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Steering Box Clearance Problems 54 Chevy P/u w/Camaro Clip

1954 Chevy p/u with 1978 Camaro front end clip installed. Everything works great but have problems with the powersteering box hitting the radiator. Was hoping someone might have a fix without going to rack and pinion. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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This is one the reasons I am not fond of frame or clip swaps. The front mounted steering box on that clip will require you to cut up the radiator support. That is all there is to it, you are going to need to remove the portion of the radiator support and reinforce it to be as strong as it was.

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1954 Chevy p/u with 1978 Camaro front end clip installed. Everything works great but have problems with the powersteering box hitting the radiator. Was hoping someone might have a fix without going to rack and pinion. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Mike

You need to post a picture of that if you can.. When I did mine about 20years ago, I don't remember having that problem...
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Maybe yours wasn't set up as low? Mine wasn't supper low but the running board was only about 6 or so inches from the ground.

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1954 Chevy p/u with 1978 Camaro front end clip installed. Everything works great but have problems with the powersteering box hitting the radiator. Was hoping someone might have a fix without going to rack and pinion. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Mike
You will have to re-work your radiator support. There's a ton of info on this site..... http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/f...splay.php?f=13

I'm in the process of building a '50 Chevy and plan to use an S-10 chassis. The steering box location is also an issue with the S-10 swap.

Hey, that's what makes Hot Rodding fun!
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Maybe yours wasn't set up as low? Mine wasn't supper low but the running board was only about 6 or so inches from the ground.

Brian

I set mine up, Sweet & Low...


If I remember right.. I custom made everything.. I Put the old Rad support in the Garbage can.. I ''Never'' use them..
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Mine wasn't supper low but the running board was only about 6 or so inches from the ground.

I get nose bleeds at those heights!
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I don't think it is possible to run the stock radiator with the Camaro clip. The only option is to find a radiator that will fit or have one made.
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I can fix most anything with a plasma and welder..the front of that chebbie has plenty of room to adapt a camaro radiator that may have a better chance of fitting.. Welcome to the world of hot-rodding...

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Thanks all for the great suggestions. I have already modified the radiator support, but it looks like the radiator will also hit. Have looked into a custom radiator and think that is a definite possibility. I will also check out the Camaro rad.

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Time to get creative...This is the fun stuff,Post some pics and we'll all come up with something ....I went with a power rack from a doner car and lost about a hundred lbs...
Like Randy ,I dont waste my time trying to hack up a rad support ,I made my own, moving the support 1" can make all the difference
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I've read where some folks ended up tilting the radiator forward at the bottom. With my truck still in pieces, I can't confirm if that will work.
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Thats what I did. The way the fenders narrow ,the top of the radiator wouldnt move very far forward so I just slid the bottom forward 1" and it worked fine later on I added a serpentine system and had to redo everything all over again,had to find two more inches...You can put that radiator anywhere it'll fit or as a last resort find one that'll fit the new dimensions...I also had to remove the top spout and redirect it... An Electric fan was a necessity also. Things tend to snowball like that but like someone said "thats hotrodding" Seeing what other people come up with to solve the same problem can be fascinating....and completely "out of the box" ingenious...
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are we having fun yet?

MY willys has had 3 different engine swaps the last 44 years.My brother in law said "why don't you leave it alone after you get it running." each time I went to the bone yard with a tape measure and found a radiator that would work, size, hose location , std trans vs auto trans oil cooler, etc.
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The radiators in the Jeep CJ's are narrow and after market V-8 ones are now available. If you can find an OE radiator that will fit it will still be cheaper than having one custom built. I encountered the same problem when building my 56'. You are at the right place for help on this. The guys on this site are knowledgeable and more than willing to help. Good luck with your project!!!
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