kits for just about every car out there that will help stiffen up your suspension and tighten up your steering quite bit. Otherwise there's always springs and sway-bars.
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Old 06-03-2004, 12:57 PM
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What will you do to correct the feature that those particular unibodies have with the V8 motors tearing the metal where the mounts bolt to the body?

Up until two months ago I had one laying in the yard that exhibited those characteristics from a very mild 350 that was in it.
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Yep, that's what I'm trying to figure out how to stop. I've heard that you can twist those things right into a cork screw. I was hope that there was some kind of subframe connectors that I could weld in to fix things up but I never thought of the engine tearing loose. Hmmm, what to do, what to do.....
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I gotcha...not a whole lot of room to work with thats for sure.

My brother is a big fan of those cars (his was the one that was in the yard) and he had always wanted some sort of strut tower like brace that would tie the motor mount areas to the firewall and to each other. I don't recall if there was enough room for it though. That car was designed to work with a rotary engine from the start, it was a last minute decision from gm to go with a piston setup...so there are a lot of cloodgy things in that area.


Any chance you can do something that wraps under the engine to a cross member (not recalling exactly how the front suspension looks)?
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