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Old 06-20-2004, 04:14 PM
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Question looked and no luck. nova subframe ?

Hello fella's how are all you fathers out there, just to say to you father's Happy Father's Day! i recieved a nova subframe for my car from my wife today. She hopes that i can use my original frame and put this under it. she got it for 50 dollars and it is complete, so here is my question guys " would any of you be able to help me install this on my frame, or any place i can research for an install. my deal is this- I have no front suspension what so ever bare frame body is off and frame is on jack stands only , no rear either. so lets talk guys thanks for the few minutes to read this, and i am in shock the wife got a front suspension on her own, what a gal.
all fathers and sons have a great day.. bill taylor and family

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What kind of vehicle are you dealing with?
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Old 06-20-2004, 10:26 PM
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I am glad to hear about your gift. Sounds like your in for some fun now. As for that beautiful lady you have , you must treat her like gold. Good luck on your project. Look in hot rod magazine there has been lots of articles on nova front clip installs.
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Old 06-20-2004, 11:11 PM
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Your imformation is a little schetchy.

Are you changing the frame on a nova?
Are you wanting to use the nova frame for a frame clip on a full frame?

Need more information.

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Red face sorry got excited!

My car that i have is a 53 chevy club coupe, and that is what the nova subframe is going under. like i said before the frame is completely bare no rear or front end at all so i am at a stand still on it . now that i have that clear on the car type that i have.

would any of you all know the when i get started on this would i have to set the body back on the frame to get the front and rear exactly right where they need to be. or can i just do this with entire body off. which would be easy for me since the frame does not roll at all. any input would be real helpful for me. thanks and by the way, I will treat her like gold guys !!!! thanks bill and family..
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Ok, it seems as though you are going to do a frame clip.

In other words you are going to cut the org frame at or about the firewall, and weld in the proper amount of the nova frame.

First of all you will have to determine where the front wheels will set in conjunction with the rear end and the body, so the wheels will be in the center of the openings.

With the frame already striped, you will need to set the body back on and the front fender assm. to get your measurements. then cut both frames and weld them together. This is the main structure of the car so it should be done by someone who knows what they are doing.

I recently read an article in the news paper about a rot rod breaking apart some where in the Dakotas I think, A frame clip job wasn't done right . It was a very nasty accident.

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I did a Nova clip on my 51 pickup...........my advise is, measure, measure, measure and measure again, before cutting.

Also, like troy-curt says, if you are not a good welder, get a pro to weld it.

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where to put it

Streerodder, I put a mustang front under a 40 sedan. My advise is to try to find another chevy (like yours) and get some measurements from body mounts to the center of and orig. chevy, when you'll know where the axles should go. If you aren't a certified welder, just tack it in place and check your measurement and get it welded by a pro. I promise, the second one is much easier than the first.
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