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Old 01-29-2002, 08:38 AM
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Question I need help with my 49 Dodge

I am sort of new to the hot rod building thing. I have a 49 Dodge Coronet that I want to start building. I heard you can adapt a chevy front clip to use a chevy drive train. should I go for that or stick with a mopar power plant. also, does anyone have pictures of a 49 dodge coronet that might have some modifications that I can get ideas from. if so can you email them to me?
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Old 01-29-2002, 01:01 PM
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if you are going to subframe your car, you'll have to measure the track of the front wheels. Then from that you can find a donor car. If you are going with GM a lot of guys use camaro subframes. If you're going to stay mopar (which any dedicated mopar lover would do) then you could use a volare. But make sure you measure first. As far as finding other Coronets there is a website @ <a href="http://www.heminet.com" target="_blank">www.heminet.com</a> which has a registry and you can search for vehicles. Also, i haven't had any personal experience with this yet, but everybody says that GM stuff is about half the cost of Mopar. FYI.


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The GM front clip you want will be the first generation Camaro and Nova's. They have the tie rod in front of the axle. These can also be narrowed 3" by buying narrowed A Arms from FatMan. The rear steer later cars will give you a more difficult time trying to adapt the steering column into your car and may give you some interference issues with exhaust etc. The point made previously about cost is a real issue. There just are not many Chrsler parts available and the prices are high in the engine/transmission area. If you decide to go GM, I would suggest you look for a whole car and buy the whole enchilada. This will give you the front suspension, motor mounts, a block to rebuild, a TH350 transmission (probably), emergency brake setup and the rear end. If you are't going to build a monster engine, the camaro/nova 7.5" rear end will handle under 300hp. Also these are easy to convert front spindles to disc brakes if it comes as a drum. I suppose that the use of lots of parts would also apply to the Aspen/Volare cars as well. One nice thing about these is the torsion bar suspension which is infinitely adjustable to give you ride height as you want it.
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I dont know what the 49 cornet looks like so.....its got to be diff(thats cool) As far as clips you dont need to clip it to put a GM motor in it.What every you do DONT buy anything from FAT MAN.You can not narrow a-frames and not change roll centers ,bump steer and a whole bunch of other stuff.He is getting really bad with his fix all parts,and sells some real JUNK. Measure measure if your going to do a clip.There is a lot to it.Like how the fenders and radiator mount when your done.Getting the wheels centered in the wheel wells.Like everbody says check the trac width,if this is your first attempt get some help.If you cut the frame on a 49 cornet and make a mistake its lights out for the car. Hey a nice 340 mopar would be nice in it(more money than a smallblock chevy but neat)Do some measuring on the frame to see how wide it is,than pull the tires off the front and measure the width of the frontend from the flange on the brake drum to the brake drum on the other side(do this by tieing a plumb bob on a wheel stud on each side).Post back and we can tell you what clips are close .
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