Installing front suspension - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board
Hotrodders.com -- Hot Rod Forum



Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Suspension - Brakes - Steering
User Name
Password
lost password?   |   register now

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 02-24-2012, 10:52 AM
Franko48's Avatar
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 18
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Installing front suspension

Hello
This is my first posting and wanted to show what I am attempting. 48 p/u installing 90 Corvette front & rear suspension. Pics are of front work done so far. Any comments either way are good.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	P1010017.JPG
Views:	490
Size:	985.9 KB
ID:	63335   Click image for larger version

Name:	P1010018.JPG
Views:	413
Size:	970.3 KB
ID:	63336   Click image for larger version

Name:	P1010024.JPG
Views:	587
Size:	987.6 KB
ID:	63337   Click image for larger version

Name:	P1010034.JPG
Views:	779
Size:	1,020.5 KB
ID:	63338   Click image for larger version

Name:	P1010013.JPG
Views:	930
Size:	1,023.4 KB
ID:	63339  


    Advertisement
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 02-24-2012, 04:11 PM
matts37chev's Avatar
I don't understand?
 

Last journal entry: this is only a test
Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Shelton,Wa.
Age: 45
Posts: 2,420
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 4 Posts
looks good so far
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 02-24-2012, 04:17 PM
NEW INTERIORS's Avatar
Believe in yourself !!!!!!
 

Last journal entry: 41 WILLYS FRAME
Last photo:
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: In My Shop..
Age: 49
Posts: 10,121
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 1,294
Thanked 576 Times in 424 Posts
Looking good !!!!

Not really sure what people ever seen with corvette suspension,,
But If your happy,,, That's all that count's..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 02-25-2012, 05:14 AM
Franko48's Avatar
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 18
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Corvette Front end

Quote:
Originally Posted by NEW INTERIORS
Looking good !!!!

Not really sure what people ever seen with corvette suspension,,
But If your happy,,, That's all that count's..

I is a very clean and simple setup. Light weight and superior handling when you install the rear suspension also. It may be a little tricky to install correctly but worth it in the long run. Just my opinion. Now... saying all that, I picked up the front & rear complete suspensions down to the last bolt in excellent condition for only $700.00 bucks. Not a bad price if I say so my self.

Last edited by Franko48; 02-25-2012 at 05:37 AM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 02-25-2012, 08:05 AM
matts37chev's Avatar
I don't understand?
 

Last journal entry: this is only a test
Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Shelton,Wa.
Age: 45
Posts: 2,420
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 4 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Franko48
I is a very clean and simple setup. Light weight and superior handling when you install the rear suspension also. It may be a little tricky to install correctly but worth it in the long run. Just my opinion. Now... saying all that, I picked up the front & rear complete suspensions down to the last bolt in excellent condition for only $700.00 bucks. Not a bad price if I say so my self.
that is a good deal
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 02-29-2012, 08:55 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: fairfield,il
Posts: 7
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
What is a Streetbeast lawsuit donor?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 03-05-2012, 02:33 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Phoenixville, PA
Posts: 2
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Franko48
I is a very clean and simple setup. Light weight and superior handling when you install the rear suspension also. It may be a little tricky to install correctly but worth it in the long run. Just my opinion. Now... saying all that, I picked up the front & rear complete suspensions down to the last bolt in excellent condition for only $700.00 bucks. Not a bad price if I say so my self.
I'm excited to see someone taking some good photos of this installation. I picked up a rust-bucket '54 5-window that I plan to attempt the same C4 Front/Rear suspension swap. Like yourself, I hate to buy a kit when the C4 removes as a complete unit...

Franko48 - A few general questions...

- What ride height do you plan to have when you're finished?
- What wheels/tires to you expect to use?
- How are you controlling your level and square (frame vs. suspension)?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 03-06-2012, 10:51 AM
Franko48's Avatar
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 18
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Front suspension

Thanks I have an overload of photos. I mainly use them to study before I make another cut. I would like a slightly aggressive stance not to low, the wheels have to be min 16" because of the Vette calipers so 16x8 all around, I want to be able to rotate them. I plan to drive this truck alot. As far as level and square look at the photos. I welded piece of angle to the frame just in front of the cab and triangulated and squared it to the frame. Then cut just the top and bottom of the frame then spread the frame. Now all you need to do is set the frame at your ride height and set the cross member level set wheel base and your there. Sounds easy but is a little tricky. If you want to know more details let me know if I can help. But I am taking this one step at a time I have'nt seen it done this way before so don't have much help.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	P1010010.JPG
Views:	191
Size:	1,003.7 KB
ID:	63767   Click image for larger version

Name:	P1010024.JPG
Views:	618
Size:	987.6 KB
ID:	63768   Click image for larger version

Name:	P1010042.JPG
Views:	248
Size:	991.2 KB
ID:	63769  
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 03-06-2012, 11:09 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Phoenixville, PA
Posts: 2
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Everything you have said makes sense with what I've been looking to do. Here is a link 1950 Chevy 3100 w/C4 to a guy who's gone through a very similar widening of the front frame to install a C4 suspension... might be a help.

