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#39 buick frame, suspension & brakes

I'm new to this site and found your knowledge base and bulletin board very informative and useful. I have a 39 Buick which is in very good condition and I'm going to convert it to a Street Rod. I'm in the planning process now and I need to decide how to upgrade the suspension and brakes. The current frame is massive and in good condition, but it seems like it will be quite a chore to convert the front end. I've concluded the best courses of action are to either just get new spindles for the current suspension or to buy a new stub frame for the front. I couldn't find any conversion kits. The rear is also a problem. I have no idea what to do with the torque tubes on this Buick (Besides getting rid of them). Any suggestions?? I'm also considering getting a Ford Ranger (LWB) frame and mounting the Buick body on it. The dimensions of the Ford Ranger are almost identical to the 39 Buick. I'd just have to shorten it to 120". Any comments on the best courses of action would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 11-26-2003, 07:04 AM
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http://www.fatmanfab.com/fm-06.htm

The above link is to Fat Man Fabrications They have a stub to allow you to use a MII style front end. In my opinion it is best to use the original frame if at all possible, less hassle with body mounts etc.
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Check with www.chassisengineeringinc.com they have a universal rear leaf suspension kit. A late 60's mustang 9 inch rear fits in real good.Had started a 39 buick once can be a nice ride,like E-Black said fatman has a front crossmember for buick's to use mustang 2 front suspension.Use the original frame you'll be gratefull in the long run.
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39 buick

I am building a 39 buick also and have a 68 chevrolet cross member from a half ton pickup and a chevy 10 bolt rear end a lot of work went into this conversion but seems to work very well. And I am putting a 74 nova subframe into the front the sub is just being welded in and this is a very good fit I have built cars all of my life and this is the latest. about three hundred hours have gone in so far . the pre made front ends and rear kits go lots faster.There are a lot of people who build these parts also look for cadillac and gm products of the same year if you can't find buick. Good luck Bill.
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#39 buick frame, suspension & brakes

check out the Wiki "37 - 57 Bop suspension upgrade". haven't confirmed the dimensions on the Buick Lower A's yet, but the rest of it is an eye opener.
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FELLA's ... look at the date this was posted ... 4 years ago

and it was his ONLY post ...

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