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Old 09-16-2012, 08:19 AM   #1
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Question 1937 oldsmobile IFS

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I just bought a 1937 F-37 2 door sedan Slantback Oldsmobile. Has anyone upgraded the front suspension on one of these? I would like to put a chevy smallblock in it, but I need a more modern frontend. Fatman Fabrications makes an IFS, does anyone else?
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:07 PM   #2
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Read the article in the November issue Rod & Custom. They rebuilt a 55 Olds with later components. The suspensions are basically the same set up.
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:51 PM   #3
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I don't know about updating the suspension but you can put a sbc in with the old stock suspension in place I did on my 41 olds.Click image for larger version

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Old 09-16-2012, 10:22 PM   #4
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Read the article in the November issue Rod & Custom. They rebuilt a 55 Olds with later components. The suspensions are basically the same set up.
is that 2012 November ? if so I will need to keep an eye open for when it gets here, would be very interested to know what they did.....
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:20 PM   #5
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My mistake, it was a 50 not a 55, but the same suspension design.
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:06 PM   #6
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thanks sure it will still be worth taking a look at when the mag surfaces down here (shoulda kept up my sub....)
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:50 PM   #7
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Thanks guys, I wasn't on line for a couple days so I'm just getting back to you. Olds vroom, did you also lower your car? And what did you use for motor mounts? Looks Good!
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:50 AM   #8
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Still at stock Hight but I made mounts to hook to the stock frame mounts


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Old 09-19-2012, 09:26 AM   #9
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I just bought a 1937 F-37 2 door sedan Slantback Oldsmobile. Has anyone upgraded the front suspension on one of these? I would like to put a chevy smallblock in it, but I need a more modern frontend. Fatman Fabrications makes an IFS, does anyone else?

PM El Polako. He does a real sweet Dakota front end. And while lots have had good luck with fatman's stuff it isn't any better if it is even as good as Steve's stuff and doing business with steve will keep it in the family.
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:47 AM   #10
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I put 56 Olds front suspension on my 37 coupe many years ago, had to cut out the top of the spring area on the frame to accomodate tube shock and I used the 37 spring. It was a bolt in except for the shock mount that had to be fabricated and it had much larger drum brakes with more common, larger and readally available shoes and other parts. Olds went to ball joints in 57
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:20 PM   #11
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Thanks Guys!!
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