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Old 01-30-2010, 10:29 PM
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subframe for a 54 chevy

hello all! i need help deciding on a good subframe to use on my 54 chevy pickup i dont like mixing brands all my buddies keep telling me to use a mustang II frount but i know atleast a few of you fellows on here had already done a build up on an old truck i want disc and i would like something (ideas) on what would be an easy fit. i am not afraid of alot of custom fab as i have hand built whole frames/suspensions before just want to get my project done for cruzing season! any help would be greatly appreciated! thanks josh

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I remember when I was a boy I went with my uncle to the wrecking yard to cut the sub frame off a 72 camaro. He outfitted his 55 GMC with this. A few years later he did the same with a 57 GMC. Only that one had a 71 Firebird under it. Still a few years later he did a 54 Chevy pick up. I am not positive what he put under it. I had always assumed it was the same vintage Camaro or Bird. Not too easy to find these anymore. Good Luck.
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If it were me I would get in touch with Rob over at No Limit engineering. they make a super nice crossmember for the 49-54 Chevs. I also know that Fatmans offers up a variety of crossmembers for them too. The reason i suggest that is because even if you go to a junk yard and find you an F body, X body, or A body front clip, you are more than likely going to have to rebuild the whole thing anyway. Plus you are going to be forced to dealing with the geometry that that car was initially intended to have and get it to work under your car. lets face it... the geometry on those front ends out of the box leave ALOT to be desired.
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re:subframe 54 chevy(spent 50yrs under mine-COURSE IF YOU WORK FOR AIR RIDE MONEY=zip

Yeah, Tony,
Had my 50 Fleetline 2 dr 12 coates of Lacquer go cross country and back in one of the worst winters on record. Cheaspeake Bay froze! This shows how accurate these front ends can be. Heck! GM used them on VETTES till 62.
Gents, do your homework when it comes to front ends!! The owner of a major brand most likely still DOES NOT TEST TILL COMPONET FAILURE. We just drive them over a lot of bumpy roads=forget it. On another site you will see a "custom" front end ripped off a 32 Tudor(on it's side). It collapsed under the car on flat pavement. Look closely; do you see ANY drainage holes for rain or condensation?

P.S. I'am glad Air Ride Tech HAS COMPETETION NOW. I've e-mailed them 3 times WITH ZERO RESPONSE FOR MY 50 CHEVY. Maybe it's because I went to Engineering+chem+Law? I just wanted some shocks. Dr Fly
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If you have not received a response my guess would be that your e-mail is not coming through. If you would like you could e-mail me directly at and I can tell you what the problem is if my spam filter picks you up. Shoot me a note on here as to what time/ date you send it up to me so that I can look for it for you.
On a side note, if you read my post above you will see that my remarks above are directly regarding using a subframe off of an A, X, or F body GM. Although.. I also think the front suspension on a 49-54 Chev would be more suitable on the wet end of an anchor chain.... but that is my personal opinion. As far as what front crossmember suspension or anything is right for YOU... that all depends on what you want to build, how you want to build it and what your personal taste are. If you are satisfied with that suspension that is awesome...


P.S. For the record though we do not build crossmembers so there was no financial inspiration on replying to this post.

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I dont have any issues
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A sub frame will get you there quickly and cheaply.
Up grades can be made as needed like "strong arm" control arms bigger rotors etc.Just throwing a cross member in is not as quick or strong as a boxed camero sub frame(without lots of extra work) to the original frame and thousands more expensive... You can get a complete sub frame for 100-200.00...Even a completely rebuilt one is MUCH cheaper than an aftermarket unit,But anything will be better than the straight Axel and leaf spring suspension....They don't even make a good boat anchor....I 'd get rid of the steering box and all the linkage too and use a power rack from a 95 or so camero.....If I was to order something(aftermarket) already made, I would get the "Whole" frame and suspension (subframe) from fatmans or a company like them.
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