So, as alot of you know, I am a major supporter of the camaro clip swap into a chevy truck. I have threatened to Post a tech article on how truly easy it is more than once, and yesterday, it was time to do another. Cliff (57Firedome) recently picked up a pretty good example of a middle fiddies Chevy truck.-A 1958 Apache Delivery. The prep consisted of about an hour of measuring... wheelbase 115 inches rocker height 15 inches (yuck.) kingpin to floorboard-31 1/4 passenger,31 1/2 drivers side (something was bent!) distributor cap (from center of cap) to firewall-2 1/2 inches our first order of business was to remove the welded on front sheet meta, and the clapped out 307. since that is pretty standard stuff, and even a reasonably intelligent primate (such as myself) can figure it out without going to the manuals, I will skip the "gory detains. Yes, it involved a sawzall, and yes, is sucked. the entire thing was the aftermath of living with various welders for several years, so there was lots of this awesome work involved. so once all that was removed, we started by removing the "primary" crosmember- the one the bellhousing bolts to. since it was 6 peices of angle iron,2 peices of stainless 1/2 rod and the original crossmember all welded together, I opted to remove it via Gas Axe. nothing to save there. once it was removed, we trimmed out the Rivits for the rear spring perches and remainder of the crossmember with the torch and an air hammer. once we finished that step, we welded a chunk of schedule 40 across the framrails to stabilize it, and give us a place to put the jackstands. The "chunk O'pipe" is more important than it would seem, because without it, you can't move forward to the next step, which is where the real fun begins. I always start with cutting the steering tube and shaft off as close to the box as I can. after that, I cut immediately behind the box on the drivers side framerail, and immediately behind the bumpstop on the passenger side rail. after that, we clean up the bottoms of the truck frame, and the top of the camaro frame. no need to get all excited about complete cleanliness here, just bare metal to weld to. The next step is to weld up the front of the drivers side body support and remove the rivits that hold the clutch arm in place-these are cool looking, simple peices that could potentially make for a clutch pedal assembly on your hot rod, so don't torch 'em. Here is where I make my own changes to the chassis- I have never liked how far back the tire sits in the fenderwell on these trucks, so I lengthen the wheelbase 2 inches to better center the tire. this is established by using all the previous "length" measurments and adding 2 inches. however, it is a little tricky with the camaro clip because the way that modern independant suspension changes the caster angle-by moving the upper control arm around. measurments at the ball joints instead of the kingpins will screw you. what to do? use the shock mount holes instead-they are centered with the spindle. easy work from there on out. we made a template of the camaro clip (where the arch begins and ends) then establihed a measurment from the shock holes to the "ears" on the clip. (they would be the forward mounting holes for the camaro body) we then used the "ears" to place the frame. -knowing that amount of length is what makes it easy,because you now haveplaces to measure to and from that line up with one another. once we got the magic number (in our case,28 1/2 inches from the box to the shock holes) we placed the template and cut the rails-this time we cut a little forward of the template linea and followed it up with a grinder to ensure a clean weld.we then hoisted the clip into place and held it there with 4 monster c clamps so we could measure more-lots of "measure 23 times and cut/weld once" here. I also sawzalled the end of the shaft off at this point so it wouldn't stab me in the head...again. once we liked where it was sitting (it's pretty easy to get "side to side" set on these-the insides of both sets of framerails line up like someone thought this was supposed to happen- we welded the rails together. no super duty welder needed,by the way- you have a total of about 3 and a half feet of good solid weld on steel a little over 1/8 th on an inch thick on both sides of the weld. we used my little Miller 135xlt to avoid burning holes through it, and can say with no fear that it is held together better than either of the previous frames. the next part is easier than it should be. the Camaro clip's steering shaft lines up almost perfectly with the truck cab. problem is, there is n't a support bearing at the bottom on the column! soooo. you have to install one. after several different attempts at using roller bearings with the same inside diameter as the shaft and outside diameter as the tube (1 of which will always have to be changed,rest assured) I came across these little jewels-the bottom support bearing from a 69 chevy pickup. now, I know every one of you knows where somewhere there is a 67-73 chevy truck, I wouldn't think these are hard to find items, and they save about 4 hours of crap if you can get one-they look like this. the bearing part is waaay down at one end of it-which means it can be welded onto the tube without killing it. after that, I made a sleeve for the camaro side from some tubing I had laying around. 11/16th outside diameter, 3/4 inside diameter (roughly) pounded it into the stock camaro u-joint and welded it into place. after that, I shortened the steering shaft and slid it into the sleeve in the camaro shaft, ceneterd the wheels, centered the steering wheel and welded it together- I realize it makes for a p.i.t.a. if you want to remove it, but I feel better knowing it's welded construction. about the only thing I did to change the column is move it a bit farther away from the driver, and made it "pitch" more towards him-it has power steering,remember?- which is accomplished by moving the column "up" in it's mount hole. after that, you have to make a bracket to stabilize the bottom of the column, but since anyone that is gonna do this will have a different take on how to do it , I will leave it to them. but aside from that, it's done. I will post soon on how to fit the front tinwork (again, incredibly easy work) and motor install soon. Enjoy!