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Old 05-23-2012, 09:34 PM   #21
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Default Re: What is a good bolt on junk yard IFS for a 1954 chevy bel air

I am working on the same project. And I have just gotten to the part of rebuilding or replacing the front suspension. And all you guys may have talked me into rebuilding it. So how can I find a few threads on rebuilding one. I have been looking and no luck.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:38 PM   #22
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Default Re: What is a good bolt on junk yard IFS for a 1954 chevy bel air

Chassis Engineering has a bolt on Mustang II type front suspension...
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:44 PM   #23
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A lotta shoebox ford guys use an s10 front clip. It's disgusting but if you can DIY then you may save money, get the height you want and discs etc.

Will your tires sit in the wheel well correctly? How long will it take you to install? That's all on your skill level.

On my shoebox I rebuilt it, put in a volvo steering box, lowering springs, and a fat swaybar (I don't care what they're really called you know what I mean) and disc brakes.

For the love of god it cost me a lot of money to keep that stock frame and crap bumpsteer etc.

It'd be interessting to hear from someone that's done both which they'd do again.

I'd bet its about a wash time and money wise, except one car has a spliced frame and one doesn't.
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Old 05-25-2012, 11:33 AM   #24
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Default Re: What is a good bolt on junk yard IFS for a 1954 chevy bel air

I am in the same boat, have done some research with little luck, I have decided to rebuild mine and found this kit to be the most complete for the money

https://www.paragoncorvette.com/p-35...nsion-kit.aspx

however I am not sure if its everything I need or more than I need, I am going to pull the stuff out soon and make a list to compare.

I am still looking for other options as well so I will be watching this thread.
You can check out mine to some hambers are posting some good helpful info on it.

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=693612
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:39 PM   #25
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Default Re: What is a good bolt on junk yard IFS for a 1954 chevy bel air

I have a '50 chevy coupe with the factory front end still under it with a 283 engine and powerglide from a '64 chevy and a '55 chevy open drive shaft rearend (336 gears)...the car drives and rides great...I wouldn't change my front end for any thing else...works to good as is....Ray...
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:42 PM   #26
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Default Re: What is a good bolt on junk yard IFS for a 1954 chevy bel air

It's amazing that the gent asks about a BOLT ON suspension that will bolt on without a bunch of modifications and guys start throwing out frame stub swaps left and right.

There is plenty of upgrade stuff out there for the stock front end. I'd have to think that buy the time you added up new bushings, bearings, kingpins and what not to bring the stock front end up along with a disk brake setup if desired you would be into it for the same or more than a Chassis Engineering bolt on MII setup.

The XJ6 Jag front end is probably the closest one to being a bolt on or near bolt on but it still take some serious fabricating or kit buying if there is a kit plus a bunch of cutting and grinding to clean up the crossmember a bit.
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Old 05-25-2012, 03:09 PM   #27
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Default Re: What is a good bolt on junk yard IFS for a 1954 chevy bel air

just so u guys know, i found a bolt on cross member for the 1939-1949 for a C5 corvette set up @ chevs of the 40's
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Old 05-25-2012, 03:11 PM   #28
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I am in the same boat, have done some research with little luck, I have decided to rebuild mine and found this kit to be the most complete for the money

https://www.paragoncorvette.com/p-35...nsion-kit.aspx

however I am not sure if its everything I need or more than I need, I am going to pull the stuff out soon and make a list to compare.

I am still looking for other options as well so I will be watching this thread.
You can check out mine to some hambers are posting some good helpful info on it.

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=693612
The Chevs of the 40's kit is a $120 cheaper
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Old 05-25-2012, 03:16 PM   #29
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It's amazing that the gent asks about a BOLT ON suspension that will bolt on without a bunch of modifications and guys start throwing out frame stub swaps left and right.

