I have a Mustang II front end in my 57 Chevy pickup it's a stage 2 kit from Fatman Fabrications , Iv'e been driving my truck with this front end for about 6 years, it's ok but the bushings squeek. Alot of people do the Camaro / Nova clip swap, I think I would try that if I was going to do this again. The Camaro/Nova clips have bigger calipers and 11 inch rotors, you'll want the bigger brakes !!!!!!! Late Monte Carlo I believe has smaller calibers and 10 1/2 inch rotors. Check with No Limit Engineering , they do hotrod pickup parts and they have a video tape they sell that shows how to do a Camaro clip in a Chevy pickup.
Kim 57,Really nice job, but if you install Camaro or Nova clip properly it lines up to. Just take a look at NEW INTERIORS photo gallery,he just put a Nova in a 58.I think people who put the whole Camaro or Nova frame clip under the truck frame must not trust their welding skills,No insult meant,But we just cut them off in the right place and line them up and weld them like you did. :thumbup:
All of the advice is great. I have found some donors but I'm waiting a little bit until the some more snow melts to find one this isn't completely rusted out. I'm leaning towards the camaro. I want the 57' sitting respectably low. I have not welded on a frame clip before and I'm just trying to do it in a way that's going to be safe and correct. I'm staying away from the MII for financial reasons. I want to learn how to do this. Thanks everybody for the info.
If you know how to weld and you have patience it is not that hard.First step is to measure your wheelbase before you cut your old front section off. This way you have figures to line up your new one.The camaro clip has frame sections that run back under the car. These should be level. Before you cut them off ,level the clip front to back and tack a piece of flat bar in the middle of the cross member level so when you cut your clip you will have a reference point to level your clip to your frame.The farther back you cut the truck frame the farther back you will have to cut the clip .The farther back the lower the truck will sit. You have to decide where to cut for how low you want it to sit.
Thanks speedydeedy, I do know how to weld and will make sure to measure twice and cut once. I have taken some dimensions down already. I just have to make it the bone yard to find the donor. I plan on taking pics to show the progress. Will the stock springs be adequate for a BB chevy?
Yes the springs will work fine.If you look in NEW INTERIORS photo gallery you will see a 57 that I started and he finished. I put a 81 Firebird clip and a tall deck big block 427 with TH400 and had no problems with weak springs.
The car was set up to high in the front,so I cut it,And Z the frame 2-3/4'' to get the right look for the car.And the spring did go down alot,The a-arms where a little under level.this is a before and after. :mwink: