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Old 09-29-2010, 11:47 AM   #1
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1949 Chevy Truck Subframe Install - Any Pictures

I am working on a 1949 Chevy Truck and have a 1972 Nova Subframe & Rear end. I was wondering if any one has any pictures of how they installed theirs or any trucks that are rolling to see what stance they have. Thanks
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Old 09-29-2010, 12:00 PM   #2
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Re: 1949 Chevy Truck Subframe Install - Any Pictures

http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=320546

Look at the build I just posted a link to. At post 12 he starts putting a sub frame on.

Look towards the end of the build to see it at ride height.
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Old 09-29-2010, 01:07 PM   #3
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Re: 1949 Chevy Truck Subframe Install - Any Pictures

the front subframe will fit nice but the rearend might be a little narrow. here is some great reading on front subframe installation:http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=148978
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Old 09-29-2010, 02:03 PM   #4
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Re: 1949 Chevy Truck Subframe Install - Any Pictures

This is how a friend of mine did his 55 chevy a AD can be done the same way. I have a 53 done the first way and wish I had done it this way it looks safer to me. Also I have a Nova rear on my 53 and it fits alright I have 8 in ch wheels with 4 in back spacing and 235/60-15 on it.
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Old 09-29-2010, 03:20 PM   #5
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Re: 1949 Chevy Truck Subframe Install - Any Pictures

Thanks for all the help. This is my winter project on my sons truck so I have a little time to figure it out. Running the original subframe all the way under the truck frame is what I was thinking just didnt know how it would look. Looks good. Thanks.
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Old 10-02-2010, 11:38 AM   #6
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Re: 1949 Chevy Truck Subframe Install - Any Pictures

here are a few pictures of mine, 52 frame with 79 camaro clip, still working on it
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Old 10-02-2010, 03:22 PM   #7
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That's impressive work on those subframe grafts. It looks like the joint comes out stronger than the original frame when you do it that way.

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Old 10-02-2010, 03:44 PM   #8
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Scott52 your frontend is lookin good. it's gonna set nice and low keep us posted.
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Old 10-04-2010, 08:42 PM   #9
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i've got the truck sitting on the ground with all the sheet metal on, its low without the motor in yet
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:55 PM   #10
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heres mine. 77-prior el camino sub. 2" drop spindles and QA1's. pretty dirty.

its not a nova front, but you get the idea here as well. keep in mind where your welding the clip to the frame, you can get the pickup a bit lower welding the subframe higher.





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Old 10-09-2010, 09:50 AM   #11
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Re: 1949 Chevy Truck Subframe Install - Any Pictures

The Nova subframe seems to be a little more narrow than the Camaro.
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Old 10-09-2010, 10:05 AM   #12
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it is around 2 inches. I have a 74 nova on my 53. I bought 15x6 rims with 4 inch back spacing and I have 205/75-15 tires on it and seem to fit ok.
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Old 12-30-2010, 11:16 PM   #13
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Re: 1949 Chevy Truck Subframe Install - Any Pictures

this sub frame build looks awesome, i am building a 52, is there any measurements and things i need to watch out for in my subframe build? i am using a 86 camaro for my doner...Joey
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Old 08-07-2011, 11:48 PM   #14
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I love the stance I also PM d you About some work if your intersted

Thanks jaime
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:41 AM   #15
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this sub frame build looks awesome, i am building a 52, is there any measurements and things i need to watch out for in my subframe build? i am using a 86 camaro for my doner...Joey
86 won't work. they don't have a sub frame. and the suspension parts are flimsy.
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Old 08-08-2011, 11:12 AM   #16
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here is mine so far. sorry pics aren't so good 2ND down on the left shows the arrow head shaped gussets inside the plating.
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86 won't work. they don't have a sub frame. and the suspension parts are flimsy.
Sorry that is the camaro
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Old 08-08-2011, 11:27 AM   #18
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Re: 1949 Chevy Truck Subframe Install - Any Pictures

Here's a 54 I built a couple years ago....



This method puts it at about stock ride height.
Rolling chassis, no engine/trans/glass/interior....
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:49 PM   #19
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Re: 1949 Chevy Truck Subframe Install - Any Pictures

This is a 1970 Nova Clip on a 1954 truck. Its a nice clip and rides great. It was a hack job that I had to cut out and re-install. Here is the thread if you want to see it. http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=445185

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Old 09-10-2011, 09:30 PM   #20
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Re: 1949 Chevy Truck Subframe Install - Any Pictures

Hey guys, Newbie here! Im picking up a 49 long box tomorrow and already thinking of how to make it ride and stop better. A friend of my has a running/driving 78 firebird he is trying to sell. I was wondering If i could use the sub frame from this car and do something like Indian did earlier in this post?! Any advice or input would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 09-10-2011, 09:52 PM   #21
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The firebird clip is the same as the camaro clip Scott52 used
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Old 09-10-2011, 09:59 PM   #22
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Re: 1949 Chevy Truck Subframe Install - Any Pictures

I figured as much, but didn't know for sure seeing as its a tad wider than the older Camaro and Nova subs. Any Advice or problems I should look out for? also, think I can use the rear end out of the same car or is it too wide? Thanks in advance
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Old 09-10-2011, 10:04 PM   #23
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You can use the rearend too,just watch your backspacing on your wheels. I would use EVERYTHING I could from that bird,you'll save some money. I moved my frontend out to make my wheelbase longer so the front wheel set in opening centered.
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Old 09-10-2011, 10:07 PM   #24
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Old 09-10-2011, 10:11 PM   #25
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Looks damn clean! Mine will not be, as its been sitting in a yard for the past 10years or so.. I will be making it into a short box as well. Think I can cut the amount needed out of the front of the bed and just reattach the front bed panel to the sides?
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