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Old 12-18-2007, 05:42 PM
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s-10 frame swap or mustang II IFS ???

I want newer updated components on my 1950 chevy 1/2 ton pickup. what would be better a S-10 frame swap or a mustang II IFS ? for the rear I will be using a Ford 9 inch rear end. is the 1950 frame strong enough for say 500 hp? if I keep the original frame should it be boxed?

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Old 12-18-2007, 05:54 PM
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I don't care much for fram swaps...I would rather use the original frame. Box it and put a M-ll type crossmember under it.
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Mustang II is easier but costs more. If you are lacking in welding and fab skills" no insult meant" a bolt in MII is the way to go. If you are confident in your skills a Nova or Camaro clip can easily be found,rebuilt and properly installed for a lot less money. Both will drive and ride well.Even the factory splices frames together,just look under a factory S10. The frame is spliced under the cab.Also an S10 front section will work depending on wheel choice.New Interiors and I have been clipping vehicles for about20 years and have never had a failure or complaint of driveability.We have done 3 this year alone. A 49 ford car with an S10,A 58 chevy truck with a Nova and 48 ford F-1 with a 80 camaro.He is about to do a 10 second S10 that hit the wall with of course an S10 .You can look in his album for the 58 truck,he has some good pics of the job he did.
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I just noticed you are from Louisiana also. What part? It just so happens that the first clip New Interiors did was on his 48 chevy P/U.
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I'm here in lockport,Were are you in LA.The nova work out great for me.It had the rear steering box.Pics in my album.
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I just noticed you are from Louisiana also. What part? It just so happens that the first clip New Interiors did was on his 48 chevy P/U.
I am in Jennings it is about 30 miles west of Lake Charles, I was sort of leaning towards the mustang II front end because I like the rack and pinion and I would not use the rear suspension from the s-10 anyway. what year camaro/nova will work?
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Anything up to 81 Camaro ,after that they have strut front suspension.
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I wouldn't put an M2 under a truck but all my trucks are still expected to be trucks.
One thing that you might consider is the suspension from an early 70s Chevy pickup. The whole thing can be removed from the frame in one piece.
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You can do this a number of different ways. The Mustang II IFS is a good choice for a novice but like has been mentioned here if you intend for your truck to be a truck you may not want to go in that direction. For a street rod truck its fine.

Later model GM trucks will work as well, HOWEVER most are too wide and you will have tire to fender clearance problems unless you use wheels with oddball backspacing.

The best choice if you don't want to go with the Mustang II is a Nova sub frame. You can use a Camaro but the Camaro is also a bit too wide for the AD trucks and will not look right. The Nova is very close to the correct width and has all the same mountings for a SBC etc that the Camaro has.

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The best choice if you don't want to go with the Mustang II is a Nova sub frame. You can use a Camaro but the Camaro is also a bit too wide for the AD trucks and will not look right. The Nova is very close to the correct width and has all the same mountings for a SBC etc that the Camaro has.

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what year nova subframe will work?
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We've done a 52 panel, and a 54 panel with 78-80 Camaro clips. Rebuilt with polyurethane bushings, sandblasted, the whole deal. Both of them look good, and the track width shouldn't matter if you have the right wheels. I got pictures of the stance if you would like. It's a huge project anyway you go about doing it, and everyone has a different opinion on which way to do things. If you can afford a brand new mustang II setup, go for it! On the cheap side, my vote would be for the camaro or nova clip.
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We've done a 52 panel, and a 54 panel with 78-80 Camaro clips. Rebuilt with polyurethane bushings, sandblasted, the whole deal. Both of them look good, and the track width shouldn't matter if you have the right wheels. I got pictures of the stance if you would like. It's a huge project anyway you go about doing it, and everyone has a different opinion on which way to do things. If you can afford a brand new mustang II setup, go for it! On the cheap side, my vote would be for the camaro or nova clip.
yes I would like to see pictures you can send them to my e mail
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My 52, which I'm fixing from the ground up.
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S-10 Chassis not lowered
They make kits http://www.ad-engineering.com/ but if you can weld you could do it cheaper
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