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What's the "IDEAL" chassis for 37 Chevy Coupe Rebuild?

Planning to rebuild a 37 Chevy Coupe Master Deluxe into a street rod with modern chassis (disc brakes, R&P Steering, V8, auto transmission, etc). Is there an "ideal" make/model/year frame to use as the starting point? One that would provide the modern options mentioned above, but not create a great deal of customization to make the 37 body fit on the frame?? I have read about a couple '37 rebuilds and one used a Nova frame and other a Corvette. Any suggestions or experience would be welcome. Thanks!

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Old 11-27-2012, 11:32 AM
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YES, there is an IDEAL frame under your 36 Chevy......a 36 Chevy frame!

Use your stock frame and add all the suspension changes you want and you will not devalue the car. Put the wrong frame under it and you will.

There are ZILLIONS of different, quality, new kits to put modern from and rear suspensions on your car. Don't get into the "Frame swap" thinking.

There is NO SUCH THING as a "frame swap" to put the wrong frame under it takes a LOT of skill to do right, if it can be done at all. It only swaps Time, work and money, it saves you NOTHING.

Would you imagine "swapping" the wrong fenders or doors on the body? "Swapping" the frame is no different, it won't fit and it takes a LOT of work to get it anywhere near fitting. Most of them look like a mess and the car is ruined.

Hang out here and just learn all the different things you can do, there are tons of super knowledgeable people here just start checking out stuff. There is no need to change frames.

Brian...my two cents.
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That's a wealthy 2 cents Brian !!!!!

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I know you got more good information Brian and I've got change in my pocket for a dollar. Brian is right, try (one example only, there are lots of companies) TCI...They are one company of many that make all the conversions your looking for possible.

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Progressive sells complete frames designed specifically for your car. You can buy them as a bare frame, or with various components to fit. Depends on your budget.
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Speedway and others sell components to upgrade your stock frame to modern suspension as Brian mentioned. If money is a concern, then upgrading your frame is the least expensive, but you'll need to have the skills and tools to fit these parts.
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