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Old 12-11-2005, 02:16 PM
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will a nova sub fit my 31 buick?

I have an pretty much all original 31 buick. I also have access to a 71 nova...My question is, will the Nova sub frame fit/match up to my 31 buick? Any help is much appreciated!!!

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Old 12-11-2005, 02:31 PM
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All I can tell you is get the tape measure out and measure them both and see how close they are.
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I would think it will be a bit wide. I used a Nova clip on my 51 Ford and it is almost too wide. Measure 1st to be sure....You can correct it some with your wheel offset.
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like poncho62 said it is to wide and also it will look to big and awkward as the nova clip is twice as big as 31 frame. nova clips are better suited to 40's and later. you would be better to install a mustang 11, original or aftermarket. they install easily and work great. good luck with your project.
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Stubbing the Buick

Methinks you would be better off to go with a Pinto/Mustang II front end. Much lighter in weight, and is already a proven modification in everything from Model T's to Repro Cobras, Vettes, etc etc etc.
Check out some of the suspension outfits like Flaming River, Speedway Motors, etc. If $$$$$$$ is a severe factor, consider staying with your origional front suspension, and do a bit of modernizing on it. It could well be that your Nova Spindles, and possibly the A arms, springs may fit up to your Buick front end with little modification. This could be done using fabricated mounts welded to the stock frame stub, and things like the steering box, drag strut, could be adapted to your chassis as well. Get ahold of a builder of stock car chassis in your neighborhood and pick his brain on chassis fabrication. there are a lot of stock cars with fabricated frames running stock or stock type A-arms, spindles etc. Just a thought.
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I have a 36 Buick, and the frame rails are awfully close together.
I got an entire Mustang II type front end from StreetRod Engineering in Lake Havasu, Az. It included big brakes, tubular control arm, power R&P steering, etc, and it fit perfectly (Rare in aftermarket parts). It was under 2 grand, and it looks super...
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You can see the mismatch in subframe width if you look in my project journal. There is a picture that shows a camaro subframe and the 34 pontiac, not nova but give you an idea.
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31 buicks and gm stubs don' t like each other

...........as a few of the fella's said it's way wide for that, not to mention on a car such as your buick , the sheer mass of that front end wil look like stool under those pretty, swoopy fenders, something more"fine lined" like a mustang two kit is way better suited, besides it's your steering and braking, DON'T CHEAP OUT!!
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