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Old 10-24-2007, 12:31 AM
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will this frame work

ive got a 1977 280z that ive had sitting around for awhile. the bodys terrible but the frame is still good. what i was wondering is if anyone knew whether or not its dimensions were adequate to use it for a 30s or 40s coupe project. if not, what do you typically look for in a donor frame/ car. ide like to make the one i have work because its already had the v8 coversion and suspensin upgrades. ive looked at numerous web sites and havent been able to find the frames dimensions but i can post some general measurements tomorrow morning.


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I'm pretty sure that is a unibody car without a true frame.

Pull the motor & trans and sell off the good parts of the car on ebay. Check competed auctions on ebay to see roughly what parts will bring some money for your build.

You need to decide what year range & style of "coupe" you want before worrying about a frame. A late 30s early 40s coupe looks best as a full fendered car and the early 30s can go with no fenders or cycle fenders to keep the cost down.

Ebay prices on a starter project coupe are on the high side. Check Craigslist or local swapper papers for an unfinished project.
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The best frame to use with a 30's or 40's project is the frame the car came with. Most of these cars now have after market ifs kits that will give you disc brakes. By the time you figure out how to mount your body and fenders including engine trans and rad to a newer frame and rebuild the front suspension and brakes you may be further ahead to go with a kit on the original frame.

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Still looking for what truck or car in the 30t 40t range . To put on a chev sten frame . thanks Frogger.
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