There is plenty of upgrade stuff out there for the stock front end. I'd have to think that buy the time you added up new bushings, bearings, kingpins and what not to bring the stock front end up along with a disk brake setup if desired you would be into it for the same or more than a Chassis Engineering bolt on MII setup.

The XJ6 Jag front end is probably the closest one to being a bolt on or near bolt on but it still take some serious fabricating or kit buying if there is a kit plus a bunch of cutting and grinding to clean up the crossmember a bit.
The "gent" did say "bolt on" due to the fact there is millions of kits out there that are bolt on specific, now in reality there has to be somthing out there that matches width, height and porportion and possible bolt on alighnment, now the question is to be streatch as much as possible, because you may only know of a Jag, MII or a stock rebuild theres somone out there that may have used somthing else that was simple and efficient of an installation.
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:53 PM   #30
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Default Re: What is a good bolt on junk yard IFS for a 1954 chevy bel air

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The Chevs of the 40's kit is a $120 cheaper

If your talking about this: http://www.chevsofthe40s.com/dept/Ca...King_Pins.html

Part number FEK4954

It is not even close to having the same parts no springs ect.

If I am missing something let me know.
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Old 05-26-2012, 11:13 AM   #31
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If your talking about this: http://www.chevsofthe40s.com/dept/Ca...King_Pins.html

Part number FEK4954

It is not even close to having the same parts no springs ect.

If I am missing something let me know.
i think it may have all the same things minus the springs, but if i use it i'm going with airbag suspension
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Old 05-26-2012, 11:21 AM   #32
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http://www.lowridermagazine.com/tech.../photo_01.html

heres a good link for help on using the stock suspension with air bags
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Old 05-26-2012, 02:01 PM   #33
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Ditto, to rebuild the one you have, and add a good dic brake kit.

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Old 05-26-2012, 03:15 PM   #34
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theres a ebay score for $315.00 for disc brake conversion, sellers name is mgchevyparts
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Old 05-26-2012, 03:26 PM   #35
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I know a guy who put a 1977 AMC Pacer front end under his 1950 Ford F1 pickup....he said that it was pretty much a "bolt in"......that gave him a modern IFS, disc brakes, and rack and pinion steering.....the only problem is try to locate one....you wanted to know what might fit...the F1 chassis is not that much different than your 54 when there are just the naked frame rails exposed.
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Old 05-26-2012, 03:33 PM   #36
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I'd stick with the stock
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Old 05-26-2012, 03:34 PM   #37
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Do the JAG front susp. I've done 13 of them so far from 49-54 Chevy cars and trucks. Just did it on my f100 and threw on some astros my good friend gave me. Rides like a dream. Getting ready to do one on a 48 f1
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Old 05-26-2012, 03:37 PM   #38
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Default Re: What is a good bolt on junk yard IFS for a 1954 chevy bel air

Answer to OP's actual question: none. Everything will require some fabrication, some more than others.

Trouble with all of them is that once you're in, you're all in. No stopping in the middle for a while, or going back.

Since the gist of this seems to be cost savings and ease of accomplishment, rebuilding the stock front end is the only logical choice. You can do it, piece-by-piece, as your budget allows, and it is all bolt-on.
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Old 05-26-2012, 04:27 PM   #39
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It's amazing that the gent asks about a BOLT ON suspension that will bolt on without a bunch of modifications and guys start throwing out frame stub swaps left and right.
I a pretty sure that it doesn't hurt one bit to hear of other options that he may very well of not thought about.
You need to remember that this site is for everyone to learn from, not just the OP.
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Old 05-26-2012, 04:38 PM   #40
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Default Re: What is a good bolt on junk yard IFS for a 1954 chevy bel air

im in the same boat with my 51 i talked to a guy at the sr nats who has a 49 he did away with the steering gear box an all an put a t bird rack in it hes got 283 an stock brakes i put 305 in the green wienie an dont care for the drums they stop fine if you have the time but under emergency situation im pretty sure shell slide
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