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1949 Buick Sedanette --Frame swap to a 66 Electra or clip with 76 Camaro ?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 51ChevPU, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. 51ChevPU
    Joined: Jan 27, 2006
    Posts: 1,076

    from Arizona

    I have a choice of going with a 1977 camaro clip for my 49 buick sedanette or in the alternative, I can use a 1966 Buick electra frame that comes with the complete driveline (401 nailhead with quadrajet intake/stock turbo 400). Both have their challenges. The camaro clip would give me the desired disc brakes and comes completely rebuilt, hub to hub. The 66 buick frame would require a modification to get disc brakes and would also need to be shortened 5 inches to match the wheelbase of the 49 sedanette.

    I guess option 3 is to use the camaro clip and take the nailhead/tranny/driveshaft and rear end and use some chevy truck style rear control arms and call it a day.

    Look forward to your comments or an education from those that have already done this swap in some form for a 49 or similar buick.
  2. PM me with a phone number. I am doing a frame swap on a '55 with a 78 LeSabre frame.

    Too many details to go over here in print.
  3. txturbo
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,771


    I would put the camaro clip on the stock frame and use the Buick motor/trans/rearend.
  4. Streight8
    Joined: Jun 12, 2012
    Posts: 125


    Scarebird disc brake conversion on stock frame?

  5. 51ChevPU
    Joined: Jan 27, 2006
    Posts: 1,076

    from Arizona

    I guess the scarebird disc adapter would be one of my options. My only concern would be adapting to later model shocks and a figure out a way to do a static drop. I guess lowering springs would be an option. I wasn't thinking of going with air bags.
  6. ssimpala
    Joined: Jan 25, 2011
    Posts: 121


    A casual friend of mine swapped a '49 onto a '94 or '95 Fleetwood. He said it was really simple to do and it does look good.
  7. Both the Camaro clip and the frame swap mean you have to get the stock front frame horns back on to mount the bumpers - just another little deal. I put an 81 Monte Carlo front clip on my 50 Pontiac - I think it's 1 1/2" narrower tread width than the Camaro.
  8. I like the idea of keeping it in the family, thus the 401 nailhead sounds like the way I'd be going. Either way, sounds like a heap of fun.
  9. black 62
    Joined: Jul 12, 2012
    Posts: 1,895

    black 62
    from arkansas

    not the 66 frame swap...
  10. Little Wing
    Joined: Nov 25, 2005
    Posts: 7,501

    Little Wing
    from Northeast

    70's Impala frame
  11. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 17,482


    Upgrade the stock stuff.
  12. southerncad
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 740


    Just to add to the mix of ideas for you:confused:
    I used a '77 Cad Seville clip on my '49 Cad Sedanette, and it worked great, no problems and the right width....also the Seville disc brake rear end was a snap to install on the stock '49 rear springs....good luck.
  13. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,438


    I put a 78 Trans Am clip on my 49 sedanett. Fits fairly well. The car is not drivable yet so no other info as to how it drives.
  14. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 9,820

    from Burton, MI

    Yep. Or just maintain (make it work) and use what's there.
  15. indianhead74
    Joined: Mar 3, 2005
    Posts: 159


    Nah, don't use the buick frame, still 50 years old, go with the latter caddy if ya hav to do a complete swap. nice project ! Indy
  16. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 17,482


    The metal does not know how old it is.
    flatnoseturbo likes this.
  17. Fat47
    Joined: Nov 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,240


    I used a MII on my 49 sedanette, but no matter what you use, as mentioned above, you will have to do some cutting and fab work on the frame horns. From the A-arms forward the frame horns will sit too high, and since the front clip on these Buicks is held up by the radiator cross member you will have problems lining up the clip. I pie cut the frame horns and angled them down. You will also have to make sure the width between the outside of the frame horns will accomodate your bumper brackets. Most often swaping in a newer front frame clip leaves you with too narrow a distance. PM me is you have specific questions.
  18. Jaguar front end? Lots of tech on here about them.
  19. Zed
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 952

    from FRANCE

    i know late model frame swap are not hamb friendly, but i'm very interrested in pics of that kind of swap ... may be you guys that did it can put a link on a photobucket or something like that, or a link of a thread on another forum ? that would be greatly appriciated by me ;-)

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