|01-19-2015 12:47 PM|
|01-17-2015 08:26 PM|
Day 3 1957 Chevrolet 3100 Truck Camaro Sub Frame Surgery
Been making some pretty good headway on this Firebird sub frame graft. If you have any interest I've been posting my step by step progress with pictures on my project journal. Might make it a little easier for the next guy.
|01-15-2015 11:20 PM|
1957 Chevrolet 3100 Camaro subframe implant
So day before yesterday I am pulling out of my brothers condo complex in my 1957 3100 truck onto a secondary road. Just started making a left turn when the steering column seized up solid, no left no right. I turned so hard that the factory welded nuts tore loose from the 70's something steering column to the column drop. The ignition wiring tore loose too, so now no steering and a dead engine. I was able to wrestle the truck to the side of the road and call for AAA towing. Got the truck home and unbolted the column, (what was left of it), and discovered that the PO had drilled too large of a hole to couple the column to the original steering box and the shaft had sheered off just above the box. Had I been on a busy road or the freeway this would be my obituary. Tore the front clip off the truck and pulled the engine today. That 81 Firebird front sub frame assembly that has been waiting for the right time to be implanted into the truck just got moved up on the priority list. I have been taking photos along the way and plan on posting the surgery in my project journal. Wish me luck!
|11-10-2014 11:08 PM|
|dsraven||What you will need to know is the width, gear ratio, is it a posi or not, what condition is it in, does it come with brakes etc, is it drum or disc brakes, will it have e brake cables etc. Then, remember that the pumkin maybe offset so the axles are different lengths, what size and spline are thw ales, and the banjo is possibly offset so it may interfere with current exhaust system etc.also you will need to weld on some spring pads to match your truck. If disc brakes you will need a master cylinder to match as well. I used a ford 8.8 from an explorer that came with disc brakes, posi, 3.73 ratio and large diameter axles. Pulled it from picknpull for cheap. Came with park brake cables and almost new brakes. Couldn,t go wrong for the price.|
|11-10-2014 01:16 PM|
|ogre||it depends on how wide it is|
|11-10-2014 12:31 PM|
|Oregonite||It depends on what it is out of.|
|11-10-2014 09:52 AM|
Rear end Options
What do you guys think about a ford 9 inch rear end for my 55 3200? I have an opportunity to pick one up for $120. Is it a good fit for the truck? Is it a good price? What would be a better option? Thanks
|10-07-2014 12:51 PM|
|10-07-2014 12:49 PM|
|10-05-2014 08:27 PM|
|Oregonite||I agree with ogre about keeping the original analog cluster.|
|10-05-2014 01:21 PM|
|10-05-2014 12:06 PM|
|Oregonite||If you want to clean up your firewall they make a frame mounted bracket for a Mustang II power brake vacuum canister and master cylinder for a 4 speed tranny. The ones for automatic trans. are different. Also they have drop down stainless battery boxes that mount on the passenger side frame rail.|
|10-05-2014 09:44 AM|
Think about moving the gas tank out of the cab as well. It wouldn't be that hard to do and would be a lot safer.
CHeck out the ford 8.8 rear axle from a ford explorer. They are pretty tough and easy to redrill the axle flange to whatever wheel pattern you want.
|10-04-2014 06:18 PM|
|Oregonite||I really like the Volare front suspension. I bought a 1980 Volare for $150.00 so price was right.|
|10-04-2014 01:58 PM|
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