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chevyhotrod 08-17-2005 03:16 PM

Wich model frontclip
I bought an front suspension from an local dealer, but when i bought it i did not know what car it came from. And at that time i didn't know much about American cars.

Now I know a bit more, and want to change the bushings for my front-clip, and also change some brake parts.
So now I have to know what type of front-clip i have. I have asked the shop where i bought it.

He thought it came from an 78 Malibu.
My question is, does anyone know if this frontclip looks like one of that car. And is this the same as an camaro from that age.
I just want to be able to tel the store for what type suspension I need the parts.
I think it wil be hard to see what it is from but anything in the good direction is welcome.

astroracer 08-18-2005 05:12 AM

The thing in your favor here is that GM uses the same bearings, seals, bushings and ball studs throughout most of their car lines. You will have to pull the bearings to compare but they have part #'s on them that your parts house can cross-reference.
I would also suggest cleaning up the spindles and pulling the casting numbers from them. This way you will have something we can physically "match" to determine what you have.

Houston54 08-18-2005 02:38 PM

That is the same subframe I used on my project. It is a GM G-body which includes 78-84(?) regal, monte carlo, grand prix, malibu, el camino, cutlass etc. The parts are all interchangeable with a few exceptions such as the spindles. rotors, bearings from 78 are not the same as the later years. Why I do not know.

You can see my installation in my picture trail album or in my gallery pics.

If you have any questions let me know.

chevyhotrod 08-19-2005 12:39 AM


So if I want to order poly bushings for upper and lower arm and the sway bar( I think it is called that way, or torque bar). Than I can use those cars as reference. And if I want to order new spindles or rotors I should take a look at the part numbers to find out what model I really need.

I looked at your album and that is going to be a really nice looking truck.
The boxing you did also looks great, i also boxed my frame but don't have the holes in it. It looks nice and cuts the weight down.
You have done the connection between frame and frontclip just like i did.

I wil remember you, if i need to know something i know where to find you.

If you want to see my pictures than look at this link.

chevyhotrod 08-19-2005 03:32 PM

I Just looked at summit, but I can't seem to find the right parts.
I am specially looking for the sway bar bushings, and cotrol arm bushings.

Houston54 08-19-2005 04:18 PM

Just about any auto parts house over here has these on the shelf. There may be some front end re-build kits available for G body cars that you can also get but I am not aware of them. Here are the MOOG part numbers I have cataloged for my subframe:

Upper Control Arm Bushing Kit #K6176
Lower Control Arm Bushing Kit #K6177
Sway Bar Bushings (Frame Connection) #K5248
Cross Link #DS909

The sway bar links that connect the bar to the lower control arm can be obtained from a company called Energy Suspension. Most of these are low price parts. If you cannot find them in Holland then send me an email and we can work something out as long as it does not include Nigerian Financial wizardry.

I do not think you can buy the stock spindles but I have found a company
that sells dropped spindles for G bodies at a very good price. 08-19-2005 08:05 PM

As nicely as that fits your frame I'm guessing a G-body also. I have done a couple of Monte Carlo clips and it sure looks familiar.

Here is a Monte Carlo clip installed in a '57 Chevy pickup. Looks identical to yours.

Here is the complete article on how I did mine.

chevyhotrod 08-20-2005 01:00 AM

It look similar but mine ended different than this one.
Nice project nice door panels you made.

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