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Old 05-22-2012, 11:30 PM   #1
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Default What is a good bolt on junk yard IFS for a 1954 chevy bel air

being on a low budget what would be a good IFS that would bolt on a 54 Chevy Belair? I know theres gotta be some thing sitting at the junk yard that would be perfect
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:50 PM   #2
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Bolt on ?? I think 49-54 would be a direct fit, but your already in that boat

Seriously though, I think there is weld/fab work not matter what other front end you use. If mine wasnt already subframed when I bought it, I would be rebuilding the original susp. I think you can do/rig almost anything you can with the newer years on these.

I think ANY front sub you find at a salvage yard would need gone through with new bearings and such. Soooo, my advice is to just update what you got.
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:53 PM   #3
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Oh, and i forgot to mention, from the research I have done, most everything mid 70's and later borders on too wide, most things earlier than 74ish are drums, so there is not much extra value in using that, and most people talk that s10's are too involved to be practical. Let us know if you venture out and try though!!
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:57 PM   #4
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Default Re: What is a good bolt on junk yard IFS for a 1954 chevy bel air

Try doing a search for Jag XJ front end threads. The Jags are all one unit like the one on your Chevy. But it won't be a 'bolt-on' deal. A lot of guys use 'em in New Zealand, Australia, etc. with really good results.

I'm planning one for my '50 Chevy...someday.
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:00 AM   #5
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??? There is nothing that bolts in from the yard. You already have ifs. What's the issue?
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:07 AM   #6
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Default Re: What is a good bolt on junk yard IFS for a 1954 chevy bel air

Anything modern is too wide.

Anything old and narrow enough to work will need to be completely rebuilt.

I would just rebuild and upgrade the IFS you already have (it's lasted nearly 60 years already). Or just cut it all off and buy a dedicated aftermarket front subframe. It will be easier to mount a V8 and get it really low, if that's what you're after.
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Old 05-23-2012, 04:28 AM   #7
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..... A lot of guys use 'em in Australia, etc. with really good results....
Us Ozzies do use them all the time, GM (Chevy) bolt pattern, disc brakes and power steer. Out with old and in with the new, not a lot of fabrication, connection to the column, change the rear wheel cylinders, add a tandem master cylinder and booster. DONE. Does a 54 have spring pockets or is the OEM IFS easily removed by removing the rivets?
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:39 AM   #8
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The front end you have in your '54 was good enough to be used for a number of years in the Corvette. Add a disc brake kit if you must, but it is a good one as is.
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:46 AM   #9
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I've used a g-body front clip and mustang 2 they all have there ups and downs and require work to get them to work especially if you are trying to get the car low
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:48 AM   #10
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Old 05-23-2012, 07:10 AM   #11
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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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??? There is nothing that bolts in from the yard. You already have ifs. What's the issue?
Not a damn thing wrong with what you already have,,
upgrade to disc brakes if you just wanna screw with it
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Old 05-23-2012, 07:42 AM   #12
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I think there are kits out there to put a jag under your car.
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:03 AM   #13
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why not bolt in a 62 corvette independent front suspension. Oh yeah you all ready have it
I went with vette HD springs, getting a vette quick steer center link, heavy sway bar and disc brake conversion all for less than half the cost of a twitchy mustang ll weld in kit.
fix what you have it will work fine
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:08 AM   #14
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Would a narrowed Crown Victoria front end work??? The are cheap and relatively easy to narrow....pretty much a bolt on for the older trucks.
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being on a low budget what would be a good IFS that would bolt on a 54 Chevy Belair? I know theres gotta be some thing sitting at the junk yard that would be perfect
Frankie....IMHO..update what you have for a lot less $$ and spend that savings on something else...Engine, Interior....whatever.

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Most early GM IFS cars have a lot of roll in cornering (due to front roll center location, which is close to China), and too much camber change when there is a lot of movement.
After a thorough rebuild of all bushings, add a serious anti-roll bar (usually incorrecly called anti-sway) and if you want to kill off all of the GM mush wallowing heavier springs fore and aft. This treatment will radically improve most '50's and '60's barges.
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:06 AM   #17
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There are tons of threads on here about this. Nothing is wrong with the stock suspension. Plenty of upgrades available. I have used s10, g body, camaro, and jag fronts on these cars. Non are bolt in. They made the 54 style front end for many years and continued into 63 i think on corvettes. That should say something....
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:29 PM   #18
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I Aprreciate everyones input, I posted this, not to go run and buy an IFS to swap, but to kill my curiosity, to be honest i like the original IFS, plus less headaches to change I got other things to worry such as "body" but in rebuilding and upgrading what i have can u guys point me in the right direction, i'm just trying to build this car right and clean from the ground up and want it laying on the floor
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<<<<< on a highly modified g body chassis. In hind sight i would have used the original frame, but i had fun.
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Old 05-23-2012, 03:58 PM   #20
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I've heard that a 55-57 frame will go under a 53-54 with very little effort. If you can do this, you'll get a little more modern type of front end, plus loose the torque tube.
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