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Old 11-02-2007, 08:51 PM
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front end swap

I am working on a 53 bel air front suspension i was told you could swap with a nova any one tried it. Just wondering if any one had any advice for this.
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Old 11-02-2007, 09:01 PM
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The 53 front suspension isn't really that bad to work with.

A Nova, or Camaro or Chevelle swap is possible. However, the frame styles are vastly different, and the transitions usually look horrific. If you don't care, go for it. I've done it, its not hard, it just takes time. Its one of those projects. However, a Mustang II kit will look much much cleaner, and could be installed over the weekend. If you choose to go Mustang II, go with Fatman Fabrication. They offer the nicest kit, IMO, for a better price.
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Old 11-03-2007, 02:35 PM
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do you know what years are best for this swap i have access to a 75 nova i would just have to go pick it up
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Old 11-03-2007, 02:55 PM
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You want one that has a removable subframe. Preferably one that comes with disc brakes, so 70-73 is your best bet on a Nova.
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Old 11-03-2007, 05:01 PM
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Years ago I put a '76 Firebird subframe under the front of a '53 Sedan Delivery. It really wasn't that difficult IMO.

Nova's 1968 and newer all had removable front subframes, as did 1967- 1981 Camaros and Firebirds. If you do go with a subframe, I would suggest using a 1970 and newer since they are front steer and all had disc brakes.
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Subframed 56

I installed a 72 nova frame on my 56 caddy devil. Installed S-10 12 in disk brakes and a bigger sway bar with Big Block springs. Work out good. Had about a weekend and one or two nights during the week to get her all buttoned up. Not to hard as long as you keep it all in line. What was really nice is the box lined up with the steering shaft sticking out of the fire wall.

I don't know how to post photos yet so hear is the link.

http://www.modifiedcadillac.org/foru...c,3553.30.html
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