He mentioned the issues of matching the radiator support and fender mounting since the front was now wider... may be something to look into if you haven't considered this issue yet.

Do you plan on C-notching the rear to drop it down - or just install without much frame modification? I'd assume you'll naturally get a RAKE out of it without notching...

I was considering using an older 85-87 C4 setup to narrow the tread another inch ... but haven't pulled the trigger yet.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 03-06-2012, 11:59 AM
Franko48's Avatar
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 18
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Front End

Ya I have seen that 50 on utube but did not catch the part about the remounting. I have some ideas that work out good on paper and mock ups. Not going to notch the rear, I am planing to install onto existing frame. It looks like after I get the front installed and about 600 lbs on it I will be able to set the final rake I am looking for. The early C4 is narrower, not sure how much but mine is out of a 90 and I got everything with the front and rear for 700 bucks I will have to have some special rims made but I think i will like the ride.

Last edited by Franko48; 03-06-2012 at 12:07 PM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #11 (permalink)  
Old 03-07-2012, 09:45 AM
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Arlington, VA
Posts: 88
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
That looks like a pretty severe cut on the outer side of the frame rails, looks like you could have left a little more material on there and still cleared the new suspension pieces. Maybe it's just the angle.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #12 (permalink)  
Old 03-07-2012, 10:19 AM
Franko48's Avatar
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 18
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
frame cut

I either had to cut it from there or notch the top of the frame to clear the "A" arm. There will be a bracket welded on the frame that the cross member will bolt to. It may look like it for now but when I build the upper shock support, gusset and box the frame I think that will do it.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	P1010037.JPG
Views:	349
Size:	966.7 KB
ID:	63787   Click image for larger version

Name:	P1010042.JPG
Views:	389
Size:	991.2 KB
ID:	63788   Click image for larger version

Name:	P1010039.JPG
Views:	368
Size:	999.2 KB
ID:	63789  
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #13 (permalink)  
Old 05-07-2012, 10:15 AM
Franko48's Avatar
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 18
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
New progress on front end install

Finally got everything to line up and measure what I wanted
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	P1010176.JPG
Views:	335
Size:	973.3 KB
ID:	65245   Click image for larger version

Name:	P1010178.JPG
Views:	321
Size:	965.0 KB
ID:	65246   Click image for larger version

Name:	P1010179.JPG
Views:	390
Size:	952.9 KB
ID:	65247  
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #14 (permalink)  
Old 10-02-2012, 09:36 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 1
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
C4 Vette Suspension Conversion

It would appear that the engine mounts in photo are offset to right (Pass.) side.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #15 (permalink)  
Old 10-02-2012, 10:37 PM
aosborn's Avatar
Registered User
 
Last wiki edit: Suspension: designs, shapes, sizes Last photo:
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Lakewood, WA
Posts: 621
Wiki Edits: 7

Thanks: 0
Thanked 17 Times in 16 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Franko48 View Post
It looks like after I get the front installed and about 600 lbs on it I will be able to set the final rake I am looking for. The early C4 is narrower, not sure how much but mine is out of a 90 and I got everything with the front and rear for 700 bucks I will have to have some special rims made but I think i will like the ride.
I have done several of these C4 suspension installs into a variety of vehicles. One thing I would recommend (it may be too late) is to mock up the suspension components at ride height (for the front suspension that means hand assembled without the spring and mocked up so the tie rods are level, and for the rear suspension without the spring and so that the toe adjuster arms are level). Set up the frame at ride height and rake, and then mate the suspension. Put the suspension into the frame at the height of the radius of the wheel tire combination you will be using. Doing it this way guarantees the truck will sit the way you want it, and the suspension will be in it's proper static ride height position.

Regards,

Andy

P.S. While the later Corvette suspensions are vastly superior to the C4 in many ways (also much wider) you are correct in stating that dollar for dollar, these suspensions are a great way to get decent handling, great brakes and steering plus light weight and good looks for relatively low cost.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Suspension - Brakes - Steering posts with photos

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Where can I find info on installing C4 suspension in street rod. DarkKnightWong Suspension - Brakes - Steering 7 02-24-2012 12:15 PM
Front Suspension 53 Ford Front Clip PaulNJ53Ford Suspension - Brakes - Steering 2 08-11-2004 10:12 PM
Need help installing the right size Air bag on 1952 chevy coupe stock suspension. Kuztmchev52 Introduce Yourself 1 07-14-2004 11:00 PM
Installing a 4 Link Suspension Graham Dick Suspension - Brakes - Steering 2 04-17-2004 06:28 AM
Installing New Front Springs horvath Suspension - Brakes - Steering 7 06-07-2003 08:04 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:16 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
Copyright Hotrodders.com 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.