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hello i have a 42 chevy 2 door coupe. dont know if i should do frame swap
or could i get suspension parts for the front end like to get rid of the king pens. not sure where to start
 

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hello i have a 42 chevy 2 door coupe. dont know if i should do frame swap
or could i get suspension parts for the front end like to get rid of the king pens. not sure where to start
Usually, the first couple of frame swaps or clip swaps that a guy tries to do, end up behind the shed, left to rust in peace. I had to do half a dozen of 'em before I produced anything that worked better than stock.

I would advise you to find a weld-in or bolt-in independent front suspension system and keep the stock frame intact.
 

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Those old chevies had a "hat frame", formed sheet metal inverted U fastened to a bottom flat. It takes some carefull inspection to verify the condition, possibility of rusted thin spots, If the frame is in good shape you can buy the Bolt In kits for Mustang II front and various bolt in rear ends. Usually new rear springs or a pin relocator plate.
 

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hello i have a 42 chevy 2 door coupe. dont know if i should do frame swap
or could i get suspension parts for the front end like to get rid of the king pens. not sure where to start
You could put a camero susp under it. It all ubolts from the camero frame. Then mount it on your. You nee a spacer between the sus. & your frame. I mount a couple of these & work fine.
 

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You can mount a camero sub frame under it. It all unbolt from the car. You need a spacer between the frame & the susp. You need the steering box to. I installed two of these They work out very nice. No hacking of your stock frame
 

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You can mount a camero sub frame under it. It all unbolt from the car. You need a spacer between the frame & the susp. You need the steering box to. I installed two of these They work out very nice. No hacking of your stock frame
I have done many clip's on different Hot rods... I would love to see just how you did this... Post some pictures...:D

I weld all mine in,, No bolt's and no spacer's..;)
 

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I have a '42 Chevy Aerosedan and I used a '74 Nova clip. It drives awesome but was not real cheap to do correctly. I would do a Chassis Engineering bolt in M2 crossmember if I did it again just to not cut the front frame. The rear of the Nova was the right width for me. I used a 455 Olds in miy car and there is still room to service the engine so your engine options should be good to
 

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I have a '42 Chevy Aerosedan and I used a '74 Nova clip. It drives awesome but was not real cheap to do correctly. I would do a Chassis Engineering bolt in M2 crossmember if I did it again just to not cut the front frame. The rear of the Nova was the right width for me. I used a 455 Olds in miy car and there is still room to service the engine so your engine options should be good to
Nice...I am working on a 41 Merc, and also considering a frame swap...how did yours turn out?
 

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Use one of MANY Mustang II style front ends available so you don't have to cut the rad support and inner fenders all up. They are much better and don't cost all that much once you think about rebuilding the clip you would put use instead.

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Use one of MANY Mustang II style front ends available so you don't have to cut the rad support and inner fenders all up. They are much better and don't cost all that much once you think about rebuilding the clip you would put use instead.

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Brian,
Thanks for that info...I've been looking at them MII set ups...cost comparison vs frame swap,
(although, I know you are not for F-swaps...read quite a few of your comments...hahaha!) the cost is possibly higher that what the shop is offering for the swap?

I'm really on the fence with this decision?
 

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It depends mostly on the condition of your 41 Merc. You have a classic automobile there, if it's decent it wouldn't cross my mind for a second, use the original frame and put a MII front end in it.

Brian
 
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