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Old 12-25-2010, 05:02 PM
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maybe she needs to go on a diet?

so im working on an old f-100, sticking her on a s-10 chassis. ive got some experience with s-10 chassis and parts are freaking super easy to get ahold of for the suspension.
My concern is my driveline i want to put in her...i have an ol Pre-powerstroke 7.3l idi with an E4OD trans, i know i can fit the motor in there, i helped a friend a few years back shove a 454 into one of these chassys. im just worried the wieght will be too much for the spindles or the control arms, givin this motor weights close to 300lbs more than a 454 ( 454 is aprox 670lbs and the 444 diesel is 960lbs ) im not so worried about the springs because i can replace those to handle the weight, even if i have to put bags in it. ive just never pushed the front end to handle such a heavy motor.
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Old 12-25-2010, 05:13 PM
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I would think the spindles and a-arms will be fine, but the ball joints on the other hand have a hard time living more than a few years in these trucks in stock form, it is a known early wear point for the S-chassis. Ball joint is like Vega/Monza sized or something similar, you may want to investigate modifacations to the A-arm for a joint with bigger pivot ball internal contact, like full size or intermediate cars ball joints from the 70's or something.
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hmm, i do have a 79 camaro front clip laying around from another project, and it is complete with steering linkage and everything....i do however wonder how much longer the control arms are on it, or for that matter how much wider the entire clip is.... id hate to have to re engineer all of the front end if i can just weld a different clip up there
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well the web says the front track for a 79 is 61.3 inches....which is only a few over the s-10's 58 inch front track. and unless my memory fails me, that is still in range to fit in the fenders nice and snug....maybe a bit more snug than i wanted...but it juuust might work.
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or i could go the other direction with it, i wonder how strong the aftermarket 'heavy duty' ball joints would fair against the abuse....
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