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1948 3800
#1371226 Thu Jul 30 2020 12:02 AM
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hi all, been a while since i have been on, not sure if my post will make people mad, but gotta ask. i need to learn a few things. i have a 3800 panel truck, i want it to be an easy driver for my wife to yard sale and antique. i am going to put modern suspension on, rear end, brakes 350 crate engine, maybe even power steering and air. the first task is to clip the front end. i have a 72 nova clip which i believe is too wide, a 92 gmc clip also too wide in my opinion, and an s10 clip which i believe might be a little narrow. a friend said to use the s10 with spacers or different back spaced wheels it would cause abnormal wear on the bearings. True???? who has done it??? what clip did you use??? what problems did you have??? I appreciate all responses
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scott

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Re: 1948 3800
pushrodscott #1371237 Thu Jul 30 2020 12:35 AM
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I'd leave the frame alone. You can convert the front axle to disc brakes without much hassle. You can also find a 4.10 or 4.11 gearset for the rear axle. Put an overdrive transmission behind the 350, plumb up power brakes and steering, install AC, and you'll be good to go.


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Re: 1948 3800
pushrodscott #1371241 Thu Jul 30 2020 12:49 AM
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Why do you think a Nova is too wide? I’ve seen several and even owned a ‘51 with a Nova front clip.🛠


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Re: 1948 3800
Justhorsenround #1371284 Thu Jul 30 2020 09:50 AM
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I measured it, was close to 60" wms to wms

Re: 1948 3800
pushrodscott #1371287 Thu Jul 30 2020 10:47 AM
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Ok here is another couple options I have, I have a mustang 2 cross member, a arms, spindles etc, and the same setup for. A 61_66 c10. Both crossmembers are too wide and would have to be narrowed. Would that be a better option?

Re: 1948 3800
pushrodscott #1372892 Tue Aug 11 2020 01:42 AM
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What are you going to do with your original rear end? I may be interested. Thanks

Re: 1948 3800
Dennis414 #1372922 Tue Aug 11 2020 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Dennis414
What are you going to do with your original rear end? I may be interested. Thanks
Dennis414,
Stovebolt.com Etiquette: that type of message should be done in a Private Message.


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