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need advice on 49 Caddy suspension

I have a 49 Caddy fastback and building it as a daily driver with a sb chev. I would like to install modern front brakes and anti dive suspension but Fatman only company making frame clip and concerned about negative comments about under engineering and breaking A arms. Anyone have good idea?

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73-87 Chevy truck front suspension just unbolts from the frame. 34 inches wide. No frame cutting. Worth a peek.
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Studu on the various kinds of front ends available..Camaro Nova clips can work on that car I believe..Lots of options are available..

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Is Camero / Nova frame clip strong enough - Caddy over 4,000lbs even with chevy engine in it. Anybody do one of these mods????
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Is Camero / Nova frame clip strong enough - Caddy over 4,000lbs even with chevy engine in it. Anybody do one of these mods????
Jst dont get lowering springs. They will sag a bit more than a Camaro or Nova, but not too bad. I have a Camaro clip on my F100, and it has a 514 in it. The suspension sagged maybe 1" at the most with the fully dressed motor installed. And thats a heavy motor. Comparable to the Caddy 500, heavier than the 429 or what it was that came in most Caddys.
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Jst dont get lowering springs. They will sag a bit more than a Camaro or Nova, but not too bad. I have a Camaro clip on my F100, and it has a 514 in it. The suspension sagged maybe 1" at the most with the fully dressed motor installed. And thats a heavy motor. Comparable to the Caddy 500, heavier than the 429 or what it was that came in most Caddys.
The Caddy 368-500 motors weigh only 50# more than a small chevy does.
Not bad for almost double the displacement, and more than double the torque. When I was still driving the '28 around, I did a Caddy swap after the original Jeep 258 crapped out. It sagged the front MORE than the Caddy did, stoopid inline 6 with half the power...

The Chevy pickup 2wd frontend is a good idea, plenty strong and parts readily available.

The frontend of the Kustomsledd only needs 65 PSI in the airsprings to top them out, with a 472 sitting directly over the spring mounts, and that's with the smallish 2600# bags, that I had to use to fit inside the lower control arms...
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