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Old 06-30-2004, 11:57 PM
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new suspension for a 48 olds, will it work

I am curiuos if i can replace the rear suspension, complete with that out of a 84 camareo. the olds has a coil spring rear end , same as the camareo has
i still have to measure but i wanted some input first as to weather i should even consider this.
As well as usually the front clip from the same car, i want to drop in a 305 engine and turbo 400.
what do you all think and thank-you in advance for the input

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Sure, as long as the dimensions work out. Will need to accommodate the suspension links, probably with a rectangular tube X-member and be sure nothing interferes over the full travel of the suspension. I like your approach of DIY with donor car parts so will deflect the inevitable posts to come that will advise you of after-market vendor$ who $ell kit$ to to thi$ conver$ion. Stick to your guns, do it with donor parts, get the satsfaction and save a boat load of $$!
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Thanks for the advice and help. I am trying to do the car the cheap way and want to use as many donor cars or parts as psoible ansd as sid avoid those $$$ deals for aftermarket part$
I can pic up and older camareo pretty cheap, even if the engine is trash i can still use all the suspension and maybe even cut and rework the frame to use. modify the frame and make up a whole new one if i work it right.
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I am trying the same thing for my 51 GMC pickup. I picked up a 84 camaro with a strong TPI 350, 700R & posi 10bolt. I was wondering what else I could get off the car. Did your front clip work out? I was thinking about the master cylinder, steering column and even the computer to run the TPI (god help me with that one). Any info would be appreciated.

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Remember that the Camaro rear end has that torsion bar piece.......You will need a point to anchor that. On the Camaro, it bolts to the tranny tail housing, I think...........
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Thanks Poncho62! For now I am just cannibalizing the car. I want to look into the four link rear connection. But thanks for the tip - I better take off the torsion pieces and make note of how it is connected. Reading these posts , it looks like their is a dozen ways to set up a rear I just want it neat and working correctly.
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Poncho is correct on the mounting location of the trsion bar,mounts to the tranny.get it tight,my CLUNK came from hardware that was loose on my old 82 Z28. If the mounting pads for the springs will not line up with the uppers,they are removeable with a little work,then reweld them in the appropriate location.


58Elk,Take the entire wiring harness and ecm from the donor.You could also get a Painless Wiring harness,with all new ends.Most cars of that era have been worked on and for some reason,alot of people do not know how to remove connectors without breaking tabs,go figure.Plus you should consider stepping up with a blade type fuse panel for the projects.Remove them from the donor car.It sounds as though you will use the entire electrical system in your project anyway.That way your column electrical components will still be matched.Good Luck-RC-
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78Elk51GMC,

I think the rear from the '84 Camaro will be too wide for your truck. Of course measure to double check however I purchased an '89 IROC for the powertrain and the rear with disc brakes is too wide for my '48 Chevy. Also the engine from the factory I believe was a 305 which is still a good powertrain.

Rcastle has good advice with recomending painless for the fuel injection harness. It is possible to use the factory harness but it is much cleaner and easier to use an aftermarket harness. I've been impressed with Haywire through my conversations with the owner. Very knowledgable and helpful as well even though I haven't purchased from them yet. My advice would be to stay with the same manufacturer for the FI and body harnesses.
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Thanks Guys! I did rough measure from backing plate to backing plate before I bought the car and I am 3 inches wider. I thought I could address that with offset rims.

As for the wiring I will take it all but will most likely use an after market harness and controller.

Did anybody do anything with that front Clip?
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