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1946 Buick Sedanette Frame Swap

Discussion in 'New to the H.A.M.B.? Introduce yourself here!' started by ERobb56, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. ERobb56
    Joined: Jun 22, 2012
    Posts: 3

    ERobb56
    Member
    from Idaho

    Hey Everybody,

    I just bought a 1946 Buick Sedanette Super. Basically a shell/body in good shape. After thinking how I was going to bring the car back to life, I bought a 1978 Cadillac Coupe DeVille.

    The wheel base is the same, so I'm hoping the Buick body will fit on the Cadillac chassis.

    So, I'll listen to any advice, suggestions etc.

    I would love it if this frame swap is common!

    Thanks,

    Eric
     
  2. PackardWood
    Joined: Aug 13, 2012
    Posts: 485

    PackardWood
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    from JoCo, NC

    Good idea! If you start a new thread, (maybe with some pictures eh) in the General Discussion area it will more views and replies. Sounds like a damn good idea to me tho! Welcome to the H.A.M.B.!
     
  3. THE_DUDE
    Joined: Aug 22, 2009
    Posts: 2,601

    THE_DUDE
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    The width will be the issue, well that and the location of the Cad gearbox( a bit too far forward)
     
  4. interstatemaster
    Joined: Aug 7, 2009
    Posts: 101

    interstatemaster
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    Get a hold of "The Wild Turkey46" on the H.A.M.B.
    Dale has a '50 Buick on a 77-79 chassis and could give you good guidance.
     
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  5. ERobb56
    Joined: Jun 22, 2012
    Posts: 3

    ERobb56
    Member
    from Idaho

    Thanks for the replies! I'm getting some photos to post.

    I have done a quick measurement of both frames and yes the Cad is wider in the middle. So I need to do some more analysis.

    I'll also try to contact "the wild turkey 46",,,,

    Eric
     
  6. RH2795
    Joined: Sep 22, 2012
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    RH2795
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    Welcome from New York Eric.
     
  7. ERobb56
    Joined: Jun 22, 2012
    Posts: 3

    ERobb56
    Member
    from Idaho

    Hey The Dude,,

    You are correct, big width diff between the two frames. However, the front clip from the Caddy might work. It's close the the front frame width of the Buick. Otherwise the best choice may be a Fatman front,,, I just want to do the job within a budget.

    Have you done a similar project?
     

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