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S-10 spindles on Nova

I don't post very much, because usually I find the answer, thanks to all of you. But I searched and read, and could not find a conclusive answer. The closest was S-10 brakes to a 72 Chevelle. I have a chance to get a complete 91 S-10 front end with 2" drop spindles and 2" drop springs. My question is this. Will these s-10 parts fit the 69 Nova clip? The Nova front clip is on a 36 Chev with a SBC. The clip was narrowed but the front upper control arm bushings just clears the front fenders. Resulting in the entire front nose to be higher by 2". I appreciate the fact the previous owner did not cut the fender to make it fit. Now, I DO NOT want to buy ready made MII or the like IFS. I believe in you guys and hope someone can enlighten me up. TYIA.

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I don't post very much, because usually I find the answer, thanks to all of you. But I searched and read, and could not find a conclusive answer. The closest was S-10 brakes to a 72 Chevelle. I have a chance to get a complete 91 S-10 front end with 2" drop spindles and 2" drop springs. My question is this. Will these s-10 parts fit the 69 Nova clip? The Nova front clip is on a 36 Chev with a SBC. The clip was narrowed but the front upper control arm bushings just clears the front fenders. Resulting in the entire front nose to be higher by 2". I appreciate the fact the previous owner did not cut the fender to make it fit. Now, I DO NOT want to buy ready made MII or the like IFS. I believe in you guys and hope someone can enlighten me up. TYIA.
Two problems. First, the ball joint stud taper is different. You may be able to physically bolt the S10 spindles to the early ball joints, but it will NOT be safe to drive. These tapered studs are designed to fit tightly along the entire length of the stud. If the taper angle is different, you only get contact on a small part of the stud, which can lead to metal fatigue and eventual failure. You can buy tapered reamers to remachine the spindles to the correct taper angle, but you have a much bigger problem. The 68-74 Nova and 67-69 Camaro front ends use a rear steer design - the steering linkage is behind the axle centerline. The S10 and Chevelle use a front steer design. The S10 spindles just won't work. No, you cannot just swap them side-for-side.
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Thanks for the quick reply Joe. Based on what you described, I have this year's winter project identified. Complete front end mod.
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