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Old 07-16-2003, 07:58 PM
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IFS for '57 Chev PU

Did you guys know that Brothers Trucks has a video on installing a camaro clip into a '57 Chev PU? Go to their website WWW.brotherstrucks.com for info. Lotsa mag articles on this swap, too. Check out old Classic trucks mag, etc...Camaro,(or firebird) clips are cheap at local junkyd...around $250 complete here in SoCal...

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I've just aquired a 57 Chevy truck and had the same concerns regarding the high $$$ buck IFS or doing it the shade tree way. I've also have access to a BBC 454 that I may transplant-or go with a junkyard motor and run it 'till it breaks. I found that http://www.cenpen.com/truckaxles.htm has a decent straight axle-check e-bay-
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Go with IFS

If you are going to put time and money into lowering it anyway you might as well put in the IFS. There's a 55 Chev in my yard with a GM clip installed, (prolly camaro), and it looks like the rails lined up perfectly. I personally would go this route, not the MII unit tho becuz I would be concerned the MII IFS could handle the weight of the 454, as no Mustang II came stock with a BigBlock V8 and I'm sure Ford would have designed it beefier if they intended to install heavier motors than the light small 302 v8. So go with the GM front clip. They are cheap or even free, check the freeby column of your local paper or weekly bargain paper. Or cruize around untill you find a ruff lookin car in someone's yard that the owner would love for you to get rid of for them. Remember it doesn't have to run or be pretty so folks reguard it as junk. The extra stuff you get will help like the PS pump & brackets, hoses etc, nice thick anti-swaybar, extra GM parts like starter, lightswitch etc etc. I do this all the time and all it costs is the tow to get it home, (it helps to have a towing buddy for cheap rates or swap4work plans) The main things you need to know to determine which cars/trucks will work is the tire-track width, the frame-rail spacing, and the V8 installed height of the frame-rails. If these things are all within 2-3 inches it can work. When you're doing the work you might feel nervous with the truck in pieces for abit, but when you're done and driving it with great handling, PS, PDB, you'll just look back and chuckle at how easy it turned out to be for so many benefits. DO IT!!!
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I agree with you 100% mmetalman- but for my project, I just want to get a running drivetrain & sell it-(it's a 3/4 ton)-I just found a '55 shortbed chevy truck in much better condition for a very reasonable price and I will do the 2nd gen Camaro clip and hot rod it.
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mmetalman; You have got it!! GREAT answer.
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Wilys36, I am in the process of doing about the same thing. I am going to try and put an IFS on a 1946 Ford Tudor. Since I am new to this rodding thing I was wondering if I could also get the article you were refering to. Thankx
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